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Intermediate Motorcycle Courses in Denver, CO
Total Control IRC® (With Licensing Option)
The Perfect Next Step for Newer and Returning Riders
The Total Control Intermediate Riding ClinicSM is the perfect next step for newer riders who are looking to improve their skills on their own bike as well as riders that have recently gotten back into riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.
The Total Control IRC® is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes. Come experience what all the buzz is about by signing up for a Total Control IRC today!
Iron Buffalo offers experienced students who take the The Total Control IRC®—but are not licensed—the opportunity to achieve intermediate-level skills along with their motorcycle license, in which case riders will also have the option to either take it on their own motorcycle or do it in one of our available loaner bikes.
IMPORTANT: Students who attend this class to obtain their license will be required to demonstrate fundamental riding skills by passing a basic riding evaluation at the beginning of the class. You must successfully complete this test in order to continue with the rest of the class. Students will have 3 attempts to pass the pre-entry exam. If the students are unsuccessful, they will be dismissed and recommended to take the beginner course. If they have not ridden recently, it is recommended that students register for a beginner course instead.
Riders who already have their own bike and a motorcycle license can take this course without the testing requirements. Just present your valid M endorsed driver's license, your registration, and your proof of insurance when you arrive and enjoy the class!
What It Covers
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.
Because emergency stops can be scary due to the limited amount of traction you have and how much it would hurt to kiss the ground, very few riders practice quick braking and even less have the actual knowledge and skills to do it safely. During our Intermediate Riding Clinic, you will learn and practice the right technique to achieve short stops so you are prepared when you need to brake quickly and avoid a hazard.
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 Intermediate Riding Clinic you will learn how to plan and follow proper lines on every corner of the road.
Few activities in street riding can be as frustrating as having to make a low-speed, tight turn in a limited amount of space—especially if you don't know the technique. Fortunately, it is one of the easiest skills to learn. In fact, most riders are able to reduce their minimum turning diameter by 30 to 40 percent in as little as five minutes of practice!
Swerving around an obstacle at speed can be a life-saving technique but it requires skill and practice to avoid surpassing the available traction of your tires and crashing during the maneuver. During our Intermediate Riding Clinic, you will learn and practice the technique necessary to do it safely when the emergency arises.
During our Intermediate Riding Clinic, you will learn how to put together the throttle control, vision, line selection and body position techniques to practice safe turns at road speeds during your everyday rides.
Students completing the Total Control IRC® report significantly improved riding skills, confidence and the ability to make better choices about when and how to ride. The IRC is also used extensively by the Navy and Marine Corps as "Level 2" training (within 60 days of completing a beginner course) and "Refresher" training (every three years) to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. It is officially recognized for Level 2 training by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, which satisfies requirements for active duty service members and civilians to get their base sticker to ride on base.
Although designed primarily as safety course, the IRC is both challenging and fun. The Clinics are done in one 7-8 hour day on your own motorcycle. It's advisable to have read the book Total Control before you get there. Copies are available at fine bookstores and on this website.
* A minimum of 4 registered students are required to conduct a class.
Teens and out of state students
Students (teens or out of state) who do not hold a Colorado driver’s license or ID must obtain a Pre-Registration code (PR Code) from the Colorado DMV located here. For information on registration for a PR Code, please follow these steps. Once the student has registered for a PR Code, enter this code in the drivers license box on the registration form. Note: If a parent is registering a teen, they must use the teen’s information, not the parent's.
The Total Control IRC® Promises
The Total Control team is committed to making you a better and safer rider and, in doing so, makes these promises:
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