When I first started looking into road bikes, I noticed it’s not always easy to find a good bike for women at a decent price.
However, I was able to find some good-looking motorcycles that work for shorter and lighter female riders.
These road bikes are favorites among women looking to keep their budget under control. While these street bikes aren’t from big brands, like a Harley Davidson Sportster 883 or a Honda Shadow, they’re well worth the investment.
If you’re in a hurry, these are the best motorcycles for women:
What to Look For in the Best Motorcycles for Women
Since women tend to be shorter than men, we benefit from road bikes with a lower seat height.
Ideally, the seat height should allow you to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground when stopped.
Taller women won’t have so much of a problem finding the right seat height on a road bike. If you’re shorter than about 5 feet 3 inches, you might have trouble finding road bikes for women with an ideal seat height.
Note: If you’re a short motorcyclist but also like pedaling, also check out this review of the best bikes for short riders.
If the seat height is lower, the riding position is usually slightly more upright. That means it’ll be easier for women to maintain good visibility over the motorcycle.
Road bikes with an upright riding position will also have a shorter reach, so it’ll be easier for women to get to the handlebars.
The road bike’s length will impact women’s ability to reach the handlebars safely. If the road bike is too big, you won’t be able to hold them comfortably, and you’ll get tired faster.
A shorter reach will allow women to maneuver the bike safely.
If you’re not sure about your abilities on a road bike yet, pay attention to the weight.
Women’s body weight is usually lower than men’s, and you need to use it to turn the road bike, especially in tight corners.
Entry-level street bikes for women need to be light enough so that you can maneuver them.
Engine Size and Power
Engine size—expressed in “cc”—doesn’t necessarily imply more power and speed; it also depends on the bike’s overall size.
Some big road bikes, like a Kawasaki Ninja 250/300 cc, aren’t necessarily as fast as a lighter bike with a 200cc engine size. What will give you a better idea of the kind of ride you should expect is the engine’s horsepower and torque.
While torque refers to the force inside the motor, horsepower (HP) is the measurement of the power to carry a load for a specific distance within a certain time. We’ll refer to horsepower for clarity because it gives you a good idea of the road bike’s power when riding.
Road bikes for women can have anywhere between 12 and 200 horsepower, so what you pick depends on your preference. Between 12 to 20HP may not seem like a lot, but it’s usually enough to reach 60 to 75mph—enough for a city or even a highway.
More horsepower and torque don’t necessarily give you an improved riding experience. For women, especially new riders, it can be more beneficial to look for road bikes with lower horsepower and torque that are easier to manage.
Before you buy a road bike, make sure the bike is legal to use where you live. States have different regulations regarding motorcycles, from their headlights to mirrors and helmet use.
For example, California has specific pollution requirements for motorcycles. If you live in California, make sure it’s legal to purchase and ride your preferred road bike model before buying.
To avoid issues, make sure you have the right license for the road bike size you’re buying before you take it out on a test ride and that you’re able to ride where you want to. For example, 150cc can be too small of a road bike engine on some states’ highways.
Check out this guide to make your dirt bike street legal.
Reviews of the Best Road Bikes for Women
You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on a Harley Davidson street bike to enjoy the pleasure of riding a motorcycle.
These are the best road bikes for women for your commutes and cruising around the city:
This Lifan mini street bike is easy to ride and a great entry-level bike for petite women. It’s a smaller option than regular street bikes but is easy to handle and still reaches a nice speed.
Thanks to its fatty exhaust pipe, it still has a big sound, and it looks great with its eye-catching golden fork and dark colors.
The bike has a 5-speed manual transmission, which provides excellent speed and acceleration control, and a reliable electric start engine. It accelerates fast, and the LCD shows your speed clearly, even in the dark.
Note that this bike has 12.2 horsepower, which is easy to handle for women riders, and disc brakes that have much more stopping power than drum brakes. On top of this, the tubeless tires are extra-wide at 12 inches, which gives you the balance a small bike like this needs.
And, while it’s definitely small with a 70-inch length and 28-inch seat height, the size is perfect for women from about 5 feet and 3 inches up to 6 feet and 3 inches. The shorter reach makes it safe and comfortable for women.
This bike is affordable, but for the low price tag, it does have a couple of small issues with the battery and drive chain. You may have to replace these parts eventually, but they’re relatively cheap fixes, and the parts are generally easy to find.
Another thing to note is that this bike isn’t available for Californian residents, but overall, this bike is a great option for women for commuting or cruising around the city.
- Comfortable size and seat height for women.
- Accelerates fast.
- Small engine size that’s easy to handle for women.
- Reliable disc brakes.
- Shorter reach to the handlebars.
- Affordable price point.
- The battery isn’t long-lasting.
- Not available in California.
This Lifan road bike is a step up for those who like a bigger 200cc engine size but is still a good entry-level bike for new riders.
It’s not the fastest and sportiest to accelerate, but women can easily handle and maintain a highway speed. It’s also user-friendly and ideal for commutes and riding in the city.
The bike is quiet, but the electronic fuel injection system gives you plenty of power—up to 17HP. The maximum speed is 75mph, and the bike also has quality disc brakes that are reliable in rough conditions.
Note that this road bike is much bigger than the previous Lifan model, with an 81-inch length and 30-inch seat height. Women closer to 5 feet tall might want to consider this, but the bigger size does help keep the bike stable for small and light women.
- Quality disc brakes.
- Stable and quiet bike to ride.
- User-friendly operation.
- Comfortable seat.
- Bigger bike, so the seat height may not be ideal for short women.
This affordable X-PRO bike is our top bike for women riders who don’t mind people noticing them. The body of this entry-level street bike is matte black, with black rims and chain to match. They make the bike look stylish, like a much more expensive bike.
The bike is big enough to seat two people comfortably since it has a seat height of 34 inches and an overall length of 83 inches, so it’s far from a mini bike. It’s a full-sized motorcycle and much bigger than what you might expect from a street bike with a 125cc engine.
It’s also lightweight at about 200 pounds. This can make the bike feel less stable for some, but it does give many women riders some added maneuverability. In addition, the riding position is low, making it easier to handle for short women.
Even though the quality is sub that of the Lifan bikes, it’s a good solid option for women at a fantastic price. And, if you’re interested in saving money, this bike does about 60 miles per gallon, so you’ll keep saving money after your purchase.
- Total black look with a matte body.
- Fuel-efficient bike.
- Amazingly low price point.
- Lightweight and easy to maneuver.
- Low seat and upright position.
- Legal to buy and ride on the road in California.
- Big size, so can be too much for short women.
The Lifan MotoPro KP Mini 150cc Street Motorcycle is the clear winner in this review of the best street motorcycles for women. It’s a fantastic mini bike for petite women and those who want an easy-to-handle bike with reliable disc brakes.
This entry-level bike works for women riders starting at 5 feet 3 inches tall, and the low seat height works well for most women.
And, best of all, these road bikes sell at a fraction of the price of some big-name bikes, like a Harley Davidson Sportster 883 or a Honda Shadow Spirit.