Total Control® Advanced Riding Clinic in the Bay Area

Pacific Motorcycle Training

Note: If you are looking for a course to waive your DMV skills test, click here.

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.

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 Covers

Creating safer riders is the main objective of everything we teach and -because failing to negotiate corners is the main cause of motorcycle crashes and fatalities on the road- our Advanced Riding Clinic, Level 1 is focused on our 7 Keys to Proper Cornering:

Traction Management • Throttle Control • The Mental Aspects of Riding Vision • Line Selection • Body Position • Suspension Setup

Motorcycle Requirements

Students must provide their own motorcycles for the class. Motorcycles used for the range exercises must be street-legal and have current registration. In addition, students must have a motorcycle insurance policy in force. Students must provide insurance policy and license (tag) numbers at the start of the class.

Your motorcycle should be well maintained. This includes the following:

  • Your tires should have sufficient tread (at least 3mm). Air pressure will be checked before the class starts.
  • No car tires or race tires or race compound tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.
  • Your bike should not overheat while stopped with the motor running on a hot day.
  • On liquid cooled bikes, check the coolant level.
  • Check the engine oil level.
  • Your charging system must function properly, and a relatively new battery is highly recommended because you will be starting the bike frequently.
  • Brakes are in good working order.
  • No motorcycles with leaking fluids will be allowed on the range. This includes: engine oil, transmission fluid, gasoline, engine coolant, brake fluid or anything else that may leak from a motorcycle.
  • Absolutely no race tires or race compound tires are allowed even if they are DOT approved. These tires will not get hot enough to maintain traction during the class.

Gear Requirements

  • Full-finger, 100% leather or street-specific motorcycle gloves.
  • Motorcycle-specific protective pants (leather chaps OK).
  • Over-the-ankle protective boots.
  • DOT-approved helmet, if you have one.
  • Eye Protection.
  • Motorcycle-specific riding jacket.

For New Riders

Learn the basics of riding safely in a controlled environment and receive the certificate required to waive the DMV riding skill test. Our friendly basic riding course was designed for people with zero experience on a motorcycle. We provide motorcycles and helmets for you to learn with.

For Experienced Riders

Become a better—and safer—rider using your own motorcycle with our Intermediate Riding Clinic. Or take your cornering and crash-avoidance skills to the highest level with our Advanced Riding Clinics, taught only by the best certified instructors in the Bay Area!


"Amazing ! I got more than what I expected. Full of fun and excellent training. The best in Bay area. Chris and Issac are excellent."
― Krishnaraj Venkatesan
"Very thorough. Great for beginners. Basic fundamentals are instilled in you from the beginning to the end. Craig and Ken are terrific guys, great attitudes and very knowledgeable. Also their patience is what counts... I will be attending another slightly advanced class that they offer. Parking is great at both class and range locations."
― RR Leland
"I had such a great time at class with Ken and Kyle. I’ve been riding for awhile but they still taught me some new things. Thank you Pacific Motorcycle Training. I will be back for more training."
― Camille Scerri
"It's been three years since I have ridden the motorcycle. It was really fun and enjoyed it the most. It also helped me realize the mistakes I was doing and to correct those. Thanks Isaac and Edberg for keeping it well balanced with fun and learning. Highly recommend it even if you are not a new rider."
― Suriya Shankar
"Ken and Lisa are amazing instructors both inside and outside the classroom. With over 50 years of combined motorcycle experience they provide excellent and detailed instruction on how to safely handle a motorcycle on the road. They made the course extremely fun and entertaining. I would recommend Pacific Motorcycle training to anyone riding a motorcycle from beginner to veteran. I plan to come back for the Intermediate course in a few years."
― Michael Roberts
"This program was very well paced. It started slow for the beginners and moved on efficiently for those with a little more experience. It helped ease my initial fears and helped make me feel more confident in my abilities to ride."
― Joanne Gleason
"I can't thank these guys enough. Such incredible patience and knowledge! We had a class with students from all walks of life and backgrounds, and these guys were able to make everyone's experience a very pleasant one. The classes were super informative and fun. They really do give 110%. Ray, Isaac, and Chris, thank you guys so much. You're absolutely terrific and it's been a pleasure learning from—and getting—to know you."
― Hassan N. Rasmi

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