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Posted on Sun, Aug 06, 2006 22:35

If you want a Harley Davidson, do not get talked into the get a sportster and move up later angle. If you had good training you can handle the heavier bike because they are more forgiving. The sportsters have a higher center of gravity and you sit higher so thier lightness isnt neccesarily a huge advantage. Remember youre not there to wrestle the bike, youre there to ride it, and weight and your physical staure are really not an issue. Dont buy an 883 unless it is the bike you want or financially all you can get. YOU WILL WANT THE 1200 or one of the bigger V-twins REALLY SOON and will lose money on the sporty. I have always liked the Dyna Low Rider for women that are not tall (Really and Dyna model. Also, is there one you're passionate for for any reason? Well you can make it fit fairly easily and not at an nreasonable cost. ANY Harley can be lowered cheaply, and seats and handlebars made to fit. I build mostly Softails because I preffer the nostalgic hardtail look, ut the Dyna's are a LOT more comfortable to ride. Having said that, the Softails have closed the gap since being rubber mounted. Somebody else would have to advise you on Japenese and european models, I know nothing about them...


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Posted on Sun, Aug 06, 2006 11:36

bikerlady49, have you ever heard of the Ridley (made in Oklahoma). If you don't care if it's a harley you might find these interesting. Go on the website ) and you'll see quite a selection. The bike is automatic (nice to not have to worry about that when your just getting the feel of riding. It's a 740 and weighs 450 lbs. the saddle is 24 inches off the ground. I'm 5'4" and feel very good on it. You might also consider risers on the handle bars for that extra comfortable feeling. I love the Classic pearl white with pink flames....ride on, sister


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 20:49

Good for you! Find a bike you love, feel comfortable with and go for it. My first bike was a Sportster 1200 custom. I liked the larger bikes but felt intimidated by the size; however, in hind sight wish I had started with the Heritage Softail Classic I have now. Hope this helps. Ride safely and ENJOY!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 20:37

my first bike was a fat boy, i took the class after i had it for about 2 months everyone told me to start out small but i'm glad i didn't, just make sure you are comfortable with your feet on the ground. good luck!!!!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 18:35

OH - and CONGRATULATIONS!! You go, Girl!! Remember to keep the shiny side up...lots of crazies on them-thar streets.


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 18:33

Find one that FITS you!! When I went shopping, I went to a place that had a LOT of used ones and spent a couple of HOURS sitting on them. Bring a friend - have them hold the bike straight while you sit for 5-10 min on EACH ONE!! How do your shoulders/elbows/hips/knees feel??? Is it something you'd want to sit on for SEVERAL HOURS?? Forget brand, get a nice mid-size engine (I recommend 400-800), get a used one (you won't cry when you drop it; you can upgrade to bigger/newer in 1-2 years when you get more experience). I loved my 750 Vulcan! It fit me well - did a 3-week, 19 state tour (western US) the second year I had him. I only paid $3,000 - two years later I upgraded to a 1200 Gold Wing (again, used). I could NOT have handled the 1200 to start with; if I had spent big bucks to start with I would have thought twice about the upgrade. In fact the only bike I didn't like is one I bought new!! My current ride is only 2 months old - a 1991 - had 70K; now has 75!


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 13:15

if you lay him down pick him up and ride on


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 13:13

any bike is agood beginners bike...dont let the pinheads tell you it has to be a harley...just ride...unless THEY want to buy YOU one...lol


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 08:02

hi, maybe u should look into one of those street bob's they r good looking and enough uummmphhh to keep up with the bigger bikes, drop me a line sometime...by the way u cute for a mature woman rick


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 07:54

No question although Harley's rule. You will drop your first bike so take a look at the Honda Rebel 250. It's 2 cylinders and has a lot of pep for a 250. Will hold high way speeds. Is very light weight. If you shop around you can find a new one out the door for 3200.00 They resale 4 years old at about 2600.00. Do me a favor ride with the belief you are invisible to 1/2 the drivers and the other half want you dead. Also every car will pull our in front of you!!!! Ride safe and sober. 2 wheels and 2 drinks don't mix I scraped to many good friends off the road


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 06:52

I'm only 5'2", 125 lbs and can touch flat foot and handle my Honda Shadow Spirit 750 very well, however, I have experience....I'm glad you took the Motorcycle Safety Class With no experience......I would get a 500cc bike or less Welcome to the joy of riding your own........you won't regret it


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 05:30

Harley Sportster 1200 small enough for someone your size to handle and enough power for highways, and they have great tag prices right and you can fiance up to 96 months! They also hold their value. No matter what you get, just get something you will have a ball, and if you need someone to ride with drop me a line ride your way every now and then.


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Posted on Sat, Aug 05, 2006 05:00

What great suggestions and advice from all of you! Thank you so much. I have learned a great deal from each of you and plan on taking everything you all have said into account when I go shopping for a bike. So much to think about but I feel more confident and better knowledgeable now because of the advice I've gotten here, its the best because its coming from those who have been there and done that! THANK YOU!


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 19:08

i had the attitude of just buying what i felt like instead of a "starter" bike. all the physics apply no matter the size of the bike, just be a little more aware of a heavier bike at the stop lights. i suggest finding one that speeds up your heart just to look at it, then make it fit you the way you want, seat, handlebars,even lowering an inch or so if you need to. no sense in saying to your self later,"boy i wish id bought that other one."


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 18:03

First of all, congrats per taking & passing the coarse.I see that you listed petite on your profile, so by all means dont get more bike than your frame can comfortably handle, be it a 350, 750 or a light cruiser like the C-50 blvd from Suzuki, unless you have the major bucks to lay down on a hog. They are the statis quo american symbol thing, but in my humble openion way overpriced compared to the awsome bikes from overseas that truely give you way more bang for dollars.You can spend 20K on a small hog with next to nothing on it or get a fully loaded Honda Gold Wing with everything but running water for the same dollars. Take your time and nose around plus park your buns in as many rides as you can until the right one jumps out at ya & begs ya to haul it home. AND, get all your extras from day one so ya dont have to make yourself nuts later deciding what floats your boat, like windshield,saddle bags,crash bars,luggage rack etc. & by all means get a throttle rocker(8.99) to save your hand. I made my share of mistakes per foolish choices and always remembered them for future rides, ( like smoked windshield is better than glaring clear one) & ( full crash bars are wiser than the engine hugger types, which they call engine guards,DUH ! ) Bottom line wear the skid lid also & screw the uncool look thing cause your melon can crack like an egg due to some idiots mistake regardless how careful you are. Good luck darlin & chose wisely per your needs & remember, you can always upgrade later as your skills & taste increase.


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 17:42

They all make some good beginner bikes that are not to big and not that heavy. Down south they have the bike trader (don't know how far it goes north) if you will pick up one they are full of the small bikes. People buy them and learn to ride then step up to a bigger one. That way you will save some money and get what you want. To next time be good & safe.


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 17:26

Choices in a first bike are complicated at times, and before you get into type,engine size etc, think about how it makes you feel. The one that makes your breath catch is a good indicator. the inner delight that makes your eyes sparkle, and butterflies swarm is what your are looking for. Buy the bike that grabs you by the innards, and says I'm the one!! don't settle for less because of some money thing. BUY WHAT YOU WANT!! the visceral satisfaction gained by getting what you really want will outweigh any money concerns. At 5'1" you may need to do some alterations for the perfect bike to fit you. there are lots of seats, lowering kits, etc for most bikes out there. (no platform shoes tho,,, that's cheating) H-D sportsters have some lower models, so do the big twins. Most builders today offer models with lower seat height, and proportions to fit you whatever type or name you choose.


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 14:54

Since you are petite.... perhaps you should start small... I would advise a 250cc.. If you like more advise please feel free to ask...


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 14:38

Howdy, I do not think there is such a thing as a beginner bike or starter bike for a lady. Many ladies I know handle "big" bikes better than men due to the low center of gravity. Just remember can you pick it up with a full tank of gas with ease. Does it feel right....What type of bike do you want,rice,cruiser,soft,hard tail....any hooooooooo. Just go try a bunch on for size. Take a riders course and ask questions. I am getting my new bike. VTX1800S Honda soon......It is a heavy mother but gosh does she sit nice and for iron butt journeys I want the weight. Hugs and have a great summer!!!!Stay cool Snowy45


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 12:32

You go girl! lol I got my own bike so when its 6 pm on a Saturday night and quiet, take the bike out for a ride. Beats waiting for a man/friend/boyfriend to be around. I'm starting out with the Harley Sportster 883 Low, reasonbly priced (end of model year, of course) Take care, happy riding.


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