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I am getting excited every time I read stories by women riders. My obstacle was "can I still be a woman rider at my age (52) and be a new beginner?" A 63-year-old woman has greatly inspired me.

Doreen Mfhaladi
Lobatse, Botswana
Friday, February 24, 2017
Wow, thank you so much for all of the comments. I just noticed that this had been posted to the main page. Good news—I was able to get into the MSF course a couple months ago as a walk-on. I was scared to death going into it because we were riding in hard rain and freezing to death but I felt if I could learn in those conditions I would be much better in good weather. They put me on a Honda Rebel 250 and that was so easy to ride but it felt small for me. I wanted something slightly bigger but not as big as the Honda Shadow ACE. My fiancee ended up selling his Shadow and using the money to buy me a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 while I was out of town. I had only sat on a Vulcan S at the dealership, which felt light enough. I didn't want to buy a brand new bike as my first bike. I researched the Vulcan 500 and I thought it was the best for me but I was waiting to find one to sit on it and get a feel for it.

Lucky for him, I'm very comfortable on this Vulcan and have ridden around for the last two months. I still have anxiety on it at times so I'm only riding roads I'm comfortable on. I avoid roads with stop signs at the top of hills, roundabouts and heavy traffic. I've just started riding to work and I'm riding state roads now and country roads. I've avoided traffic which I'm sure with experience I will move on to other roads. I'm taking my time.

I'm sure eventually I will want to buy a different bike, but I'm pretty sure I will be with my Vulcan for a while. It's a great starter bike.



Leslie Wilkins
Pendleton, IN
Friday, June 17, 2016
Took my training course in August 2015. Bought a Suzuki Boulevard VL800. Gradually rode more and more around town and on service roads. I dropped it three times at corner turns and stops; the fourth time I scared myself so bought a Suzuki 400 and rode it for two months until winter in Canada. When spring came I got on the 800, dropped it once but have been going strong ever since. So, I guess starting smaller and working up is good. I am 5 feet 4 inches AND WAS 65 years old at training and never on a bike before. I love it!

Gail
Balgonie, Canada
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Leslie, the right bike for you is the one that you feel most comfortable on. If your fiancé's bike does not make you feel safe or comfortable, try other bikes at the bike store. I started on a Suzuki TS185 and am so very glad I did as it gave me confidence and increased my riding skills. I've also taken the MSF course and every time I get on my current bike (Honda Shadow 750), I learn something new.

Riding is a constant learning experience coupled with the joy and pleasure of riding. When you have the right bike, your enjoyment will only be increased. You will get into that sweet spot we all experience with the right bike.

Try out other bikes. You will know the one for you when you test it. It will speak to you and feel like it is a part of you.

Anna Edgcomb
Concord, CA
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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