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July 13, 2008

Judy Mirro Teaches Motorcycle Skills to Women Riders

Judymirro I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite people, Judy Mirro. We got to know each other in college (Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains in New York) and both ended up living in Vermont.

Judy is one of the most energetic, brilliant, hard working, and wild woman that I know. She totally works hard and plays hard. I took her skiing back in 1982 and little did I know she would turn into a mogul maniac. She loves speed, and it's no wonder that she bought her first motorcycle back in 1978.

Her first bike was a Honda 175cc and now she drives a 1996 Ducati 900 Supersport and has two BMWs. Judy was a self-taught rider. In 1990 she took a "Experienced Rider Course" and was recruited to become an instructor and has been teaching ever since.

The Women's Riding School, LLC ( was established for women regardless of their skills or choice of ride -- from novice-to-expert riders, Harleys to Hondas, dirt bikes to big cruisers -- to have a safe learning environment. They focus on fun, safety, and education with a low student-to-instructor ratio of one instructor for every six students to ensure everyone gets the attention they need.

Wrspcard4wrswebsite The classes, held once a year at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, help teach women riders how to:

  • * Increase your confidence on the road
  • * Improve your cornering skills
  • * Master your braking
  • * Improve your visuals leads
  • * Learn new ways to enjoy motorcycling

Classes this year will be held on July 28th. For more info contact Judy at 802-223-9270 or go online to read articles. There are even videos of the school so you will be able to get a feel for how cool this event is.

WrsbluelogoJudy is the real thing. Not only is she the president and owner of the Women's Riding School, but she is also a nationally certified Motorcycle Safety Instructor, has taught cycling safety courses for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles for over ten years, she is also a "moto-journalist" with assignments as Roadrace Editor and Test Rider.

Amy: What was your favorite test ride?
Judy: A new Honda RC51 for a 160-180 mph "spin" around the Laguna Seca Raceway. It was the longest and fastest I had ever ridden. "I drive about 130 miles per day commuting from home to work and back on my 2002 BMW R1150RS. I ride through rain or shine from April through November - as long as there is no ice on the road.

Amy: Do you wear anything special for riding?
Judy:  Absolutely! I wear a full leather suit or a synthetic riding suit and always were a full face SNELL-approved helmet, which gets replace every five years for safety's sake. Motorcycle gloves and boots are worn no matter what the weather.

Amy: What does the riding school consist of?
Judy:  The day consists of a morning track walk, classroom instruction, lots of on-course riding and elective infield exercises. To top this off, there is a Meet-N-Greet dinner party the night before, raffle prizes, goodie bags, a track photographer to get you in action, a healthy lunch and a day of meeting and networking with some fabulous women riders.

Amy: Please give my readers your contact info one more time!
Judy:  You can email us at, call us at 802/223-9270, or browse our website at If you're a woman and want to learn more about your bike, come and join us for a really great day!

Amymattinatwithatool Amy Mattinat

Amy Mattinat is delighted to be an expert advisor on the board of helping us to provide excellent car care tips and advice for women. Encouraged to "spread the word," Amy writes a monthly newsletter at, and has written both newspaper and magazine columns on automotive repairs, maintenance, car care, and safety. After selling used cars for six years, she has also written an easy-to-use manual, "How To Buy A Great Used Car," available at She believes that everyone deserves to purchase a quality car no matter what their budget is. They just need to do their "homework!" She is a board member on the education committee for the Women's Car Care Council, belongs to WAAI (Women's Automotive Association International), and AWARE (Advancing Women in Automotive Retail Enterprises).

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