IRC Qualifier

  • Please look at this video and ensure you can complete this before enrolling in the course.  This is a pre-requisite for entrance into the Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic. This exercise will be the very first thing you do upon arriving at the school to determine your eligibility.  Failure to complete this will result in a dismissal from the course. 

Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic

 The Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic 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.

You will learn intermediate-level skills required to safely operate a full-sized motorcycle and understand the basic psychology of riding to help make better choices on the road. Topics covered include having a proper mental state, understanding two-wheeled vehicle dynamics, cornering strategies for multiple types of turns, emergency braking and evasive maneuvers.

Students completing the 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. Although not a requirement, it's also advisable to have read the book Total Control before you get there. Copies are available at fine bookstore and on this website.

The 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! 

Total Control Level 1

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.

Cornering technique is the primary focus of the Total Control ARC℠. Individual skills include corner entry, line selection, body position and corner exit. There are slightly different versions of these depending on the type of bike ridden, but all follow the same philosophical principals that are taught in the course. Throttle control and throttle/brake transitions are also covered in great detail. Additionally, super-tight, low-speed, "parking lot" turns are taught. 

Total Control Level 2

The TC ARC L2 takes off where the original left off. More challenging exercises and riding technology from the best-selling book "Total Control" adds additional advanced techniques to any experienced rider's "toolbox." Where the TC ARC Level 1 builds proficiency in the rider, Level 2 puts them on a path to true mastery. Topics covered include: Riding Psychology, speed shifting, maximum threshold braking, trail braking into standard and decreasing radius turns, and how to safely tighten your line in the middle of a corner. Chassis setup is also covered including understanding tire choices, geometry optimization (rake and trail) and suspension troubleshooting. Additionally a comprehensive section on ergonomics will teach you the science of performance/comfort with handlebars, grips, levers, seats, footpegs and more. In the final exercise (TC Solo) we combine all the skills from L1 and L2, and experience them at significantly higher speeds, mimicking the g-forces of track riding, but without the associated risks of triple-digit speeds.

Similar to the L1 Clinics, the L2 Clinics are done in one 9-hour day on your own motorcycle. The cost is $295-$375 depending on location and it has similar safety gear requirements.

The combination of the TC ARC L1 and L2 has been used extensively by the Marine Corps since 2009 to train its elite Motorcycle Mentors, and represents the current state of the art in motorcycle training. Some riders prefer to take both L1 and L2 in the same weekend (when available) whereas some prefer to have some time in-between to practice. There are pros and cons to both strategies but it it not recommended to wait more than 2 years between Clinics.

Either way, the TC ARC L2 is the perfect next step for those wishing to continue their advanced training as part of a lifelong learning regimen. (Note: All participants MUST have completed Total Control ARC℠ L1 as a prerequisite. No exceptions.)

TC ARC (L1 and L2) Riding Gear Requirements

  • Helmet-DOT-compliant helmet (Full-face or 3/4 preferred). Personal helmets are subject to inspection for DOT-compliance and to make sure that they are in good working condition.
  • Eye protection-Face shield, googles or some form of sun-/eyeglasses. They may be tinted or clear. Ordinary prescription glasses may be worn.
  • Gloves-Must be full finger and cannot be open on the back of the hand. They must be street-motorcycle specific and/or durable leather. Mechanics gloves, batting gloves, etc. are NOT acceptable. Fingerless gloves are not acceptable.
  • Pants-You must wear street motorcycle specific pants made of textile or leather. Leather chaps or Kevlar jeans are acceptable, however regular denim jeans are not.
  • Jacket-Durable leather or textile jacket (armored, motorcycle-specific is preferred)
  • Boots/Shoes-Over the ankle with little to no heel. Shoes can be hiking type that provides reinforced ankle support. Boots are preferred. Your footwear should have a good rubber sole for traction and the heel shouldn't be higher than what is commonly on a "workman's boot." Thin fabric shoes made of canvas or other fabrics that do not provide support are not acceptable. The classic Converse All Star "Chuck Taylor" or dress shoe are examples of shoes that DO NOT meet the requirements.
  • Motorcycle tires - Absolutely no race tires, race compound or car tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.

In TC Solo, we combine the skills from Level 1 and 2, and experience them at significantly higher speeds, mimicking the g-forces of track riding.

Participants MUST have completed Total Control ARC℠ Level 1 as a prerequisite. 

Motor Pro Challenge

This new advanced riding course was developed right here in the lone star state and is only available in Texas. Created specifically for those riders on the larger displacement (1000cc / 61ci or larger) touring, sport touring and cruiser style motorcycles.

With the growing popularity of these larger heaver motorcycles there arose a need for specialized training to address issues specific to these style bikes. The focus is on enhanced collision avoidance, low speed control and maneuvering. Riders should have several years and many miles in the saddle, and at least had the Total Control Intermediate Riding Clinic OR the MSF Basic Riders Course2.

Motor Pro  Challenge is a 6-hour advanced rider course for riders of larger touring bikes, and is done on participant own motorcycles. MotorPro Challenge will help hone your riding skills and inform you on what things you can or should improve on to give you more control, and help you become a more confident and safer rider. Class size is limited to 6 riders.