I've been riding my 250 Rebel going on 6 years. I also ride with lots of other bikes. It always amuses me that once the ice breaks about the size of my bike, the stories start flowing. Mostly about gals who upgraded above their strength and ability, lots of dropping, along with the frustration that goes along with it, often ending their passion for riding. One guy actually admitted, in almost a whisper, while towering over me and my Rebel, "Ya know, the bigger the bike the harder they are to ride." Another commented to me after a road full of twisties how much fun that must have been on MY bike. :-) Sometimes I feel like I'm hearing confession, LOL.
The day is fast approaching for me to upgrade and my next step up will be a 450 (despite the resistance I get from those on 1800s) - It'll still be small and I'll still be towered over by the big bikers on bigger bikes and the stories will still keep flowing. Like this one — As I was packing my bags at a bike show this summer a burly, bearded, old school biker came thundering up to me, reached out a hand adoringly to my handlebars "OMG, I love these bikes! Sweet ride there!" . . . I couldn't agree more. <3