Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools

Ken and JoAnna Murray
Newsletter Volume 2011-4

Motorcycles and Makeup, Skincare and Scooters, Guns and Glamour

Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!

It has certainly been an interesting spring so far. I think we have had all four seasons so far--sometimes in a single day! We do hope none of you, nor your families, were affected by the terrible tornados that ripped through the southeast.

Riding with Reduced Traction

There are conditions where traction is reduced such as rain, gravel, sand, etc. When traction is reduced, the Golden Rule is “No sudden changes in speed or direction”. We strongly advise you take a Dual Sport Course to experience the feel of riding a motorcycle in reduced traction.


Rain is one of the most common forms of reduced traction that we encounter as motorcyclists. However, with rain, we still have 80-90% of the normal traction available to us on most road surfaces. The first 10-15 minutes of a rain shower is the most critical since that is when the road sediment is being washed away. It is best to wait out the first few minutes in a dry, secure area. Always be smooth while operating your controls, and the effects of reduced traction will be minimal. Keep in mind that shiny surfaces (paint, metal, etc.) have less traction than asphalt—especially in the rain.

Always wear your rain gear to avoid the chance of hypothermia and to keep you more comfortable as you ride. Believe it or not, being wet and traveling at higher speed can result in hypothermia when the ambient temperature is in the 70s, 80s, or even 90s.

The purpose of tread is to disperse the water on the road. If it never rained, we would have slicks for tires! Always, check your tires for accurate pressure and tread depth. Too much air pressure can reduce traction while too little air pressure can trap water leading to hydroplaning.

Gravel, sand, etc.

The best way to deal with sand and gravel is to avoid it completely. By properly planning trips and looking 12 seconds ahead, you should be able to avoid most sand and gravel. However, when you cannot or do not want to avoid it, just remember the Golden Rule. Before riding in the sand or gravel, reduce your speed. If you are already in the sand or gravel, maintain the same speed or gradually slow. Again, no sudden changes in speed or direction. If you ride over gravel in a turn, keep your eyes focused on the exist and maintain a steady speed and lean angle. This is a good reason to always ride with a reserve and always be smooth on the controls. Remember an abrupt roll on/off is changing speed quickly. More people crash due to results of their panic, not the effects of the gravel.

Bridge Gratings and Grooved Road Surfaces

These surfaces often intimidate even experienced riders. However, there is no reason to fear them. Reduce your speed slightly, keep your head and eyes up, and ride at a steady speed. It is important to stay very relaxed. Your rear tire is trying to find a groove just behind your front tire. However, since the grooves are not 100% vertical and our tires are not 100% aligned, the rear tire normally lands in a groove just to the right or the left of the front tire. That is why you feel the wobble. Simply relax and don't let it bother you!


Unfortunately, two wheeled vehicles cannot ride in ice. We recommend you stay at home when there is ice on the roads. If you must ride through a small patch of ice; keep your head and eyes up and squeeze the clutch. Squeezing the clutch assures there is no change in speed as you cross the ice. It also assures your tire will not slide on the ice then abruptly regain traction when it reaches the asphalt. This could result in a high-side crash.

Wet, painted surfaces and slick, metal covers should be treated as if they are ice.

Have you considered taking Course 202 to experience the feel of riding a motorcycle in reduced traction situations?

Remember, riding the "Roads Less Traveled" is a fantastic experience! And you just may find it improves your street riding skills…

Recent 202 Class Enjoying a stop near a waterfall on Fire Service Road 42 near the AT Trail in Suches, GA.

World Of Wheels Seminar Schedule Set

Ken and JoAnna, Chuck Watwood (, and Tim Parker from Georgia Carry will be the presenters for a Motorcyclist and Concealed Carry Seminar on May 19. This will be similar to one we presented last year—which turned out to be the WOW seminar with the highest attendance! In addition this year, Chuck will have copies of his new "The Motorcycle Lawbook" available which includes a section on "Guns and the Motorcyclist".

If you ride a motorcycle, presently carry a handgun while riding or are considering carrying a handgun when riding your motorcycle, don't miss this Seminar.

If you have not taken advantage of the free seminars at WOW Motorcycles, you are missing out! Candy and Company have done a great job putting together quality seminars and they are offered FREE of charge. You can find more information on the WOW website, but below is a recap.

WOW 2011 Seminar Schedule

May 18th Motorcyclist and Concealed Carry
presented by Atlanta Motorcycle and Handgun School Ken & JoAnna Murray and Chuck Watwood LawBike attorney

June 7th
* Date change!

Double header! Progressive Suspension
presented by Jeff Reid & Motul Oil Presented by Ken Cotzen
  There is NO seminar for July.
August 17th Leatt Brace
presented by Teri Lynn. New Street Brace. See it here first!
Sept 21st Motorcycle Maintenance
presented by WOW Motorcycles
October 19th Worldwide Riders share their stories.
Larry Johnson and Cathy Davies

Light snacks will be served at 6:30pm and seminars start promptly at 7pm.
All seminars are held on the third Wednesday of the month.
Please RSVP by phone 770/424-8804 or email
We hope to see you for all of the 2011 Rider Education Seminars. Tell your friends!

Humor from a Small Town Newspaper

When you have your own house, then you can make the rules!

Don't cross your eyes or they will freeze in that position

If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it too??

And finally, close that door!! Were you born in a barn??

AMS Guide to US Road Racing

Michelin National Challenge Series 2011 calendar:

Round 3: Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT. June 17-19
Round 4: Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV. July 29-31
Round 5: TBA, July 2-3
Round 6: Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ. August 12-14
Round 7: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA August 4-7
Round 6: barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, Al., September 9-10
Round 7: WERA Grand National Finals, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga., October 26-30

WERA Endurance Series Calendar:

Round 3: Miller Motorsports Park 6 hours ., Tooele, UT. June 18
Round 4: Summit Point Raceway 6 hours, Summit Point, WV. July 30
Round 5: Virginia International Raceway 4 hours, Alton, VA. August 5
Round 6 Barber motorsports Park 4 hours, Leeds, AL. September 10
Round 7 WERE Grand National Finals 4 hours, Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA. October 28

Twisty Sisters Renew

For the past 10 years, Two Wheels Only in Suches, GA has been the host for the Twisty Sisters Rally. With the sad closing of TWO, a new host was needed for the Twisty Sisters Rally. The rally is now scheduled for August 5-7, 2011 and will be proudly hosted at The Lodge at Copperhead. Make plans now to attend!
151 Copperhead Pkwy, Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 745-8000

Xocai: Healthy Chocolate Update

One billion people ate chocolate yesterday
Nine out of ten eat chocolate; five of those say they crave it

So, if someone created a chocolate that tasted good and was good for you--actually made you healthier by eating it--do you think there would be a big market for that? I do! And MXI Corp did just that!

I am looking for 2-3 business partners--people who are serious about making extra income... If you would like to spend 15-20 minutes to learn more about this incredible business opportunity, please contact me. You have nothing to lose but 15-20 minutes--and SO much to gain!

If anyone would like more information, just let me knows (, 770.573.9902 or ).

Training and Practice

Doesn't matter if you spent 30 years in the Marine Corps, have been around guns all your life or learned everything you need to know watching cop shows. If you haven't experienced high quality professional firearms training you need to spend the time and money necessary to get it done. I can't possibly overemphasize it. I can tell you that most people are not nearly as well trained as they think they are. People simply don't what they don't know - GO TO SCHOOL!!!!!!!

Training is only the beginning. After that, it is up to you to practice and perform the necessary repetitions in order for your skills to become reflexive, that is, able to be performed without conscious thought. Speed comes with practice and keep in mind you want to practice the skill as perfectly as possible. Practice and lock in those basic skill sets. This applies to motorcycle riding as well as firearms!!!!!!!!!!!!

JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:

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

Check out the Mary Kay Latest On-line 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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