2012 XCT "Marguerite"
PCV and AT, brake light strobe
Passenger arm rests and handles, driver back rest
Lloydz filter, 1 1/8 hole drilled in muffler baffles,
Harley lugage rack, Ness modular apes
What is wrong with an 883? Probably one of the best bikes that HD makes or has ever made. Who cares if it is a HD or a Yamaha, Honda, etc. When she learns on one of those bikes then move her up to a Vic. I like my victory but I don't think it is the best motorcycle out there, just the best one for me.
2011 Cross Roads Sunset Red
OEM short windshield, passenger backrest, crash bars, saddle bag bars, heated grips, vinyl closeouts, tachometer, ambient temp. WD lay down licence plate.
V-star 650 or 900 is a great choice, same with Kawasaki 500 or 900 if you are dead set away from HD. As stated an 883 is a good starter as well and if needed you can get it in low as well. I just can't see anyone starting on a 106 and being comfortable, IMO.
2012 Victory Cross Country Tour, Sunset Red
Enjoyed Sportsters for a lot of years .. Lot of good miles and smiles with it .. Although V Star, Shadow, are also good choices .. If she has never rode at all might want to start with a used Honda Rebel surprising power for it's size, and could move up without taking a big loss if she wants a bigger Bike, but the Rebel is the best starter bike there is, especially if small framed .. IMHO
Some excellent advice in this thread from the Rebel to the Sporty. It just depends on the lady and what size she would feel comfortable with. Some take a year to get it down to the point of wanting to go bigger and others take just a few months. Then there are others who find it just isn't for them but they didn't know until they tried.
Sometimes I wish we could just rent a small bike by the month to learn on.
Does she have any dirt bike riding experience or even quad riding? Do they have any motorcycle riding classes in your area that will supply a bike?