Experienced Rider(s) in Albuquerque, NM?

by Julie
(Albuquerque, NM)

Hi, there, ladies and the occasional gentleman,

I just finished the MSF beginner's course yesterday and successfully passed the written and riding tests. I am ready to buy my first motorcycle (used) to start practicing and eventually riding in traffic. I read the information on this website about getting an experienced rider to accompany me to look at and test ride bikes, but unfortunately, I just moved to Albuquerque from California and don't know anybody who is an experienced rider. I met several riders in my MSF course, but didn't exchange contact information. I don't have the money to pay for a consultant or mechanic to come with me to check out a bike I found on Craig's List so I decided to post on here to see if there was anybody around who would derive joy from helping out a novice bike rider pro bono? It would be nice to find a group of women who can further motivate me to ride. I am the greenest of all bike riders (dropped my bike in class and was the only person who sat on a motorcycle for the first time in class). If there is anybody out there with advice on what to look for when purchasing a used bike or if anybody wants to join me for a day of motorcycle hunting in Albuquerque, please respond. Thanks in advance!

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Apr 24, 2010
First Bike
by: Deb

I started riding a year ago after taking the safety course. My husband had purchased a Yamaha 225 crossover dirt/street bike. It was perfect for me to learn on and gain confidence. What I learned in the safety course is the street bikes have a lower center or gravity which give a feeling of more control, so a 250 street street bike would be a perfect starter. Happy Riding and good luck!

Feb 23, 2010
by: Julie

Thanks for the information on WOW, Judy. I am considering joining, though there isn't an Albuquerque chapter.

Feb 23, 2010
Check Women on Wheels in Your Area
by: Judy

Women on Wheels is a national group. Check their website and find your state and then check to see if there is a local group in your area. I bet there is and you can go to a meeting and meet the group and see if it is for you. I went to my first meeting and learned quite a bit about motorcycles. Hopefully you will find some women to guide you in your process. The group I attend has varying degrees of experience and you can pick their brains. I am sure you will get some help.

Good luck,


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