I took the Total Control class and happy to report it went really well. I learned a bunch - how to be smooth on the throttle, how to trail-brake (dragging the brakes while still on the gas - worked very well with both brakes for me), looking into the turn (you are looking at where you are going instead of what is infront of you), and body position.
What made the biggest difference is smoothness on the throttle, body position, and looking into the turn. When you look into the turn, you stop looking at your turn point about 10 - 15 feet before you get there and crank your neck over to look 180 degrees at your exit point. You will also have your body position to the inside of the turn and lean the bike slightly to the outside until you get to your turn point. Then you keep your body position where it is and lean the bike using your inside arm ONLY. The outside arm should be relaxed and be there on the handlebar.. can't do any input with the steering.
I, and the other guys in the class were coming back with body as the bike leaned over - which essentially meant leaning the bike more to maintain the same turn radius. So towards the end, we were doing figure 8's and transitioning body position from right to left, while the bike is still leaned over the other way.
We also learned about suspension, sag, damping, etc.
It is a lot of fun. Getting a feedback from someone who you trust knows what he is doing makes a big difference in boosting your confidence. And you learn to have faith in your and your bike's abilities.
The one thing that I didn't quite like is that you have to wait for your turn while the guy infront of you goes through his drill and get comments from the teacher. When you have 6 guys (5 guys and a gal in my case) going around the figure 8 three times each and then talking to the instructor, you can wait for a bit between drills.
$335.00 isn't too bad for what you get out of it.
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