I think I am in that "Hey I divorced her and I can do whatever I want!" phase. I am 63 and a retired LEO of 25 years. So...I had to scrape plenty of poor guys off the asphalt. I am 63, 6'0", 160 pounds and the only motorcycle I have ever ridden was the Kawasaki 125CC I drove in my new riders course. I am Catholic and there is a great bunch of riders, members of the Knights of Columbus. The group name is Knights on Bikes. I would really like to join. I have seen rally pictures and there appear to be plenty of older riders so I won't be the only older guy in the group. So, now comes my dilemma. I love the Shadow Aero. It is a beautiful and just enough power to do the longer rides on the highway. My question is whether the Shadow is a good "first bike?" I had thought to get a Rebel, drive it around for a year and graduate to the Shadow. Its just that I am not sure whether the Rebel has enough power to keep up with the other club members. I know it can do highway speed. Of course I might look a little silly, big. older guy on a beginner's bike. Frankly, I don't care what others might think. I just want to be safe out there. I know the dealer is going to push me to the shadow. claiming it is a good first bike. What do you all think?