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The Indian Scout and Indian Scout Sixty while having "more cc" than you feel is suitable for a beginner are very beginner-friendly. There is more to consider in purchasing a bike: balance, standard seat height, hand control placement, weight. I've only been riding two years, so I might not be that seasoned. But I've only owned the Scout and love it. I can maneuver it being only 5 feet 3 inches—it's not top heavy and smaller controls fit my hands.

Even the Indian Springfield is easily managed when considering balance and weight. Hand controls on the 2018 Springfield are better than older models. I'm just waiting on a color I can't resist.

Marette de Jong
Vista, CA
Sunday, August 26, 2018
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
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