Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools

Ken and JoAnna Murray
Newsletter Volume 11-2010

Makeup and Motorcycles, Skincare and Scooters, Guns and Glamour

Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!

Well, summer is almost over—not that you can tell by the weather—but school has started back in most places and September will be here before you know it! JoAnna and I hope you have all had a FUN summer and been able to ride as much as you wanted!

10th Anniversary Twisty Sisters Rally—Recap

Wow, what a great time we had at the 10th Anniversary Twisty Sisters Rally! It was great to reconnect with so many friends that we often see only once a year. If you are a Facebook user, there are many more photos posted on the Twisty Sisters FB Group. If you are not a fan-what are you waiting for?!

We started the weekend off Friday with a Meet and Greet which included Hula Hoop demonstrations (and lessons!) by Amma Li. And man, is she good! Saturday was a "frog choker", so SKERT did not do her Dropped Bike Demo (although, we did get to practice her technique a time or two ;-).

In spite of the heavy rains, the hardy Dual Sport group, led by Pete Tamblyn, left promptly at 10:00 with a total of 8 motorcycles and 9 riders! Unfortunately, my battery was dead, so I was not able to participate (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!).

Hula Lessons by Amma Li

I understand the water crossings were about 3 times the size they were the previous week during the pre-ride. LOL! But everyone survived and enjoyed the adventure-nothing but smiles on the (wet!) return!

Motorcycles and Concealed Carry by Ken Murray

While the "tough" were out riding, those (and there were many) remaining at TWO, attended an impromptu Motorcycles and Concealed Carry seminar put on by (wanna guess?) Ken and JoAnna. Of those attending- would you believe-over ¾ own handguns and most of these had a Concealed Carry license?!

JoAnna brought her Mary Kay products and there were seven ladies who enjoyed a Pampering Session and Makeover. Unfortunately, this was followed by Mimi's Belly Dancing lessons-so all the make-up was promptly sweated off. But who cares—it was so much fun!!! After the Belly Dancing, we had Wine and

Chocolate tasting—and this is Healthy Chocolate-how awesome! Then we had more exercise with Amma Li and Hula Hoops (reminder-next time, don't schedule exercise after wine!).

The last scheduled event for Saturday was a Stayin' Safe presentation by Pete Tamblyn which was excellent! And it also included a drawing for 50% off one of their tours. The lucky winner was a new Twisty Sisters

member. Congrats, Janet! Following the seminar, GT and staff had cooked up a FABULOUS Mediterranean Feast!

Sunday morning we wrapped the weekend up with a Tee Shirt exchange and Door Prizes! Many thanks to Moto 400 for the fabulous door prizes and for allowing Judy Mecham time to organize this wonderful event, to GT and TWO for hosting the event, and to Ken/Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools for the seminar and two Gift Certificates Door Prizes!

Tee Shirt Exchange—What fun!

New North Georgia Training Site

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!! We are now offering Motorcycle Classes at our new North Georgia site. This site is located near Blue Ridge at the new Fannin County Recreation Complex. This new site will allow our Tennessee, North Carolina, and North Georgia customers better access to our excellent training opportunities. For more information call 770 573 9902.

Our Metro Atlanta customers will still have access to the Dawson County Recreational site.

Conversion Kits for .22 ammunition

Many owners of semi automatic handguns are considering a .22 conversion kit. With the considerably low price for .22 ammunition, it does sound like a good idea. But first consider this; In principal, I'm not crazy about training with a 22 conversion, since the absence of full recoil won't help you obtain accuracy with the real centerfire rounds in your personal handgun.

I do have several choices in 22 caliber handguns and those work quite nicely for plinking or target shooting. And those guns cost about the same as a good conversion kit.

Overall, I kind of view the 22 conversions as one of those ideas you'd see on the cover of Popular Science: "The Car That Flies", but it doesn't do either job well. Better off with a Car and a Plane, or in this case a good semiautomatic and some other kind of 22 pistol.

For specific .22 handgun recommendations, call us at 770 573 9902.

BTW, some of the questions we have received recently have to do with Handgun Laws in the different states. Go to for up to date information.

Motorcycle Tires

Some time ago a motojournalist/wanabe racer was asked by a tire engineer what he thought about motorcycle tires. The reply was, "they're black, round, and made of rubber.". Too many riders have the same opinion. If you don't believe it, check out the condition of the tires mounted on the various motorcycles at the next motorcycles event you attend. Common problems are tires that are worn out in the center (freeway miles), stepped front (under inflation), or that have long outlived their time in the world. Tire technology has made huge advancements over the past decade. Tires last longer, stick to the ground better in dry and wet conditions, and offer much better feedback. You have a choice of compounds from gumeraser soft to rock hard and you can even buy DOT race tires and slicks (although not a good idea on the street).

Unfortunately, one common factor found in motorcycle crashes is under-inflated tires. This comes under the heading of "out of sight, out of mind." Sure, we can see the tire, but due to stiff sidewall construction, it's impossible to see a 10 to 15 psi (or more) drop in pressure. You may not notice this under inflation until you need to make an aggressive stop, evasive maneuver, or a negotiate a tight corner - just the time you need everything working at its optimum! Checking the pressure regularly is great insurance. Make it part of your pre-ride check every time you ride..

NEW OFFERING: Ride with Ken!!!

We have had a lot of interest in the new offering, so we wanted to repeat it! Ken does have some openings and the weather will soon be cooling down!

Personally designed and lead by local veteran Professional Motorcyclist and Trainer, Ken Murray. This is a one day ride beginning in North Georgia. The ride will include GA60 to Tennessee, TN68 to Tellico Plains, and East on the Cherohala Skyway into North Carolina. Plenty of photo opportunities and strategically planned stops at unique, local motorcycle attractions. Expect a leisurely pace covering some of the best motorcycle roads in North America. This ride will be great for a two up Ride.

OPTIONAL: Turn this into an On-street Skills Refresher Session with rider-to-rider communication for an additional fee.

Click Ride with Ken for details or call Ken at (770) 573-9902.

Atlanta Motorcycles Schools Handgun Safety Course

Short Description: A three hour Basic Handgun course that will enable you to understand safe handgun handling, primary causes of firearms accidents, firearm parts, how to load/ unload action types, cleaning and care of the handgun and much more. We provide the handguns, ammunition, and eye/ear protection. Among other benefits, this course will help you to make better decisions as to methods of carry and the best type of handgun for you. As always, the student to instructor ratio will be one to one. NO LARGE GROUP SESSIONS…

Call JoAnna and Ken at 770 573 9902 for details and scheduling.

MSTA SE STAR—September 17-19, 2010

We just learned there are still some rooms available for the MSTA SE STAR Rally in Dillard, GA. This is a fun event located in one of the best riding areas. If you are an MSTA member, you should plan to attend. If you are not a member, your first year of membership is free when you join during an event!

If interested in the event, contact Steve Rodnon at 828-389-9314,, or visit the website.

Dual Sport Tour—October 16-17, 2010

Our Dual Sport Tour weekend has been set for 16 and 17 October 2010. For more information call JoAnna and Ken at 770 573 9902.

BTW, for those of you considering our Dual Sport Course, this might be the time to schedule the course on "Roads Less Traveled" with Ken and JoAnna. Check out Course 202 for details.

2010 World Superbike Schedule

5 September Nurburgring, Germany
16 September Imola, Italy
3 October Magny-Cours, France

Consult your TV listing for the schedule

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!

September 15th 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 oil.
October 20th Final Seminar! Basic Motorcycle Maintenance and Winterization
presented by WOW Motorcycles. Missed the first one? Don't miss this one!

CALL to reserve your seat! (770) 424-8804

JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:

August is going to be HOT and you know what that does to your skin (that 4-letter word-AGES!). Protect your skin with the Fabulous Mary Kay Skin products: Sun Screen, After Sun Replenishing Gel, and Lip Protector. Check out the AMS Special (link below) and don't miss out on this deal!

Visit my website and enter "AMS Special" in the comments, call (770-573-9902) or email me!

Check out the Mary Kay Summer Catalog!

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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