Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!
We hope you are all enjoying the fall colors! It seemed to take
longer than usual for the colors to appear, but they are spectacular
now! I don't think they will last much longer, however...
True Grit (a.k.a. 50cc Fun Run)
Yesterday, 30 October, JoAnna and I participated again in the TRUE
GRITS riding event at Two
Wheels Only Motorcycle Resort in Suches, Georgia. The ride began
at 1:30pm and covered about a 50-60 mile loop north on Hwy 60 to
Skeenah Gap Road, then Old Blue Ridge Hwy, back to Hwy 60 heading
south, and returning to TWO. There were about 100 motorcycles and
scooters. These vehicles will normally have engine displacements
of 50cc and be of the two stroke variety (However, some are "doctored"
just a bit :-DOurs are stock...). Being Halloween, there are
costumed riders on these colorful motorcycles from all over the
South Eastern part of the country. You will see sidecars, trailers
and many kinds of different "farkles" on these motorcycles
You can Google "True Grit 50cc Fun Run" for lots more
information if you are interested!
Ken and JoAnna Lining up for the Start
Groups of 4-6 Were Released at a Time
Business is Blooming
Our business has been down in 2010 due to the economyI'm
sure the same holds true for many of you
However, what is
lacking in numbers is certainly made up for in quality. We have
had some of the most interesting customers from all over the globe!
This year alone, we have had customers take our classes who currently
live and work in Punta Gorda, Fl. (Ken's mother live here, too!);
China; Qatar; and Moroccoas well as, others who now live in
the states but are from areas such as The Czech Republic, Belgium,
and Australia. Do you remember the rain Wednesday? Would you believe
we had three customers from the same family who had never ridden
before learn to ride that day?! They will never fear riding in the
rain after that day!
We have also had several recent returning Iraqi and other combat
veterans taking our courses.
We LOVE our life and our wonderful customers (even those from Slap
Out, AL :-).
I know Ken always reminds you at the end of class, and please know
we mean itfeel free to contact us with any questions you would
like to ask or topics you would like to discuss. We love hearing
New BMW Release
Showcasing the new BMW S 000 RR's blazing speed, sex appeal, and
serious customizing potential, BMW Performance Center is taking
this special machine on a white-hot burnout and drag-running tour
of the southeast.
Blinged out with every piece of carbon filter and billet aluminum
in BMW's official High Performance catalog, this Bavarian barnstormer
brings major street and drag cred with a Brock's Performance CT
Meg Full-Titanium Carbon-Tip exhaust system, Brock's-mapped
Dynojet Power Commander, Alui-Pro 9" over swingarm, controlled
by Brock's custom Dragshock and this double R rolls on ultra-trick
BST carbon-fiber wheels.
Check the dates below and bring your crew to see the legendary,
multi-time national champion Keith "Shine" Dennis, perform
his magic quarter-mile boogie on this one of a kind show and go
rocket. Date Event Type Location
|Thursday, October 28
|Mooresville Dragway, Test and Tune
||8415 Hwy. 152 W.
Mooresville, NC 28115
|Maxton Mile Land Speed Trials
||Laurinburg/Maxton Airport Industrial Park, Maxton, NC
|Vortex Bike Night
||438 Moreland Avenue,
Atlanta, GA 30307
|Lee's Performance MIRock
Super Bike Drag Series
|2153 Highway US 1 North
|Voldosta Manufacturers Cup
Drag Race Final
|South Georgia Motorsports Park,
2521 Highway 41, Adel, GA
Join the "perfect storm" of BMW activities at this year's
Manufacturers Cup Final at Valdosta, GA. This is your chance to
not only witness one of the largest drag bike racing events but
to be amongst multiple BMW race teams and stunt riding events at
Southern Georgia Motorsports Park on November 12-14.
* Brock's Performance and their BMW S 1000 RR Drag Bike Team.
* Morton BMW's S 1000 RR Drag Bike Team.
* BMW Performance Center's new S 1000 RR Drag Bike.
* BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta and BMW Racer Nate Kern.
And don't miss BMW Stunt Rider Chris "Teach" McNeil's
awesome tricks on the S 1000 RR at this year's Manufacturers Cup
Basic Handgun Lessons Offered
As most of you know, JoAnna and I are NRA certified Basic Handgun
Instructors. We offer the excellent NRA 8 hour handgun course.
This course is mainly for new pistol owners (or those who have
not yet purchased a handgun) and those where other family members
maintain a pistol in the house. We provide the handguns, ammunition,
and eye & ear protection. For more information call us at 770
Tips for storing your motorcycle
We recommend the use of a fuel stabilizer to keep your gas fresh
and to protect your carbs and gas tank from corrosion and residue
deposits. STA-BIL Marine (#530-0055) has been reformulated to offer
double corrosion protection as well as protection from the ETHANOL
additive in gasoline. Fill your tank and add stabilizer using the
directions on the bottle. Run the engine for a few minutes to circulate
the mixture into the carbs. Fuel injectors are less affected but
still greatly benefit from this additive. Get the big bottle!! It
also work great in lawnmowers, Jet Ski's and blowers, too.
Tires are affected by heat, sunlight, and dampness as well as ozone,
which is given off by electric motorcycles. Keep your motorcycle
out of direct sunlight and away from electric motors such as refrigerators,
freezers, etc. Store your motorcycle with the tires fully inflated
in a cool dry place. Use your center stand (if you have one) to
keep weight off of the tires.
More storage information coming about the battery and lubrication
in the next UPDATE.
Concealed Carry Options
As reflected by increases in firearm sales and CWP applications,
more Americans are expressing their 2nd Amendment right to bear
arms. This also means more people are now trying to determine the
best way to carry a concealed handgun.
There are multiple factors that influence carry method such as
the handgun's size and type, the person's body shape and clothing
worn, and the carrier's imagination. However, there are a few accepted
methods such as ankle, shoulder and strong side. Each of these has
its advocates, but strong side (high on the waist near the strong
hand) is the preferred method of many experts. There are many ways
to carry a gun, but the one that makes the most sense is high on
There are three types of commonly used strong-side holsters: inside-the-waistband
(IWB), outside-the-waistband (OWB) and belly band.
Inside the Wasteband (IWB)-Provides good cover via shirt
or coat while keeping a handgun accessible, but requires an overly
large waistband to allow fit. IWB works best with medium-sized,
Outside the Wasteband (OWB)-Keeps a handgun easily accessible,
but requires a long cover garment to keep the holster from showing
when bending or reaching. OWB allows carry of larger handguns.
Belly Band-Deepest cover for strong side, but handgun must
be accessed by pulling up or ripping open the shirt. Belly band
carry is best for small to medium polymer handguns as the gun is
close to the body and susceptible to sweat.
JoAnna however prefers to carry her Lady Smith 38 revolver in a
nice looking purse.
For more information and discussion on Concealed Carry, contact
Ken at 770 573 9902.
Two weekends ago, Ken and I joined some friends for "fun in
the woods" on our dual sport motorcycles. The weather was wonderful,
the leaves were "almost" there, the riding was great,
and the fellowship fantastic! Everything was "perfect"
Until we were about an hour from home. My motorcycle did not want
to turn like normal. Since we had been riding off-road and I had
lowered my air pressurethis did not concern me too much
But later the motorcycle started "rocking" side-to-side
a bit. I noticed the road surface had rain grooves in it and thought
this combined with the lowered pressure could be causing the sensation
Normally, a front tire losing air can be felt in the handlebars
and the steering will become mushy. A rear tire losing air pressure
can sometimes be felt through the saddle and some "drift"
side to side (almost like a very windy day). Notice I said normally-because
this was NOT what I was feeling. It felt like the motorcycle was
just rocking side-to-side(remember, the "lean your motorcycle
to the left and feel its weight, now lean to the right"?) which
made for really interesting turns
What could that be?!
We were on Hwy 64 riding due West in an area with high speed sweepers,
rapid changes in elevation, and no service stations, businesses,
or even safe pull-over areas. Finally, we did find a lone service
station with an air pump. Not knowing exactly what was wrong, I
knew the only safe thing was to stop slowly and smoothly(well as
slowly as I could with traffic behind me). I finally was able to
stop and ride to a point where we could check the air pressure.
I was thinking it was an issue with the front tire since it felt
nothing like the time I had previously had a flat rear tire.
Well, the front tire pressure was fine (a little low from riding
off-road)-but the rear tire was off the rim! The tire was a tubeless
tire, so we tried (with help from some wonderful locals) to pop
the tire back on the rim by tying a line down the center of the
tire, pulling it very tight, and pumping it up. Nothing worked
Finally, we concluded there was indeed a tube in the tire (which
was the case). Fortunately, we were able to leave the motorcycle
at the station and return with the truck and trailer the next day
to pick it up.
Lessons learned: PAY attention to handling. If it does not
feel right, slow down, rid smoothly, and check it out as soon as
safely possible! Always practice SMOOTHit will save your bacon
when there is a problem. And hope you are lucky enough to be able
to SAFELY ride to a point where you can SAFELY check the motorcycle.
JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:
WOW, I just returned from Autumn Advance in Las Vegas, NV where
I learned I was #4 in wholesale sales in my unit (approximately
2,000)! Thanks to all of you who have helped me reach that amazing
level! My goal is to be in the Queen's Court of Sales for Seminar
in Dallas next June.
My special this month, buy one item at full price and you can purchase
a second item of same or lesser value for half price!
And don't forget, I gift wrap and ship for free. Why not plan your
Christmas shopping with me?! We have wonderful gift ideas for all
the women and men on your list!
Visit my website
and enter "AMS Special" in the comments, call (770-573-9902)
Check out the Mary Kay Fall
and Holiday Catalog!
Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Home!
Ken and JoAnna