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A 69 year old male here who last rode more than 40 years ago on a Harley Sportster 1000cc and both feet easily touched the ground anytime all the time.

Just a few months ago returned to riding with a 2016 SYM HD 200 EVO.

I really needed to read what others have said about the shorter rider and I cannot thank you enough to you riders and the instructors. I'm 5 feet 5 inches and probably getting shorter with age, ha ha.

It has certainly taken me some time to gain my confidence with this scooter because I did not realize scooters sit so high up. Arriving at a stop, I now use my left foot to balance, and the smooth gliding-to-a-stop is gradually getting less clumsy as well less embarrassing.

No, I did not even sit on my bike to check out any ergonomics before I had it delivered to me. No kidding, not smart.

It's been about three months and things are getting smoother and the confidence is way up. I certainly miss working a clutch and working the gears like I did with my Harley years ago. Missing the true Zen of it all with a clutch. My SYM HD 200 is an automatic/all centrifugal stuff. Oh well, the practicality has it's place.

Bought this scooter strictly for daily runs all over the place as well as for economics including summer trips to the desert in eastern Washington. My wife and I had two big cars so we sold one and got this nearly 90 mpg scooter of which is perfectly freeway capable.


Dean Jackson
Seattle, WA
Sunday, April 15, 2018
I started riding in 2008 on a 2004 Vento Rebellion 150. People advised me before I bought it that it was too small and a waste of money. I made the right choice, I rode that little bike everywhere for a year. Back and forth to work and home at lunch and then back to work on weekends. I rode it 102 miles one-way to Panama City Beach from Pensacola Florida. I put over 6,000 miles on that little bike and dropped it countless times.

I went from barely being able to handle it to being comfy and easy like it was a bicycle. I made money on the little bike when I sold it. Smaller was better and every time I fell over or accomplished something I gained confidence. Yes, even from falling and getting hit by a car; because each time it was, "ok, that's out of the way."

I moved up to an older bike—a 650 Yamaha. It wasn't balanced well, and, once again, it was heavier than I was used to. But again with time and miles it became easier and comfortable.

I've been riding my dad's Yamaha Virago 750 for the last 3 or 4 years. I've had a good 3 years without incident have relocated to Oklahoma and having to adjust to unfamiliar roads and conditions (very rough roads and wind).

I was 38 when I started riding and weighed maybe 110 pounds at 5 feet tall. I will be 47 in December and want to get a Harley. My best advice to anyone is start small and go at your own pace. If you really love to ride you will but it can't be for someone else. Life is full of danger no matter how careful you are, so you might as well enjoy living it doing what you love.


Tereasa
Claremore, OK
Monday, May 15, 2017
Great article. I am a 5 feet 1 inch, 45 year old lady rider. In 2009 I started learning to ride on a Honda Rebel 250. In 2010, I traded up to a 2009 Honda Shadow 750, that I had lowered 1.5 inches in the back and 2 inches in the front. This was a fun bike to ride, but in March I traded this one in for the new 2016 Honda Fury, which you can lower with its uni-shock. So far this bike has been the most comfortable for road trips over the other bikes I've had. You need to pick the bike, not let the bike pick you. Good luck to all lady riders out there.


Sandy Lingerfelt
Martin, GA
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Inspiring! I'm 4 feet 11 inches ad 32 years old as well, so I could relate well. I normally wouldn't dare to try a bigger bike than my Buell Blast, but now I think maybe it's possible to ride a bigger bike, if I had to or wanted to. Thank you for this!

Michelle
Philadelphia, PA
Friday, February 6, 2015
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