I second wyodude's opinion. Since you are in the process of getting your license, you obviously have a limited amount of on-road riding.(No offense intended) From what I've learned, forward controls take some time getting used to, but are very helpful for someone with your height. Plus, you get cool points. The riding position looks laid back. Post often and don't be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of knowledegable people on the forum.(I know, because I ask LOTS of questions!) J.T.