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Join Date: Dec 2015
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"Right size bike for me" is open to a lot of variables. As bbqjoe said, depends on what size you are. Seat is reasonably low, so if you are average sized, you should be able to flat foot it no problem. The bike is not unreasonably heavy, compared to its HD brothers. Many new (or returning) riders really like the Volusia/Boulevard model. I got back into riding after a 27 year hiatus and just happened to end up with a Volusia by chance. After three seasons, I am still in love with the bike. It does everything I want, looks great and runs flawlessly. I liked my bike so much that when my son started to ride, I bought him an '07 C50 for his first bike. He was a little concerned with its size and weight at first, but really enjoys it now.
The "right size" for you ultimately boils down to a couple of factors. (strength, body size, agility, etc.) along with what you are physically comfortable with and the style of riding that you plan to be doing. Only you can determine what you are most comfortable with, keeping in mind that bikes can be tweeked slightly to fit individual rider's preferences (lowered, handle bars and controls adjusted). Naturally, the members of this forum are a bit biased towards the Suzuki Volusia/Boulevard, but for good reason. They are a good overall bike, based on a proven and long-standing mechanical design, there is a deep network of aftermarket and used parts and they represent a decent value for the money.
Enjoy the hunt for your first bike and good choice to do your motorcycle safety course. A good investment in time and money.
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