Home
  FAQ
  ARC Schedule
  IRC Schedule
  Contact
  Meet The
Instructors
  Class
Pictures
  Reviews
Testimonials
  Links
  Training Cones
CMSP
 
Get The Book


join our mailing list
* indicates required



Total Control Riding Clinic Demo

Who It's For

In today's age of high-horsepower superbikes, large-displacement cruisers and super-heavy-weight tourers, riding skills are more important than ever for safe, fun motorcycling. Unfortunately for experienced riders, there is a large gap between the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2) and the many racetrack schools around the country. Many riders are interested in improving their skills but are unwilling to take on the additional risks associated with a high-speed environment. If you fit into the "I'm interested, but? group, you're not alone. In fact, if you add up all the attendees of all the race schools together, they only represent a tiny percentage of street riders. This is not to say they are not good schools. To the contrary, they have much to offer. But they are not for everyone. Fortunately, Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic (Total Control ARC℠) has a solution for those experienced riders "caught in the middle," as well as those track-day junkies and racers who want to be able to further enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction.

Who Teaches It

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.

How It Works

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.

What It Covers

Cornering technique is the primary focus of the Total Control ARC℠. Individual skills include corner entry, line selection, body position and corner exit. There are slightly different versions of these depending on the type of bike ridden, but all follow the same philosophical principals that are taught in the course. Throttle control and throttle/brake transitions are also covered in great detail. Additionally, super-tight, low-speed, "parking lot" turns are taught.

What It Costs

The cost for the standard eight-hour Total Control ARC℠ is $295 - $375 depending on location, which includes a workbook with explanations and examples of the techniques and concepts covered in the course.

Requirements

All students must provide their own motorcycle or scooter and have at least one year of riding experience or a minimum of 3,000 miles. Motorcycle or scooter should be in proper working order, including cooling and charging systems, and a battery that is in good condition. Protective gear is required for all students, which includes a DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended), motorcycle jacket and pants, gloves and boots that cover the ankles. Jeans and fingerless gloves are not allowed, but Kevlar jeans will be accepted. Absolutely no race tires, race compound tires or car tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.

When and Where

If you're interested in attending a Total Control ARC℠, click on the link fo rthe class you would like to register for. For classes ot listed, please send us an e-mail and we will put you on our mailing list to let you know when the next course will be available in your area. Classes are limited to 24 students and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to serious demand we are currently in the process of setting up new locations in several regions. If you live in an area not yet covered, drop us a note and let us know where you are. Site administators should contact us if you are interested in setting up a new location in your area.

The Total Control ARC℠'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.


Total Control Level 2

Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic, Level 2 (TC ARC L2)
The TC ARC L2 takes off where the original left off. More challenging exercises and riding technology from the best-selling book "Total Control" adds additional advanced techniques to any experienced rider's "toolbox." Where the TC ARC Leevel 1 builds proficiency in the rider, Level 2 puts them on a path to true mastery. Topics covered include: Riding Psychology, speed shifting, maximum threshold braking, trail braking into standard and decreasing radius turns, and how to safely tighten your line in the middle of a corner. Chassis setup is also covered including understanding tire choices, geometry optimization (rake and trail) and suspension troubleshooting. Additionally a comprehensive section on ergonomics will teach you the science of performance/comfort with handlebars, grips, levers, seats, footpegs and more. In the final exercise (TC Solo) we combine all the skills from L1 and L2, and experience them at significantly higher speeds, mimicking the g-forces of track riding, but without the associated risks of triple-digit speeds.

Similar to the L1 Clinics, the L2 Clinics are done in one 9-hour day on your own motorcycle. The cost is $295-$375 depending on location and it has similar safety gear requirements.

The combination of the TC ARC L1 and L2 has been used extensively by the Marine Corps since 2009 to train its elite Motorcycle Mentors, and represents the current state of the art in motorcycle training. Some riders prefer to take both L1 and L2 in the same weekend (when available) whereas some prefer to have some time in-between to practice. There are pros and cons to both strategies but it it not recommended to wait more than 2 years between Clinics.

Either way, the TC ARC L2 is the perfect next step for those wishing to continue their advanced training as part of a lifelong learning regimen. (Note: All participants MUST have completed Total Control ARC℠ L1 as a prerequisite. No exceptions.)

TC ARC (L1 and L2) Riding Gear Requirements

  • Helmet-DOT-compliant helmet (Full-face or 3/4 preferred). Personal helmets are subject to inspection for DOT-compliance and to make sure that they are in good working condition.
  • Eye protection-Face shield, googles or some form of sun-/eyeglasses. They may be tinted or clear. Ordinary prescription glasses may be worn.
  • Gloves-Must be full finger and cannot be open on the back of the hand. They must be street-motorcycle specific and/or durable leather. Mechanics gloves, batting gloves, etc. are NOT acceptable. Fingerless gloves are not acceptable.
  • Pants-You must wear street motorcycle specfic pants made of textile or leather. Leather chaps or Kevlar jeans are acceptable, however regular denim jeans are not.
  • Jacket-Durable leather or textile jacket (armored, motorcycle-specific is preferred)
  • Boots/Shoes-Over the ankle with little to no heel. Shoes can be hiking type that provides reinforced ankle support. Boots are preferred. Your footwear should have a good rubber sole for traction and the heel shouldn't be higher than what is commonly on a "workman's boot." Thin fabric shoes made of canvas or other fabrics that do not provide support are not acceptable. The classic Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor" or dress shoe are examples of shoes that DO NOT meet the requirements.
  • Motorcycle tires - Absolutely no race tires, race compound or car tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.
    In TC Solo, we combine the skills from Level 1 and 2, and experience them at significantly higher speeds, mimicking the g-forces of track riding.

    Participants MUST have completed Total Control ARC℠ Level 1 as a prerequisite.
    Improve Your Ride Courses
    Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic (TC IRC)

    The Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic is the perfect next step for newer riders who are looking to improve their skills on their own bike as well as riders that have recently gotten back into riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.

    You will learn intermediate-level skills required to safely operate a full-sized motorcycle and understand the basic psychology of riding to help make better choices on the road. Topics covered include having a proper mental state, understanding two-wheeled vehicle dynamics, cornering strategies for multiple types of turns, emergency braking and evasive maneuvers.

    Students completing the IRC report significantly improved riding skills, confidence and the ability to make better choices about when and how to ride. The IRC is also used extensively by the Navy and Marine Corps as "Level 2" training (within 60 days of completing a beginner course) and "Refresher" training (every three years) to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. It is officially recognized for Level 2 training by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, which satisfies requirements for active duty service members and civilians to get their base sticker to ride on base.

    Although designed primarily as safety course, the IRC is both challenging and fun. The Clinics are done in one 7-8 hour day on your own motorcycle. The cost is $175-$250 depending on location. Althought not a requirement, it's also advisable to have read the book Total Control before you get there. Copies are available at fine bookstore and on this website.

    The IRC is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes. Come experience what all the buzz is about by signing up for a Total Control IRC today!

    TC IRC Riding Gear Requirements

    • Helmet-DOT-compliant helmet (Full-face or 3/4 preferred). Personal helmets are subject to inspection for DOT-compliance and to make sure that they are in good working condition.
    • Eye protection-Face shield, googles or some form of sun-/eyeglasses. They may be tinted or clear. Ordinary prescription glasses may be worn.
    • Gloves-Must be full finger and cannot be open on the back of the hand. They must be street-motorcycle specific and/or durable leather. Mechanics gloves, batting gloves, etc. are NOT acceptable.
    • Pants-You must wear long, durable pants. No exceptions. Denim, textile or leather jeans are preferred. All pants are required to have NO holes in them and must come down to the foot. Spandez or cotton leggings are NOT acceptable.
    • Jacket-Durable leather or textile jacket (armored, motorcycle-specific is preferred)
    • Boots/Shoes-Over the ankle with little to no heel. Shoes can be hiking type that provides reinforced ankle support. Boots are preferred. Your footwear should have a good rubber sole for traction and the heel shouldn't be higher than what is commonly on a "workman's boot." Thin fabric shoes made of canvas or other fabrics that do not provide support are not acceptable. The classic Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor" or dress shoe are examples of shoes that DO NOT meet the requirements. Prerequisites: Valid motorcycle license, good condition-street legal, registered, and insured motorcycle. Protective riding gear is required.

      For a listing of the IRC schedule - click here

      Total Control Official Sponsors


      Total Control Instructor Login