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I started riding July 2015. I took the motorcycle class. My first bike was a 2012 Honda Shadow Aero 750cc. In August I moved up to my 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900. I love this bike. It fits me perfect. I am 61 years old and I am 5 feet 4 inches and 136 pounds. My legs are short and I can sit flat footed on this bike.

Mary
Tawas City, MI
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I'm purchasing a 2011 Vulcan 900 Classic LT next week. I test drove it and am excited to get rolling. I got mine for below invoice or so I am told by several people. $8350 before taxes etc. I had a 1993 Vulcan 750 that I purchased for $1300 just to get some experience as I passed the MSF course back in May 2012. The shift on the 750 suddenly stopped grabbing gears and I didn't want to put more money into a 20-year-old bike so after some serious test rides I decided on the 900. It's a leftover with two miles on it so it's still brand new. Plus I was able to get an extended 5 year warranty for $400. I love the loudness of the 2011 and it looks a little retro but that is part of its charm. Once I get some mileage on it I'll come back to update this.

Enjoy the bike Elise and let's share experiences with our new toys in a few weeks.

David
Stamford, CT
Friday, December 21, 2012
Elise, I too took a Victory Vegas out for a test spin. I loved it! At 5 feet 2 inches it's difficult to find a bike I feel sure-footed on. The Victory was low-seated, had great balance, and with its low center of gravity it was easy to handle. There was more motor than I would use on a normal basis, but it felt good. I didn't want the test ride to end. Then, a few days later, I rode the Vulcan 900 LT. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement! Both bikes are a far cry from my 1100 Virago. The 900 LT was everything I needed and wanted in a bike.

After putting risers on the bars it fit me like a glove, had all the "accessories," and was a financially responsible move. I have no regrets. I've ridden roundtrip from MA to Sturgis (via Canada) and just completed a cross-country (Plymouth, MA to San Jose, CA) trip for the 25th Women On Wheels Annual Ride-In. No saddle sores! No sore back. 33,000 miles in two years. Yup, I love my Vulcan!

Mary
Pembroke, MA
Friday, August 26, 2011
@Elise - Thanks for the article. I always enjoy hearing or reading about women riders. I very much love my 2008 Victory Vegas Low. I'm only 5 feet 2 inches so this bike fits me perfectly. Love the power, love the ride, love the looks...especially when my bike gets the attention and my husband's new Road King gets ignored. Ha!

@Karen - I had the Intruder 800 for years, and then inherited my husband's 1400, which I was surprised that I would like it much more than the cold running 800. But then I decided I just needed my very own bike, not his hand-me-downs (especially since he put 50k miles on it).

Life is grand, especially when I get to wave at another female rider, no matter what bike she is riding.

Lynette
Bowling Green, KY
Friday, August 26, 2011
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