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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

3. Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic

We are excited to see Harley-Davidson’s largest touring motorcycle, the FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic, fall into the number three spot. This shows that more women are appreciating the creature comforts of a larger motorcycle including extra storage, tunes while they ride, navigational and Bluetooth systems on the new models, and protection from the wind from the legs up to the face. 

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WRN assistant editor, Tricia Szulewski, can attest that the Electra Glide Ultra Classic is an incredible touring motorcycle with every creature comfort a rider could ask for. Fortunately, the low center of gravity makes handling relatively easy—though many women remove the rear tour pack when they're not riding long distances to make the big bike easier to maneuver for rides around town.

Seat height is not much higher than the previous two bikes on our list at 27.3 inches, but all the extra weight of this motorcycle calls for a rider to be strong and confident to feel completely in control in all situations.  

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We caught Shelley Drake from Seattle, Wash., test riding the 2016 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited, the "luxury" version of the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, courtesy of Eastside Harley-Davidson in Bellevue, Wash. Her own bike is a Road King, but her 5-foot-9 frame and 36-inch inseam can easily handle the Ultra Limited. If she were to buy the big bagger, she'd make a few modifications. "I don't ride two-up, so I'd change to a solo seat and of course move the tour pack. I loved the Ultra Limited though." Photo by Karen Derby.

Knowing seat height is a big issue on big bikes for a lot of riders, in 2015 Harley-Davidson introduced a lower version of both models, the Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low, and the Ultra Limited Low, measuring almost two inches closer to the ground at 25.6 inches, nearly as low as the Street Glide. Woman or man, most riders can appreciate the extra control of having both feet on the ground. 

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