Input from female rider . . .
Okay - FWIW - IMHO Harley's are not a beginners bike.
She needs to ride a bike that has a low center of gravity and a shorter wheelbase so she can learn to properly lean the bike and counter-steer.
I also got bored reading the first post - so I don't know what size she is but I would recommend looking for either a Buell Blast or Lighting depending upon her leg length. She can learn to ride either of these bikes properly (leaning, counter-steering, etc.) and then progress to the bike that she wants.
I have known so many women riders that have started on Harley's and developed bad habits, mostly not leaning in the turns and trying to 'steer' the bike like a car. This almost ALWAYS results in a wreck on a curve. I have been riding 3-years and have put down 10k miles. I have ridden Sportsters, Dyna Street Glide, V-Rods, etc. on Harley demo's and would not recommend trying to learn to ride on one.
Just my two cents from my personal experience.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn
08 DL650 V-Strom | 04 R1200C Montauk & 09 K1200LT (husband's) | 05 XB12S Lightning (sold)
ADVChic screwed with this post 12-05-2009 at 09:50 AM