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Oh My! The wife got her M/C endorsement today

Oh My! The wife got her M/C endorsement today
So I guess we will be shopping for another bike, in the very near future.

The only street bike she's ridden was the Street 500, during the B.R.C. at Riverside H.D.
She has a very long history on MX bikes. Way back from the late 1970's. She raced a lot! Up through the y2k's. She has not ridden dirt bikes in since the mid 2k's. 250 two stroke, was the largest bike she has ridden off road.

Bottom line, She's a Newbie!

She enjoyed the Harley 500 very much and now she wants one. I keep trying to talk her into something a bit larger like the Street 750 or a Sporty. She thinks they are all too heavy. I can not get through to her that a "Heavy" bike is not heavy once its rolling. My concern with the 500 is; will it get blown all over the roadway when encountering a semi truck?

She is looking for a weekend toy to ride with us, mostly 1 or 200 mile round trip rides. Then throw in an occasional 500 mile-er (overnight rides) say to Nor Cal or Utah from So Cal. We are not spring chickens anymore!

I figure that the folks on this forum are the "real experts" without having a financial interest from the sales end.
Your thoughts please.
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Congrats...... enjoy Mrs. 1/1000 ton..... Street Glide or Softail Deluxe would be good options.
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Its not the cost of the bike, it’s the bling she’ll buy....
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If she feels comfortable/safe on the 500 then I would say that is what she should start with.
If you push her into something SHE feels she is not ready for,she will be nervous/scared every time she rides.
That is not good for her or anyone around her.
I suggest letting her be the one to decide.
Just my opinion and other's opinions may vary.
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Its not the cost of the bike, its the bling shell buy....
Aint that the TRUTH!
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If she feels comfortable/safe on the 500 then I would say that is what she should start with.
If you push her into something SHE feels she is not ready for,she will be nervous/scared every time she rides.
That is not good for her or anyone around her.
I suggest letting her be the one to decide.
Just my opinion and other's opinions may vary.
I certainly agree that the final decision will be hers alone. She will be the one on the saddle. Rest assured, I will take an occasional run on it. But it will be HER bike. My fear is that she will may pick a bike that will "wind whip" her to the point of not enjoying the ride. (I have known that feeling). As stated: We're not spring chickens anymore.
I certainly would not want to take a touring ride on a 500. Maybe 30 years ago...Na, nope. I rode a Yamaha 650 twin round trip from MCAS El Toro to NAS Lemore, when i was 21. It was easy to part ways with that bike afterwards. There is no fatigue like wind fatigue.

Our goal is to ride together, which she will abstain from, if not comfortable.
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I certainly agree that the final decision will be hers alone. She will be the one on the saddle. Rest assured, I will take an occasional run on it. But it will be HER bike. My fear is that she will may pick a bike that will "wind whip" her to the point of not enjoying the ride. (I have known that feeling). As stated: We're not spring chickens anymore.
I certainly would not want to take a touring ride on a 500. Maybe 30 years ago...Na, nope. I rode a Yamaha 650 twin round trip from MCAS El Toro to NAS Lemore, when i was 21. It was easy to part ways with that bike afterwards. There is no fatigue like wind fatigue.

Our goal is to ride together, which she will abstain from, if not comfortable.
Get her what she wants , when she realizes she can't keep up and has to get gas more often , she will want something bigger.....let it be her idea, she'll tell you when she wants more power.
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Get her what she wants , when she realizes she can't keep up and has to get gas more often , she will want something bigger.....let it be her idea, she'll tell you when she wants more power.
Just went through that with her car: We had two Honda CRV's in a row. (I wrecked one, our son wrecked the other). She pleaded and pleaded for a Honda FIT. One month later she says "it's to little, should have got a CRV." One MONTH!

Bro' I'm not a dealer!
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When you suggested the street 750, she was afraid of weight?

According to the Harley website, the 500 and 750 both weigh exactly the same: 514 lbs (in running order). So, the 750 is literally no heavier than the 500. Now, the Street Rod is slightly more at 525 lbs, but it's also got a different wheelbase and seat height, so it probably wouldn't feel exactly like the 500 she liked.

I would also probably not recommend a Sportster to someone that likes the Street series. I talked to a guy that rode both and he said the Street 750 has a lower center of gravity than the Sportster. But, that's also just one guy. I've never ridden a Street series bike, so I couldn't say and I haven't heard of anyone else that's even ridden that one, let alone both that and the Sportster to give an opinion on the two. I do know some people are uncomfortable on the Sportster or are more comfortable on a big twin due to the change in the center of gravity.

But, everyone's different. Some like the feel of a Sportster or higher center of gravity bike more than other stuff. Not necessarily saying the Sportster is a bad recommendation. Also, apparently the Iron 1200 even has a smaller gas tank than the 750. Also, the 750 has an estimated 55 mpg and the Iron 1200 has an estimated 48 mpg. So as far as distance, it actually looks like the Street series is better than the Sportsters. The 883 has the same specs as the 1200 but with slightly better estimated mileage at 51 mpg. So, the Sportster is not going to go as far, it looks like.

This is all from Harley's website.

Since she's brand new, comfort is paramount and if, regardless of hard facts on paper, she still feels like the 750 would weigh more than the 500... just let that one go.

When she's ready, she'll move up. Sure, it will cost more money, but if she pushes too early for something she isn't comfortable with and gives up riding altogether, it would be an even bigger waste of money.

Anyway, congrats on her getting her endorsement.
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You need to get what she is comfortable with, period. She may want a bigger bike in two weeks or never. If you push her to something she is uncomfortable with you will both regret it. Just an old man's thoughts. It doesn't have to be a Harley, it's hers!! joe
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