What type of Bike for tall woman

I'm a 6'1" woman who is a new rider. What type of Harley would be best? Sporster (883,1200) or Dyna. Softail too big for now (I think)l

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Oct 11, 2017
I'm 5'10 NEW
by: Syndister

I am 5'10 and I've been riding a 2004 Yamaha Road Star 1700 for 11 years a VStar 1100 before that. I am riding with a stock seat (had it hollowed at the spine and replaced with gel. Other than the seat no other modifications what so ever for my height. My center of gravity is much different than most women, this is why a large bike is not a problem for me. I love my Witchy Poo!

Feb 01, 2012
Tall but made it fit
by: Karly

I'm tall also ( 5'9") and have a HD Sportster 883. I'm also a new rider and so did not want to start off with anything too big. I made the sportster work for me by having it modified with forward controls and mini-apes. It's perfect for me now!

Oct 11, 2011
BMW, Triumph
by: Wanda

Check out BMW F800GS, BMW R1200R, Triumph Scrambler, Triumph Tiger.

Oct 11, 2011
Why limit yourself??
by: Judy

I really have to wonder about posts like yours, when you say, "What type of BIKE for (a) tall woman, but then you are limiting yourself to only Harleys.

First of all, all Harleys have very low seat heights due to their designs, so if you are tall with long legs, perhaps no bike with low seat heights will be a good fit ergonomically.

Second, there are DOZENS of different brands and styles of bikes out there to choose from: Cruisers, Standards, Street legal dirt-oriented, Adventure, Touring, Sport, etc. There are many, many different manufacturers from all over the world, including Asian, European, British and American.

I know that people who are new to Motorcycles automatically think of Harley because of the name recognition, but seriously...their functionality overall is quite limited compared to many other brands and genres of MCs; limited to mainly being good for Touring and long distance, and for Cruising mainly on less technical (straight) roads due to the lack of sufficient ground clearance for aggressive cornering.

So why would you limit yourself to one brand when they only make a couple types of bikes (Cruiser/Standards and Touring bikes)? There is SO much more out there, and especially so many types of bikes where you get a lot more functionality for less money, especially with the Japanese brands.

Be more open minded about the dozens of different models and brands and you'll be very pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and in regard to bikes for tall women. The following bikes have very tall seat heights and so are excellent choices for tall folks:

KTM Super Duke
Buell Ulysses
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

These are made for touring in which they are also suitable to explore dirt logging roads or other places "off the beaten path."

There are many others but these three are well suited for tall folks with long legs.

Oct 11, 2011
Bike for tall Woman
by: Stephanie P

I ride a Sportster 883L...I am only 5'2" and it fits me like a glove...so somehow I think that the Sportster might NOT be the best fit for you....but my advice is to go to the dealer and test ride several until you find the one that "FITS"!

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