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post #1 of 14 Old 05-17-2010, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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I attended the Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic offered by Puget Sound Safety Motorcycle Training in Olympia, Washington.
http://www.pugetsoundsafety.com/tct_info.php
http://www.totalcontroltraining.net/

Good clinic, good operation.

The one day clinic pretty much covered about two-thirds of Lee's book, Total Control, High Performance Street Riding Techniques. We had eighteen students in three groups of six, four (very good) instructors, classroom sessions to start, after lunch, and at the end, and plenty of time on the range. The riding exercises were the range exercises described in the book with individual attention from the instructors and still photos. There is an another clinic that starts where this one leaves off and is conducted at the race course.

We had several sport bikes...Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, BMW, Triumph...MotoGuzzi California...Valkyrie...ST1300s & BMW tourers...a GS and a Strom. The lead instructor was on his FJR and when he demo'ed he had the hard parts an inch from the pavement and his knee puck dragging. The only dump was when the GS rider dug the corner of his Touratech aluminum case into the pavement and the bike stopped! and he didn't. I don't know why he didn't remove them at the start when we were all asked to stow our luggage in the classroom.

It was fun both to learn the techniques and to watch the others get better and better. I've read Lee's book, but as we all know, perception is not reality, and the instructors were very good at getting us to do things right step by step.

Anyway, by the end of the day, 9 to 8 with a half hour lunch, I was riding really smoothly with a lot of tools to take home and work on to perfect the movements. By the end of the day I scratched the backs of the elephants on my Metzeler tires while riding tight circles and figure-eights on the range.

Highly recommended.

Puget Sound Safety also offers off road adventure touring training for GS & Strom riders. The owner of the outfit used to own a Vee.
http://www.pssor.com/
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The only dump was when the GS rider dug the corner of his Touratech aluminum case into the pavement and the bike stopped! and he didn't. I don't know why he didn't remove them at the start when we were all asked to stow our luggage in the classroom.


OUCH - I always wondered about those squared-off bags....

Since I'm pondering Aluminum bags for my Vee can I ask ....Do you think that the taper cuts on the Jesse Odyssey II's would have prevented them from touching the pavement so soon? That's one reason I'm considering the Jesse's over other hard bags!

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I took this clinic in Milwaukee last Saturday and found out how to drag my center-stand . 40 ft circles seem to get pretty small pretty quickly. My only regret is not signing up for the skills day the next day. I think that should be a part of the class. 3 attempts at each exercise just doesn't seem enough to cement new skills.

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IMO, Puget Sound Safety has the best programs in the state. I would really like to take the adventure camp later this year from Brett. I have heard really good things about it as well as the program Parks offers. A long time ago I went to Keith Codes school and it was excellent but more geared to the track than the street, but then I liked track days and was I was much younger, a bit of a hooligan.
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OUCH - I always wondered about those squared-off bags....

Since I'm pondering Aluminum bags for my Vee can I ask ....Do you think that the taper cuts on the Jesse Odyssey II's would have prevented them from touching the pavement so soon? That's one reason I'm considering the Jesse's over other hard bags!//
I've taken this course and have Jesses.

Don't think there'd be close to a problem, and I've cornered my bike pretty hard.

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I took this clinic in Milwaukee last Saturday and found out how to drag my center-stand . 40 ft circles seem to get pretty small pretty quickly. My only regret is not signing up for the skills day the next day. I think that should be a part of the class. 3 attempts at each exercise just doesn't seem enough to cement new skills.
We had a very full day. I feel that the 3 attempts at each exercise gave me the tools that I can use in the future, and my limited reading on the matter shows that it takes at least 3000 repetitions of a task to cement it into muscle memory. I'd like another day of the clinic, and here that is a separate clinic at another date.

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I am due for another riding clinic. It has been over a year now. Perhaps I will look into this one. Sounds pretty good.

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I took it in October, also from Puget Sounds Safety, and liked it a lot. We had a small class -- eight students and two instructors -- but that gave us a lot of time on the range, so we got more than three attempts at each exercise. I've incorporated some of the techniques into my daily riding.

PSS also offers a couple of advanced clinics at higher speeds, targeting street riding, that I'm told are very good.

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I took it in October, also from Puget Sounds Safety, and liked it a lot. We had a small class -- eight students and two instructors -- but that gave us a lot of time on the range, so we got more than three attempts at each exercise. I've incorporated some of the techniques into my daily riding.

PSS also offers a couple of advanced clinics at higher speeds, targeting street riding, that I'm told are very good.
anyone looking for that advanced class at the track here is it is PSS Advanced Street Skills - S-M-A-R-T Cornering for Street Riders

There are 4 levels to that program now and you can rent a bike if you fly in to take it. No stroms just BMW's

The Adventure camp is pretty awsome if you haven't taken that one PSSOR - Off road training and events in the Pacific Northwest.



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Friend of mine took the course, he lowsided on the way home. I still make fun of him for it. But I know plenty of people who took the course and I personally know Lee. It's the best performance enhancement you can make. Forget about tires, suspension, pipes or other horsepower crap. Learning to ride better will make your bike go faster on a track and keep you safer on the street.
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