Think size matters? We tell you about great small bikes that are every bit as good, or better, than their larger counterparts.

A list of five tiny, mighty motorcycles you'd be proud to have in your garage

Why is it pride of ownership is so often connected to engine size in the motorcycle world? Are we compensating for other shortcomings? Not only are these small motorcycles you can be proud of, but often, they're much more fun to ride than their super-sized counterparts.

SIZE MATTERS NOT

For the purposes of point proving, let's cap capacity at 499cc and use the criteria that all of these machines must be the absolute best at their respective roles. No caveats, these are small bikes that are better than their larger counterparts.

Do you ride a small bike? Which one? Why do you think pride of ownership is so often connected to engine size in the motorcycle world?

Gallery: Five Small Motorcycles You Can Be Proud To Ride

Original story by Wes Siler published December 5, 2013.