New Rider - Albuquerque, NM

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Hello!

My name is Gabe and I am just starting to ride. I picked up a 2004 KTM 125SX last week and have taken it out twice so far and absolutely love it. The learning curve is steep but I'm getting there. There are plenty of places to ride here, so that is a good thing. My dad bought a 2003 Suzuki 400 as well, so he is riding with me so it makes it pretty fun.

Anyway, that's my intro. Hope to see you all on here and learn a bit more about this hobby! :)
 

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Welcome to DRN, enjoy the time with your Dad.. mine still thinks I'll break my fool neck....31 years latter :whoa: Props to your understanding Dad. :cool:
 
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Welcome to DRN. I'm from ABQ. as well. There are plenty of great areas to ride around here, so if and when you get bored, let me know and I'll give you the low down on where the trails/tracks are. Keep reading, this site is dirtbiker college...Matt
 
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kmccune said:
Welcome to DRN, enjoy the time with your Dad.. mine still thinks I'll break my fool neck....31 years latter :whoa: Props to your understanding Dad. :cool:
No kidding! haha, we have been out about 4 times now and I'm the one the worries about him LOL. He's biffed it a few times now so he needs to be a little more careful :coocoo:

Hey Matt, that's awesome man! Glad your local over here. I've only been up to 9 mile hill and Montessa so far but they are pretty fun. I really like the backside of 9 mile cause it has a lot of variation. Montessa was really tough for me cause it is so steep and loose + my skillz suk! :)

Where do you ride at, Matt? What do you ride?
 

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I ride out at Sandia MX for the most part. It's about 10 miles farther west than nine mile. I don't ride Montessa, or Nine Mile very often. Neither are much fun for me any more. They are very good places to learn and improve your "skills" though. I do take the girlfriend out to Montessa to watch/teach her a couple times a week though. Prolly be out again Wednesday afternoon....

I currently ride a '05 KTM450SX. Love it. But, As closely matched as the bikes are these days, I'd prolly love any one of them! Hit me with a PM and we'll meet up sometime. Matt
 

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On a side note, be careful about going riding with that VintageDirt guy.....He'll take you through some crazy trails!
 
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YZ165 said:
On a side note, be careful about going riding with that VintageDirt guy.....He'll take you through some crazy trails!
No need to worry about that, he's a candy azz and has given up on dirt. But then I hear he's given it up before and it didn't stick. He's sort of old and grumpy so he'd likely jump on the chance to take a newb for a ride. ;)
 
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I've heard about Sandia MX before, sounds like a blast! I'll have to check it out once I get some more riding time under my belt. I figured both Montessa and 9 mile weren't very techincial or maybe just didn't tailor to bikes very well, there seems to be predominately quads out there? :whoa:

Matt, you will be out at Montessa tomorrow? A friend of mine is going to look at an '02 CR125 today cause I have been pressuring him to buy one now that I have one. We were actually thinking of taking them out on Wednesday so maybe I can convince him to go over there instead of 9 mile. What time do you think you will be out there?

VintageDirt, too funny! :cool: Seems like I am going to need a lot more practice before I can hang with you guys. I'm trying to get out 3 times a week, at least before the fall semester starts up. It would be cool to meet up with you all sometime.
 

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Shooting for around 5-6pm.
 
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VintageDirt, too funny! :cool: Seems like I am going to need a lot more practice before I can hang with you guys. I'm trying to get out 3 times a week, at least before the fall semester starts up. It would be cool to meet up with you all sometime.
G, I don't have a suitable ride so I can't really hang with anybody anyway. Besides, Matt is the evil one, not me. Just ask Wally how he liked the crevice that Matt made him ride on an XR650R. And if Matt shows up with a ramp/trailer/awning/grill thingy, don't ride on it.

You were warned. :p
 
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Just wanted to say hey from Alb also :cool:

I am definitely a beginning dirt rider too, but I have been riding for a few months. Hopefully I can tag along with some of the other guys who are just looking to practice (still not ready for the MX track at SMRI, although I have done a few track days on the street bike). Oh, and I'm rockin the 1997 Honda CR250 :)
 

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VintageDirt said:
And if Matt shows up with a ramp/trailer/awning/grill thingy, don't ride on it.

:rotfl: I only bring that out on special occasions VD....Been thinking about adding a burner for a big pot so you can make Green Chilli stew, and JunkJeeps can make more gumbo! Damn that was good stuff!

And aaldape, hit us up, I'm out all the time!...
 
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Say guys (to hijack the thread): Sipapu National Trials is coming up this w/e - I was invited to trail ride up there; anyone been there before? What about camping? The guy who invited me has never been there before, and wants to spectate the trials event.
 
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I haven't been to Sipapu in years. They used to do a fun poker run and there was a camp ground near the ski area, for free. Sipapu is surrounded by Carson National Forest and Pecos Wilderness and since it's raining this year you can camp just about anywere.

This might help http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/recreation/camping/index.shtml

Doh! I just found this too http://www.nmtrials.org/sipapu/sipa_lodge.htm

I seem to recall a time when me and Dave Hartwick went riding up there, got lost, ran outta gas, and lived to tell the tale. Even tried to write a story about it but I forget where it got to.
 
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LMAO, you guys are too funny!

Matt, I know we are riding today, but not sure where at. In light of the fire over at 9 mile, I don't know if we will be able to ride over there so we may in fact be at Montessa. If so I'll look for you.

VD, look for that story for us as it sounds pretty interesting! At least a recap of sorts. :cool:

aaldape, welcome! I would definetly be down to ride sometime, especially with another beginner.