Finding a motorcycle that you like can be hard to find. However, finding a bike you can actually ride is even harder. I stand at 5’1” and motorcycle shopping was no walk in the park. The motorcycle industry has changed a lot and now has motorcycles custom just for females or at least us shorter people. Here are the kind of motorcycles for women riders.
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Harley Davidson Iron 883:
I actually own one (my husband’s bike), so I can really tell you all there is to know about this Sportster. The Iron 883 is an ideal bike for beginners and lady riders. They are lightweight and but packed with power. It is a Sportster bike, however, you sit upright. They come super low which is great if you are short in stature. My husband’s bike is an XL and I can get on and touch with no problem. If you plan I doing local rides only, the Iron 883 will be perfect. My husband rode the Iron 883 all the way to Texas. So you can ride it long distance however, you might get iron butt.
V Star Custom/ Classic:
This was one of the first bikes I looked at before I even went to take the course. These bikes target the female population with their low seat, low center of gravity, and manageable power.
Harley Davidson Softail:
Harley Davidson dominates when it comes to women bikers. The Softail is another great bike for female riders. With low comfortable seats, they are a bigger class then the Sportster. This bike will give you more engine power without being overtaken. The Softail is great on suspension and is actually hidden away unlike other motorcycles in its class.
Honda Shadow Aero/Spirit:
I can not leave out this bike. Black Beauty (my bike) is a Honda Shadow 750 Aero. She is a beast. The seat is low and has a great center of gravity. The Honda Shadow is easy to manage and I am small and can maneuver Black Beauty all around. Although she is a 750 I can still outdo my husband on his 883. Also, let’s talk comfort. She is smooth on the high way as the Honda Aero and Spirit are cruisers.
Kawasaki Vulcan S:
Kawasaki really caters to the female world. The Vulcan S comes with customizable seats, handles, and feet pegs. Using Erogo-Fit, these motorcycles are custom to you. Making the seats, hand grips, and foot pedals fit you. With that being said you can’t go wrong with this bike. Another light-weight bike with power. I was able to test ride one of these bikes and this was the bike I wanted.
Harley Davidson Street Glide:
Again, Harley makes the list. The street glide is a bigger bike which means more weight. But before you get turned off by the mere size. Don’t panic. These bikes can be adjusted. Customize the seats and suspension. I was able to pick up the bike with no problem and it was fully loaded.
Kawasaki Ninja 250/300:
This class of crotch rocket bikes is a very popular bike among women. They are light-weight and one of the lowest sitting crotch rocket bikes. I should know I tried them all and I was too short. This was the only one I could fit.
Indian doesn’t get the credit it deserves. The Indian is actually the first motorcycle company in American and still one of the largest. Harley Davidson is well known but you can not beat the price of an Indian. The Indian Chieftain is a big girl bike. The great news is. It sits low and has an excellent center of gravity. With all the bells and whistles on this bike and the price tag you can not go wrong.
Indian Scout Sixty:
The Indian Scout Sixty is a mid-size cruiser. Perfect for local rides. The Scout Sixty is lightweight and has plenty of power. The great thing about the Scout Sixty and the Indian motorcycles. They are 1,000 of dollars cheaper than Harleys.
With a list of bikes, it makes deciding a little easier. Happy shopping!!!
I always said I wanted a motorcycle. No clue what kind, but wanted one. Thanks for this list!January 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm
No problem. They are out there just have to find the right one that fits you.January 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm
Kawasaki Z900 is great too, you sit down in the bike, in 2018 it was the only naked bike I could touch the ground on, I’m 5’4″.but every, they’re all getting higher. Lowering kits are another option.September 23, 2020 at 10:53 pm
Yea, I’m 5’1 and it hard to find a bike without doing mods to it. My bike actually is perfect. I can touch without any mods.September 24, 2020 at 6:51 pm
*every year, rather, they keep getting higher…September 23, 2020 at 10:54 pm
I ride a Kawasaki ninja 650-2017 and it fits perfectly! I’m only 5’4 so I’ve had to lower a few before this. I also race a ninja 300 and it’s a smidge tall but it’s a race bike. I’m not really stopping except in the pits! I did just get an adventure bike this year- a Versys 300- we just wanted to try something different. Even lowered its tall ! But I’m once again just working on my slow speed skills- that being said I still watch where I park ( off camber roads) and try to just set myself up for success and not get into a jam! I’ve been riding about 13 years?October 13, 2020 at 3:50 pm
I agree, Susan, the Ninja 650s are decent and good for short riders. I think the one I had was 2012 and it was fine. And the Japanese bikes go forever and ever, not demanding at with basic maintenance. The Triumphs, on the other hand, are needy and finicky. I can’t tell you how many stators I went through on my 2014 Street Triple. Same with the Speed Triple, but that was 2004. We apparently had a couple of bad years with those two. That’s great you race. I used to race flat track in the 1970s and competed in Observed Trials. That was fun. I started riding 50 years ago so my racing days are over. Too easy to get a blood clot and other complications with spills as we age.October 13, 2020 at 7:15 pm