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.
Last edited by Smitty; 12-08-2007 at 11:37 AM.