Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Old Man Rides Again

I knew it wouldn't be long. For the last three years, everytime I have talked to my Dad he has told me about looking at motorcycles. And the few times he has been thru the Atlanta Metro area, he has walked circles around my motorcycle. His eyes seemed to glisten when I let him ride the Sportster a few years ago. And, I've heard countless stories of the rides and adventures he had on his Harley 250 back in the day.

I received an excited call last night that he had been to a local dealer and had discussed a deal on a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard S40. You know, Suzuki's I-wanna-build-a-bike-that-looks-like-a-Harley-Sportster single cylinder. I ponder a bit why but then it came back to me. His original motorcycle in the 1950s was a single cylinder, and I have to admit the S40 is 650cc versus the under powered 250cc he had way back when that struggled to do 50 mph. So, it seems like it would be a good choice fo a fella 70 years old who wants to ride to the post office and grocery store. At 352 lbs, it should be light enough for him to re-adjust to riding and be suitable for in town manuevering. And, he will have to be happy with electric start since he was kicking the old 250 :) I've always been amazed that the S40 still has drum brakes on the rear. His old 250 had drum brakes front and rear, so there's a little more familiarity for him.

When I was 16, my mom had a 50cc Yamaha Champ scooter. He from time to time tooled around town on it wearing a half helmet and smoking a cigar. The S40 is at least a bit more dignified than a Yamaha Champ.

I called this morning, and he had been to the dealer and completed the purchase. So, look out Florida, the old man is back on two wheels. Here's hoping he enjoys his new bike.



fasthair said...

Way to go Pops! Welcome back to the fold. Enjoy it! Wishing you many safe, fun and rewarding rides.


Willy D said...

About 3 or 4 months ago I was at a bike shop looking at helmets. They had that same bike there. I did check it out and thought it was a pretty well built bike. The 1 lung 650 was a surprise. That's about the perfect bike for his use. I'd say your dad made a very good choice. I hope you two can spend some saddle time together.

IHG said...

That's a seriously cool looking ride. I think it's awesome that your dad is living the dream again.

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Learning to Golf said...

Good looking ride, but remind your dad to watch out for those old folks in Florida. They forget about anything smaller than a Cadillac.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Nice little bike. It does look a lot like a stock Sportster. Hope he gets many a happy mile out of her!

Anonymous said...

That is a great story. My dad never rode, but my grandpa did. Got me a little teary eyed. Very Cool!!
PS: I am looking into some heated gloves too...thanks for posting that the other day.

FLHX_Dave said...

This is a big deal in my book. Too many people think they are out of the game way too early. This is awesome. Didn't Biker Chick have one of those?

Be safe pops and rock the wind!

What could be more satisfying than riding the asphalt with your old man. Something some of us will never be able to experience.

This is what I like to hear about.

Conchscooter said...

I put 18,000 miles on my Savage for the year I owned it, and it ran perfectly the whole way. The two big drawbacks were the riding position with the feet stuck forward which I hated and the peanut tank which hit reserve at 90 miles with 20 miles on reserve. The belt drive was trouble and maintenance free and the bike is still puttering around Key West (with far fewer annual miles accumulating).

Unknown said...

Allen, I remember seeing your mom riding around Camilla on her scooter. She was way ahead of her time.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your father! Good for him. My Dad and I ride together all the time, and it's a hoot ( ). I hope you and your Dad get some time riding together. Safe travels to both of you.