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!


"Fantastic, I would highly recommend anybody who is contemplating riding or, is riding a motorcycle to attend. The course work and instructors have given me the basic tools required to learn how to ride a motorcycle correctly as well as of course, a taster of how much fun riding a motorcycle can be."
― Andrew Phillis
"Chris and Craig’s techniques where phenomenal. Chris was very professional, unbiased, focused, and very helpful. Craig was cool, hip, and straight forward to point out what needs to be corrected. Also he is very honest if you are not ready for the road based on his assessment of your skills. Don’t feel bad if you don’t pass, it’s for your own safety!! 👍🏼"
― Milo De La Cruz
"Pacific motorcycle training was Excellent!! Instructors are very friendly and will answer any questions you have, I would strongly recommend doing your motorcycle training at this school. The range and the classrooms are in very convenient locations, great school👍🏻 Well worth the money!!"
― Wayne Standart
"Let me start off with WOW! This course was just magnificent. The instructors are really fun and amazing, I've never been on a bike before until this course and they tought me every thing I needed to know and now I can confidently ride a motorcycle."
― Gregory Woodruff
"This was a great beginning class for anybody looking to start riding. The instructors Ken, Chris, Kyle, and Issac were all very friendly and helpful, and they made the course material easy to learn. You will definitely come out of this class feeling a lot more confident about riding a motorcycle."
― Peter Ng
"They did a great job. Cool instructors and students. The only thing they can improve is their lot to make it more realistic to everyday riding conditions. But they did a great job with what they have and everything is practical, useful and safety oriented. Thank you guys"
― D Jones
"This was the best class I have ever taken. The teachers were amazing, especially Craig. His guidance and teaching style was so approachable. So often teachers talk at you but not the case with this program. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!"
― Store 5234

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