BEST HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MOTORCYCLE CHOICES FOR WOMEN
When women come in to Dallas Harley-Davidson® in Garland, whether they're seasoned or beginning riders, they voice the same concern. Women have a shorter inseam than men, so seat height is important to feeling in control when riding, backing up and maneuvering in tight spaces. The good news is, there's a lot we can do to help. If there's a bike you love, we can swap out the seat to start. All our bikes can also be lowered.
H-D® is the most popular brand for almost all riders, and women are no exception. The women we've talked to report these bikes are the best for comfort, control, power and style.
- The Softail Deluxe -- The low, 24.5 inch seat height helps women with shorter legs. The bike has a low center of gravity and great suspension, with endless possibilities for customization.
- Softail Low Rider -- The 2019 Low Rider is lighter than previous models with cast wheels, LED forward lighting, an front end rake and 70s-inspired graphics. The 27 inch seat height sounds intimidating for those with shorter inseams, but its low gravity center makes all the difference.
- Sportster SuperLow -- This bike also has a low 25.5 inch seat height, making it easier to sit flat-footed. The bike itself weighs less than many of the other models, and Sportster's price makes it accessible to audiences on a limited budget.
- Sportster 1200 Custom -- This one has 20 ft-lb more torque than the 883 and only weighs about 20 lbs more.
- Harley-Davidson® Street Glide -- It looks intimidating because of its size and weight, but women riders are astounded by its superior balance and smooth handling. If you passed up Street Glide because you thought it was too much bike, look again. The seat can be lowered if the standard 26.1 inches doesn't fit your frame.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR BEGINNING WOMEN RIDERS
When you first start riding, there's a lot to learn. The male riders in your life may know a lot about riding, but they can only help so much. They don't communicate like women, and they don't know what it's like for a woman to learn how to ride.
Many of us learn best by talking to other women, and online forums are a great place to do it. Here are a few of our favorite online resources:
Women Riders Now is an online magazine that provides resources like a Beginner's Guide, newsletter and motorcycling statistics.
Open Road Girls is a Facebook group with more than 30,000 members who love to talk about motorcycles. If you need advice on improving your riding skills, customizing your bike, making a motorcycle purchase or how to avoid helmet hair, this is where to go. Plus, when you join you'll see drool-worthy bike photos in your feed every day.
Global Motorcycle Adventures of Women Riders is an inspiring Facebook group that will make you want to explore new horizons. Even if you spend most your time on the streets of Dallas, you can join these women on their adventures around the world. And check out this article on the women steering Harley-Davidson® into new territory.
DALLAS RESOURCES FOR WOMEN RIDERS
The Dallas Harley Owner's Group meets regularly to help all riders improve their skills. If you're still mastering slow speed maneuvers, this is the place to go. Find out about their schedule and upcoming practice events on their Facebook page. You'll need your motorcycle license and a bike to start, but it's free to learn, and you'll get connected with a supportive community.
At Dallas Harley-Davidson® we're not just here to sell motorcycles, every member of our staff embraces the Harley® lifestyle. We love nothing better than to talk about bikes. If you're picking your first motorcycle, we'll show you some of the best models for your frame. If you've been riding a while and you're looking for an upgrade, we can help. And as everyone in the Dallas area knows, whether you're a rider or a passenger we're the best place to get genuine Harley-Davidson® apparel.
So now it's your turn. If you're a woman rider, what were some of the biggest challenges you faced when learning to ride? What resources helped? Let us know in the comments.
Writer Missy Ticer rides an Iron 883 Sportster. She loves all things Harley.