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Awesome review. Helped answer a lot of my questions on the bike. Just one question though (prob a naive one), why wouldn't you tour on this bike? Would you tour on a chopper period? I've been riding for two years, as much as I can anyway with two kids in the scheduling mix, so I know I need a lot more practice than I have under my belt right now. I'm looking to get a chopper maybe 5 to 10 years down the road and am collecting as much info on choppers in the meanwhile.

I'd like to have one that would give me the option - obviously as much a backback worth of clothes would allow.

Maria
Carol Stream, IL
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Editor Response
Choppers, this one in particular, are much lower to the ground, therefore have a lower ground clearance, meaning a stiffer suspension. Not the ideal suspension setup for going long distances. In addition, choppers usually stripped down and do not allow for ways to carry gear.

Knowing that more riders want to tour on a chopper, Big Dog recently introduced its Bull Dog model with hard sided saddlebags.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Interesting design, but like others I'm a bit concerned about the ground clearance. I ride a Rocket III and, while I love her, I wish I had reverse. I would imagine I'd feel the same on 700 pounds of chopper, too.

Lisa
Omaha, NE
Monday, November 10, 2008
Editor Response
Because the bike is so low, you have plenty of leg and upper arm strength to handle that much weight so reverse is really not necessary on a bike like this.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
There is no way I could ride this bike. There are so many of us out here who are vertically challenged that it seems if the seat height is acceptable, you can't reach the foot controls. There are two bikes I know of that I can ride and that's the H-D Nightster and possibly the Victory Vegas.

I did talk to a woman who is also short and said she rides the Softail Deluxe but has trouble backing it up. I own a 2008 H-D Nightster and it has taken along time to get used to it after riding a Honda Shadow Spirit. I've had to make all kinds of changes to the Nightster trying to make it more comfortable to ride long distances - changed out the handlebars, new seat, new shocks, moved tail/turn signal lights to accommodate saddlebags --the list goes on and on. I've got a lot invested in this one bike trying to make it fit me. I've been riding since 2003 and can't understand why they aren't making more of an effort to make a bikes for women.

Linda
Unionville, VA
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Editor Response
We'd love to have you submit a short bike review for our Readers' Reviews section and share in more detail what you like/don't like/modified with your Nightster. Click on the link under reviews for instructions on how to do that if you're interested.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Loved the article and information. I started riding last year. Since then I have had three bikes: started with a Nightster; month later traded to 07 Softail Deluxe (a real sweetheart to ride), rode my husband's Street Glide. He traded that for the 09 Cross Bones (nice in the long turns, better then Softail Deluxe) and I bought an 08 SWIFT Lucky Strike Bobber at Laconia, New Hampshire, (sweet in the turns!), so given the wide range of bikes I had and have access to this article really brought together my thoughts about all those bikes and how the industry, Harley to BBC needs to really start working and listening to our up-and-coming market with open ears and a note pad.

BBC to me is the first to design a bike just for woman. Thanks. Sit down and interview the range of us and you'll go far with your next attempt.

Peggy List
Burlington, VT
Sunday, September 7, 2008
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