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I took the riders safety class in 2009 and that was the first time I ever touched a bike. It was a 250 and I thought it was big at the time. It took me a long time to get a bike of my own. I wanted to be the one in control. Well, I ended up with an old car that needed work so I traded it in for my first bike last winter. It is a 2007 Honda Shadow Aero. Solo seat so I do not ever have to ride someone else. (I have taken my chihuahua for a ride. She has a helmet and goggles and loves it too.)

I had my bike about five months before I ever got on her. My man took me to a school parking lot on the weekend and started me there. It took me about three trips to the lot before he felt I was ready for the street. I live in the mountains so there are many small twisty roads to drive on. I would say my bike weighs about 580 pounds and I'm 5 feet 8 inches tall. This bike is the first one I tried on that I was able to put my feet flat on the ground. It felt heavy to me as well.

With some practice in parking lots, I think anyone can learn to ride these big bikes. It just takes time to get the feel for it. They are heavy but even the ladies I work with who are much smaller than I am ride big bikes and handle them well.

I've been riding now for four months and have to say that I love it! I want to ride all the time now. The best part of riding when you're new is that you can learn at your own pace. You are the one that decides how fast or how long you are going to ride. I still prefer to have my man beside me on his bike when I go places and he is very willing to just sit back and let me grow.

I will buy my first HD next year after I feel I have enough skills for one. The nice thing about HDs is that they are all different shapes and sizes. If one doesn't fit, another one will. We just need to try them on and see what one works best for us.

I'm happy I got my Honda to learn on. It has been a lot of fun and the bike is very dependable. I will be trying on a lot of HD's to find the right one when the time comes. Good luck everyone and there is nothing you cannot do if you put your mind to it.

Teri
Pollock Pines, CA
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Harley-Davidson's Riding Academy (formerly Rider's Edge) was a very positive experience for me. I was trained very well and I learned about the H-D family: I cannot imagine riding anything else! And my coach and the owner encouraged me to become an instructor for MSF and a Rider Coach for H-D. That was five years, two H-Ds, and 75,000 miles ago!

Michele Wierzgac
Elgin, IL
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Congrats HD! Well earned. I can vouch for almost 30 years of support from HD. They really understand women riders and took the time many years ago to listen to us even though our numbers were much smaller in the early 1980s. They not only believed in women, they embraced us and I thank them for that confidence. There is nothing more powerful than a woman who rides a Harley-Davidson!

Cris Sommer Simmons
Maui, HI
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I started on a Honda Shadow 600 (used - private sale) and outgrew that within a couple of months. I bought a Honda Shadow 750 new from an "out-the-door" dealership and loved it for seven years. I just bought a new bad ass Victory and after the initial pain in the butt of buying it and having it recalled and fixed I love it more every day. And with the $$$ I saved buying a Vic instead of an HD I can afford a lot of fun stuff for her! That being said... shop the dealers and find one that you love.

Cyndi W
West Hollywood, CA
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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