Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools

Ken and JoAnna Murray
April 1, 2010

Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!

It is really amazing to realize that less than a week ago we were experiencing 35 degree temperatures and hail bouncing off the front porch! And this time last month, there was 5 inches of snow on the ground… It looks like spring has finally "sprung"! Yesterday, as I began bringing plants and citrus trees out of the green house, it was close to 80 degrees!! What other surprises are in store for us????

Spring Time Shopping

As the weather becomes warm and sunny, many of you are having visions of new (or new to you) motorcycles dancing in your heads... We are with you!

I once saw a bumper sticker that read, "All cars run on used parts." This is true - the money spent for the new automobile, motorcycle, or handgun is not always the best of investments. As soon as the tires hit the road, the purchase is used and may lose up to 40% of its value. Your dealer must make a profit to stay in business and be there to service your purchase. If they have a 20% markup on a vehicle/handgun, they can pocket a small profit. But when you want to trade the item in at a later date the dealer may offer something well below his wholesale price.

Certain features can be more desirable and if you must have these, then shopping for a bargain will be tougher. If you wish to own something that will just be reliable over the long run the task is far easier. You can find a quality used motorcycle/handgun that will serve your needs. I have certainly made my share of errors in the past, but most were easily rectified. Others were nearly insurmountable.

If you purchase a used vehicle/handgun from a reputable shop, you should have some type of warranty. A shop owner once told me that "nothing should go wrong". Never the less, I should do my part and maintain and keep the motorcycle/handgun clean..... There are good purchases to be made on the used market. With careful shopping on our part we can do well.... We strongly suggest you frequent reputable dealers for your used or new purchase.

World Of Wheels Education Seminar Update

Our World of Wheels Education Seminar in Marietta on 17 March was met with a large turnout. Our good friend and fellow instructor Pete Tamblyn (Stayin' Safe) provided an excellent PowerPoint presentation of the Stayin' Safe teachings which focus on situational awareness. Ken (Atlanta Motorcycle Schools) discussed the appropriate technique for negotiating curves and bends. WOW staff set up the "Good Eats" for everyone. We were surrounded by excellent motorcycles and good company… Several of Atlanta Motorcycle Schools customers were in attendance. A good time was had by all!!!!!! And hopefully, some learning as well :-).

Our next WOW Education Seminar is scheduled for July. The subject will be Motorcyclists and Concealed Carry. Plan on attending and we will have more details in a later Update..

2010 World Superbike Schedule

Date: Location:
11 April Valencia, Spain
25 April Assen, Netherlands
9 May Monza, Italy
16 May Kyalami, S. Africa
31 May Salt Lake City, USA
27 June Misano, San Marino
11 July Brno, Czech Rep.
1 August Donington Park, UK
5 September Nurburgring, Germany
16 September Imola, Italy
3 October Magny-Cours, France

Consult your TV listing for the schedule

Springtime Refresher Training

As always, we strongly urge all motorcycle riders to resume their continuing education efforts especially early in the riding season.

Contact us at 770 573 9902 and we can discuss the steps to bring you to the next level of proficiency. Go to our Course page for motorcycle course description information. Also go to our Handgun page for information regarding our NRA Handgun course information.

Remember, we can be a bit rusty on those motorcycles this time of year.

Garage Party

On Thursday, March 25, JoAnna represented both Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools and her Mary Kay business at the Killer Creek H-D Ladies Garage Party. Garage Party™ events are women-only parties hosted by HD® dealerships after hours, where you'll learn the basics of motorcycling that can help get you on the road.

If you know women who are interested in learning to ride, this is a good introduction into several aspects of riding. And of course, Atlanta Motorcycle Schools is always there to help them learn to ride!

JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:

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Visit my website and enter "AMS April Special" in the comments, call (770.573.9902) or email me!

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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