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I agree with this article 100%! I took the motorcycle safety course and decided that I enjoyed it and wanted to get off the back of my husband's and onto my own. He decided to upgrade to a Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and give me his old bike, a Yamaha V-Star 1100. I rode it for roughly a year and then refused to get back on. It was too big for me and I felt like the bike controlled me instead of me the bike. I was scared to ride it. Fast forward two years and I missed riding so I am now on a Harley-Davidson 750 Street. It's much smaller and lighter. I am very comfortable on this bike right now. It showed that me that I started too big which could have ended badly. Everyone should start with what they are comfortable on and then move up slowly and safely.

Jennifer Buddle
Rapid City, SD
Monday, November 20, 2017
Could not agree more. A safety class should be mandatory. Not everyone who takes the class ends up on a bike. After a trial my wife decided she would rather drive a Miata. To each their own.

David
Carnelian Bay, CA
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Started riding on a Honda moped without pedals. It did 35 mph downhill with a tailwind! But, I was issued my drivers license in Hawaii and it worked for me. Moved to California, and took the motorcycle safety course. Showed up riding a borrowed Wide Glide Harley since my car broke down. As a 6-feet 4-inch woman, I can say that it has less to do with the size of the bike and everything to do with learning properly. There was a 70-plus-year-old little tiny lady there who showed us how to get a bike back up from a side tipped position. It's a lot of physics and angles.

Please stop assuming that women are or are not afraid of, in favor of, enjoy, or don't enjoy anything. We are as individual and independent as anyone. I hate small bikes for me; they are horribly uncomfortable, dangerous in turns, underpowered, and difficult -- but that's me. I'm on a bike with 15-inch apehangers just to have my elbows in neutral riding position. And I still had to push my floorboards forward, and get a seat custom made. Fit is important; style is fun.

Pam D
San Diego, CA
Sunday, March 13, 2016
I rode a Honda 80 when I was a teenager. I just got my endorsement in December 2015 and I am 60 years old. I am 5 feet 8 inches tall and have no problem reaching the ground. My problem is the weight. I have a shoulder injury so I am learning to ride on a 150cc scooter to build up my strength and balance. Yes, my biker friends laugh but I don't care. I may not ever ride my own and if not I'm happy on the back.

Theresa
Ocala, FL
Thursday, March 10, 2016
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