I don't think it so much a matter of being a woman, as it is having a bike that is the right size for you. I see people riding sports bikes, stopping at red lights touching the ground with the tippy toes of their sneakers - its only a matter of time before they will drop their bike.
If you have been well trained you already know a motorcycle is self balancing. When you get over 20 mph you are not actively balancing the bike, you are steering it. If you know how to countersteer it does not take any brute force or 'man-handling' to get the bike where you want it to go, or to brake the bike as necessary.
It sounds like you are already aware of the issues of riding slow, being able to put a foot down (or both) flat footed with a little bend in your knees to spare.
The things you need to watch out for are still the same as anyone else. They did not talk about these things in the beginners MSF riding course, I discovered a few myself:
1. Don't ever try to make a U turn on a hill, not going up or down. When you get halfway thru the U turn, part of the pavement on one side of the bike will be higher, and the other side will be lower. Because you are turning on a hill the bike will speed up and slow down, and its nothing like you are use to on a level surface. Then when you need to put your feet down, one foot will find nothing but air, and over you go! This is true for all riders, no matter how tall you are or how big your bike is.
2. Its a similar situation when you stop on the shoulder of the road - some shoulders can be sloped quite a bit, and some slope the wrong way (towards the street). You want to stop on the edge of the lane, and then turn your bike so its parked nearly perpendicular to the curb (pointed to the street). If you park it straight like a car, then whichever way the shoulder is sloping it bike will not sit on the kick stand or center stand properly.
3. If you are going up or down an hill, and for any reason the road is blocked and you cannot get thru, then you have the problem from #1 above. If you can pull into a driveway or side street, find a level section and do a U turn you are OK. But you have to be aware of this before it happens. If you are going down a steep hill and its blocked at the bottom, like a flood across a bridge, then you cannot walk your bike back up the hill backwards. The best thing in that situation is to stop your bike, secure it on the kickstand, and get someone to help you turn it around, one person on the high and low sides of the bike.
The other thing I would recommend for anyone riding a big bike, and for anyone that is just learning to ride is: never stand on one side of your bike and push it around by the handgrips. If you only have to move it a few feet, sit on the bike, put the kick stand up, and duck walk it. If you need to move it further start it up, you can still duck walk it if you need to go really slow (like across a lawn).
If you are standing on one side and it leans over the other way just a little bit, you cannot possibly pull it back up, esp with a big bike - you need one foot one each side.
Other than going slow and getting stuck on a hill, riding a motorcycle is like driving a car. There is no such thing as a car that is too big for a short / petite person to drive, as long as you can reach the pedals.
Last edited by KCW; 05-20-2018 at 01:41 PM.