Hi Easy Rider!
I got my first bike (a 600 Honda Shadow) in 2005. After three years, I upped my ride to a Honda Gold Wing. I test rode the Spyder and immediately "got it"...it's not like a two-wheeler at all, but it was still fun. I think the security of the third wheel will make me more confident, and I might find myself riding even more!
It's pretty cool when folks find out that this old lady is riding a big bike... all by herself. However, I can put one foot flat on the ground while the other foot is tip-toe only. As I am getting older, I'm getting "creakier" and my joints hurt more. The third wheel will be a blessing.
Yes, I've considered a GW Trike, but they are so darned expensive! Others in my riding group who own Spyders, love them. The one I'm purchasing has been owned and maintained by a friend in the group.
While your comment about "old" Spyders being less reliable gives me pause, but I am going to stick to Plan A - buy it. I want to learn to ryde it and maintain it so that it has a long and productive life.
Thanks for the welcome and comments. I look forward to learning from you and the others!