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I rode a Harley-Davidson Deluxe in 2007. I loved the height, styling, etc., but it was a slug and I got tired of trying to keep up with my husband in our wonderful mountain roads. I traded it for a H-D Street Glide in 2008 and rode them for the next 12 years including three lengthy cross country trips. Street Glides are wonderful bikes. I never had a mishap with my riding skills, but as I got older I became more aware of the heaviness of the Street Glides (about 850 pounds). Just in conversation I asked what model is slightly smaller but still has bags so if I was really creative with packing, we could still go cross-country.

I demo rode and fell in love with the 2020 Heritage Softail Classic. It's got great power even with the 107 and easy to handle, I just missed having music. Plex Audio is an aftermarket company working on a bracket for mounting audio inside the Heritage windshield. I couldn't wait and went with the H-D 30K Bluetooth headset. It does the trick. "Sweet Pea" is the Silver Pine/Spruce with my touches—chrome sliders, Vance & Hines shotgun mufflers, chrome hand controls, whitewall tires. She's absolutely beautiful and I'm so glad I changed models. That's motorcycling. Make your bike your own—style, model, make, and go ride!

Joyce Liana
Troutville, WY
Thursday, September 24, 2020
I love, love, love my new 2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage 114". I am 5 feet 2 inches and test rode the bike on my tippy toes. I did change out the seat to the reach seat to be a bit more flat footed. I traded in my 2014 CVO Softail Deluxe, which I thought was my favorite bike until now. The Heritage has a much better lean angle and feels tons lighter. It's extremely easy to ride. I have been riding for more than 9 years now so a newer rider being as short as I am might have a bit of trouble.

Phyllis Scalia
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Friday, October 5, 2018
I just traded my 2015 Harley-Davidson Limited Low for a 2018 H-D Heritage Softail. I've been riding for almost 30 years and the extra heavy Limited was getting a bit much for me to handle. I like the Heritage a lot, but the seat is higher and wider than my Limited. I am 5 feet 4 inches. The front end feels light compared to the Limited, but ladies who start with the Heritage may find it a bit heavy. If the Deluxe came with bags and a windshield, I would have opted for that—but the cost of outfitting the Deluxe to look like a Heritage was prohibitive to me. The blacked out Heritage is a bit sinister and I would have preferred more color choices, but the Milwaukee-Eight Engine (107 inches) was the deciding factor. Love the smooth engine and the power.

Elisa
Chandler, AZ
Friday, September 21, 2018
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
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