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Hello everyone. I am a new rider—5 feet 2 inches and weigh less than 130 pounds. I ride a 2009 883 Harley-Davidson Sportster Low and am able to flat-foot it. However there's something to be said about determining what is best for your learning style as far as where your feet go. I have forward controls and found this challenging. Courses teach you to have your foot on the rear brake when stopped—try this with short legs and stretched out trying to balance the bike. I don't practice this anymore.

I realize folks find the Sportster 883 light, but honestly I can't lift it, and when it starts to fall (twice) you better catch it before it goes past the point of no return. Other then this, I love the open road. Riding on the highway, the bike handles nicely. I have lots of learning and miles to go with new experiences. I have a new bike to try with mid-controls, a 2017 H-D Iron. I'm looking forward to riding when warm weather moves in. Safe travels all.

Diann
Peterborough, ON, Canada
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
I too, am 5 feet 2 inches and started out with a Yamaha V Star. Once I sat on the Victory Vegas, I was sold. It has a low center of gravity and is way more powerful than my 1200. I could lower their Cross Country if I wanted a bigger bagger, but cannot reach the ground comfortably on their stock 26 inches. I agree, bike makers do not cater to women.


Bev Hope
Simi Valley, CA
Saturday, April 22, 2017
I am 5 feet tall and started out with a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200L. I was never able to flat-foot it, but it was my first bike and I loved it unconditionally. I found out it was top-heavy but that didn't stop me from riding.

I have since traded up to a Softail Deluxe with a dropped suspension and custom seat. It's a heavier bike, but with its lower center of gravity and 2- or 3-inch heels I can flat-foot it. Best decision I made so far. Looking for that next trade up—Road Glide here I come!

Drea
Roxboro, NC
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I've been through a number of bikes since I started riding in 2002 at 52 years old. I sold my 2008 Harley-Davidson Nightster 1200 in 2015 because I had broken my right shoulder and didn't know if I'd be able to ride it.

I went looking in December 2016 for a bike and none would work. The Scout Sixty was too wide and tall as are all of the Harleys and I'm not able to lift big Hondas off the kickstand. I am 5 feet 1 inch and could flat foot a Honda Spirit and my Harley, but seems they don't think of women when they make bikes. The other problem is the front of the seat is too wide which takes up height.

So I settled for a 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3. I miss the two wheels, but safety is paramount and I'm not going to ride a bike I am not comfortable on. I will be happy with my three wheels until I stop riding. I'm 67 and hope to ride for a long, long time to come.

Linda Eade
Easley, SC
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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