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I just wanted to thank you for this article! It was incredibly helpful! I had my heart set on a much bigger bike until I read this, as I am a first time rider. This list and all of the information you provided, there are so many things that I didn't even think about until I went through this. I also love hearing from female riders! Thank you again!

Chasity Dye
Fowlerville, MI
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Any thoughts on the Yamaha R3 as a sportbike? I noticed you have its bigger siblings (like the R6) listed in the "confident beginner" section, but I was surprised to not see it mentioned, since I've seen a lot of women comment that they started riding on that bike, and it seems on par with the others in that section.

Miriam

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Editor Response
We do not have the R6 listed, as that bike is too powerful for a beginner. We recommend the FZ-07 or FZ6R for confident beginners. However, the R3 would make a great choice for the beginner looking for a sportbike as her first motorcycle.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I'm looking at starting the process of taking the MSF course, getting my license and buying my first bike. I'm still in college and on a budget. I'm looking at dual sport bikes mainly and cruisers too. Being a new, short (5 feet 3 inches), female rider are there any beginner, short dual sport bikes you recommend?

Sydney H.
Albemarle, NC
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Editor Response
Dual sport bikes by nature are going to be taller than other types of motorcycles, because a long suspension travel and ground clearance is critical to riding off-road. While there are a good crop of new small-displacement dual sport motorcycles these days, you're going to need to make modifications, such as reduced-reach seat, shortened suspension, and/or lowering links to be able to reach the ground.
The BMW R 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys 300 are good places to start. Talk to your local dealers about what they can do to lower these motorcycles.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
I started on a Honda Rebel 250. Great starter bike! I went to the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy a few weeks ago where we rode Street 500s. I thought the bike was top heavy and I had a very hard time making tight turns, partly because of a fear of tipping over.

Once I passed the course and got my license I went back to my Rebel and was oh so grateful for that course. I felt I could throw that little Rebel around like it was a bicycle. I got on my Harley Sportster 1200L and the fear of turning sharp kind of came back! So I just bought a XL883L Sporty. It's narrower and I feel I will have an easier time gaining skills before moving on to a bigger, heavier bike.

I am 55 years old, 5 feet 1 inch, and 135 pounds. I wish I would have learned to ride motorcycle a long time ago when I wanted to and was fearless! Anyway, what really bothers me about some salesmen and some men in general is they say to start out on the bike you want. What a bunch of BS! They don't understand what a lot of women have to overcome learning to ride. Many of us are much smaller and yes, weaker than most men. We can't just jump onto the bike we really want. For me, it would be a Heritage or Street Glide. If I started out on the bike I want it would be an absolute disaster!

Donna
Up North, MN
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Editor Response
Congratulations on passing the course, and welcome to the club! We're glad you trusted yourself and got the motorcycle you feel most comfortable on. With lots of practice on the smaller, more manageable motorcycles, you'll soon gain the skill and confidence to move up to your dream bike before you know it. In the meantime, keep on riding safely.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
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