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Wow, great looking ride! As soon as I saw the pic I knew it was Montana. Fantastic country. I'm retiring soon and can't wait to tour that area on my Harley-Davidson. Thanks for posting.


Scott
Temecula, CA
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
I have been riding my own for 24 years. My husband bought me a 2009 Street Glide in the fall of 2015. I still have my Softail Slim too. I added 10-inch bars and had it lowered. I am way more comfortable on the bike now. I rode the Tail of the Dragon and 2,500 miles from Conn., to Tennessee, and North Carolina, however, I will say, I am still having a difficult time being comfortable maneuvering at slow speeds like parking lots, tight slow speed turns, etc. (Gotta get out of my own head).

Any advice for fixing this issue? I ride a lot and many long distances, approximately 10-12,000 miles per season (I live in Connecticut.) Last August my husband hit a deer in front of me at night. I almost went down with him. Thankfully he is OK, but ever since then I don't feel as confident as I used to be. I'm hoping this is a mental thing and it goes away because riding is most definitely my passion!

Lynn C
Lebanon, CT
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Editor Response
Lynn,
Riding a Street Glide or any large touring motorcycle comfortably at slow speeds is all about skill and confidence. Check out our article on getting more control over your motorcycle at slow speeds. It has some good advice.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Great article! This isn't only for women! I'm 5 feet 6 inches with a 29-inch inseam male. I've had a Dyna Wide Glide for three years and have been constantly tinkering with the fit of that bike. I have yet to ride the Street Glide, but in comparison, is so much more comfortable, and seems like such a better fit. No reach issues whatsoever. It just needs a slightly lower, narrower front seat.

Doug
NJ
Friday, April 17, 2015
Editor Response
Hi Doug,
I'm glad you figured out "this isn't only for women." As our tagline at the top of our site says. Motorcycling Lifestyle, for women and men who ride with women. We want men to know our articles include them.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I have read several posts here and enjoy this site. I did want to comment on purchasing a bigger bike vs. smaller bike as a first time bike purchase. I am 5 feet 6.25 inches and 55 years old. I started biking in 2001. I purchased a Honda Shadow 750. After a very short time I wished I had purchased a bigger bike.

I had taken the MSF course prior to the bike purchase. I did purchase a 2007 Gold Wing in 2011 and immediately signed up for a motorcycle riding course taught by Ride Like A Pro in Maryland. This training helped with confidence and maneuvering the Wing. I have sold that bike and purchased a 2002 Ultra Glide (always wanted a touring HD).

The Harley is about 55 pounds lighter than the Wing. I do wonder how long I will be able to "handle" a touring model as I age. My point is I believe women can handle big bikes, what we may lack in strength can be compensated by riding skills and technique. Both of these trump strength.

Take riding courses to develop skills and techniques; read books about riding technique and watch DVDs about riding technique/skill and practice slow speed maneuvering in a local parking lot with cones. I plan on taking an additional skill course in North Carolina from MotoMark1. I can't say enough good about riding courses and practice. They make you a more proficient rider, a safer rider and increase the enjoyment of being on a bike.


Judy Sweetland
Norfolk, VA
Monday, January 5, 2015
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