I am an old guy too, avoid the rain if possible, the best and smoothest ride I have ever had was (and is) on Metzler 880 marathon, love these tires, stick great, smooth ride, long lasting. They cost a bit more than many others, but to me, well worth it. I know not all agree, every has different views on this. I run an 1100vstar Silverado, stock (mostly) and the wife rides a good deal of the time with me. Hope you take a look, and hope this helps.