Advanced Riding Clinic

Total Control ARC®

Whether you want to become a more proficient and safer rider on the street—or a faster rider on the track—mastering advanced riding techniques is crucial and should not be postponed until it is too late. Unfortunately, most advanced riding courses in the country are only offered in high-speed racetrack environments. The fear of crashing at high speeds and the pressure of other riders flying by are too intimidating to most motorcyclists so they never take this important step forward.

During our Advanced Riding Clinics, every drill is performed one at a time, and at street-legal speeds, in a controlled environment. After each run, you will receive professional, concise coaching on the specific skills you need to work on to transform your riding. From cruisers to sportbikes, all types of motorcycles and riding styles are welcome to attend.

What It Covers

There are so many different factors that affect traction, from cornering and acceleration forces to the design of the tires and the weight of the bike; riding a motorcycle is really an exercise in traction management. The purpose of nearly every skill taught in our Advanced Riding Clinic is to help you understand what traction is, how it works and how to effectively use the limited amounts of traction available on a motorcycle.

The single most important control on your motorcycle is the throttle. This is because—beyond speed and acceleration—it applies forces to so many aspects of your bike's handling including traction, suspension, weight transfer, steering, stability, and ground clearance. Knowing how to skillfully apply the throttle is one of the major distinctions between good riders and great riders.

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 our Advanced Riding Clinic, you will learn how fear and concentration can have such a profound effect on your riding and what simple steps you can take to ensure you have a perfect ride every time.

Vision is, without a doubt, the most fundamental skill for proper riding. The majority of decisions made while riding are based on information coming in through your eyes. The main reason for vision being so critical is that you go where you look but even experienced racers struggle with maintaining proper vision through the corners. At Total Control you will learn why riders go where they look and how you can use your eyes to your advantage and safety during every ride.

Unlike cars, motorcycles can take a lot of different lines through a particular corner. Some of these lines will help you make a safe and serene progression through the bends, while others will ruin your perfect ride! During our Advanced Riding Clinic you will learn exactly how to plan and follow proper lines on every corner of the road.

No matter what you ride, the way you position your body on your motorcycle has a profound impact on how it will handle during a corner and also determines how much physical effort you will need to control it. Our Advanced Riding Clinic uses a ten step technology to ensure you achieve the right body position—every time. We call it a technology rather than just a bunch of tips, because ALL the ten steps combine to give you consistent results.

Having the right suspension setup is one of the keys to riding fast and safely. No matter which shock or fork you have, they all require proper adjustment to work to their maximum potential. The knowledge about how your suspension works—and how to properly adjust it and maintain it—will work together with proper riding skills to improve your overall ability to manage traction.

Our Advanced Riding Clinic is based on the best-selling book Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, by Lee Parks.

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

What It Costs

The cost for the standard eight-hour Total Control ARC is $295 - $375 depending on location, which includes a workbook with explanations and examples of the techniques and concepts covered in the course.

Requirements

All students must provide their own motorcycle or scooter and have at least one year of riding experience or a minimum of 3,000 miles. Motorcycle or scooter should be in proper working order, including cooling and charging systems, and a battery that is in good condition. Protective gear is required for all students, which includes a DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended), motorcycle jacket and pants, gloves and boots that cover the ankles. Jeans and fingerless gloves are not allowed, but Kevlar jeans will be accepted. Absolutely no race tires, race compound tires or car tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.

When and Where

If you are interested in attending a Total Control ARC®, click here to find your nearest location. For classes not listed, please send us an e-mail and we will put you on our mailing list to let you know when the next course will be available in your area. Classes are limited to 24 students and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to serious demand we are currently in the process of setting up new locations in several regions. If you live in an area not yet covered, drop us a note and let us know where you are. Site administators should contact us if you are interested in setting up a new location in your area.

The Total Control ARC® Promises

The Total Control® team is committed to making you a better and safer rider and, in doing so, makes these promises:

  • Specific, measurable improvement in your riding

    No matter what skill level you are now, the Total Control ARC® will make a recognizable difference in your ability to control your bike.

  • Better understanding of how your bike works

    How what you do affects your bike's ability to maintain traction and control.

  • The ability to self-diagnose riding problems in the future

    While it's great to be able to ride better in front of a skilled coach, it's equally important to be able to coach yourself when you detect a riding problem in the future. There are enough support materials in our package to help make sure you won't forget what you learned during your training.

  • High teacher-to-student ratio

    Each class is divided in groups with never more than six students per instructor for lots of individual attention and support.

  • Friendly, professional service

    The Total Control ARC® instructors are highly trained and carefully handpicked for their teaching abilities and friendly dispositions. Your experience at the Total Control ARC® will be a positive one.

"Wonderful experience. I had zero motorcycle experience going in. They covered all the basics and got me proficient in two days. The classroom exercises were straight forward and prepared me for the test. The practical exercises on the bike were a challenge for me at first but became second nature by the end of day two. I would recommend this class to both new and experienced riders looking to get a Colorado endorsement."
― Ryan Coryell
"I had a great experience with Iron Buffalo! The instructors were super knowledgeable and really concerned with us learning the things that will keep us safe on the road. Even without much experience on a bike I was able to pass my test with ease thanks to their training!"
― Ben Menge
"Our instructors wee amazing. They are very knowledgeable, patient, kind, and have great teaching methods. They are a good team. If I had reason enough we would take the class again just for fun. We haven't purchased our Spyder yet but their teachings helped me to be a better driver in general - more thoughtful when it comes to two- and three-wheelers on the road."
― AandM Wilkerson
"This training is top notch. Great instructors who were able to get through to me. I'm too old to learn from my mistakes (or to make mistakes - I don't have any left!) , so gaining ability is paramount. The training format reminded me of EMT training. The price is subsidized, I think, and worth every penny. I'm using my Can Am Spyder with confidence and best safety practices."
― Robert Hastings
"Wonderful experience. I had zero motorcycle experience going in. They covered all the basics and got me proficient in two days. The classroom exercises were straight forward and prepared me for the test. The practical exercises on the bike were a challenge for me at first but became second nature by the end of day two. I would recommend this class to both new and experienced riders looking to get a Colorado endorsement."
― Ryan Coryell
"I had some experience riding in the past but i wanted to do a license and training course to get my endorsement. The instructors Bob and Chadwick were amazing i saw other students in class who had never been on a motorcycle become competent riders. Total Control learning material was very informative and was easy to under stand. Thanks again Im pretty sure Ill be taking intermidiate and advanced courses in the future."
― Cornelio Casas
"Fantastic experience! The instructors made the entire class better than I ever expected. They were positive and always worked to build confidence in the riders. I've recommended this class to several people. Well worth the time and money!"
― Amanda Van Blaricom

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Iron Buffalo Motorcycle Training
E 60th Ave & Trenton St
Commerce City, Colorado 80022
www.ironbuff.org