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Terrific article. I as well started out on a 650 Suzuki. Once I became confident I went to a Harley-Davidson, many different Harleys during the past 11 years. I have owned a Fat Boy, Sportster 883, 1200, and 1200N and finally a Dyna Low Rider. I just traded my 2008 Dyna for a 2007 Sportster 1200N. Merry Christmas to me. I am so looking forward to spring and being back in the saddle of my Nightster.

Cheryl Feor
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I started with a Vulcan 500 and it has been a perfect bike for me - low center of gravity, low seat (I'm 5 feet 8 inches and could use a higher seat but like the control this provides) and easy to handle. It's light enough that I can push it around my garage, into and out of parking spaces and have no trouble lifting it off the kickstand.

That said, after riding just under a year, I'm considering an upgrade to either the new Yamaha 950T or a BMW R1200R (if I can find one on the secondary market - $$$). The desire to upgrade is due to lack of power at highway speeds. On a recent ride to NC, I was unable to pass a semi hauling chicken fertilizer - not a fun experience. Also in sixth gear, going 70 mph, the bike feels like it is going wide open, all out. And anyone who has ridden on 400, 75 or 285 in Atlanta knows that at 70 mph, you're the slowest thing in the slow lane.

Cindy
Roswell, GA
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wow! Our experiences are very similar. My first bike was a 250 Virago which I only had for a short time. Next was a 650 Suzuki for about a year. On to an 883 HD for another year. Next came the 1200 HD for about 18 months. Thought I would keep it forever, but a friend bought a bagger and was selling her '06 Softail Deluxe. They made me an offer I could not refuse so I have a great new ride. I am only 4 feet 11 inches so without a doubt, this will be it for me.

So, to the author of this story, enjoy your 1200 but but keep your eyes open for a Softail Deluxe. Nothing like it!

Leilani
Vancouver, WA
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I took the Rider's Edge Course where we rode 500 Buell Blasts. Previous to that I had ridden a Honda Rebel 250, only about twice as practice. So, after I passed the course it was time to decide on a first bike. My husband and the dealer convinced me that the Rebel would be outgrown in six months or less and I should go with a bigger bike I would ride longer. As much as I thought the Rebel was so cute I realized that with my frame (5-feet-6, 126 pounds and long legs) I could go for a larger frame bike.

I chose the 750 Honda Shadow Aero, which was actually my "dream bike" from the start, and it was a perfect choice. I wanted a cruiser, I love the retro look and it is a dream to ride. It fits me perfectly without any changes or adjustments. As a matter of fact, it's starting to feel "small" to me now. The bike is so smooth on the highway higher speeds and the weight is good as well. Bottom line, the bike does everything I want and need it to do so I'm very happy. Some chrome candy and other accessories were all that I needed.

Marilyn Hansen
New Jersey
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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