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(FYI - I am 22 and working at Defensive Driving School so I am in no means an 18 year old little kid who got daddy and mommy to buy him a motorcycle so he can go kill himself)

I had been dreading that day for a long, long time. He is motorcycle savvy and has ridden many bikes in his day, but I KNEW that the 10 would be more than he was expecting.

I bought this bike a month ago with 3400 miles on it. Now it is over 5200. I love it! :smile: Since purchasing, my dad and I have been out on several rides and he takes his Yahama Raider S (1900cc) out with him. Very torquey (sp?) and overall a pretty cool cruiser.

Back to yesterday - he pulls of the road and I knew what he was going to say. "Let's switch bikes, son."

"I knew you were going to say that."

So I regrettably hop of the 10 and watch him stagger over. My dad isn't exactly skinny. Or short. He is 300-320 and 6' 0". He has had more joint replacement surgery that actual joints. (3 surg on left shoulder, 2 surg on right shoulder, 2 surg on left knee, 3 surg on right knee).

He attempts to swing his leg over.... three times. I finally grab his foot and carefully move it across as to not scuff this beautiful machine.

He sits on it. He definitely needs the zx14. :thumbsup:

I jump on the cruiser and tell him once again, as I had a THOUSAND TIMES, "be careful dad, it is way more power than you think."

He says, "okay. You lead and I'll follow behind."

GOOD! I set the pace slow. I look back and he finally gets the bike on the road and is trying to find his balance. We rode for a mile or so and he is finally able to keep up with my 40 mph pace. (We took these roads earlier at much faster). Finally I wave him on by and he comes up beside me and then zooms off.

These next moments were the scariest of my day. My dad has a bad habit of braking INTO corners and he also doesn't understand the outside-inside-outside concept.

I watched as he took a couple of corners wide and then finally slowed it down enough to take a few without scaring me.

Three minutes later he pulls off and I pull behind him. I turn off the cruiser and jump up to help him off. He looks at me with water STREAMING down his face (he has a brain bucket, not a full-face) and his eyes going :eyecrazy:

"Son, you are a crazy son of a bitch." :lol::crackup:

He told me that he used to have a 73 rd350 (two stroke) and it would wheelie in any gear. That was the fastest bike he had ever ridden... before.

I helped him off the 10 and calmed my nerves by getting back on this beautiful pony and riding!

Jason
 

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Cool story. I'm 52 and I've been trying to get my 78yr. old pops on my scooter. He's rode everything else I've ever had but seems a bit ZX10 shy if you know what I mean. He's a very good rider and has rode for years. Can't wait to see his face when he gets off it. If I can get him on it. LOL. :thumbsup:
 

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This is funny I can TOTALLY relate. My dad (48) wanted to try my bikes out and said something along those lines. He rides a V-Star 1100 and use to own an '89 zx6.
 

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This is funny I can TOTALLY relate. My dad (48) wanted to try my bikes out and said something along those lines. He rides a V-Star 1100 and use to own an '89 zx6.
Your dad will do great...and 48 is not Old :heyyou: youngster :helmet:

but seriously I had a 89 zx6 for a summer and on the clock it hit 140mph...the main thing is give the Warning....do not open the throttle fast and he will be good to go. :thumbsup:
 

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Your dad will do great...and 48 is not Old :heyyou: youngster :helmet:

but seriously I had a 89 zx6 for a summer and on the clock it hit 140mph...the main thing is give the Warning....do not open the throttle fast and he will be good to go. :thumbsup:
No I didn't mean he was old, he just isn't use to riding a rocket. I think it surprised him. He said it wasn't his "style" anymore. :dontknow:
 

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No I didn't mean he was old, he just isn't use to riding a rocket. I think it surprised him. He said it wasn't his "style" anymore. :dontknow:
I came from a Jetted Full System ZX9R and light weight and even My 10R Stock surprised me when I fully opened the throttle....it should surprise anyone that has never ridden something so wicked. :wink:
 

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Nice story and awesome post
 

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My dad rode motorcycles the whole time growing up but has refused to ride any of my dirtbikes and streetbikes since I was 10 years old, I'm now 28 and he still won't ride my bike. He won't even get on my uncles 883 sportster, I think he has talked himself into thinking he's to old to ride bikes again or something. This past July when I brought both my ZX6R and my ZX10R up to Michigan for the 4th I asked him again and he told me "NO because If I get on it I'd probably like it and end up wanting one"
 

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Thats hilarious. I'm in a similar boat, and have been in a constant "keep up with the Jones's" kind of battle with my dad over the last few years. Here is how it went with my first bike

Me - 03 GSX-R 750 | Him - 03 Harley V-Rod
He sold the V-rod after I proved it was slower, and bought a Triumph Rocket 3, I sold the GSX-R, bought a 08 ZX-10R. Bikes mods are pc3, full TRC system, bmc filter and no secondary flies. Once he gets back from the bike rally in the keys I'll let him try out the 10. I don't think there is a faster cruiser for him to move to next either. :D
 

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Fawk you guys....I'll be 64 in April and this bike is a slug.....hahahaha...

(and I'll put more miles on 'er than ANY of you younguns...)
 

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great story....i too would like to have my dad ride my 10R but its something that will never happen...maybe? i wont hold my breath...i really like your post makes me think about me and my dad:)
 

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my dad has rode all his life and won't even consider riding the 10! He rode my 650r ninja a couple times and he said it was to fast! haha If he only knew
 

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Thats hilarious. I'm in a similar boat, and have been in a constant "keep up with the Jones's" kind of battle with my dad over the last few years. Here is how it went with my first bike

Me - 03 GSX-R 750 | Him - 03 Harley V-Rod
He sold the V-rod after I proved it was slower, and bought a Triumph Rocket 3, I sold the GSX-R, bought a 08 ZX-10R. Bikes mods are pc3, full TRC system, bmc filter and no secondary flies. Once he gets back from the bike rally in the keys I'll let him try out the 10. I don't think there is a faster cruiser for him to move to next either. :D
That's pretty funny. I know the V-Max is fast but is it faster then the ten? Or maybe he'll just go out and buy an 1198. lol
 

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I cruise around with my step-dad and some of his cruiser buddies once in a while. They're all just amazed at how fast my bike is. I doubt any of them would even consider trying to ride it. Not that I'd let them.
 

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I got you all beat! I started doing track days about 6 years ago, and have been begging my dad ever since to just go with me and try one or at least watch! I figured i'd eventually talk him into going to watch one or two, but never in a million years did i think i'd talk him into actually riding! Long story short, i FINALLY talked him into riding a track day last year! My dad is like me, major adrenaline junkie even though he's 57 years old. Well, i knew all it would take is one time, he'd either love it or hate it! He rented a bike (since all his personal bikes he owns are harleys), leathers, boots, etc. He had a blast! This year he has bought an '07 Triumph Daytona, leathers, boots, the whole sha-bang! He has gone to 3 of the 4 track days i've done this year so far and we are headed to run VIR's full course next month! He's only regret is he says he wished he had done it earlier (years ago), instead of waiting this long to finally let me talk him into it!
 

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I got you all beat! I started doing track days about 6 years ago, and have been begging my dad ever since to just go with me and try one or at least watch! I figured i'd eventually talk him into going to watch one or two, but never in a million years did i think i'd talk him into actually riding! Long story short, i FINALLY talked him into riding a track day last year! My dad is like me, major adrenaline junkie even though he's 57 years old. Well, i knew all it would take is one time, he'd either love it or hate it! He rented a bike (since all his personal bikes he owns are harleys), leathers, boots, etc. He had a blast! This year he has bought an '07 Triumph Daytona, leathers, boots, the whole sha-bang! He has gone to 3 of the 4 track days i've done this year so far and we are headed to run VIR's full course next month! He's only regret is he says he wished he had done it earlier (years ago), instead of waiting this long to finally let me talk him into it!
Now, that's just plain cool.
 

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i'm 49 this year and my rockets keep me young ! when i did the dragon tail a couple of years ago,it was cool to see silver haired guys in there 50's dragg'n knees.hopefully i'll be able to also.
 
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