Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
I test rode the America thinking exactly the same as you, that the T-Bird was too big and powerful for me.
I was so disappointed with the America as it lacked any attitude that I was looking for in a bike and also the build quality looked cheap (to me at least). If I was really going to buy an America or Speedmaster I would have probably ended up on a Jap bike.
Having said that, I bought the T-Bird and could not be happier. I am only 5'11" and have no problems handling the T-Bird. Once you get on one, you will not look back.
My advice is to do a test ride on both bikes and I'm sure you'll pick the T-Bird