Becoming a Lady Rider
(Roseville, CA USA)
Future Lady Rider
I want to bring up the topic of buying a bike for a new rider. I am 48 and have been researching buying my own bike. My husband bought a brand new Heritage Softail 105th edition last year. I really enjoy riding on the back, but, yes, I really want my own...I think!
I am at the point in my life where I have been doing for everyone else, raising 3 kids and such. All our recreation is done at my husbands lead. We have a camper, a boat, and now a motorcycle. I am not able (allowed) to drive any of these items. My husband feels its a man thing! Really irritates me. So I feel a desire for some independence. I love riding so I thought a bike for me would be the ticket. I entertained other hobbies that I might like that are less expensive and are my own and just keep riding on the back, stuff like Kayaking, bicycling, etc...but nothing seems to float my boat like the thought of having my own bike. But I also wonder, is this because I feel I want to prove something to my hubby!? Like I can do what I darn well please! You are not my boss! Will I fail if I do get one? What if I get one and really don't like driving it and really do like being a passenger only (there are perks!) I am confused.
I was recently given a cash gift from a family member that would allow me to purchase a bike. I would take most of the money I received. I want to hang on to a few thousand so I only want to spend about $6,000.00. That leaves me with a sportser. I am fine with that, but I really want a 1200 not an 883. However, I must modify the handlebars, add a windshield and you know there are other modifications you must do to make it yours. That leaves me looking at an 883, I can find a decent used one for about $4,500.00 vs the min of $6,000 for a 1200 (at $6,00 this leaves me with no cash reserve for modificatons) My husband does not want me taking money out of our budget for this (of course it wasn't a problem when he wanted his bike! He has a bigger savings than me)
So feedback on starter bikes. I am a Harley Lover, all my gear is Harley gear, I have always ridden Harley's but in looking at bikes, I can get a really nice Honda cruiser or Yamaha V Star for a lot less money with a lot more comfort and all the upgrades I want! What is one to do! Please help me with your thoughts! I know many of you have been here before. Thanks in advance.