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Top 5 Touring Motorcycles Women are Riding Now

Our list of the most popular heavyweight bikes among female riders today

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor

1. Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Harley-Davidson’s super successful FLHX Street Glide, celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2016, is the number one selling touring motorcycle in the U.S. so it’s no surprise that among women riders this bike would be the most popular pick. The Street Glide is also the second most popular motorcycle among women overall, according to our Top 10 Motorcycles Women Ride list.

The Street Glide boasts the lowest seat height of any stock “bagger” at 26.1 inches making it easy for a wide range of riders to sit in the saddle flat-footed. And being able to plant both feet on the ground comfortably is the number one factor for women when determining what bike to buy, according to our survey. Because the bike doesn’t come with a rear top case, it has a very low center of gravity that puts it above the others in our list for easy handling and maneuverability.

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Linda Begin from Ottawa, Ontario, on her 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide has been riding for eight years and stands 5 feet 3 inches with a 30-inch inseam. Her bike is basically stock except for the fairing lowers on the engine guards she added for more wind protection and additional storage. "The Street Glide was my dream bike that I got for my 50th birthday," says Linda. "It is the ultimate touring motorcycle. I put on my backrest and strap on luggage and go for days and days. Around every corner is a new adventure and I can't wait to see where she will take me this year!”

The Street Glide, as all the Harleys in this list, is part of the Motor Company’s touring family of motorcycles, so riders can expect the more powerful engine making it even more appealing to riders who not only desire a bike that’s easy to maneuver and comfy for long days in the saddle, but who appreciate lots of throttle power to command the highway. Since 2012, the Street Glide’s powerplant is the Twin Cam 103 engine (1690cc).

Rounding out the list of enticing features is the cruise control, music options, and a big 6-gallon fuel tank allowing for longer off-the-beaten path adventures where gas stations are few and far between.  

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