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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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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Most practical riding book ever Nov. 26 2003
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 Fun to read *and* very educational April 6 2004
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 pictures to get his points across. The result is an instructional book that's so fun to read that you barely notice that you're learning things.
Learn, however, you will. Parks covers motorcycling from every angle: chassis dynamics, mental dynamics, body dynamics, machine setup, rider setup. Even though the book is ostensibly for "high performance street riders", the illustrations use all sorts of motorcycles, from a Hayabusa to a GoldWing to a fully dressed Harley -- emphasizing that the skills learned in this book can be applied to any street rider, anywhere, on any bike. A lot of points that I learned originally from David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling are repeated in Total Control, which I think is wonderful. Hough, and now Parks, make superb -- and very accessible -- suggestions.
It's really the book's well-rounded attitude that puts it towards the top of my list. While I'm always on the lookout for more ways to improve my lines and quicken my turns, I really appreciate a book which tells me flat out that attitude is just as important as lap times. Even my personal favorite non-motorcycling motorcycle topics, fitness and ergonomics, are covered in Total Control. Though now I have even fewer excuses for procrastinating those sit-ups...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 14 2003
From the view point of a returning motorcyclist (35-year break), "Total Control" has been an excellent book for my needs. In the 1960s, neither riding schools nor technique books existed. The salesperson showed you which control did what and you learned the hard way on the street. The result was that I never really developed a true riding expertise and was blessed to have survived the experience - being young helped. Thus, Lee Parks' book has been an excellent resource for explaining and justifying each riding skill or equipment requirement. The book is clear, practical, and straight to the point. Riding methods, right and wrong, are clearly illustrated and each attribute is well annotated making the skill requirement clear. Loved the insights about how each skill set have been applied by racing greats as this made them even more understandable. Many neat tricks are included, for example, steering with the inside arm to avoid conflicting control inputs - works beautifully. The author even includes sets of slow speed, parking lot drills to develop the skills being advocated. My confidence in my ability to control the motorcycle has greatly improved! Recommend this book highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book Nov. 12 2003
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I did manage to buy a book, "Total Control" by Lee Parks. This book, is (in my humble opinon), the greatest motorcycle instruction book since the start of motorcycle instruction books. Very clear, very precise anaologies to things that everyone deals with in real life, to help one better understand the art that is, motorcycling. One line that I read in the book struck me as something that I needed to do. "If you have not practiced riding with a bit of fear, you will panic when presented with the unexpected." For awhile, I was riding fast, but I wasnt really afraid of riding. I wasnt afraid of sharp corners or this and that, because I usually took them at speeds only slightly above average. I didnt have any fear. I need to work on riding with a bit of fear, so instead of letting the fear CONTROL me in a situation where I need my wits, not my reactions, I can let the fear flow through me, and use the wits.
I also learned about steering my motorcycle more efficently. The author talked about how most people try to steer with both hands around corners, and while they believe that their helping the motorcycle, in reality, their hands are actually fighting eachother sub-conciously. I know, I didnt believe it either. What Lee Parks suggested doing, was relaxing the outside hand in a corner, so its barely gripping the handlebar, and to push with the inside hand ONLY to steer/lean the bike over.
HOLY CRAP! He was completely right. I'm not talking just a little bit, makes a 1/10th of a difference. I mean he was COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY on the money. I came into a 25mph turn on a road I like to test/learn my skills on, and I did as he said.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge is Power.
If you like canyon carving, the twisties, and racing at the track, this book is for you. This book will prepare your mind, body, and bike for high performance riding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lloyd villiger
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good purchase
Practical, experience based, well written and a good read. I read then go practice and it really works and fast. Great book.
Published 9 months ago by gord
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here....move along.
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Asennad
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite technical
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... Read more
Published 19 months ago by p00psicle
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning to corner.
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. Read more
Published on April 17 2011 by zorbathebutcher
4.0 out of 5 stars good technical book
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. Read more
Published on March 1 2011 by Janus Hocus !
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 Even if you think you know it all.....
It's hard not to sound foolish with superlatives about this book, but all the customer reviews here are absolutely right. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2005
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
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