Nu's white knuckles.
[ Sunday -
June 23, 2007 ]
Against my wife's concerns, I went ahead and did it anyway. What
is it? Helping my bro get a moto. Most of the concern
centers from the cost of insurance and things like that, but we don't
worry about that at this point because he has to get his license
first. Enough about that stuff,
we have better things to do. Like showing Nu what to do on his
new (used) F650ST Funduro. So
I gathered up as many of the guys as possible for that day and got us
all together to help out the bro. On the
other hand, I'm not too concerned because he has been riding bicycles
all of his life. Even better, he's an extreme mountain bike
15+ years. I've even seen some of it for myself. Big Sandee
at Mammoth Lakes is one clue for those that know the place. He's
managed to break a couple of ribs. All this should come easily
So we all gathered for a seafood BBQ and then showed Nu the baby steps
of riding a motorbike. Naturally, he took to it without any
problems. Check these white knuckle pictures.
Getting use to the weight.
Go drive off over there and make a U-turn.
Look at the concentration on that face.
He's definitely moving.
The concentration is so intense that he looks like he's about ready to
head out for another MotoGP race.
There you have it folks, white knuckles.
At long last, he floats by himself.
Minh famous last words, "Now pop a wheelie!"
About two weeks after fuel up the 650ST for Nu, I came back to see
how he's doing. Amazingly enough, he had put 13 miles on the bike
from doing laps in the parking lot. Not only that, he had
progressed to 3rd gear and was doing an easy 25-30 MPH in the parking
lot when it's completely empty. To say the least, I was really
surprised. He's clearly having way too much fun.
At one point he had dropped the bike after stopping. He didn't
know what to do to get it started again. I told him to just open
up the throttle a bit and try to start it. Most likely the carb
was flooded with fuel and it just needs some air. Sure enough,
it's starts right up after a second touch of the start button.
Way to go Nu. Now
you just have to get that permit and the license. Then we can
talk about some serious trips.
Written on: July 15, 2007
Last modified: July 15, 2007