Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools
Ken and JoAnna Murray
Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!
Happy July 4th to everyone! We hope you are spending time with
family and friends while honoring the true meaning of the holiday!
MSTA-STAR Taos, NM
Well, it was HOT in Taos!!! And very dryno rain the entire
trip. We learned the average rainfall in Northern New Mexico is
around 8 to 9 inches a year. Not much compared to what we get in
the South Eastern part of the U.S. Taos is at an altitude of over
6900 feet. Riding further into the Northern part of the state we
found altitudes up to 1100 feet. This actually kept the night time
temperatures in the 40's and daytime reasonable. Road conditions
were good and traffic not bad at all. Our off road riding (dual
sport) was excellent and eventful.
Ken also found time to tour the Kit Carson museum and visit the
small Indian casino. Very interesting!!
The Dan Clark program, which Ken administers, gave out over $3,300.00
in checks to MSTA members. Click on MSTA:
Dan Clark for more information on this unique MSTA program.
JoAnna took her Mary Kay products to STAR and was available for
facials and SPA treatments after a long day of riding! She donated
over $80 to the Dan Clark programan amount based on a percentage
of the Mary Kay sales made at the rally. We seem to always combine
work and pleasure :-).
The following paragraph was found on one of the dual sport forums.
Beware of how you park your motorcycle!!!!
You can hear this one coming
I parked my 2003 DR650 in one
of the rare shady spots at Home Despot in S. Austin, shopped for
15 minutes, came out and "where's my bike?" Well, it was
lying on the median in front of my spotflopped on its left
side. Whatthefugg? A witness said that a new Cadi Escalade with
paper plates (he couldn't make out the numbers!) roared into the
spot (boom!), hit my bike, then reversed out and sped away. Thanks
a lot. I called 911 and filed a hit and run report with the police,
and the officer was able to watch the replay of the incident on
the store's security video but (again) couldn't make out the plate
As for my damage? Snapped off tip of clutch lever, slightly bent
gear shifter, minor abrasions on left side plastic parts (but no
tank dings!), and crumpled license plate and holder bracket. Very
lucky! Very tough bike!
Reminder (and I know this): park your bike far BACK in a spot,
even with the rear of adjacent cars, but that's no guarantee you
won't be clobbered. Maybe I'll start carrying around a small red
traffic cone to put behind my bikes".
And a reminder from Ken: also leave your motorcycle parked in first
gear to minimize travel in case something like this does happen
Can Am Spyder
Motorcyclist-journalist and good friend Fred Rau also attended
STAR this year. He and his lovely wife Cherrie are on a 10,000 mile
ride around the US this summer on the Cam Am Spyder RT touring motorcycle.
You can find him on http://blog.spyderfred.com.
Click on the video for Taos, N.M. You might also see a couple of
folks you know in the video!!
Twisty Sisters 10th Anniversary Rally!
Don't miss the Twisty
Sisters 10th Anniversary Rally, August 20-22, 2010. As always,
it will be held at the fabulous Two Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort
in Suches, GA! Last year's rally had a wonderful article written
by our own Twisty Sister Janis Perfetto published in the national
Women On Wheels (WOW) magazine. You can read it on the websitealong
with a plethora of other information. Whoo Whoo!!! I'm sure this
year's rally will be bigger and better than ever!!!
Call or email JoAnna or Ken if you have questions after browsing
BTW, men are welcome, too. However, the focus is on the women!
Motorcyclist and Concealed Carry Seminar
Our Motorcyclist and Concealed Carry Seminar was well attended
at STAR. There were 386 at STAR and approximately 60 attended the
seminar. A veteran State Patrol Sergeant kicked off the seminar
with some local lore regarding handgun carry in the state of NM.
That was followed with open discussion of different methods of carry
while on a motorcycle (or anywhere), discussion of handgun types
suitable for motorcycle carry, and references to check for state-specific
rules and regulations. Also discussed is the need for training by
qualified NRA instructors.
If you are interested in attending a similar seminar, join us at
on Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00pm. Remember reservations are required
(see WOW schedule below).
Which reminds me, many families have firearms and CHILDREN in their
homes. We strongly advise that your children take a children's firearms
class. It will be a non shooting class and will provide the child
with some excellent advice and information on the do's and don'ts
of firearms in the house.
For example, if they are visiting a friend's home and find a firearm
the child should:
1. STOP! Don't Touch.
2. Leave the Room.
3. Tell an Adult.
Or better yet, bring your kids to a class with you to learn more
about having firearms in your house. Call Ken and JoAnna at 770
573 9902 for more information about private lessons. Remember, education
is the key to better understanding and security in any sport.
And while on this subject, we still have an opening for the NRA
Basic Handgun Class on the 29th of July. Go to www.jkminc.com/HandgunClasses.html
for information and the application.
Upcoming WOW Motorcycle Education Events:
Each month, WOW
Motorcycles offers excellent educational events at their facility.
These events start at 7:00pm but arrive early to enjoy your snack.
Reservations are required as these events fill up quickly!
|| Concealed Carry for Motorcyclists. Know your
rights and responsibilities.
Panel Discussion by Ken Murray NRA Instructor, Chuck Watwood
Motorcycle Attorney, and Elliot Parsowith NRA Instructor and
|| Suspension and Geometry by Kent Soignier from
Back by popular demand! Take your bike to the next level.
|| Double header! Michelin Tires and Motul Oil.
Presented by Jeff Reid from Michelin and Ken Cotzin from Motul.
Learn how tires are made and why motorcycles need their own
|| Final Seminar! Basic Motorcycle Maintenance
presented by WOW Motorcycles. Missed the first one? Don't miss
CALL to reserve your seat! (770) 424-8804
JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:
Mary Kay has introduced some beautiful new Eye Shadow and Lipstick
shades for the summer. In addition, we now offer a Liquid Lipstick
that goes on like a Lip Gloss and covers like a Lipstick. During
the month of July, take 10% off any Lipstick purchase!
Visit my website
and enter "AMS Special" in the comments, call (770-573-9902)
Check out the Mary Kay Summer
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,
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Ride smart, ride safe, ride home! As always, feel free to call us at (770)
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