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
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 asphaltespecially in
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
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
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 (Lawbike.com),
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 yearwhich 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
||Motorcyclist and Concealed Carry
presented by Atlanta Motorcycle and Handgun School Ken &
JoAnna Murray and Chuck Watwood LawBike attorney
* Date change!
|Double header! Progressive Suspension
presented by Jeff Reid & Motul Oil Presented by Ken Cotzen
||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!
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.,
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
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
Xocai: Healthy Chocolate Update
people ate chocolate yesterday
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
I am looking for 2-3 business partners--people who are serious
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to learn more about this incredible business opportunity, please
contact me. You have nothing to lose but 15-20 minutes--and SO much
If anyone would like more information, just let me knows (firstname.lastname@example.org,
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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
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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Ride Smart, Ride Safe, Ride Home!
Ken and Joanna