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I haven't been on this page in a couple of years, and sure did miss it! I had lost my Softail a couple years back and recently, like a crazy person, came back to motorcycles with a new touring bike—a Harley-Davidson Road King Special! Yes, I'm small, and this is a lot of bike for me, but it was love at first sight. It's a Road King with a little more "oomph" in the engine, all blacked style, and a bit lower than than the standard Road King.

I've noticed a lot of non-Harley riders upset their bike wasn't listed here, and please know that doesn't mean your bike isn't amazing, because it is—that's why it's yours! Harley has been around for a long time, markets well to women and has a lot of bikes that are nice and low and great for smaller riders, hence the popularity. And guess what? A lot of us H-D riders love ALL bikes! I know I do. I also know many bikes are better made than H-D, but that doesn't mean H-D is badly made (they're not).

Yes, Harleys fit me best. I love 'em. I like the look, feel, and sound But I really enjoy all bikes. I wave at all riders and am genuinely excited to see women ride any bike that makes them happy.

I just got my big ol' beast a few weeks ago and just adore riding it. It's easy to ride, cushy over the bumps, and the bags! Oh, how did I live without these? I still have some trouble parking and backing up unless it is perfectly flat, so I really try to plan ahead with parking. I did get a lowered seat which has helped, but this bike is heavy. I may lower it even though I loathe the idea of messing with my suspension. I'm 5 feet 5 inches with a 31" inseam and I weigh about 100 pounds. (Yeah, I'm a shrimp.)

I love being part of the touring bike club. And boy, oh boy, do I love seeing other ladies on them. Who cares what anyone else rides though—ride the bike for you. Whether that's a 250 Honda Rebel, a Suzuki GSX-R, Harley CVO Ultra, a BMW adventure bike, or anything and everything in-between. Looking forward to waving at you awesome ladies on the road.


Megan
Lakewood, CO
Friday, June 12, 2020
My husband just got his touring motorcycle and to be honest, I would love to have one of my own but I don't know what kind of bike is a good fit for me. I'm only 5 feet 2 inches and 110 pounds. I don't want to be crushed by a big bike but I like how they feel as I ride on my husband's BMW K1600 Grand America. Any advice would help.

Jennifer L. Santos
Evans Mills, NY
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Editor Response
Hi Jennifer,
We at WRN are of the opinion that size should not be what stops you from enjoying any motorcycle you want. Riding motorcycles is about mastering skills, and if you've mastered the skills of handling a smaller motorcycle, such as starting on a hill, backing up, making slow speed maneuvers, stopping, starting, etc, you should be ok to move up to a larger, heavier bike. If you find that you often have "near drops" on your motorcycle, maybe you aren't quite ready to move up to a larger bike. Instead, keep practicing and take some advanced rider courses to help sharpen those skills.

As a woman of a smaller stature, you need to be even more diligent about having good skills. And just because you are small, it doesn't mean you aren't strong!

If you are confident in your skills, I would suggest heading to some dealerships to sit on the tourers. You can use this article as a guide to get started. Take note of which are easy and difficult to lift off the sidestand. So long as your skills are sharp, this will be the only "lifting" you'll need to do with your motorcycle.

Good luck!

Tricia Szulewski, Editor
I have a 2016 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited CVO (Custom Vehicle Operation) with 21,000 miles already. My riding preference is cross country/long distance riding. I've done several 900 mile days with no issues. I am 5 feet 11 inches and this motorcycle fits me perfectly—it rides like a Cadillac—plus it has every imaginable option on it!


Michele Wierzgac
Tampa, FL
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
I ride a Yamaha 950 Star Cruiser 2010 with more than 35,000 miles.
Every time I think about getting rid of this bike I think about how much I love it and how I've never had one single problem compared to friends who ride other bikes. The Silver Streak has been to Niagara Falls, Hilton Head, Charleston, Savannah, The Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and around the Great Lakes. It's done 670 miles in one day and not one bit of trouble and takes every curve like a dream.


Leigh Mosenfelder
Milan, IL
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Editor Response
Sounds like there's no reason to trade it in then!
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
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