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Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques [Kindle Edition]

Lee Parks
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13186 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (July 15, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616730471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616730475
  • ASIN: B005TOMV7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every rider March 13, 2004
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. It deals with technical subjects like suspension set-up and aerodynamics, as well as human topics like attitude, fear and fitness. Don't get misled by the title, since the techniques taught there apply to every bike type, not only to hi-performance superbikes. Written in a plain understandable language and including just the right and needed math formulae, Mr. Parks leads the reader through the entire book without much pain even for the complete novice rider. He even adds the right amount of subtle humour also.
Great book, highly recommendable.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Control is spot on! November 23, 2004
Overall impression:

First, the book "Total Control" was an exceptionally well paced and visually pleasing read! It is immediately obvious that you have spent a great deal of time and thought on the material placed within its pages. It's technical enough to clearly present the necessary data within the defined concept, without going so deep that it becomes difficult to navigate. Nor is it so simplistic that the reader would feel slighted by being overly "hand-held" or "kid-gloved". If there were three bears and some porridge handy, I'm sure "it's just right" would be the theme of the day.


While the majority of these concepts are not new to me, it is still nice to have someone else positively reinforce said concepts, and at times, distill them down to more accurate truths. This happened several times throughout the book when I would find myself nodding along with a passage, a bubble of remembrance surfacing in my mind as I recalled the event(s) that first led to the discovery of these factoids, usually in a much less desirable way. Often I had to set the book aside, while I mentally re-examined an idea I thought I knew backwards and forwards, yet was being presented from a different perspective. This of course, leads to additional insight and greatly increased understanding of not only the outlined principle, but also how these principles are all connected to one another. It's one thing to know a bunch of individual concepts, it is quite another to see them as a contiguous whole.

Without doubt, the most enjoyable chapters in the book for me are Ch. 4, 5, and 6 titled "Fear", "Concentration", and "Right Attitude" respectively.
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book November 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - Better if your have some experience February 15, 2006
This is simply an excellent book. The techiques it presents for turning, braking, U-turns, driving with pigeons and so on are really excellent and works perfectly.

The initial chapters explaining the physics involved in driving are explained in order to be understood for everyone but at the same time are very technical and deep. You actually understand how your bike works.

It has a lot of illustrations and photos that help a lot the examples. A lot of them show the Correct and Incorrect way to do some particular exercise, so you can check both easily.

The book shows a lot of Sport bikes on their pictures, but it's not written only for sport bikes. The techniques and explanations works with any kind of bike.

My only warning: I don't think this is a good book for total novices, it's better to have some mileage before you read it.

But it certainly is an EXCELLENT book for any rider with a couple of months of experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Best!!
Published 15 days ago by Rick Hagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad I got it.
Published 24 days ago by Ginuphine
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for a street rider of any level
Great book. Bought it for my son who is a new rider and just going to his first Riders School. I took a look at it and ended up reading the whole thing. Read more
Published 25 days ago by LouKY6165
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by JohnEd
5.0 out of 5 stars This is highly recommended reading for all motorcyclist
The title is a little misleading...This book is not only for those interested in "High Performance Street Racing Techniques"... Read more
Published 1 month ago by tambourinemonkey66
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Book has along of info
Published 1 month ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book for everyone who rides a motorcycle
This will help improve your riding. It helps you understand the relationship between you the rider and the motorcycle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Oz14
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ FOR ANY RIDER :)
Whether you are a experienced rider or a newbie, this book can refresh your skills from the basics to intermediate levels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N7
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
It's good to know.
Published 2 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more drills
Not what I wanted for my money.
The book went over a lot if aspects that affect writing, but I was expecting more than two practice drills to work on vehicle control. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric
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