Eva and I have represented many injured motorcyclists throughout our careers as personal injury attorneys here in New Mexico. We’ve handled all kinds of biker injuries, including debilitating fractures, road rash, soft tissue injuries, and sometimes–unfortunately–worse.
But until this weekend, neither Eva nor myself had ever ridden a real motorcycle. We’ve both messed around on scooters and dirt bikes, but neither of us really appreciated the power of a Harley. That changed for both of us when we took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation endorsed Basic Rider Course at Thunderbird Harley-Davidson.
The incredibly beautiful riding range at Thunderbird Harley Davidson in Albuquerque
Now, in the interest of full disclosure–I will admit right off the bat that I punked out after about a half hour on my bike during the riding range component of the course. I was just too anxious and scared to ride safely, so I took myself out of the running and instead just observed and learned as much as possible from watching the other riders and our outstanding instructors, Matt and Maureen.
Eva stuck it out until the end, though, and passed both the written and range tests! She now has her motorcycle endorsement, and a new expensive hobby!
Eva with her learning bike, a beautiful Harley-Davidson Street 500
Even though I didn’t finish the riding portion, I can’t describe how important I think this course will be to our practice. We now have deeper knowledge, respect, and appreciation for motorcyclists and we now understand the operation of cycles in a way that will truly benefit the way we advocate for our injured biker clients. We can now converse much more intelligently with our clients about how their bikes responded to the crash, and about their individual bike’s modifications and mechanics. We are incredibly excited to bring our new knowledge to our client’s cases in a positive way!
We cannot say enough good things about the folks at Thunderbird. Austin, Sean, Big Tim, Matt, and Maureen, along with everyone else we’ve met, have been absolutely incredible, taking all the time with us to answer our questions and help put our fears to rest. And huge respect also to our wonderful classmates, all of whom were nothing but supportive and kind to both me and Eva. If you are thinking of learning to ride, or if you’ve been riding for years and just want to get your endorsement or bone up on the fundamentals, Thunderbird’s course is for you. A+ instruction in a safe and supportive, non-judgmental environment, offered with good humor and fun. You can’t ask for more.
Blazejewski & Hansen strongly supports our community of riders in New Mexico. We support biker rights. Our law firm is a corporate member of the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization and we strongly support the NMMRO’s efforts to lobby for motorcyclist rights in our New Mexico legislature.
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