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.
What’s Your Plan for Getting Faster?
Modern day Sportbikes have capabilities beyond even the top racing machines of not that long ago. Most riders don’t ride anywhere near the performance potential of their bikes. The only way to consistently make specific, measurable improvements in your riding is to have a plan for getting better. This is same reason every olympic athlete has a coach to plan a pathway to excellence. TEAM AZ is proud to offer the incomparable Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic (TCARC).
Created by national road racing champion and best-selling author Lee Parks, the TCARC has a proven technology to make ANY rider, regardless of skill level or experience faster, more confident and safer on the track or the street. In fact, the United States Marine Corps just adopted Total Control as “the missing link” to keeping its marines safe on two wheels. Whether you want to lower your lap times, increase your safety margin, or just have more fun, take a TCARC and discover the secrets to both the art and science of performance riding before your next track day or race. Our professionally trained instructors can coach you through your worst fears and take your riding to whole new level. It’s the best investment you can make to help you achieve all your riding goals.
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 Experienced RiderCourse (ERC) 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, butŠ” 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 runs from $325.00 to $350.00 depending on the site location which includes a workbook with explanations and examples of the techniques and concepts covered in the course. You are also welcome to take the course with a passenger for an additional cost of $75.
All students must provide their own motorcycle or scooter and have at least one year of riding experience. Motorcycle or scooter should be in proper working order, including cooling and charging systems, and a battery that is in good condition. For students with less than two years of experience, it is advised (though not required) that they have completed an MSF ERC. 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 or race compound tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.
When and Where
If you’re interested in attending a Total Control ARC, please vist the SCHEDULE page to view upcoming classes and to register online. Classes numbers are strictly limited and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
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:
The Level 2 Course Takes off where Level 1 left off. More challenging exercises from the best-selling book “Total Control” plus some exciting new ones mean the students will take their riding to a whole new level.
Topics covered include:
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.