My friend rides a Shadow 600 also and she loves it. Two things though.
Relatively small gas tank. 3 gal. or something like that. The 600 is also a relativley small bike. It sits really close to the ground and there isn't a lot of clearence between the seat and the pegs. eg: If you have long legs you'll DEFINITELY need hwy pegs. All and all though, its a great bike.
I should also note that my friend is somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 foot nothin'.
I have been on 2 wheels since my father handed me my first mini bike at 2 yrs old. Been riding harleys for the last 5 yrs. I currently have a 97 Softail Custom...sweet bike.... I just sold an 04 Titan Sidewinder...pretty bike to look at but a real pain to ride...pulls soooooo bad to the left(engine heavy). New here so hello to everyone (waving).......take care and ride safe....jules
I ride a 94 Honda shadow, 600 VLX. He has enough power to keep me safe & out of trouble. I started off on a 250 Rebel....put 35,000 miles a year on it, no BS. Used to ride him in the rain & snow back in Philly, all year-round. Incredibly reliable bike, great for beginners. I went from that to a Suzuki GS1000, and discovered that I really, REALLY like to ride over 100mph (from Philly to the Jersey shore on the backroads). When I moved to CA, I went back to the 250, because it forced me to keep my riding within the speed limits. I've heard from several professionals (including LE) that a good rule of thumb is to own a bike that you're able to pick up by yourself should it end up on its side. Although it's a rareity, bikes HAVE been knocked over by careless people in parking lots. I've never laid my bike down, nor has it been knocked over, but caca happens. I chose my 600 for several reasons: style, engine size, etc. Because I will be towing it with my '76 motorhome, I didn't want anything TOO big. Bike size is all about personal preference. Someone else suggested hitting various shops and testing out the comfort factor on different bikes: GREAT idea. Keep in mind that you definitely want comfort if you plan on riding for long periods of time. I'm not a big fan of crotch rockets, because you're bent over, and it just doesn't seem comfortable to me. I love my cruisers, and stick to them for the comfort of long rides. I would hit some biker bars and talk to the owners of bikes you think you might like. See if they are weekend warriors or full-timers, and ask what they think of their bikes, and see if they have any suggestions. I would also highly recommend taking a safety course if you've never ridden before. It'll give you some insight on what to expect on the road, and should lower your insurance rates, too! GOOD LUCK & RIDE SAFE!
I bought a Buell Blast the week before a got my license. Being only 5ft 2in it was the perfect bike for me to learn on. The Blast is small, light weight and I could flat foot the ground. I now drive a Ninja EX500, has more power, handles better all around and after having two inches of foam cut from the seat...I can touch the ground. :) I also went through the riding course and that gave me all the confidence I needed to ride, along with time and practice. Last year I road almost 10,000 miles on my Ninja. Oh what a Feeling!!! :) Best of luck to you!!!
mydogintheyard write: Been a HD passenger for the last 10 years. Well, the guy left and took his bike. Now I've got the "itch." Going to take classes this summer and hopefully purchase a bike at the end of the year or the first of next. The question is.........how do you decide what bike you can handle? So let me know what YOU ride. Thanks, Susan
You can HANDLE any bike you decide you want to ride. It really doesnt matter how big or small you are. Every bike is different and you will have to get used to each machine as you ride it, no matter how long you have been riding. Noone just jumps on a brand new bike and is totally comfortable right off the bat. Little women ride big fat choppers, great big guys ride little tiny bikes too. Decide what it is YOU LIKE best and then have it set up to fit your body and ride it.
My experience is that if you get something ONLY because its small and less intimidating you will be unhappy because its not what you truly wanted. If you like the look and sound of a big Bad Arss bike then thats what you should ride. You will learn to ride it the same as if you bought the small bike you may not be in love with. Fall in love with the bike you really want no matter what it is and then learn to get comfy on it!!
I ride anything and everything from the biggest to the smallest. My philosophy is that if someone else can do it?? I damn sure can too!!
I have me a virago 1100. Had her custom painted, chromed her out, she's my baby and given my height of 5'3 AND 1/2 inch, (yes that 1/2 inch counts) she fits me very well. Been on the freeway thruway, you name it. She hasn't let me down and she has the power and the speed I like. But I will say, don't like sitting in that city traffic so I stay on the back roads. you ladies know what it's like sitting in 90 degree weather on a hot bike on a hot day, stuck in traffic. Ouch, I'm already feeling the burning on my leg
Take a riding class first. One given by the state. Sit on a lot of bikes and make sure you can move it around with your legs and your feet are flat on the ground with some bend in your knees. I ride a Honda VTX 1300. I am only 5'5" and I absolutely love my bike. The Victory Hammer was also great. Just spend the time learning about what you can handle. You can always buy up later.