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Old 08-03-2010, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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good bike for bad knees?

So I have been looking around for a bit for a good bike for my dad. He's in his upper 50'z and has 2 bad knees. They have both been replaced and weren't done right. Since I got my cycle endorsement and got a bike or 2 of my own dads really motivated to ride. I don't think its the best idea but, he is getting up and age and his health isn't getting any better so why not let the old guy get back on 2 wheels. He really really wants a goldwing. Not a brand new one he would be happy with a late 70's model but I'm afraid he won't be able to hold it up.

So really would there be any good bike out there for him? I'm looking at cruisers, but he has mentioned taking my street triple out for a spin. But with that bike I'm afraid he's going to have a heart attack again! Lol. So any advice. He's about 5'8 (he lost 2 inches when he had his knees replaced) about 250 pounds.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How about a America. Not to heavy. Can stretch your legs out when cruising down the road. Put a cobin with a backrest and you have a very comfortable, capable bike.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd encourage your dad to try your Street Triple: it's light and agile with a comfortable riding position and, although it's quick, will stop on a sixpence so he should not have too many problems adjusting to it. Then he'll have a good benchmark to judge other rides.

I don't think a cruiser, such a the America, would be very comfortable for your dad: it's substantially heavier than a standard Bonnie and I've heard from several older riders that cruisers' riding position with arms stretched out are not kind to their backs.

A Bonnie will have a comfortable riding position and would be considerably lighter than the America, although a T100 or older standard example with a greater peg to saddle distance than the recent mag wheel versions would be better for his knees.

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Old 08-03-2010, 10:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The America/Speedmaster may not be bad, but the biggest drawback would be the heavier weight. The handlebars can be changed/moved around for comfort while the forward controls will allow him to stretch out his legs.

The Bonnie may also be a good choice due to the standard sitting position, peg location, and lighter weight.

Have your dad sit on a few bikes and try them out. If he prefers the forward pegs but the bike is still too heavy, this may sound like blasphemy, but he can look at a smaller lighter cruiser, maybe something in the 450cc size?
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I'd stay away from the Goldwing if both knees are bad. Once you set it down it's going to be tough picking it back up

My America isn't really that heavy- I think 550 lbs, and a low center of gravity. The riding position is great for me as I had back surgery last year and I can kick back on it or lean forward for more aggressive stance.
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Sounds like an opportunity for some good old fashioned father-son quality time together. For what it's worth, I'd recommend you take your Dad to some local dealerships on a Saturday for some test rides, to see what he really feels comfortable with. He may want to try out some standard/mid-control motorcycles, as well as some of the others to make an informed decision. BTW, It's pretty great that you're helping your Dad. Good luck.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Jim, I don't think the street is the bike for my dad. I had a 72 suzuki TS 250 when I was 16-18 and I loved the bike. I let dad ride it one day in the back yard. He got comfortable on it, alittle to comfortable on it. He came out of the field kicked it down a gear and the rear end steped out on him and the was the last time he touched the bike. Lol. About the same with my 660 yamaha raptor. He made it 10 feel once the front suspension unloaded he said he was done. To much power for him. Lol

I think the smaller bikes would be better for him and everyone seemed to agree. I just couldent see him trying to hold up a bike that weighs 1000 lbs.

I do want to get him a bike he will be comfortable on, but as with everyone funds are limited so I. Am thinking about selling a car (I have a few) and the 01 sprint. I think that's the least I could do. I see kids these days who's parents have bent over backwards for to raise them and the kids treat them like crap. And I think its time to pay my parents back for all the work they have done to raise me. If it wasn't for them I wouldent be where I'm at today.
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Something with 3 wheels.
Yep, a bike with a side-car would be the best bet.
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