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READER MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: 2007 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

By Hedy Davidson, Surrey, BC, Canada

Hedy's height: 6 feet
10/22/2008

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Hedy on her 2007 Heritage Softail, taken on her first weeklong ride to Gold River, BC.
Hedy on her 2007 Heritage Softail, taken on her first weeklong ride to Gold River, BC.

I chose the Heritage Softail because it was a "best fit" for my height, riding style and basic comfort. This was a first-time purchase with my brand-new class 6 license [the license required to ride a motorcycle in Canada – Editor]. The height and power of this machine suit me and my riding style very well. I appreciate the looks of it, but more than that, because I am tall, the Heritage Softail fit me like an amazing pair of perfect jeans! You know what I mean—that dream pair that make you feel like a million bucks every time you wear them? This motorcycle makes me feel like a million bucks every time I ride it.

The weight balance points are amazing. A lot of women comment on that. When I passed my road test, my husband and I went shopping for my first ride. With our last name being "Davidson," there was only one place we felt we wanted to shop. We met the same salesperson who sold my husband his 2006 Road Glide. He was so great about my lessons and license—very encouraging. He invited me to throw a leg over every single model of Harley-Davidson in the showroom. I stood each of them up and did a “best fit” comfort check. I settled on the Heritage Softail as the one most suited and asked to take one for a demo ride. The dealership was quick to get me out on the road, and after a 10-minute cruise, I knew I had the right machine. That was April 2007. I've logged more than 10,000 kms on it since then. Furthermore, I've rented this same model in Phoenix and Maui while on vacation. Each time, I've reveled in the comfort and ease of operation of this magnificent machine!  

Hedy and her husband, Leo, in Maui, where she rented a Heritage Softail in white just like her own.
Hedy and her husband, Leo, in Maui, where she rented a Heritage Softail in white just like her own.

When training and doing all the road rides with the professional instructors, I found I had serious problems with a lot of the clutches on their training machines. No such problem with my Harley. What don't I like about the motorcycle? Absolutely nothing. My only negative is related to weather, but frankly, that's every motorcycle enthusiast’s challenge.

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