'Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques' by Lee Parks

In addition to wearing All The Gear, All The Time, I'm always looking for new tips and tricks to help me keep my motorcycle upright. Lee Parks' Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques is a wonderful addition to my library.

Clear illustrations, diagrams and photos paired with Parks not taking himself very seriously make for one great book.

Parks is a very accomplished rider, racer and instructor, he uses that experience to explain a lot of important ideas about HOW the bike works that I had not considered. There is a great chapter on suspension, describing how all the components work to stabilize a motorcycle and how to adjust yours for more comfortable riding. Similar chapters on traction, braking and steering pointed out things I'd love to say were obvious to me, but were not.

In the vein of Proficient Motorcycling, but more focused on physics and technology than street riding scenarios, I highly recommend Total Control.

Lee Parks'Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques

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  1. Jason, you might enjoy a subscription to Motorcycle Consumer News, the ONLY US bike mag with ZERO advertiser dollars. good talk about bikes, products, books, etc - http://www.mcnews.com/mcn/ and you will definitely get a lot out of renting and watching On Any Sunday, repeatedly.. Frezno Smooth? not so much, but still hilarious. And a beginner trackday? Not to go racing (but it IS a great way to irritate an overprotective Jewish mom) - a beginner trackday? builds more skills than anything else. My pals at ZoomZoom offer some good ones - z2trackdays.com

  2. llaen says:

    I wiped out while reading Proficient Motorcycling. Well, not doing both at the same time (riding and reading), that is.

    I still think it's the book's fault. It made me TOO aware of those wet streetcar tracks!

  3. My fave piece of Motorcycling gear is a full face helmet. Yeah, yeah, face protection, whatever. The real killer feature is that when you're lying post-crash on the pavement face up, and you move that heavy thing off your chest, you can't SEE that it is, in fact, your leg.

    Don't ask me how I know.

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