About Total Control

Who It's For

In today's age of high horsepower superbikes, large displacement cruisers and super heavyweight tourers, riding skills are more important than ever for safe, fun motorcycling. Unfortunately for experienced riders,Who It's For? there is a large gap between on-road enhanced riding courses and the many racetrack schools around the country. This is because the on-road schools give you a great opportunity for learning how to manage the dangerous environment of the road, but are not so good for practicing the fine art of machine control. Similarly the race schools can help with machine control, it's just that the track can be a very scary place if all you want to do is ride on the road.

The Total Control Superadvanced Riding Clinic (Total Control ARC) has a solution for those experienced riders who want to be able to further enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction.


The Total Control System was devised by Chief instructor Lee Parks who had 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. In the UK, Total Control Superadvanced Riding Clinics are delivered by Duncan MacKillop and Penny Glover, both of whom have a wealth of experience in superadvanced rider training .

How It Works

Part of the reason for the programme'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.

How It Works The range portion of the training is done on a large area of tarmac, 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 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 mph 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 road 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 Costs

The cost for the standard eight-hour Total Control ARC is £225, which includes a workbook with explanations and examples of the techniques and concepts covered in the course. The price includes a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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.