Advanced Riding Clinic II


Take Your Advanced Motorcycle Training To The Next Level

The Total Control ARC® Level 2 takes off where Level 1 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 ARCSM builds proficiency in your riding, Level 2 puts you on a path to true mastery.

The TC ARCSM L2 is the perfect next step for those wishing to continue their advanced training as part of a lifelong learning regimen. All participants MUST have completed Total Control ARC®Level 1 as a prerequisite. No exceptions!  If you took the ARC Level 1 at a different school, tell us when and where you took it in the notes or contact our office so we can verify the information.

What It Covers

Riding Psychology

You know what it is like when you are 'in the zone', everything just seems to flow, one corner seamlessly blending into the next, and you are always in the right place on the road. You also know when you are not in the zone, because everything seems to go wrong, the ride is harsh and jerky, cars take a swipe at you and it just feels like you are having a generally bad day. During the Advanced Riding Clinic Level 2, you will learn more about how fear, concentration and attitude can affect your riding and what simple steps you can take to ensure you have a perfect ride every time

Speed Shifting

Even many experienced riders take too much time to shift. Shifting efficiently is important because during the time between shifts, the rider is especially vulnerable. When a sudden change in speed is required, like when a car pulls into your lane, it's vital to be able to accelerate immediately. If you're caught up in the shifting, you won't be able to speed up in an emergency. During our Advanced Riding Clinic Level 2, you will learn how to upshift and downshift quickly and skillfully

Maximum Braking

Because emergency stops can be scary due to the limited amount of traction you have and how much it would hurt to kiss the ground, very few riders practice quick braking and even less have the actual knowledge and skills to do it safely. At our Advanced Riding Clinic Level 2, you will learn and practice the right technique to achieve the shortest stops possible so you become prepared when you need to brake hard and avoid a hazard

Trail Braking

New riders are usually taught to do all of the braking before making a turn. This is sometimes good advice, but there are times when it is preferable—or even necessary—to continuously brake before and while entering a corner. While many people consider this a racing technique, during our Advanced Riding Clinic Level 2 you will learn that there are even more benefits to using trail braking on the street than there are on the track

Tightening Your Line

Not all curves are created equal and there are times when you need to tighten your line mid-turn. Whether it is because you unexpectedly found yourself in the middle of a decreasing radius turn or because you need to avoid a hazard in the curve, knowing how to skillfully reduce the radius of your line can save you from crashing and getting hurt

Chassis Turning

There is more to handling than just suspension setup—chassis geometry also plays an important role. Because your idea of the ideal handling characteristics for your motorcycle may be different from the ideas of the engineers who designed it, tailoring your chassis specifications can make a dramatic improvement in how your bike handles

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 L2 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 L2 enables riders to learn faster and easier than ever before. Equally important, all the Total Control ARC L2 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


Total Control ARC® I -this class is the perfect next step for those wishing to continue their advanced training as part of a lifelong learning regimen. All participants MUST have completed ARC I. No exceptions!  If you took the Level 1 at a different school, tell us when and where you took it in the notes or contact our office so we can verify that.

3,000 street miles

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Motorcycle Requirements

Motorcycles must be in proper working order, including cooling and charging systems, and a battery that is in good condition.  It will be inspected by an instructor prior to class. Your bike should be able to perform satisfactorily in hot weather and not overheat while stopped with the motor running.  Motorcycles that do not meet the minimum safety requirements will not be permitted in class

  • Oil- Proper oil level
  • Brakes- Must be in good working order
  • Coolant- Liquid cooled bikes must have proper coolant level
  • Charging System- A relatively new battery is highly recommended since you will be starting the bike frequently
  • Tires- Must have a minimum tread of 3mm. Air pressure will be checked before the class starts. Absolutely NO race, race compound tires or car tires regardless of whether they are DOT approved
Gear Requirements

Clothing labeled as ‘motorcycle’ does not always meet our requirements, since it is often a reference to motorcycle ’style’ instead of the fit and protection we are required to have you wear.  PROTECTIVE street motorcycle gear is always acceptable for taking our class, but gear that is motorcycle style is almost never protective, and so is almost never acceptable.  Gear as described in the book Total Control is always acceptable. You will NOT be allowed into class with inadequate gear or the same gear used in the beginning classes

  • Helmet- Dot- approved helmet.  Full face helmets are VERY strongly recommended. Personal helmets are subject to inspection for DOT-compliance and to make sure that they are in good working condition
  • Eye protection- Face shield, goggles or some form of sun-/eyeglasses. They may be tinted or clear. Ordinary prescription glasses may be worn
  • Gloves- must be street-motorcycle specific, durable leather, full finger and cannot be open on the back of the hand. Mechanics gloves, batting gloves, off-road motorcycle gloves, leather dress gloves, ski gloves, or work gloves will NOT be accepted
  • Jacket- Armored, motorcycle-specific jacket required- durable leather or textile jacket
  • Pants- Motorcycle street- specific pants are strongly recommended. Kevlar jeans, chaps, racing leathers, durable long jeans, motor cross pants or textile are OK. Pants must cover all of the leg when seated on the motorcycle with feet up on the foot pegs - no skin/socks, etc. showing. Denim jeans or anything made of durable, rugged material, such as protective work pants will be accepted. We will not allow you to ride in stretch pants or stretch fabric (including jeggings), or ANY pants with rips, tears, or any sort of holes, no matter the material
  • Boots- Only sturdy, over-the-ankle, snug fitting, reinforced footwear that supports the ankle and provides good traction will be accepted. Most laced and tied hiking boots or high tops will do as long as they fit snugly around the ankle with thick, padded/reinforced material so that your ankle bone cannot be felt. They must also be laced up so the sides are snug against the foot/ankle in order to provide ankle support. High tops or boots that merely cover the ankle and/or are worn in such a way that does not provide ankle support will NOT be accepted(ie: Chuck Taylor high tops, Uggs, cowboy boots, boots with elastic on the ankle, high tops that are loosely tied, etc.).  Boots with high heels are NOT recommended, even if they are motorcycle boots
  • Prepare for the weather- We rarely cancel for rain, so be prepared! Bring plenty of snacks, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain gear