Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic — September 8

Posted on July 26, 2012


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Total Control, a motorcycle riding clinic, returns to San Mateo County Event Center on September 8th for its Advanced Riding Course.  Taught by Lee Parks, this course is intended for riders who wish to enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction.

Chief instructor Lee Parks has been racing for 25 years and won the 2001 G.M.D. Computrack National Endurance Series Championship in the Lightweight class. He also finished 2nd in the 1994 AMA 125GP national championship in its exhibition year. He spent five years as the editor and chief test rider of Motorcycle Consumer News where he road tested every new street motorcycle available in the U.S. and became one of the top performance-testing journalists in the world. Lee’s staff of personally trained instructors are located all over the U.S. and Europe and bring with them an impressive list of riding and teaching credentials. Lee is now the president of Lee Parks Design, a motorcycle gear and accessory manufacturer.

Part of the reason for the program’s success is the dynamic classroom training, which includes both theory and application of the Total Control ARC techniques. By including a basic analysis of vehicular dynamics, riders get a clear understanding of how their actions affect their bikes. For instance, in the suspension portion of the class, riders learn how to analyze the effectiveness of their suspension and how to set it up for maximum control and comfort.

The range portion of the training is done in a large parking lot or skidpad where each of the skills are individually broken down and practiced. Working on only one skill at a time is the fastest way to make consistent riding improvements. The beauty of doing it this way is that the student is never asked to make a huge “leap of faith” in any one area. Each skill is built up in small two-mph increments until the desired result is achieved. This allows for high confidence and never gets too scary. In fact, cornering speeds never go above 25 mph. While this may seem slow, in a tight enough corner, 25 is very, very fast. Combined with a strategic “building block” formula for integrating the individual skills into a complete riding package, the Total Control ARC enables riders to learn faster and easier than ever before. Equally important, all the Total Control ARC skills are taught with their direct applications for street riding. After all, knowing how to do something is of little value if you don’t understand when and where to use it.

All students are required to provide:

  • their own motorcycle or scooter
  • have at least one year of riding experience
  • completed an MSF ERC
  • protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, motorcycle jacket and pants, gloves and boots that cover the ankles.

Total Control’s Promises:

The Total Control ARC is committed to making you a better and safer rider and in doing so makes these promises:

  • Specific, measurable improvement in your riding. No matter what skill level you are now, the Total Control ARC will make a recognizable difference in your ability to control your bike.
  • Better understanding of how your bike works. How what you do affects your bike’s ability to maintain traction and control
  • The ability to self-diagnose riding problems in the future. While it’s great to be able to ride better in front of a skilled coach, it’s equally important to be able to coach yourself when you detect a riding problem in the future. There are enough support materials in our package to help make sure you won’t forget what you learned during your training.
  • High teacher-to-student ratio. Each class is divided in groups with never more than six students per instructor for lots of individual attention and support.
  • Friendly, professional service. The Total Control ARC instructors are highly trained and carefully handpicked for their teaching abilities and friendly dispositions. Your experience at the Total Control ARC will be a positive one.

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