Women are a minority in the motorcycle community. While studies vary, the number of female riders sits around 20%. Ask anyone why and you’ll hear plenty of speculative answers, but the fact remains that a male-dominated market doesn’t focus much of its attention on creating motorcycles with femme fatales in mind.
This makes it challenging to find a bike suited to your needs. While motorcycles are inherently unisex, there are factors like height and weight that are vital to your ability to handle a bike on the open road. These five motorcycles, however, are considered the top among that 20% demographic.
1. Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2
This model is an instantaneous hit and favorite among beginner riders. If you fall into that category, then you’ll enjoy the lightweight body that comes in a classic cruiser shape. Compared to a crotch-rocket, this is laid back experience with a lower scooped-out seat that sits a mere 25.8 inches off the ground. Combined, these specs make it a cinch to handle as you get comfortable with riding.
2. Kawasaki Ninja 250/300
Kawasaki is a popular make in the biking world, but this particular model is known for its exceptional handling. The seat sits higher at 30 inches, so keep that in mind. However, the easy-to-control body will have you mastering hairpin turns in no time.
3. Triumph Street Triple 675
Sleek as can be with café racer style and a stripped-down look, the Triumph Street Triple 675 is sure to turn a few heads. Riders can also enjoy an even blend of racing and classic handling. With a lower, scooped-out seat, this is also an excellent option for shorter riders.
4. Harley Davidson Street Glide
Harley is known for larger, chunkier models. However, the street glide boasts a middleweight build that offers easier handling. It isn’t lightweight, like the others on this list, but it is the best option for any female biker who won’t settle for any less than a Harley.
5. Yamaha R6
You probably recognize this one from its prominence on the track. Whether you plan to race or not, you can also enjoy this model as an excellent street option. It boasts a 600cc engine for smooth bursts as well as a lightweight body for superb maneuverability. Plus, it looks as stylish as it does aggressive.
While the above are the top five models for female riders, there are plenty of other excellent options to choose from. The Kawasaki Z800 is a solid choice for mid-level riders thanks to its exceptional handling and plenty of umph when applying the gas. While the Honda 600 Hornet is as affordable as it is versatile.
There’s also the Honda NC700S with its agile build, Victory Gunner light chopper, and Triumph Daytona 955i for the power hungry. If you’re just starting out, try to pick something lighter with a little less power to avoid filing motor accident claims from mishandling.
Whichever you choose, you’re sure to love the bike. Each offers a lower seated position for the shorter riders out there, while the lightweight designs allow for easier handling. Plus, they’re as stylish as they come for those femme fatales that make up 20% of all bikers.