ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For years, motorcycle riders in New Mexico have only had a few options of what type of bikes they could buy in the state. Those options just changed thanks to two cousins from northern New Mexico. Mike Gaillour and Louis Herrera, both from Questa, had the grand opening to the new Indian Motorcycles of Albuquerque on Saturday.
“The reception of just looking at the bikes is incredible,” says Gaillour. “They’re beautiful bikes, but further down, skin deep, when they ride these bikes, they recognize the engineering, the design and everything that’s gone into the bike to give it a sensation that is totally unique to an Indian.”
Gaillour and Herrera say it’s always been a dream of theirs while growing up to bring something like this to their home state.
“It was certainly a brand or product that just dove tailed perfectly into what New Mexico has to offer,” adds Gaillour. “Beautiful skies, native culture, incredible riding community. It just seemed like we would be kind of honored to represent this brand.”
With an Indian Motorcycles dealership finally coming to New Mexico, the owners say it’s not only important because of customer demand for the bikes, but because of the states strong ties to Native Americans.
“Indian is something that is totally American,” says Gaillour. “It is genuinely American and to be able to represent that brand in New Mexico in a state that has so many native populations and different pueblos and populations is really a responsibility that we feel that we want to do with dignity and the utmost respect.”
Dignitaries of some Native American Pueblos around the state were on hand for Saturday’s dedication and grand opening of the dealership.
For more information, visit the Indian Motorcycles of Albuquerque website.