Atlanta Motorcycle & Handgun Schools
Ken and JoAnna Murray
Newsletter Volume 2012-3
Chocolate and Cosmetics, Motorcycles and Makeup, Scooters
and Skincare, Guns and Glamour
Greetings, Fellow Motorcyclists!
WOW! Is it HOT this summer or what? I hope you are finding a way
to stay cool... On our "Friends of Pete" ride, Bob had
an excellent solution--a cool vest--complete with circulating ice
water rigged to a cooler. We thought he arrived bringing the beer
Friends of Pete Ride
Speaking of "Friends of Pete" Ride, we had an excellent
weekend helping Pete celebrate his birthday. Not only is Pete
an excellent motorcyclist (both street and off-road), but
he is has an amazing knowledge of local history, folk lore,
flora, and fauna. Here Pete has found and is about to explain
one of the local plants found in the Cohutta Wilderness to
Lynne of South Carolina.
Stayin' Safe Wisdom
What follows are title quotes of selected articles from our friend
and writer of the Stayin Safe articles for 18 years in Rider Magazine.
Larry Grodsky certainly had a way with words. You would have to
read the entire articles to see just how insightful Larry was.
Fortunately, many of the "Grodsky-isms" are preserved
in the book Stayin'
Safe: The Art and Science of Riding Really Well compiled
and edited by Atlanta Motorcycle Schools own Pete Tamblyn-- also
a Senior Instructor with Stayin' Safe. You can purchase Larry's
book from www.StayinSafe.com,
Amazon, or White Horse Press.
TIPS for FIREARMS Owners
Remember that we are no more armed because we have possession of
a firearm than we can be a musician just because we own a piano.
There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using
it skillfully with the proper mindset. Get TRAINING and PRACTICE,
PRACTICE & PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!
Motorcycle Fatalities Increase
Recently I had a conversation with an older "biker" who
told me that in order to avoid a collision he would "dump his
bike to avoid the crash". Sounds to me like a "crash"
in the making for this fellow. How many different versions of "I
had to lay it down" have you heard?
We just returned from a week in Florida and most riders were not
wearing helmets. The majority were male (although some were female)
and middle aged. So these male baby boomers continue to die in record
numbers on big motorcycles they may no longer have the agility to
handle... Think about it and let's not allow this to be one of our
readers some day!! Be more selective :-).
Please take the time to listen to this video from PBS--the link
was long, so I have created TinyURL links:
Conclusion: Riders in those states without helmet laws are six
times more likely to die in a crash than in states with helmet laws.
Twisty Sisters Rally
The 12th Annual Twisty Sisters Rally will be August 24-26th, 2012
at the fabulous Iron Horse Motorcycle Campground (www.IronHorseNC.com)
in Stecoah, NC. For room reservations, you can contact Randy @ 828-479-3864...leave
a message and he will get back with you if they cannot answer.
To sign-up for the Rally, fill out the application on the Twisty
Hope to see you there!
Elements of Shooting Skills
There are three elements of shooting skills - marksmanship, gun
handling, and mindset. Gun handling is the element that gives us
the most trouble. At shooting ranges I frequent, I see the way people
handle their firearms. It's enough to scare the hell out of us!!
It would seem that while a great many shooters understand the four
basic rules of safe gun handling, they seem to think that the rules
only apply on the range when under supervision. These rules apply
at all times and in all circumstances!!!
Rule 1 - All guns are always loaded.
Rule 2 - Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not prepared
Rule 3 - Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are
on the target.
Rule 4 - Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
SB301 Street Smarts
Have you been putting that refresher/advanced class off?? As you
know, JoAnna and I are strong proponents of "Continuing Education".
Continuing to learn and focus under the eye of a professional trainer
is the key to becoming a better rider and enjoying your ride so
The following is a brief description of our street
course with Ken. Bike to bike communication is used to facilitate
coaching while on the move
Oh, and you will truly enjoy this
ride into the North Georgia hills!
Street Smarts is a street riding course designed to enable the
experienced motorcyclist to obtain supervised "real world"
traffic experience on their own motorcycles. In the classroom portion
of the course, the topics of protective clothing, lane positioning,
road hazards, and emergency and cornering situations are reviewed.
Discussion also includes changing weather, varying road/traffic
conditions, intersection hazards, and interstate and mountain road
riding. Depending on the customer's skill level, the riding portion
of this course may begin on a closed course with practice in cornering
and stopping techniques. For the public street portion of the class,
riders may choose between urban, suburban, and rural mountain riding.
The mountain riding session begins on country lanes, and is designed
to improve rider confidence by progressively introducing roads with
a greater variety of curves and elevation changes.
If you are ready to pick your skills up a level--or simply have
a professional review the "habits" you have acquired since
your last training, take a close look at Course
301. Remember repeat customers always get a 10% discount.
And, if you are an MSTA member (www.RideMSTA.com),
you could be rewarded with a $100 check from the Dan Clark Safety
Program at next year's STAR. Read about this year's STAR below...
MSTA STAR12 in Avon, CO
JoAnna and I were in Colorado recently riding in (real) mountains
and off road (dual sports). The temperatures were uncommonly
warm for that time of year. For example, one day we were on
I-70 heading West. Temperature was 93 when we left the interstate.
Within a very short time we were over 11,000 feet on a mountain
pass and the temperature had dropped to a cool 63 degrees.
Pays to dress for the ride!!!!!!!!!! We were attending the
MSTA STAR annual rally.
Oh, and we were privileged to have put on one of our motorcyclist
and Concealed Carry Seminars while there.
Enjoying the view from Shrine Pass
An all gravel pass--Elevation 11,039
Xocai: Healthy Chocolate Update
Bill O'Reilly's Tip of the Day!
BIG news! This week on the O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly endorsed
Xocai XE Energy Drink! If you are looking for a drink that will
actually improve your health (and teeth!), while giving you more
energy and mental focus--look no further than Xocai's XE Energy.
Replace those bad-for-you sodas with something that is not only
good-for-you, but also tastes great!
HERE to see the video.
If you would like more information: email,
call/678.777.7417, or visit my website JoAnnasChocolates.com.
"The amount of antioxidants that you maintain
in your body is directly proportional to how long and healthy you
~(Dr. Richard Cutler, while director of the Anti-Aging Research
Fire Arms Information
Those of you considering the Handgun Course should know that we
provide the handguns, all ammunition, eye and ear protection. By
the time the course is completed, you will know (among other things),
if you want to purchase a handgun, and then have a much better idea
of what type and size handgun to buy.. Call us at 770 573 9902.
And, if you are in the area, Ken is giving free firearms presentations
to the public at McCaysville Drug Center in McCaysville, Georgia.
Yes, this drug store is selling firearms!! Call Hugh Rogers to discuss
your firearm purchase. He has a FFL and if your firearm is not in
stock, Hugh will order it. Prices are reasonable and Hugh is truly
knowledgeable. Telephone: 706 492 4126
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Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Home!
Ken and Joanna
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