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I am 5 feet 3 inches, or that is what I was when younger. Anyway, I have owned many bikes as I have been riding my own bike about 30 years. I am now 59. Today I ride a 2016 Indian Springfield. We did lower the rear 1.5 inches because this was a simple way to give me additional footing. I traded in a 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide—beautiful bike but it was just too heavy for me to maneuver comfortably in tight or sandy circumstances.

We ride cross country so I wanted something more like my previous 2006 Harley-Davidson Deluxe which is an excellent size bike for short folks. I didn’t get a faring on my Indian because unless I lower the entire bike, which is what one would need to do to still be able to see over the faring properly, I wanted to keep as much of the factory handling that I could. I do drag on the turns quite often mostly because I love to lay into the curves.

Of all my previous bikes I will say this Indian Springfield is the best for the long haul and curvy highways. I have great maneuverability and since I have always stood my bikes up with my thighs there are no issues there. We live out of town a ways and a portion of daily travel is on dirt/sandy roads. The Springfield also comes with hard locking bags which is a great benefit on the open road! Happy travels and God’s richest blessings!

Shirley
Tecumseh , OK
Friday, December 1, 2017
Hello. I'm 43 years old and I have never ridden a motorcycle but in March I was blessed with a 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. I have no clue about this bike but my husband does. I'm about 5 feet 5 inches, 130 pounds. I need a woman's advise on the best way to go about learning to ride this beautiful machine. Summer is almost gone so please help fast.

Julie
Coffeyville, KS
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Editor Response
Hi Julie,
Congratulations of the new bike, but we sincerely hope that you use extra caution and read our Beginner's Guide before you attempt to ride that big motorcycle. The safest way to learn to ride is to enroll in a course, taught by trained professionals, where they use small, lightweight beginner bikes. A Street Glide is a great bike for someone with thousands of miles of experience, but is not a good bike to learn to ride on, as it is very big and heavy and has more power than a new rider is able to control.
Start small, develop your skills, and hopefully, one day you will be proud to ride the Street Glide.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
It's been more than 30 years since I last rode a bike and at the age of 56 I decided to get back on again. I am 4 feet 11 inches with a 29-inch inseam. I sat on a large variety of bikes until I settled for a Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS. I like it because the weight is down low and it's very well balanced. Also I was able to modify it with a short reach seat and handlebars. I also put on a shorter shank for the gear shifter and moved the pegs back an inch. Once all this was done I felt so much more in control and confident. This way I can concentrate on getting to know my bike and getting some miles under my belt, and only when I'm ready I'll move up to something else.

Oh, yes, and personally I feel that having both feet flat on the ground with a bend in your knees is paramount. Happy riding everyone.

Kim Nilsson
Kalgoorlie, Australia
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Use your legs. A woman's strength is in her legs, not the upper body unless you work out. I am 66 and have learned to use my legs.


Susie
Sagle, ID
Sunday, May 28, 2017
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