Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools

Ken and JoAnna Murray
Newsletter Volume 2011-5

Chocolate and Cosmetics, Motorcycles and Makeup, Scooters and Skincare, Guns and Glamour

Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!

Hopefully, everyone had a good 4th of July weekend. It is summer time and the weather is fine (best if you leave EARLY for your ride!). Summer is the time for many of the larger motorcycle rallies. Tell us about any of the rallies you have attended-we love to hear from you!

Motorcycle Rallies

Motorcycle Sport Touring Association STAR

JoAnna and I just returned from a great rally- MSTA STAR (Sport Touring Annual Rendezvous) in Johnson City, TN. We had never ridden that area before and enjoyed Hwy 421 AKA "The Snake" (489 curves in 12 miles). Unlike Deal's Gap, The Snake includes many more changes in elevation making it a much more enjoyable ride in our estimation. It was during the week, so there was very little traffic, and the road surface was some of the best around.

This year's STAR had about 500 in attendance. This is a good size for us, as we prefer to avoid the really large rallies. STAR always offers a combination of excellent ride routes, educational seminars, demo rides, a motorcycle Raffle, and much more. This year Eric Trow and Pete Tamblyn from Stayin' Safe offered 4 hour mini-tours as well as several excellent seminars. Eric was also our Keynote speaker. Can you imagine a fun safety speaker?! He was great! Eric had to ask Pete to fill in for one of his seminars as he was a bit late returning from a Edelweiss Alps Tour sponsored by Rider Magazine. Eric was Rider's celebrity writer/rider for the tour (Eric writes the "Riding Well" column for Rider). If you have never taken a Stayin' Safe Educational Tour or read Eric's column, we highly recommend it!

JoAnna is the national secretary for the MSTA. This year she was honored with the "Moose Award" for the service she provides to the club. Moose is the name everyone calls Don Parrish a previous club president who continues to serve the club in so many ways. We thought you would enjoy the photo of JoAnna and "Moosey's" break stop on our return trip.

The MSTA STAR is in a different location each year, but there is an annual rally in Erwin, TN which is just south of Johnson City. In case you want to check out the rallies or the club, go to


JoAnna with her Moose award stopping to smell the roses—I mean day lilies.

Twisty Sisters USA Riding Club:

And speaking of rallies, the Twisty Sisters Rally will be at the Lodge at Copperhead this year. Mark your calendar for August 5-7! There will be lots of fun activities: Meet and Greet, seminars, dual sport and street rides, wonderful food, relax by the pool, and MORE! Sign-up for the event on the TS site, and for lodging on the lodge site. Lodging options include individual rooms with a queen bed and private bath, bunk room with 6-8 twin and/or double beds with a common bath, cabins with bedrooms and sleep sofas, and camping.
151 Copperhead Pkwy, Blairsville, GA 30512
(706) 745-8000

World Of Wheels Seminar Schedule Set

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

  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!

Riding Destinations:

The riding always seems better when you have a motorcycle-friendly destination and excellent roads to take you there. A few of our favorite motorcycle rider destinations include:

The Lodge at Copperhead has an excellent menu for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They offer a variety of lodging accommodations. Bring your swimsuit and relax by the pool. And check out the calendar for all the entertainment options.

Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters has a large assortment of motorcycle riding gear and accessories. Mike owns and runs the shop while his wife Cherie owns and runs the Creamery across the street (YUMMY!). The ride north on GA60/TN68 is wonderful-but the US64/TN30/TN315 via Reliance Rd is even better :.

Owltown Market (2193 Gainesville Hwy) in Blairsville has an excellent menu. The market offers a variety of high-end products at reasonable prices-including Amish products and selections you will not find in your "run of the mill" stores.

Mike's Seafood (121 Murphy Hwy) in Blairsville is a seafood market, but they also prepare lunch and dinner plates. JoAnna thinks they have the best salmon (blackened and lemon pepper both) around!

AMS Guide to US Road Racing

Michelin National Challenge Series 2011 calendar:

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 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

No Excuses

Ignorance is no excuse. There are people who are so smug or stupid or ignorant they believe that it is okay to purchase a gun and not take any professional lessons on how to use it. There are many people who think they know everything that they need to know about using a gun--just aim at your target and pull the trigger. The heck with all the complicated and boring stuff! Wrong! Actually, there's a substantial body of knowledge that is necessary for you to develop that goes along with responsible gun ownership and concealed carry.

Owning and carrying a firearm is not a game. Owning a firearm is a serious commitment, and with that commitment, comes grave responsibility. Anyone who is not willing to put the time into learning how to operate and maintain his or her firearm, into learning about the judicious use of force, including deadly force, and into learning how to effectively conceal their firearm so that it is out of sight, should not carry a gun.

JoAnna and I intentionally strive to ensure that our training (motorcycle & handgun) never become static. Instead, by intent it has evolved and has been continuously improved as more and more data on handguns, ammunition and motorcycle performance has become available.

Some things - such as adherence to the basic concept of proper handgun and motorcycle handling never change. So while the manner in which they're taught had gotten better with increased instructor experience and knowledge, the importance of knowing basic skills continue to be emphasized.

During the summer months, our training sessions are increasingly taking place during the early morning (motorcycle) or evening hours (handgun) to take advantage of the cooler hours. Call us to set up your appointment for the NRA Basic Handgun class or advanced street motorcycle street course. Or go to our web site -

Xocai: Healthy Chocolate Update

Xocai has just introduced a healthy Peanut Butter Cup. This is so good it is hard to believe it is actually GOOD for you! But don't take my word for it—come see for yourself!

You are invited to the Atlanta Peanut Butter Cup Launch:

Gallery Cafe
3655 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 pm

If you would like more information, email me, call me, or visit my website (, 770.573.9902 or ).

Traction Management Awareness

Keeping in mind that available traction is limited in every situation…. The act of braking requires traction. Accelerating is a traction user as is swerving…Being smooth with the throttle (easy off and easy on) and lane transitions should be smooth and certain. Remember that by being smooth avoids sudden changes in traction requirements, thereby maximizing traction management…

If you have questions or would just like to discuss this subject or any other, call Ken/JoAnna at 770 573 9902.

JoAnna's Mary Kay Special of the Month:

The Mary Kay Gift with Purchase (free gift with a $40 or more purchase) is the Travel-sized Even Complexion Set (mask and essence). Order your full-size version at 10% off, and get the travel size free!

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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