Experienced Rider(s) in 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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Sep 16, 2011
are you still looking for a mentor?
by: Brat

contact me if you are still looking for a mentor. I live in Albuquerque and mentor new riders.

mundysue @ yahoo.com

Mar 16, 2010
ABQ Rider . . .
by: Amazon

Hey, Albuquerque!

I'm Amazon, and I'm in the 505, too(NW side).

I started on a Honda Nighthawk 250, which I still have. It's a really easy bike to maneuver, and it let me get used to shifting and braking.

I just bought a 1999 Honda Shadow 600 VLX. It's another very easy bike to ride. I needed more power, because my BF is a biker and I need to keep up with him on the freeway. The shadow has the lowest seat height, at about 25", so it's great for women riders.

Anyway, I'm not so good at the maintenance thing, but I'm excited to meet another ABQ female rider!!

Feb 25, 2010
New Rider in Albuquerque
by: emma

Hey new rider in Albuquerque, welcome to the exciting world of motorcycles. I to am a new rider, got my license New Years weekend bought a used 2007 Virago Yahama 250 last of January and have been trying to squeeze in as much riding time as the weather will allow. My husband is the king of research and spent hours looking on ebay, craigslist and many, many forums getting as much information as possible about what would be the best bike for me and what we should expect to pay. The more research you do the more comfortable you will be in picking out a bike. One of the best things we did was go to a couple of dealerships I sat on all the bikes that I was looking at. It sure helped me rule out the ones I didn't want. I ended up buying mine from craigslist. The lady selling it had used it as a starter bike and was ready for something bigger. She had all the maintenance history which made us more comfortable that the bike had been well maintained. I think that if you end up shopping by yourself just go with as much information as you can get and don't be afraid to ask questions. Good luck and enjoy the ride.

Feb 24, 2010
Women in the Wind
by: Pam

There is also another group called Women in the Wind. I don't know if there is a chapter in your area, but it is worth a look. Harley Davidson's website offers all kinds of information for women riders. And the advice on buying a bike, is not limited to Harley's, you might want to check them out too. I was the only woman in the class when I took my MSF, that had never sat on the bike before. That was 2005 and now my husband and I are Civilian Top Gun Precision Riders, we demonstrate slow ride maneuvers. Our demo is set to music with commentary. It does not take years of riding to get to a Top Gun level of riding. It takes training and practice. Hang in there you will find the bike for you, I went through three and final found the one for me, a 2002 Road King. Ride all you can and ride with others as often as possible. Good luck.

Feb 23, 2010
Riders In Your Area
by: Judy

Check with the Women on Wheels web site. There is a chapter in each state and different areas. They have regular meetings.

This way you can meet other women that have varying levels of riding experience. I went to my local chapter to see if I was interested in joining. You don't have join immediately. Go to some meetings and see if you feel comfortable with the group. I am sure you will find a wealth of information. I know I did.

Good luck,


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