Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe
submitted by Sammiemom
My road to the VLX started in the spring. I have been a
very happy passenger for many years, with no desire to ride my own. With
our SCRC involvement, and seeing the number of women who ride their own,
the bug finally bit my. My husband was more than happy to oblige,
although my learning experiences have taken a few years off his life.
Anyhow.... now that I have decided to ride, what bike to get? I started
my search by looking at all the manufacturer websites. From that I was
able to narrow down the style of bike that I liked, and I ended up with
6 contenders - the Honda Shadow and VLX, the Suzuki Savage and GZ250,
the Yamaha V-Star and Virago. Then we set out to visit the dealerships.
After sitting in the Yamaha and Suzuki bikes, I was leaning towards the
Savage. Then we went to the Honda dealer. I sat on the VLX and new it
was the right bike for me - it felt comfortable, not too big or too
small, I loved the styling - kind of like finding the right wedding
dress :) To say my husband was happy that I chose this bike would be an
understatement. He made no attempt to steer me towards any particular
bike, he wanted me to find the right one without interference. But he
was absolutely tickled that I decided on the Honda. His next step was
the cycle trader, and my 2002 Purple VLX came to live with us for
I still have limited experience riding - we have a preschooler, we both
work, and it is hard to find the time. But for what experience I do
have: The seat height is perfect for me; I am 5'2" and can comfortably
flat foot the bike. It is not too heavy that it scares me, but still big
enough to be a "real" motorcycle. It has enough power to get me where I
need to be but not so much that it is hard to handle. I never rode a
motorcycle before this, so I can't compare the 4 gears to anything. I am
perfectly happy learning on this bike and I don't foresee moving up to
anything bigger for a very long time. Oh, in my learning process I have
laid it down a couple times, and my huband never has a problem picking
it back up!
Thanks to Sammiemom for submitting this personal review. From Sammiemom,
"I ride the VLX, hubby has a Valkyrie Interstate, we are members of the
NE Florida SCRC (DH is an officer), and I am a proud member of the RSBS!"
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