Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
I was in nearly the same boat as you...
...I just started riding two years ago. I'm almost 42. Yes, midlife crisis.
I took a safety course, passed and got my license. I started with a used Honday Shadow Aero - 750. I outgrew that thing inside of 6 months.
So, like you, I started shopping. I quickly realized I wanted a Triumph. Much because of the same reasons you specify.
I'm 6'0 and at the time I was around 225. I was thinking I would go with the SpeedMaster. I went to a Triumph Demo Day and road the America, SpeedMaster, Tbird and Tbird Storm. And let me tell you, I fell in love with the Tbird.
It is NOT too much, trust me. Because now, having upgraded, it's easy peasy lemon squeezy my man.
If you get the smaller bike, especially at your size, you will wish you started with the Tbird.
Take the class though, get your legs back.