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READER MOTORCYCLE REVIEW: 2009 Harley-Davidson Nightster 1200

By Susan Yelle, Fullerton, California

Susan's height: 5 feet 4 inches
11/6/2008

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Susan on her 2009 Nightster, which she says is great even without any custom details.
Susan on her 2009 Nightster, which she says is great even without any custom details.

After taking the motorcycle safety training class, my girlfriend and I went out looking at bikes. Hondas, Suzukis, Yamahas—we saw lots of bikes. But she was steering me toward a Harley, so we went to the Harley dealer and I sat on a 2009 Nightster 1200. It just felt right. I'm 5-foot-4, slightly overweight, and with my boots on, I can touch the ground just fine. I didn't want to buy a smaller bike, then have to sell it and buy a bigger bike, so I was determined to just start big. 

With its low center of gravity, I find the Nightster very easy to handle. It turns easily and has good brakes and lots of power. My hands are kind of small, so I had to get used to the slightest turn on the throttle making it go—when I twisted my hand slightly to turn on the right turn signal, the bike would jump forward a little. But with practice, I have learned not to do that! I needed lots of practice riding on my Nightster because at 1200cc, it's a powerful bike. It now has about 500 miles on it, and I'm getting very comfortable on it. And I like the fact that I can keep up with my friends on their "big" bikes!

I love the look of my bike. It is gorgeous, and I get lots of attention while riding it. My bike looks so good that I don't even want to buy any custom parts for it. All I need is a little black rack on the back fender for carrying small stuff. I am so glad I bought this bike. I am turning into a real biker chick. I'm always up for a ride.

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