Atlanta Motorcycle Schools
Ken and JoAnna Murray
November 1, 2009
Motorcycles and Makeup, Skincare and Scooters, Guns and
Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!
Rain, Rain and more Rain! My rain gauge has measured 7.1 inches
so far for the month of October
This happens to be more than
October 2007 and 2008 combined. As you can tell, I record all kinds
of trivial information as time goes by
For example, I have kept exact records of the mileage I've put
on every one of my motorcycles over the years. As of the end of
calendar year 2008, I've put 661,429 miles on 17 motorcycles. Now
this is not a big deal in that there are riders out there with more
motorcycle miles and have owned more motorcycles than I have
This total (without interruptions) is for 31 years of riding (I
got a late start!!!!!!).
Well, enough of me and onto some of the latest scuttlebutt we can
Cold Weather Riding
Some of our very best riding over the years has been during December
through Februaryleaves are off the trees enabling us to see
through the forest when riding the bends in North Georgia; there
is less traffic on the roads to contend with; and the motorcycle
seems to run a little better in the colder temperatures.
Wear the proper gear, stop more frequently, and know the roads
you are planning to ride. Overnight freezing temperatures can linger
through part of the day and reduce thawing of the ice spotsespecially
in the shaded areas. Watch out for the black ice and give your tires
a bit longer to "warm up" before aggressive acceleration,
braking, or leaning takes place.
If you would like specific recommendations regarding the above,
call/email us and we'll cover the subject in more detail: (770)
Mary Kay Anyone?
I wanted to let everyone know I am now a Mary Kay Independent Beauty
Consultant. Like many, our businesses have been way down, so I thought
I would start my 3rd (or is it 4th?) career! I am excited about
my new business. I used Mary Kay many years ago and loved it. Now
I find it has changed - and all for the better! It has always been
a very good product and now it is even more so
Some of the reasons I chose Mary Kay - rather than trying to find
full-time employment in my technical field: It provides me the flexibility
to continue teaching motorcycling with Ken, continue to design websites,
and work on a contract programming basis when possible. And BEST
OF ALL, it allows me to plan visits with family and friends I do
not see as often as I would like. You can't beat that!!!
If any of you (or your spouses, parents, children, friends, etc.)
need any Mary Kay products, would like a free facial, or would like
to host a partyplease let me know! You can earn free products
or discounts by hosting a party. And, parties do not have to be
"in person" you can also earn hostess credits by
simply taking ordersor by hosting an "internet party"
(send emails to friends having them shop on-line within a preselected
In fact, you can shop on-line with me 7/24 at www.MaryKay.com/JoAnnaMurray.
There are lots of specialsincluding some free offers
and tips on beauty and skin care. You can even do a free on-line
make-over. How cool is that?!
Guys, you are not "off the hook" . Mary Kay has wonderful
If you have any questions, please feel free to call (770-573-9902),
email me (JoAnna@JKMinc.com) or visit my website www.MaryKay.com/JoAnnaMurray.
1. A 'good' ride is one you can walk away from. A 'great' ride
is one you can walk away from and still be able to use the bike
2. Every ride is optional.
3. If you push the bars left, the bike goes left. If you push the
bars right, the bike goes right. That is, unless you continue pushing
the bars all the way, then the bike will go down.
4. Riding a motorcycle isn't dangerous. Crashing one is.
I'm frequently asked as to which brake should be applied first
in a quick-stop situation. From a physical perspective, as brakes
are applied, weight is transferred to the front wheel, reducing
weight on the real wheel. With enough front brake, a "sticky"
tire, good road surface, and a short wheelbase, it is possible to
lift the rear wheel off the ground, rendering the rear brake useless
(sometimes known as a "Brakie").
If the object is to stop as quickly as possible, both brakes should
be applied at the same time. Reach and squeeze the front brake lever
as you would for a normal stop, then continue to progressively squeeze
the front brake lever to the point just short of tire lockup. You
can be a little more aggressive initially with the rear brake, but
as weight is transferred to the front, smoothly reduce rear brake
pedal pressure to prevent locking the rear wheel. For your information,
a heavy cruiser with sticky tires can be stopped in a shorter distance
than the latest, greatest sport bike, but only if you use the proper
BTW, those customers of ours who have taken Course 201 may remember
this technique as discussed and practiced in the session
PRACTICE, PRACTICE and then PRACTICE some more
Deliberate practice: These are activities that have been specially
designed to improve the current level of performance. Deliberate
practice requires effort and is not inherently enjoyable. However
riders should be motivated to practice as practice improves performance.
Combining the required training to acquire the skill correctly and
then PRACTICING regularly will make you a more complete rider over
We have been told many times we will do in an emergency situation,
that which we routinely do (i.e., practice). If you are ever in
an emergency situation, will your practice save you?
In 2005 JoAnna was rear ended by a distracted driver. Her motorcycle
was totaled but fortunately she did not suffer any broken bones.
But massive bruises and internal tissue damage stayed with her for
quite some time.
Chuck Watwood (www.LawBike.com)
has been a good friend of ours for some time and we occasionally
contribute articles for Full Throttle magazine for his monthly column.
Chuck took our case and it was resolved in short order. In the event
you ever need the services of an excellent motorcycle accident attorney,
contact Chuck. You won't regret it! BTW, Chuck is a motorcycle rider
|As always, we encourage you to submit observations, evaluations,
and experiences relating to the benefits of appropriate rider gear, good
street education, and skill enhancement opportunities. Email your thoughts,
comments, questions, and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride smart, ride safe, ride home! As always, feel free to call us at (770)
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