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Hi,

My name is Anita and I currently own a 2007 Honda Aero 750. I also like the VTX 1300 but the group I ride with is the GWRRA of Cary, NC. I would like to purchase a used GW but, last week, a man at a motorcycle dealership said "you're feet don't touch the ground because GW's are made for men :cheeky1:." So, I got discouraged and figured he was right. I know it is so important to have control of your bike and if youi can only touch your tippi-toes on the pavement, how can one manage a half ton bike.

Are there any other women who drive GW'S out there!!!!!!?????????
 

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Quite a few of them here Anita, most of them post regular right here in the "new members intriduction forum". Don't pay too much heed to the dealer, there are lots of ways to lower the saddle and many male wing owners around 5' 5" height.
 

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Hi Anita:waving:,

Welcome to the Forum. You'll meet some of the nicest Wingers in the world on this Forum.


There are lady Wingers on this Forum , although I am not one. I truly wish I were. I have hip and back problems that won't allow me to handle a bike anymore. But, I sure enjoy being a passenger on BlueWinger's(my husband) Wing.


Don't be discouraged and certainly don't let some salesman tell you what you are or are not capable of doing without trying for yourself. You don't mention your height but I know a couple of guys that have wings andare of the shorter stature. One of them is my cousin and has a 27" inseam, he has no problem handling his 89 wing. He did put a lower saddle on it in order to touch the ground better and I think if you have the strength and determinationto drive a bike the lower saddle just might help you out on aWing. If you can ride a VTX 1300 you shouldn't have any trouble riding a wing. Good luck and happy riding.
 

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Welcome Anita to the Forum from the State of Confusion....Kansas!! :waving:

I hope you find the forum as informative and as much as we do!!:cooldevil:


That off handed comment from the dealer is way wrong! :XI know of a couple ladies that rides Wings and rides them very well!! I think you will find what you're looking for here! :)

Again, Welcome Aboard!! :action:
 

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Anita,

I would suggest that you try out a gl1800 and see how that one feels.

For me, there is a lot of difference. My 32" inseam can plant both heals flat on the ground and slightly bend my knees.

That bike has a very low center of gravity, and with a little modification to the seat, it would set even lower yet.

So, don't let a dealer talk you out of a Goldwing. There are a lot of ways to lower the riding height.
 

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Welcome Anita, dealer is wrong, I short, change the seat, course not long ago, I changed my whole bike, but before it was a trike I had to get a lower seat. Go sit on some and check them out yourself.

Again, welcome from sunny Southern California
 

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Welcome to this Great Site!

Pull up a chair and join on in!

Ride Safe, Ray


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Anita,



I know a guy that is shorter and lighter than a lot of women and he handles a 1500 with ease. he also rides a BMW that is very tall, lighter - but much taller than a wing. The difference is you have to ride smarter. You can't allow the same balance mistakes a big guy like me can get away with. You have to plan your slow speed maneuvers/stops more carefully. You have to be extra careful on slopes, loose gravel, backing, tight turns. You shouldmod the seat to give yourself some extra control. You might consider a suspension change if the seat is not enough. Stay away from floorboards - they reduce your reach by making you take a wider stance. You can definitely ride a Wing with confidence. Don't let somemis-informed person persuade you differently.
 

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Welcome Anita,

A Gold Wing Trike would give you the control you want and it would not matter if you could touch the ground.



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A big warm welcome to the site Anita, good to have you join us. :waving:



I don't think the whole pictureis how tall a person is, just as important is their experience, particularly in handling big heavy bikes, and their confidence at doing so.



Given some time, effort and money, a Wing should be able to be modified some to help you touch the ground more easily, and then a lot of it would be down to you addapting how you rideto suit your circumstances.



Additionally there are boots with high soles and heals that will add the odd inch or perhaps more to your leg length which would help too.



So don't be discouraged at this early stage, you really need to be able to try a Wing for size and see how you get on dealing with the height issue.



Forget the strength thing too, because that is relatively imaterial, we are not all built like muscle men and to be honest if a Wing is toppling over, you would have to be one very strong guy or gal to stop it going, they are just too heavy to stop. What is good news is that if one does topple over they only rest on the engine bars and even a slight person can bring them upright again using the right technique. There are some good videos on youtube demonstrating this and many are by ladies who are by no means tall or strong.



There is no denying that most of the cruiser style bikes have a saddle height that is much closer to the ground, but that shouldn't mean that you should discount a Wing and as mentioned there are quite a few ladies who manage them just fine.

Good luck with your choice and please stay with us to let us know how you get on, this is a fine place just to hang out and all are welcome.

Enjoy the forums and visit often.

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hello and welcome anita. my neice rides a '79 wing and is looking to get a 1200 wing soon. she has ridden my 1500 wing but said she is more comfortable on the 1200
 

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Hallo Anita ,very welcome from Sunny South Africa , be sure you will get the best advice about a Goldwing on this Forum .:waving:
 

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Hi....welcome from the Netherlands!!!:banana:
 

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Hi Anita! Very nice to have you here!:clapper:

I'm a Wing rider, but I have very long legs for a lady and so I have never had any problems touching flat footed on any bike. Don't give up though. Silverfox gave some great tips above. You can wear a boot with heels and you can do things like getting foam shaved out of the seat etc. Don't feel bad either, because I have seen some men who have very short legs too.

Take care. Always nice to have another woman rider join, no matter what you ride!!;)


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Hello and welcome from Arizona.
 

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Hello from Virginia,

Welcome Aboard!!!!!


Glad to have you with us!



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