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Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  241 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Today's super high-performance bikes are the most potent vehicles ever sold to the public and they demand advanced riding skills. This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level. Total Control explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding. Lee Parks, one of the most accomplished riders, racers, authors and ins ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 12th 2003 by Motorbooks (first published 2003)
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Bruce R. Arnold
Aug 15, 2015 Bruce R. Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent guide to improving your riding skills

This is one of the best instructional books out there . The drills really bring the lessons home and are worth the time spent doing them. The authors have a relaxed style but there is no nonsense either.
Ty
Oct 04, 2007 Ty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Motorcyclist
Lee Parks does an exceptional job of describing the sometimes complex factors in motorcycle handling in a way that anyone can comprehend.

Total Control is broken down into chapters on various subjects: Physics, Traction, Braking, Slow Speed Handling, Riding with a passenger, etc. Each section has a few well explained drills that can be set up in a parking lot and used to improve particular skills. Excellent color photographs and diagrams complement the well written text.

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Mart
Feb 02, 2014 Mart rated it liked it
It's OK, but I recommend to read Keith Code's "The Twist of the Wrist 2" before that one. And after Code's book, there's no need to read this one any more :)
Gerald Creel
Great information about riding techniques and operations. I found the section on tires the most useful.
Jess
Jun 29, 2007 Jess rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Motorcycle Riders
Shelves: interestingbooks
Total Control by Lee Parks does a very good job of explaining advanced motorcycle riding techniques and how to apply these techniques to improve your riding skill whether on the street or on the track. The book is filled with usefull information and does not skimp on explainng the physics of motorcycles. There are lots of good photos illustrating exactly what the author is talking about. Parks also gives a lot of practical riding exercises that can be done in a empty parking lot with some plasti ...more
Peter
Aug 04, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
Helped me a lot with my riding I would recommend.
Darla
Mar 21, 2015 Darla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is so full of info and the photos were awesome so any person who is thinking of getting a bike or those of us who have rode a must book
Richard
Apr 07, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it
If you're into riding this book offers the perfect marriage of the mental aspects of riding coupled with the physical attributes, reportedly a 90/10 split. For those of you who may be reading this but don't ride a motorcycle I urge you to follow Jim Morrison's dictum which is "Keep yer eyes on the road and yer hands upon the wheel... (soundtrack optional).
Damon
Jan 03, 2010 Damon is currently reading it
a step beyond Houghs "Proficient Motorcycling". a friend took the author's riding clinic recently, and his tips have improved my riding immensely. i'm riding with more confidence, more cornering speed, and what fun. and i've only just started.
Andrew Klejnot
Jun 19, 2012 Andrew Klejnot rated it really liked it
Lots of good information in this book and great read for anyone who rides motorcycles. Not a replacement for Twist of the Wrist 1/2, but still has lots of good info.
Jim
Aug 22, 2009 Jim is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Motorcyclists with at least two years of riding experience.
Shelves: motorcycle, fantasy
Improved cornering techniques for safer turns at higher speeds. Greater knowledge of the interaction between suspension and handling characteristics.
Fred Dubinger
Mar 27, 2011 Fred Dubinger rated it really liked it
Great book on motorcycle dynamics. Cornering techniques were excellent. Moved me to sign up for his level-one live course in Indianapolis.
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