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Total Control by Lee Parks

While driving up to my brother's house to feed his psycho dog I saw a copy of Total Control laying around. I took it home since it was there and it looked like a good form of compensation. I have skimmed the book 2-3 times and read most of the chapters in detail and started practicing items in the book over the past week or so. It may not be break-through material for most people here but I only have 1500 miles under my belt at this point. After really looking at the sections regarding smooth braking/throttle control and body positioning I am able to take some corners twice as fast (low speed) and some corners 50-60% faster (75-80mph sweeping turns). When I first started riding about a month ago I thought it would be impossible to shift my weight off the bike but after some miles and reading I feels like I could dance on the bike. I guess building that comfort level up has helped tremendously.

Applying tips from this book and just reading it in general has giving me a lot of new skills to explore. For anyone who has not worked on their cornering abilities or is a noob like myself I strongly suggest picking it up on amazon, its pretty cheap and well worth the read.

http://www.amazon.com/Total-Control-Performance-Street-Techniques/dp/0760314039/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1364622516&sr=8-3&keywords=total+control
I have read through and watched Kieth Codes material and while it has alot of the same concepts it felt way more oriented for a track day than just getting better at riding to work.
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I'll have to check it out. You can never get enough good advice. I pick up a lot of good stuff from the folks on this forum too. Keep at it before you know you'll have 15,000 miles under your belt..
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+1 Never too much information!

Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough is good info also! Thanks for sharing!





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On a different note I totally got brake checked by a city bus with no brake lights that was hiding 3 deep pot holes in a row... When I notice the gap tightening I eased on the brakes but the pot holes were hidden and I had enough weight transfer off the rear from the first hole to lock up the rear tires. I maintained a skid for about 10 feet or so and stopped about 5 feet short of the bus. The bus must have jammed on the brakes for his stop since we were only going 25 mph... After I saw the traffic clear I pulled up next to him, shook my head and he put his hazards on...so I guess he knew his lights weren't working.
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I recommend "total control" by Lee Parks to all new riders. Also "proficient motorcycling" by David Hough and "Street Strategies" by David Hough

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Lee is a good guy also, he schools our returning military boys on motorcycle riding. I call it decompression.... Go buy his Awesome Gloves and Book to support the cause.. Lee Parks Designs!!...
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Thanks, I just had it reserved at the library!

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Lee is a good guy also, he schools our returning military boys on motorcycle riding. I call it decompression.... Go buy his Awesome Gloves and Book to support the cause.. Lee Parks Designs!!...
That's very cool. I have his book and consider it the Bible of motorcycling. He's an amazing rider.

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The book arrived this afternoon and though I've only had a chance to scan it, it looks to be a winner. Great photos and diagrams, and straightforward writing - not to mention amusing (translation: goofy) photos of the author. I hope my aging brain will be able to absorb and retain the info!

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