Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools

Ken and JoAnna Murray
March 4, 2010

Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!

As we look out our window and see the last remains of 5 inches of snow, it becomes clear that early spring is way overdue!!! This weekend looks good and the remains of this snowy winter will be a recent memory. So let's talk about some warm weather activities…

World Of Wheels Education Seminar

JoAnna and I will be presenting our 1st seminar of the year—"Luck of the Irish (Avoiding the Pucker Factor)"—at World of Wheels in Marietta on the evening of 17 March. Joining us for this presentation will be our renowned Tour Guide, Stayin' Safe instructor, and avid motorcyclist PETE TAMBLYN.
The topics will include refreshing our mental skills and focusing on proper management of turns. The session begins at 7PM and will last about an hour.

Refreshments will be served and there is usually a large group of attendees. Hope to see you there!!!!!!!!!

AMS Recognition in National Publications

Atlanta Motorcycle Schools has been prominently mentioned in recent issues of American Motorcycles Association and Motorcycle Consumer News magazines.

The article in MCN included this information; "On-street training has been becoming more prevalent these days. On-street training is widely accepted in countries such as Britain, but there are only a handful of opportunities in the US. Some on-street training programs available in the states include Stayin' Safe (, BikeSafe North Carolina ( and Atlanta Motorcycle Schools ( On-street courses typically include observed evaluation in real world conditions with the aid of rider-to-rider radio communication"

For information of our street courses go to and look closely at Course 111 (on-street for new riders), Course 301 (for riders with more confidence and riding miles) and Course 202 (Dual Sport Adventure riding). Each of these courses is conducted on street with our usual one to one ratio and the use of bike to bike communication.

Trail Braking—Leave it on the Track

Some of you may have heard or read about an advanced braking technique called "trail braking". Essentially it is accomplished by waiting for the last possible moment before the turn, and while still upright, apply maximum brake pressure just before leaning into the turn and gradually easing off the brake as you enter the turn.

Word of advice: Forget this technique as it applies to your everyday street riding. This technique is used by road racers for one purpose—to lower their lap times. If you have any questions or want to discuss this technique, call Ken at 770 573 9902.

Spring Training—Don't Miss Out

Warm weather is just around the corner and we have been scheduling motorcycle and handgun classes for March and April. Call or send us an application ( Call us for available motorcycle and handgun dates—770 573 9902.

Motorcycle Sport Touring Association

Among several motorcycle clubs and associations JoAnna and I belong to is the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA). Members own and ride just about every brand and type of motorcycle (my kind of group!!). Their riding events take place all over the country and in great riding areas. One of the benefits include the Dan Clark Program whereas money is returned to members for reimbursement for riding courses and apparel purchased during the year. For more information about the MSTA go to

Words of Wisdom

Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life. ~ Henry Doherty

Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Home!

Ken and JoAnna

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 Ride smart, ride safe, ride home! As always, feel free to call us at (770) 573-9902.

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