Book Review: Lee Parks’ Total Control

Aug 24, 2015 View Comments by

Book Review: Lee Parks' Total ControlTotal Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, Second Edition by Lee Parks

Every motorcyclist who’s serious about the sport is always looking for ways to improve his/her riding skills and become a better and safer rider. One way of becoming a better rider involves studying and mastering the physics and mechanics that govern motorcycles and roads. In his book Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, Lee Parks breaks down every possible aspect of motorcycling from the physics of tire traction to how suspension works to aerodynamics and rider fitness—and everything in between.

This book, the second edition of Total Control, is somewhat of a motorcycle rider’s encyclopedia. Through 20 chapters and 190 or so pages, Parks unpacks the extremely technical details of motorcycle function, performance, riding technique, and much more. Total Control incorporates hundreds of high-quality, full color photographs and diagrams, which add much needed visual aids for the complex subject matter conveyed in the text. In fact, the big difference between the book’s two editions is in the latter’s updated visuals, though a foreword by motorcycle industry icon Erik Buell certainly doesn’t hurt.

The easy-to-navigate chapter structure and table of contents allows readers to quickly locate the subjects they’re most interested in, though I recommend reading from start to finish as the topics tend to build on each other. For those riders who are looking to get the most out of themselves and their machine, this book is an invaluable resource that’s unmatched in motorcycle literature. It’s entertaining yet highly technical, challenging, and rewarding.

Author: Lee Parks
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 9780760343449
Price: $29.99
www.leeparksdesign.com

 

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About the author

There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.