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Being a guy, I'm happy to declare that Women's Rider's Now has just become my go-to website for detailed, un-biased reviews of H-D motorcycles. It's refreshing to witness independent motorcycle journalism without the influence of factory-approved, regurgitated press releases so common in motorcycle magazine reviews today.

This review of H-Ds 2011 Heritage Softail Classic was no exception. Well-written, detailed, and very informative with plenty of real-life illustrations.

One minor correction, though. The reviewer writes, "...the Heritage Softail, with its 4.3 inches of travel in the front and generous 5.1 in the back, glides well over bumps..." These numbers are actually backwards. It is the front suspension with 5.1 inches of travel and the rear with 4.3 inches of travel.

Why is this important? My mid-50's girlfriend, who recently pursued her dream in obtaining her motorcycle license just over a year ago, began thinking about upgrading from her starter bike, a highly-recommended 2014 Honda Shadow Aero. She was having a difficult time deciding between an HD Deluxe and an HD Heritage, until we discovered here that the Deluxe has 3.6 inches of rear suspension travel vs. the Heritage with 4.3 (20% more) inches of rear suspension travel, something to do with engineered seat height for each bike I imagine.

For my girlfriend in her mid-50's, ride comfort is everything, and, at 5'6" she went with the Heritage Softail, with its longer 4.3 inches of rear suspension travel.

And, judging by the grin on her face, she had no trouble transitioning, after a year of riding, from a Honda Shadow Aero, to a HD Heritage Softail.

Ken G
Toronto, Canada
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Editor Response
Good catch, Ken! We will update the article to be correct. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our upcoming overview of all the new 2018 Harley-Davidson Softails. We're glad to have you as a new reader.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
I am 73 years old and 5 feet 6 inch height, 150 pounds, and thinking about getting this 2006 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic. I was wondering if it is to big for me to handle. I have had about 12 Gold Wings 1100, 1200, and 1500 and had to stand on my tip toes but had advanced lessons on how to handle these big bikes.

Shat are your thoughts on this. Need a quick answer because this 06 will not last long and it is in mint condition. Thanks.

Ed Ash
Owosso, MI
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Editor Response
Ed,
If you've handled Gold Wings before you should have no problem handling this motorcycle. It has a low center of gravity and performs very nicely all around, like I said in the article. You could always have it lowered more, but being a guy, you have the additional upper body strength to muscle the bike around in parking lots, etc. Good luck and thanks for asking.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I just traded in my Sportster 48 for a Heritage Softail and love the bike. The only thing I'm having problems with so far is reaching the pedals on my 5'4" frame. Do you have any recommendations as to how to solve this issue?

Susan Skelton Garrison
McKinney, TX
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Editor Response
Hi, Susan—You might consider looking for an aftermarket seat. To name just a couple, the "Heels Down" seat from Saddlemen moves the rider lower and forward. Harley-Davidson also offers a Super Reduced Reach Seat that moves the rider lower and closer to the controls. You might also check out this article that talks about the pros and cons of changing out a motorcycle's shocks in order to lower the seat height. Finally, another great place to ask this question is the WRN Forum, where you might receive advice from other Softail owners. Good luck!

Amy Mortensen, Editorial Assistant
I recently purchased a 2013 Heritage Softail Classic. I had it lowered for my short height of 61 inches. I love this bike with the exception of the heat that the bike throws off onto my right thigh. This bike runs hot. I have since learned that Harleys often run hot. I was not prepared for this as my previous bike was liquid cooled rather than air cooled (2007 Honda Shadow Spirit). Still trying to figure out how to deal with this. Have put the Harley heat deflectors on but that has not completely solved the problem. May have to ride with leather chaps year round or as one friend does, put some pot holders on the inside of my riding jeans. Hope Harley can come up with a liquid cooled engine in the future. I love having 6 speeds, ABS, security system and a smooth ride.

Martha Freeman
Zion Crossroads, VA
Monday, May 27, 2013
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