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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2007, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Getting dad on two wheels

Ok, so my dad was never a big fan of the whole two-wheel thing, but after seeing me ride for a year+, he is thinking about taking it up. I told him I would even take the MSF course again with him. As far as him getting a bike, I don't even know where to start. He is about 6'4 and 190LBs, he doesn't like cruisers but I'm not sure of a good sportbike that he could ride comfortably that doesn't have alot of power, somewhere in the 250-500cc range. Comfort over speed all day. Any suggestions?
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My dad is about the same size. If he's willing to go for a dualsport, the BMW F650GS is pretty managable as a single cylinder 650. The bugger will SCREAM at highway speeds, but it will do them. It is very forgiving, and is decently-sized. Even with a 34" inseam I couldn't even flat-foot on it.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-07-2007, 04:46 PM
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a nice sports touring bike would suit your dad good as well. VFR 800 are nice and pretty cheap compared to BMW versions. SV650 is also a good starter bike while its more of a sports bike, it's a very relaxing position and comfortable.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2007, 11:30 AM
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Start him out on a 'used' beginner of 250cc & shortly after switch to a 500cc parallel twin by Suzy or Kwacker, OR to one of the better 650cc twins like the Suzy SV-650 or Kwacker.
My father was 55 yrs of age, with background of several heart-attacks forcing him to retire. Fortunately he loved to monkey around with things & even had his own metal working hobby shop (that means metal cutting lathe, drill press, bandsaw, jig saw, grinder & such). Often when working on a bike at home he would read the info on the bike I was rebuilding to even help me, in that "third hand" way.

I was finishing rebuilding from a replacement crank, brgs, pistons & up, Velocette LE which was a guttless 175cc flat opposed SV twin, with shaft drive, S/A rear end suspension, liquid cooled, hand-start, 3-speed hand shift, alloy wheels-----they were designed during WWII for people right after the war where cages were costly, not avaliable, fuel rationing & such. Aimed at the UKs better then a scooter for women or men. Richard, on this board, will know of them.

So my Dad said "Do you think I could ride the LE?"----I looked at him knowing he had never riden a m/c, but remember during the depression years both my Mom & Dad road bicycles as the '28 Studebaker coup sat on blocks & that he was 5'2" & probably 125 lbs when he got out of the shower.

Said "I cannot see why not, but it needs to be topped up" & was putting some tools away then saying "let me get it down gravel driveway" (after all our home was on the lower side of Tunnel Mtn in Banff, Alberta---yes beautiful view over town of Banff Nat Park). To my shock there he was working his way down to be on the gravel driveway, stopped & waved as he wobbled off.

Okay now I am worried with him in oxfords, slacks, shirt & his normal glasses---no gloves (habit of mine) only some 20 minutes later he comes back telling me the bike was great, he had topped of the petrol tank & asking me if I could install a small-narrow windscreen. Suddenly it was his bike for riding around in Banff National Park of Alberta.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-08-2007, 03:17 PM
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Suddenly it was his bike for riding around in Banff National Park of Alberta.
Thats a beautiful park. Gotta love the hot springs too

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-11-2007, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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I can't let him get the VFR800, he'll never get to ride it Thanks for all the great help though guys.
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