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Amazing article! I have been riding on the back of motorcycles since I was a little girl. About eight years ago, my husband decided to start riding motorcycles again. He wanted me to take the MSF course with him so I could handle the bike in an emergency. After the class I was hooked! We picked up a Suzuki GZ250 for me to learn on. I put 1,000 miles on it and followed around my entire family on their "big" Harleys. After I was comfortable, we stepped me up to a Honda Shadow 750. I rode that bike for about a year before I felt I was ready to move up. We bought my 2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail six years ago. I love this motorcycle. I am 5 feet 4 inches' and 135 pounds, so bigger motorcycles were very intimidating.

We just broke the Guinness record in Paris, Texas, for the most Harleys in a parade. I never would have had the confidence to complete this ride with 3,500 other motorcycles if I had started off on a larger motorcycle. It would have broken my confidence and I would have stopped solo riding. This article is spot on! Starting off small and slow is the way to go! Move at her pace.


Dana
Katy, TX
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
My husband and son created a monster when they bought me my first bike in 2016. In about 21 months of riding, I'm now on my third and bigger bike, all at my request.

I was and still am blessed with a very patient husband who has been an amazing teacher outside of the safety classroom. For the most part, he has let me set the pace with my riding, occasionally (safely) pushing me out of my comfort zone to show me that I am a better rider than I think I am. Riding with someone better and faster than me, but yet willing to throttle back and hang with me has helped my confidence tremendously. Now, for the fun of it, I occasionally twist the throttle and have him chase me!

Rachel Mauden
Boise, ID
Friday, August 31, 2018
A great article. My husband even took the Basic RiderCourse with me even though he is an experienced rider. He had fun riding the course and talking bikes with the instructors. He also commented that the course sharpened up his riding skills.

Tammy Munch
Rutland, ND
Thursday, July 5, 2018
I agree with this article 100%! I took the motorcycle safety course and decided that I enjoyed it and wanted to get off the back of my husband's and onto my own. He decided to upgrade to a Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and give me his old bike, a Yamaha V-Star 1100. I rode it for roughly a year and then refused to get back on. It was too big for me and I felt like the bike controlled me instead of me the bike. I was scared to ride it. Fast forward two years and I missed riding so I am now on a Harley-Davidson 750 Street. It's much smaller and lighter. I am very comfortable on this bike right now. It showed that me that I started too big which could have ended badly. Everyone should start with what they are comfortable on and then move up slowly and safely.

Jennifer Buddle
Rapid City, SD
Monday, November 20, 2017
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