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Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques [Paperback]

Lee Parks
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July 12 2003
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 instructors in the world, helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles.This book gives riders everything they need to develop the techniques and survival skills necessary to become a proficient, accomplished, and safer street rider. High quality photos, detailed instructions, and professional diagrams highlight the intricacies and proper techniques of street riding. Readers will come away with a better understanding of everything from braking and cornering to proper throttle control, resulting in a more exciting yet safer ride.

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About the Author

Lee Parks has been racing for over 16 years, and he 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. He is based in Victorville, CA.


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2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed Feb. 3 2010
By G. Neal
Format:Paperback
I should have guessed from the title of the book and the images on the cover, but this book was a little more biased 'race bike' technique and bike setup for the track rather than techniques that are useful to riders who never venture to the track. From the books summary and other reader reviews I thought that the techniques shown would be equally applicable to the street and and would assist rider safety for day to day riding.... but on reading it I was wrong.

There are sections of the book that cover street riding but for me at least the bias toward 'racing techniques' is not what I was really looking for. A book teaching advanced riding techniques it is not but if your a racer who wants to try out racing techniques on the track and also apply these to the street then this maybe the book for you. For me alas it is not what I was expecting.

This is certainly a book that does what it's says on the cover... racing street riding techniques, but is certainly not a source for advanced safety riding techniques for the street.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most practical riding book ever Nov. 26 2003
Format:Paperback
I've been riding motorcycle since 1975 and am a licensed road racer, so I knew a couple of things about riding when I bought this book. I expected to learn something, but no more than I learned from other riding technique books. My expectations were way too low. Simply put, this book changed my riding life. No other book contains practical exercises like the ones in "Total Control." Practicing these safe and simple exercises took my riding to a new level. No longer am I fighting my bike in the tight, technical stuff. Now it just does what I want it to. Forget spending $1000s on your suspension and engine--if you want to perform better, buy this book instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good purchase Jan. 29 2014
By gord
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Practical, experience based, well written and a good read. I read then go practice and it really works and fast. Great book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here....move along. Aug. 15 2013
By Asennad
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If you have read Twist Of The Wrist II then you won't get much out of this book. If you haven't read Twist Of The Wrist II then I suggest you read that and forget this book. I was hoping this would cover more ground but I found it very simplistic and not very detailed. If you really want to read this book then just borrow it from a library because it's not something I would keep on my shelf and refer back to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite technical April 19 2013
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This is a good book to read and understand if you have any interest in becoming a better rider. Whether you strive to push yourself harder and lean further or you just want to feel safer through understanding, you'll find answers here. This is worth a scan or read every season just to refresh.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you think you know it all..... Feb. 27 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It's hard not to sound foolish with superlatives about this book, but all the customer reviews here are absolutely right.
I try to read everything about motorcycles I can get my hands on, and have been riding on and off for over 30 years.
This book is for the real-world rider, sportbike or cruiser, and it will surprise you even if you think you know-it-all. It has a wealth of good ideas which will change the way you ride forever. Time and money well spent.
I can't wait for the snow to melt to try it all out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning to corner. April 17 2011
Format:Paperback
This book has two sections that are excellent , the slow speed turns and proper high speed cornering. You will pay hundred's at the track to learn what is taught in this book. A must read before you go to the track for the first time. Well done. Thankyou :) :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars good technical book March 1 2011
Format:Paperback
good technical book not to arid to understand. More usefull for sport bike rider than cruiser rider. The book is a bit old, (2003) pictures should be revised. The author knows what he is talking about. You will learn tricks to be a better rider reading this book. worth the price paid ! Janus !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read..
I read this book 2 years ago,
I was prepping for a few track days and found it very helpful, some interesting hints and advices, although mostly for modern bikes. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2007 by A. Khalifa
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer!
If you do well by reading and learning, This is a must read!!!
If you are considering a sports bike, buy this before you spend the thousands of dollars. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by "pillowsplat"
5.0 out of 5 stars great book for the novice
I had looked at numerous books for a new driver, me, at 48 years old and just starting to ride, I didn't want to learn how to race, just drive safely and confidently. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by mikemilburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Control
To be frank when I saw the title "Total Control" my first thought was "what an ego this guy has." But as an avid reader of Motorcycle Consumer News and skills books in general I... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Randle T. Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read *and* very educational
This book has been a real treat to read. Similar to fellow Motorcycle Consumer News writer David Hough, Lee Parks uses a lighthearted writing style coupled with clear diagrams and... Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Carolyn Bierman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every rider
Well explained topics, full of graphics and photographs, this book is a perfect aid for those riders wanting to get the most of their bikes. Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga
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