I've never owned a motorcycle before, normally ridden ATV's, raced them for a short period of time. I have a bit of experience with dirt bikes, so this whole "riding" thing shouldn't be too hard.
Like the title says I want a honda shadow, preferably one of the smaller ones, 500cc, 600cc, 750cc, Just depends on what I find for a good price. I'm a less-than-wealthy "community college kid" with a full-time job so I'm only looking to spend a couple thousand on this bike. At the same time, I plan on keeping it for several years at least, so I would like for it to be an investment of sorts.
As for the "bobbing" part, even though I could, I don't plan on cutting the frame up and hardtailing it. I saw this article and really liked the end product, although I feel the seat could be a bit lower. And, almost forgot. I'm only 5'3"-4" ish, but I'm not weak by any means. That being said, I would like to keep the bike as low as possible while retaining everyday ride-ability.