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Harley Alternatives for New Female Rider

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:34 am
by acutee
I'm not a lady myself but I'm here for my partner doing a bit of research on what to get her as a first bike. She's driven my Harley but its a bit heavy for her. It's an Electra Glide Ultra Classic so you can imagine the trouble she had with it. It's heavy even for me at my size. She's not particularly a novice driver as she has driven bikes but she's never owned one and has spent most of the time driving on the back of my bike or a friends bike in the past. So, imagining that a lot of the Harley's are going to weigh-in a bit on the heavy side and the fact that my partner is quite petite, I wated a little help from the pros on what good alternatives there are out there that are a little more light-weight. Some of the ones I've been coming across when browsing the web are the Shadow Spirit 750 C2, the Star Motorcycles V Star & a couple of the Kawasaki models, would these be good choices do you think? Besides that, I'm also wondering where people shop for the cheap deals online in the US when they are after bikes? There's obviously the usual classifieds sites for used bikes and then the individual dealers for the specific brands but I was wondering if there's anywhere I might not have considered. All suggestions appreciated.

Thank you,
FMB


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Re: Harley Alternatives for New Female Rider

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:21 pm
by CycleBlueBook
Hard to go wrong on a Shadow or sub-1100cc V-Star. Of course the ultimate test will be to get her on one and see how it fits, but either of those would suffice. When she still rode solo, my wife had a Kawasaki ZL600, which was perfect for her (however, she is 5'9" so a little outside of the 'usual' female ergonomics.)

Re: Harley Alternatives for New Female Rider

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:51 pm
by Johnj
Did you look at the Harley Street 750?

Re: Harley Alternatives for New Female Rider

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:40 am
by acutee
stick wrote:Hard to go wrong on a Shadow or sub-1100cc V-Star. Of course the ultimate test will be to get her on one and see how it fits, but either of those would suffice. When she still rode solo, my wife had a Kawasaki ZL600, which was perfect for her (however, she is 5'9" so a little outside of the 'usual' female ergonomics.)
Johnj wrote:Did you look at the Harley Street 750?
Thanks guys, I'll stick those out. Not sure if we did stick the Street 750 so i'll have a look and see.

Thanks Again,

KMB

Re: Harley Alternatives for New Female Rider

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:38 pm
by Hanson
I am not a cruiser aficionado, nor an expert, but the Indian Scout might also be an option.

Safe Travels,
Richard