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We've been test-fitting different motorcycles for my girlfriend recently. She is 5 feet with about 26-inch inseam. Although the Rebel is lightweight and easy to handle, I am concerned about its ability to go cross country at interstate speeds. The engine would be doing close to 100 percent at 75mph in my opinion. We have all but settled on the Shadow Spirit or VLX. The seat height is right and with 600cc I think it will do fine in most areas. Something to consider when searching is not only height but width has quite a bit to do with fit.

Mark
Indy, IN
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
First, let me say, it does my heart good to see so many lady riders giving their advice and wisdom to others. It seems like every year, there are more and more women riding their own motorcycles and it puts a big ol' smile on my face every time I see one on the road!

I also took a beginner's class, and it was the best thing I could have done. So anyone reading these comments, please take the advice and go through a course. It has nothing but benefits and will help you become a better rider. The bike I used through the course was a 250cc Honda Rebel. The bike was easy to handle and let me focus on what I needed, what they were teaching me!

I had already purchased a bike before taking the course that I would ride on a regular basis. It was an 800 cc Suzuki Maurauder. I loved that bike! It was light, easily maneuverable, and handled like a dream. The only downside to it, because of my long legs it felt like I was sitting at a dining table the whole time, and on long rides it did tend to get uncomfortable. This was a great bike to ride to get used to riding and gain the confidence needed.

I sold the bike after a couple of years and bought a Softail Standard, and still ride it today. When I went to look at the bike, I had already decided, if the bike "fit" me, I was going to buy it! So I went from a 49ci to an 88ci (1400cc). It's not the size of the motor, it's the comfort of the bike, both physically and mentally!

If you respect the bike, it will respect you.

Sweet P
Circleville, OH
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Congrats on your license. Try different bikes on for size. I started with a Virago 750. It was a good fit and had enough power for the highway. You outgrow anything below a 650 really quickly. On the 750, I could touch the ground easily and the seat height was just right. Handlebars were brought forward for a comfortable reach. Make sure to adjust footpegs, handlebars and get a good fitting seat and you will ride for longer periods and get the practice you need.

Remember, you won't be carrying the bike anywhere, just keep your revs up and keep in the friction zone in slow speeds. Practice those parking lot speeds. I have moved up from a Virago 750, to Heritage Softail 1450 to 1800cc Street Glide. Ride what you feel comfortable riding and have fun.

Alice
Prince George, BC, Canada
Saturday, February 7, 2015
While some look for a lighter bike to start with, I found that my first bike, the Sporty 883, was too light for the winds here in Wyoming. I was always being blown around on it. No joke. While the light weight gave me confidence in town, once I hit open country, I wasn't happy with it. I sold it to a new rider and bought a Dyna Super Glide. Much better in the wind and much more comfortable.

The lower center of gravity made it easy to handle and a dream to ride. As others have stated, do not buy a bike without at least sitting on it and picking it upright to see how it feels. A test ride would be great, but not always possible. And advice from men regarding what is right for you, while well meaning, has little bearing. Men and women ride differently. Find what feels good to you. That's what's important.

Laurie Hanson
Cheyenne, WY
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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