Congrats on your new bike. Your not old!!! I was about 10 years older when I started and that was a while back. For me the low speed maneuvers are the hardest and take practice. Many of us have been down at one time or another, remember the gear All The Gear All The Time! Always wear all the gear, my co-workers laughed at me when i wore boots, pants, jacket, helmet and gloves and rode my scooter to work (only did it a couple of times). However they didn't laugh when I crashed a scooter on vacation and didn't have on any gear and the rental helmet didn't fit and was worthless. Clipped the handlebar on a jaded rock wall at 10MPH and was turned into it (was dodging a bus at the time). They had to pick up the slack for the two months I was out! I have ridden in all kinds of weather and temperatures from 24 degrees to 104 degrees, in wet and dry day and night. For years have run Michelin Pilot Road (2, 3 and 4) because the stick pretty well for a street tire and are great in the wet and cold.