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
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
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 www.rideMSTA.com.
JoAnna with her Moose award stopping to smell the rosesI
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
151 Copperhead Pkwy, Blairsville, GA 30512
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.
presented by Teri Lynn. New Street Brace. See it here first!
presented by WOW Motorcycles
||Worldwide Riders share their stories.
Larry Johnson and Cathy Davies
Light snacks will be served at 6:30pm and seminars start promptly
All seminars are held on the third Wednesday of the month.
Please RSVP by phone 770/424-8804 or email Events@WOWmotorcycles.com
We hope to see you for all of the 2011 Rider Education Seminars.
Tell your friends!
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:
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.
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.,
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
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
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
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 - www.jkminc.com.
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 itcome see for yourself!
You are invited to the Atlanta Peanut Butter Cup Launch:
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 (email@example.com,
770.573.9902 or JoAnnasChocolates.com
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)
Check out the Mary Kay Latest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride smart, ride safe, ride home! As always, feel free to call us at (770)
Visit Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools, Chocolates, and Mary
Atlanta Motorcycle Schools (www.JKMinc.com)
Atlanta Motorcycle Schools Handgun Classes (www.jkminc.com/HandgunClasses.html)
Xocai Healthy Chocolate (www.JoAnnasChocolates.com)
Shop with JoAnna ANYTIME at www.MaryKay.com/JoAnnaMurray