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A Woman in Total Control - June 14, 2008, 09:40 PM

Hey, I picked up some literature at the DC Bike Show on the Total Control course; I am curious whether anyone has taken it, and your feedback.

One of the things they claim to teach is better cornering; that's my weak link - after dropping the bike once in a turn, I can sometimes get timid going through corners.

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I took Total Control 2 years ago - and sent my wife last year. I think it was very helpful and the exercises are something I still practice. Everything is done in a parking lot and we even had a few people dragging knee at the end.
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I took this course, as did CamDLux (we didn't realize that we were both posting on this forum until well after the fact). (*The guy beat me to it). The instructors were great, and I think that their techniques are good. It was a good mix of some classroom and a lot of on the bike training.

But the entire session was held in a parking lot. I wish that I had taken a track day or a class taught on the track instead. Not necessarily because I have racing aspirations or anything like that, but because I would have gained more confidence in cornering by taking corners at real world speeds (if not slightly higher).

But again, the course is worthwhile. A lot of training on how to prepare for a turn, how to properly look through a turn and how to be smooth with the controls.

You certainly will learn useful tools.
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I have to learn how to "blip blip along with front braking"
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I took this course, as did CamDLux (we didn't realize that we were both posting on this forum until well after the fact). (*The guy beat me to it). The instructors were great, and I think that their techniques are good. It was a good mix of some classroom and a lot of on the bike training.

But the entire session was held in a parking lot. I wish that I had taken a track day or a class taught on the track instead. Not necessarily because I have racing aspirations or anything like that, but because I would have gained more confidence in cornering by taking corners at real world speeds (if not slightly higher).

But again, the course is worthwhile. A lot of training on how to prepare for a turn, how to properly look through a turn and how to be smooth with the controls.

You certainly will learn useful tools.
I took the course and felt like I learned a lot.
You have to walk before you can run and you can spend a lot of time on the track doing the wrong things and you won't get the one on one instruction and demo's you get from this course.

I took this course before doing my first track day and a friend was watching me at the jefferson. We had a good laugh because he said he could always tell it was me coming because I was off my bike way before anyone else.

Is the course expensive, yes but they go over a lot of physics, suspension, how to take different lines. The course comes straight from the books and they cover a lot of material.

At the end of the day they even used my bike as a demo on how to set up the suspension.


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This course is only geared towards sport bikes, isn't it?


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This course is only geared towards sport bikes, isn't it?
No. When I took the course there was a hubby and wife cruiser combo! When my wife took it there was an Ultraglide and a Goldwing in the class!

I have taken MSF, Advanced Riding Course, Lee Parks Total Control, Cornerspeed I, Cornerspin, and the Kevin Schwantz schools. I have read all of the typical stuff (Pridmore, Code, Spencer, etc.) The information is the same - the practical application, methodology, and the teaching environments slightly differ.

The end result is for the rider to have a variety of tools to draw upon while riding.

IMHO Its a great place to start!
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This is learned best through practice and feel. Hit the parking lot!
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I took the course and felt like I learned a lot.
You have to walk before you can run and you can spend a lot of time on the track doing the wrong things and you won't get the one on one instruction and demo's you get from this course.
That's a good point.

When I was talking about going to the track, I was thinking more along the lines of Reg Pridmore's CLASS or Keith Code's school where you get some individual attention/training, as opposed to track days.

But you're right. You do get some one-on-one help during Total Control that's very valuable.
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Lee Parks Total Control course is a great course. More of a relaxed atmosphere than a racing school, a relatively low speed, skill-building course, that gives you the tools to develop into a more confidant/competent rider whether you are tuning up for track days or just riding around the countryside. All kinds of bikes/riders are welcome.


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I practice on the streets seriously speaking I find it hard to do both at the same time or may be I am doing it wrong
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You're on! I'll look into it and let you know the options.....

I did it through Frederick Community but I received some money back a few months after the course completed. I don't really know why but it was like $100 or something. My memory sucks but it was enough money to make me remember. Maybe some of the others who took it got some back also and can chime in.


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