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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

2. Harley-Davidson Road King

Before the Street Glide made its debut, the FLHR Road King was Harley-Davidson’s easy-to-ride touring motorcycle so naturally it lands in the number two spot on our list. (It’s also the fifth most popular motorcycle overall among women riders.)

The Road King is built on Harley’s touring chassis (or frame) so like its bigger cousins, the Electra Glide Ultra Classic and the Ultra Limited, the Road King offers that smooth, cushy ride, but its absence of a front fairing and rear tour pack keep the center of gravity low with no top-heaviness that comes with some bikes that have a rear top case.

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Meg McDonough from Seattle, Wash., is 5 feet 10 inches with a 35-inch inseam. She's ridden her 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King more than 100,000 miles since buying it new in 2003. Customized with 16-inch apehanger handlebars, a Lindby engine guard with incorporated highway pegs, detachable rider backrest (not shown), and a Klock Werks Flare windshield make the Road King more comfortable for Meg's long distance rides. Photo by Karen Derby.

Aesthetically, the roots of the Road King go back to Harley’s early touring motorcycles, but the Road King name and signature minimalist look—for a bagger—made its debut in 1994, and has essentially looked the same all these years.

And that simple, understated style is what makes the Road King appealing. Some riders don’t want a full fairing with music, a navigational system, and cruise control, but they do want the comfort that a bike built on a touring frame offers. So the Road King boasts a low seat at 26.7 inches, a big windshield, decent-sized saddlebags, a wide light bar, and a large fuel tank—about all a touring rider needs to go long distances comfortably while keeping it simple.

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