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How does Slim perform for long distance? I'm 5 feet 5 inches and am wondering if the Slim will feel too small? When the review reflects that it's a good bike for short people I'm uncertain if my height falls into that and of course 5 feet 5 inches is without boots ... with boots I'm 5 feet 6.5 inches.

Annie
Waterloo, IA
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Editor Response
The reason why many shorter riders enjoy the Slim is the ease of putting their feet on the ground to hold the bike up. Don't be fooled into thinking the Slim is a small motorcycle—it's just must easier to handle than some of the other Softails.

The Slim's large floorboards allow the rider to easily reposition her feet to find a comfortable riding position. This is especially welcomed on long rides, so I would venture to say that the Slim makes a good long-distance motorcycle. Many riders add a windshield and saddlebags, turning the Softail into a more touring-friendly motorcycle.
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
In your opinion, could a 5 foot 2 inch woman handle this frame?

CB
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Editor Response
If she is a confident, experienced rider, yes. I would suggest testing out the lowest first, which is the Slim.
Szulewski Tricia
I wanted to buy a 2018 Harley Deluxe until I found out it doesn't have cruise control. Big mistake by Harley-Davidson—it's a cruiser that should have cruise control for long trips.

Janis Billings
Modesto, CA
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
I love my current 2012 Slim and would love to test ride the newest model, but the seat height on the 2018 is now almost 2 inches higher than previous years' models. As a shorter rider, that will probably be a deal-breaker for me. Bummer.

Tammy
Jamestown, CA
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Editor Response
I would bet that you'll be surprised to find out that you actually can easily handle the new Slim. There's a lot more to fitting a bike than seat height specifications, which don't tell the whole picture. The shape of the seat, what's under the seat, and what might get in your way when putting your feet down all make a huge difference.

If you try one out and let us know how it goes! Best wishes.
Szulewski Tricia
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