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AZFAULTCOWBOY
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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 12:25

Hello there Lady49, I am new here, been hanging in the shadows for a while, but thought this topic was as good as any to start with. I see you are on the petite side, so your choices are going to be limited, (leg length is going to be the issue)My cousin (female) just purchased an '06 883 Sporty, she is slightly taller than you and is already complaining about the reach. I would suggest, something used to begin with, it take a lot off the thought process of an accidental tip over also. It happens, the other thing to consider is weight, (bike). you are going to want something you are capable of handling easily, it is a whole different ballgame out there than in the parking lot of the training course. My cousin also completed her course and thought it was going to be a piece of cake after words, suprise! There are a lot of cagers out there, she has a whole new out look on the driving her own scoot. Please just be careful what ever you choose. AZ


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 06:34

After shecking your profile, and you being 5'1" you have maybe 2 possibilities. An 883 sporster and heritage softail, and there might be more. They do make lowering kits. But go to the harley dealer, make a day of it. If you can stand the bike up and your feet rest flat on the ground its a good match. How ever saying that next the seat would you be comfortable riding for a 100 miles(883 sporster range for fuel)without stopping. In the end you will have to make that decision for yourself. But also with a 883 spotster you may not be happy with it after a year or so and want to upgrade. So thats another thing to think about. Also do you want to buy new or used. Newer bikes don't have the vibration that the older ones have. If you are going to ride short trips or long say 500 or so miles. After you decide on the bike get in with your local HOG chapter and start riding with them this will help in your confidence and its always good to ride with others. Also find out if any gals from BK live near you who ride. They can also help you with the sharing of their experiences. But in the end you have to decide. Good luck and welcome to a new world of adventure. Any more stuff you need there are vast years of experience on BK. And no doubt as many of opinions. And you can email any of us and get an input. bdwolf77


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 06:25

hey girl, I was in the same boat as you some months ago. I took the course and got my license and 2mths ago I got my bike. Some thing to concider is the height of the seat. Not only do you need to reach the ground flat footed (for safety sake) but concider the amount of footing you'd have when you have to walk it backwards (like parking). Another thing I found difficult for a short woman like me, is the kickstand. I tried every Harley there was, and couldn't reach the damn thing hahahaha. My advise, 1) take your time. 2) talk to other (women) riders. 3) sit on as many bikes as you can. 4) don't start off with one too big, or too small 5) make sure you can reach ALL the controls easy and safely. 6) make sure the bike feels balanced for you. I finally settled on a Yamaha v-star 650. It fits me like a glove and I love it.


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Posted on Fri, Aug 04, 2006 06:22

i bought a suzuki Hi, I bought a suzukiGZ250. It's lightweight-easy to pick up yourself! lol Many riders say it looks bigger than a 250. Good starter bike. Susan


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