READERS RIDES: Hondas and a Harley

Women and their motorcycles

Four women share what they love about their motorcycles.

Tall Rider Loves Her Road King Custom

Jill Jolley says her Road King Custom is perfect for her.

I love to ride! The freedom it offers me is beyond words—the wind in my face, the smells of the land. It is something that only riders can really experience. I have been riding for 11 years now and have loved every minute of it. I rode behind my hubby for two years before I knew it was time to get my own ride. So I got my Harley Road King Custom. I chose this model of Harley because I am 5-foot-10 with long legs and long arm reach. I tried out many different models, but kept coming back to the touring model and really like the clean lines of the Road King Custom. Its a touring model, but has the sporty look to it. I feel I sit “in” the seat, not on it. Its very comfy for the long haul. I can dress it up with lots of accessories, which I have done with the extra chrome and skull theme. I also have the option of different heights in windshields or none at all. Its a heavier bike compared to some other models, but this one really makes me feel I have something under me without a lot of bulk. It gives me lots of comfort for long days and hours in the saddle. My husband and I have traveled for the last two-and-a-half years from one end of the U.S. to the other and back again. Were planning a trip to Panama City next winter.

Jill Jolley
Vancouver, Washington

Trading Up to a VTX

Tami Graben riding her 2005 Honda VTX 1300R through Deals Gap.

I started riding one-and-a-half years ago on a Honda 750 Shadow. After five months of riding, I saw the VTX and had to have it! I love my bike and the way I can escape on it and reclaim a smile when riding. The photo shows my husband and daughter behind me on a Valkyrie as we rode through Deals Gap. I never thought riding a bike was something I would do, but now I dont know why it took me so long to get started.

Tami Graben
Northport, Alabama

Another Rider Trades Up to a VTX

Jane Cross in March 2007 getting ready to take her Honda VTX 1300R on the first ride of spring. She says its rare that its warm enough in Minnesota to ride that early in the season.

This is my second bike, a 2005 Honda VTX 1300R. I bought it new last year and have been loving it ever since. I recently joined a local womens motorcycle club. My first bike was a Honda VT1100, purchased in 2004, which was a great beginner bike. But after I got bitten by the “bug,” I knew I would continue riding and wanted to graduate to a bigger and brand-spanking-new bike of my choice. Voila—my new VTX! I started riding in 2003 after completing the MSF course and havent looked back. Over one weekend, I went from never riding a motorcycle to passing the test and getting my license. It is amazing what a grandma can do if she puts her mind to it!

Jane Cross
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Why She Loves Her Shadow Spirit 750

Michele Brouillard showing off her brand-new 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750.

I brought my new 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 home on March 24, 2007, and I took it down the road for the first time. I love the power this bike has. The five-speed is a great feature of this bike. Its also very sharp looking, and easy to handle and control. I love the look and styling of the new Spirit 750. I purchased the model with the shaft drive. The Spirit 750s low seating position is also wonderful because I am only 5-foot-2 and seat height means everything to me in feeling secure. While I loved riding and enjoyed every mile driven (10,500) on my previous bike, a 2004 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe, I know Ill enjoy riding and owning my new 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750. Everything about this bike is great! I cant wait to begin gaining confidence with it. Let the adventures begin!

Michele A. Brouillard
West Warwick, Rhode Island

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