If you're short in stature and a beginner --

by Barbara Bailey
(Tipp City, OH)

Within the first hour of beginning the practical section of my MSC last summer the instructor pulled me aside and said "Can I honest with you? You are too little for a motorcycle. You need a scooter that has a lower center of gravity." I was crushed. I didn't want to ride a scooter,I wanted the real thing -- a motorcycle! But, at 5', 111 lbs I thought 'HE is the instructor and must know what he's talking about.' Reluctantly, I bought a slightly used Honda Reflex scooter and must admit, it's a dream for a small beginner after struggling sometimes to keep the MC from tipping over. And once failing to do so! I dropped the course to regroup and took it in the fall when I passed on my 49th wedding anniversary --- just one year ago. For my 75th birthday in May I bought a new Burgman 400 -- yes, a scooter! and would ride it everyday if I could. I love to ride! Planning a trip from Ohio to maybe CA next summer! YEA! And Yes, it IS difficult to find the right size for we short gals. Practice, practice, practice!

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Oct 24, 2011
by: Wendy - Sydney Australia

Big congrates Barbara. I think you should plan a major biking holiday say across America for your 50th Wedding anniversary.

I got the motorcycle bug at 39 - I guess my midlife crisis. Started with a Yahama Virago 250cc (although I could have gone for a 650cc) as I didn't need to hurt myself with a big bike, also I'm 5'2". I loved my baby for 5 years but touring around Australia with my partner (1150cc) got to painful so when BMW brought out the F800ST Lowered with extra low seat - I was hooked.

Getting a bike that suits you is like getting the right helmet - regardless of its price as long as its the best protection for your head.


Oct 24, 2011
Wow? Seriously!?
by: Dawn

All I have to say is whatever makes you feel COMFORTABLE! If something makes you feel outside your comfort zone, is it because you're testing your range or because you're afraid to move on because it's "change"? I've moved up, relunctantly!, because my friends and family have been behind me and believed in my abilities, regardless of age, and encouraged me to be the best that's in me.... maybe that isn't for you, I don't truly know. With that being said, don't let anyone say what's good for you if they don't know YOU. I went from riding a beautiful and versitile Suziki GS500 to a Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe 1900! There have been a few in between as I felt more and more comfortable with a bigger bike, however, my family and friends have helped me believe in myself that whatever makes ME HAPPY is what is best for me. NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL A SCOOTER OR BIKE IS! If you love riding a little 190 or a 1900! Love YOU and WHO you are when you do it!!!!! Be you! Don't let anyone else tell you who you are or can be!

Oct 23, 2011
by: Robin

you are kickin it at 75. awesome!

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