Welcome from Waldorf, MD. I was a new rider at 52 and I had a V-Star 650 Silverado, so you definitely picked a good bike to start on. The best thing is you got started and now enjoy the ride! One way to enjoy your ride in cooler weather is to insulate yourself. Motorcycle gear has so many options now that one can buy whatever is needed and not break the bank [well unless you want to!]. There are jackets with very good liners, Thinsulate under garments, cold weather gloves, and a host of other items. If you don't have a local store to shop at I use Motorcycle Superstore, Cycle Gear, Bike Bandit, LeatherUp, and Revzilla as my primary sites for gear. Enjoy your steel horse!