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I am looking for my first bike and I am set on it being automatic. I have no need to prove that I can keep up with the boys. I want to have my attention where it really counts when I'm riding. The view, and the other drivers on the road who don't pay attention to motorcycles... I'm a lady and I will ride like one! I don't think manual transmissions make you cooler than the rest. I drove a stick for years and I don't miss that truck at all. I am looking forward to having fun with a motorcycle!

Karen
Aliso Viejo, CA
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Don't assume that automatics are only for women. I am a new rider and I bought a Honda Silver Wing scooter (582cc) so I would not have to deal with shifting. Most of the riders at the Mid-Atlantic Scooter Rally were men. Frankly, it's great to simply twist the throttle and go and I can focus on lean and line and what is ahead instead of whether my left toe is above or below the shifter knob and remembering the clutch. I took demo rides on a KLR650, V-Strom and Versys and managed the shifting while chasing the sportbikes in the group but it will never be my favorite activity. I wish they made a dual purpose or a touring bike with an automatic with button override. The idea of an automatic is great.

Adam Safier
Monrovia, MD
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I actually looked at one of these in the showroom a couple of months ago. I had joint replacement surgery on both thumbs so the dealer took me over to look at this bike. Very futuristic which doesn't appeal to me. Instead, I've opted to change out my handlebars, etc in hopes of alleviating hand/thumb pain versus an automatic bike. However, if new handlebars don't do the job, it's nice to know there is another option for those of us with hand issues. The cost would still be prohibitive for me though.

Suzy
Schenectady, NY
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Don't hate! The idea of an automatic appealed to me before I purchased my first bike. I just picked up my second bike today. If they had it in an automatic I would buy it in a second. Shifting is just shifting. If you need to shift to feel cool then shift on. I think more people would enjoy motorcycle lifestyle if not for that learning curve. No need to make people feel dumb because they don't shift. It's like making someone feel like less of a biker because they ride a trike or a Spyder or whatever. Get over yourself and include these machines in the circle. We need to talk about making motorcycling more accessible to women riders. Well, besides the size and setup of the motorcycle, I think automatics would bring more women in.

Hollis
Canton, OH
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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