Hi, Becca, I am 5'2" and own a 2005 Ridley Autoglide. Its killer pink and pearl white. the bike is easy to ride and stops traffic (people noticing it) I have it for sale if you are interested. I am going back to school and don't need the expense. Teresa
I agree with ya Irish~ The Virago's are neat bikes and smaller too. I looked for those in this area when I first started riding too. I couldn't find any for sale. Not to say there aren't any, cuz I have seen a couple on the road. Maybe due to the area. They're a sassy looking little bike. There are a couple different sizes (engine/cc). You found yours out east.
Yamaha Virago 535 ~Used 1987-1994. Needs very little wrenching. Plenty of get up and go. Great for petite women. Star (Ithink that's the name)foot rest instead of the pegs. I'm petite and had a heck of a time finding a bike that was truly comfortable for me. They don't make them anymore, but if they did, they'd sell a million of them.
What size shoe do you wear? I have smaller feet and the Stars were very comfy for my feet. I fell madly in love with the bike.
When I was in Boston, Doc and I went to check one out that was for sale. He weighs over 300 lbs and is 6'4". He had the bike up to 80 in no time flat.
It's not heavy like a Harley. Contact me if you'de like more info ok?
I suggest going to one of the bike shows out there. A bunch of us went to the NY show in Jan when we were there at the BK meet. Go and sit on a few bikes, move em around between your legs (for top heaviness) see what feels comfortable to ya. Make a few notes of what you liked and when it gets nice out or if you can make it to a warm rally before spring gets here. Try a few of them out. HD aren't the only folks that rent out bikes. Plus, a lot of the dealerships will let you take em out for a scoot, if you're thinking about getting one.
If you're lookin at one of the full size Ridleys, again, do your research. They're are a few different ones out there, and they all have different issues. As I'm sure is true with anything you set your eye on.
Lord woman, that made me sit back in my chair. You go girl, I admire you for being able to break it down like that. I mean I'm pretty handy and can change the oil in my car, put in a new headlight and such but take it apart and put it back together! I can't even keep my shoe laces tied. The only way I might get it back together is if each piece had a number on it in sequential order as to how it goes back. It would probable look like a tinkertoy when I got through with it LOL. I need something that lets me sit flat footed, rides comfortable, good center of gravity, weight doesn't stress my knee and doesn't get blown off the highway by trucks. Yeah, I know, you think I have been smoking that cheap stuff. Any other possibilities?
I believe I'm the only one in the bunch that rides one....
Depending on which one you're lookin at you might wanna be sure you've done your homework.
If you're lookin for a smooth riding low maintenance bike this is not the ride for you. If you do a lot of your own wrenching, and have a good back, or only ride to the DQ and back, I'd say go for it.
I put a lot of miles on my every year, I'm talkin about 10k. Do a lot of my own work. You never know when you're going to have to. The dealerships have to be at least 300 miles apart. (unless that's changed, and I don't think it has) There aren't all that many of them in the country. I've been out on the road, have something go wrong and If I can't fix it I couldn't expect anyone else to either. There's no maintenance manual for them. I've been asking for 4 years now and they still don't have one. Specs, would be a nice to have. All the specs I have I've figured out for myself through tearing the thing down myself. It's a rigid. At least mine is.
Heck, just email me and we can chat about them.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my ride, but you have to know what you're getting into before spending that kind of cash. Weather or not it's right for you. It's truly a cross between a snowmobile and a bike, and you need knowledge of both to understand it's workings.