08 Yamaha 1100 vs 2011 Heritage Softail
Hello Women Riders,
1st and foremost motorcycling is not about what you ride, but that you get out on your bike and ride.
Both the Yamaha 1100 classic and the HD Heritage Softail are two great bikes; especially for ladies with shorter legs.
I have an 08 1100 classic -loved it, 23,000 miles in two summers. Never any problems, always took me where I wanted to go. Lots of accessories available to dress it up. Yamaha quit making this bike so it will truly be a classic some day. All work on the 1100 is a royal pain in the neck! (drop pipes/boards for internal oil filter, spark plugs(4)you're pulling the fuel tank and still they are almost impossible to reach -especially front left). The 1100 is way less expensive to purchase around $150mo-60mo. Decent power and it sounds pretty good with a 2-1 pipe and intake. I would recommend this bike to anyone.
I also just purchased a Heritage Softail 2011. "Dream Bike" and I'm loving it! Still breaking it in, but realizing it corners much better, greater stability in the wind and of course much more power. 96 vs 70. You will need slip-ons or pipe and intake to make the new HD have that deep rumble HD sound. Of course price is much more - approx $350mo-84mo.The HD Softail is much heavier making it much more stable on the road. But,that much harder to back up especially with short legs. With standard configuration- 1100 allows my feet to be firmly on the ground;HD Softail I am on my tip toes. Once my reach seat arrives this will help get my feet on the ground. I didn't want to lower the bike or get the deluxe model because I want frame clearance . I have already scraped my boards on the new bike. (I scraped on the 1100 as well). The HD Heritage Softail comes well appointed; ready to tour with bags, windshield, head lamps,and sissy bar; all things that needed to be added to the 1100. Although HD prefers you take the bike to the shop for all work- oil change is now a 15min job and the plugs are easy to reach (important if you get bad gas and have a fouled plug in the middle of nowhere!) Yes ladies learn to work on your bike - doesn't mean you half to - but that you can in an emergency.
When I purchased my 1100- 3 things were key- money, weight and fit of the bike. When I purchased my Softail key points were power, fit/comfort and looks. I've found experience in the saddle and money in the bank can change what you look for in a bike.
Enjoy the Ride,