Hi, this is Kari aka frydaddy96's frymama I've decided to kick the backseat habit and get my own bike but I have some questions for you veteran riders. Is smaller (bikes) better? I can easily bring up my husbands heritage classic from the stand to upright and it balances with very little effort from me,but I worry about dropping it. I use to ride dirt bikes in my younger days (about 20 years ago)If I dropped my bike in the dirt I said "oh,crap" and bent the fender back away from the tire and went about business as usual. Now that i am older i think dropping a bike, especially on blacktop will be a little more painful and costly than 'oh, crap". I saw a beautiful duece today but was barely able to stand it up and had a hard time balancing it. The salesman said I should think about a smaller bike like a 883 low because I'm only 5-2 (5-3 in my boots ) and 130#. but a lady rider has told me that the smaller bikes are a harder ride, that you feel every bump and the bike will "scream" at speeds over 65mph. Can you all give me some advice on the pros and cons of your bikes as it would pertain to a novice rider? thanks!