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

Price

The TC ARC® has a cost of $350.

We have motorcycles for rent for $50, which includes gas and insurance.

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
"The instructors Isaac and Chris were awesome. I would recommend taking the motorcycle course with them for absolute beginners or for riders with prior experience. I appreciate the way the whole course has been put together. Be it classroom sessions or the on the range. I have learnt a lot from these fantastic people over two days. Thank you guys!"
― Mukesh Shenoy
"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
"Knowledgeable and experienced instructors provided clear guidance and instructions to new riders. Even some of the seasoned riders learned new concepts and skills."
― Art Garcia
"I had a great time and learned a lot! I went in with 0 motorcycle experience. The classroom time was packed with information and a good preparation for the next session on the range. There's almost no wasted time during the classroom time and time on the motorcycle. They really condensed everything they could. It's also pretty fun."
― Rodolphe Courtier
"Craig, and his crew at Pacific Motorcycle Training are pros, nuff said. They know their stuff and make a conscious effort to pass it along to you. If your goal is to know how to ride and be safe doing it, you've come to the right place. Prepare to feel confident on the open highway after completion; this course is the real deal."
― Bkandel .
"Really great instructors, noticed myself and others with varying experience with motorcycling improve with the feedback and training that was provided. No matter you experience level you will be a better driver, motorcyclist and human :)"
― Mark Dano

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