Heritage Softtail, Can I Handle It?

by Bobbie

I am 50 yrs old and have rode Harley's for years. I have not driven one for over 20 years but have become widowed. I have a Harley Heritage Softtail. I am 5'5" 130 lbs. Everything I read says that I just need to be able to flat foot when sitting on it. What about the weight? Is that an issue? What other concerns should I consider? I certainly hope it can work for me because there is sentimental value in the bike. I will be taking the riding classes to refresh my driving abilities and have no concerns about that. Thanks for any advise!!

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Mar 25, 2010
The Eeat
by: Alystar Mckenneh

By the way.......take the seat from the factory off and put a LaPera gunslinger seat on and your feet will touch the ground better. Don't lower it! I have short legs even though I'm 5'5 and once I put the single seat on it, I was in heaven!

Mar 25, 2010
You can do it!!
by: Alystar Mckenneh

I am almost the exact same size as you and I ride that exact bike so YES YOU can do it and you should not worry. It is perfect for you!

Mar 25, 2010
Heritage Softail
by: Motorcycle Mama

I have a 1989 Heritage Softail in addition to a 2003 Sportster 1200. The softail is so much smoother but the Sportster is good for zipping around town. I am a little taller and weigh a good bit more than you but I don't have a problem with the weight. I was in an accident on the softail a couple years ago and the girl who pulled out in front of me had more damage to her car door where I t-boned her than I did to the bike.

Mar 25, 2010
Handle the Heritage
by: Rocco

In my opinion the only time weight is a problem is when you let one tip on you. What you do want to pay attention to is "does the bike fit you and work for you". I had an 850 intruder that was no heavier than other bikes I've ridden, but it was not "fit" for me. I sat "funny' on it. When I would come to a stop, it would pull forward. Not good control. Sold it. For the bars you can put risers on. For height there are lowering kits, custom seats etc. Those items can change the ride of the bike. But usually you can learn and adjust to those changes. From what you describe, it sounds to me like you'll be just fine with this bike and no changes should be necessary.

I am sorry for your loss. Keep that bike that means so much to you. Wishing you enjoyment and happiness for the rest of your life.

Mar 25, 2010
by: Judy


Why don't you check with your local Harley dealer most of them are very helpful. This way if you do need adjustments you will get the experts.


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