Of Fathers, Sons, and Motorcycles

This is a great video which manages to combine the themes of fathers, sons, motorcycles, and craftsmanship into a montage that is both manly and incredibly touching.

Here’s the creator’s description of the story behind the video:

This is a photo story of my father’s 1958 BMW R50:

Boy meets girl, gets married, buys motorcycle. Rides it for 60,000 miles and has accident when wife is pregnant with 3rd child. (me) Wife orders motorcycle to be taken off road until all her children are grown and on their own. One day when bike is moved to a different storage location, son sits on bike and dreams of being a Jedi Master like his father. Couple grows old together and bike is not ridden for 40 years. Husband is now a grandfather of 7 and married for 50 years, when he dies of a stroke at age 71.

Son looks over the old rotting machine and finds note attached to it from his father to him. Son decides to restore the old 1958 BMW R-50 as a tribute to his father. With the help of many friends, especially Peter Nettesheim, world renowned BMW collector, bike is restored to look even better than it did when it was built in Germany.

Hat tip to Jeff A. for this link.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Blaine March 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This video will draw up feelings from any man. What a great reason to complete such a project. My dad and I like helicopters, so I have feeling I won’t be finding an old helo sitting in his garage some day.

Mark March 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm


A1C Wilson March 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

If you want more about fathers, sons and motorcycles get yourself a copy of “Big Sid’s Vincati” by Matthew Biberman. I’ve met Big Sid and his son Matthew in person a few times and if you love motorcycles or father/son stories at all, you will love and cherish this books. Do yourself a favor and get a copy:


Richard Carmichael March 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

There are many Dads among us who understand this. Not much more needs to be said—except that if you have not manifested your motorcycle adventure dreams into reality yet, what are you waiting for?

There is an entire generation of sons and daughters who are counting on you!

Kevin March 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I guess no such post would be complete without a comment mentioning ‘Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’. Some love it and others don’t see what the big deal is. Either way, I think every man should read it at least once.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Spencer March 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Great video! I can’t wait to pass on my first motorcycle to my son. Babied the thing for 11 years now (what’s another 15 1/2 years)? Plus, at the rate I’m going, he’ll probably be helping me restore my ’66 Triumph Bonneville.

Xaq Fixx March 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82iVMONcwss < Another heartwarming bike rebuild by sons for their a dad, his old Norton Commando.

When I moved out and went to college out of state I rebuilt a WWII rifle for my dad with the help of my Godfather and a few of his old air crew buddies from his Air Force days. Those guys were in many ways closer than my real extended family.

I am currently working on my dad's '72 Honda CB175 which has been sitting in a barn for the last 30 years. Not a restore though, more a customization (Cafe Rat). He has asked for first right of refusal if I decide to sell it for a bigger bike.

Matthew Biberman March 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

Nice post and thanks to the reader for recommending my book Big Sid’s Vincati.

Howie March 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

When I was 8 or 9 my dad sold his dream bike (the one bike he owned that he never took a trip on) so that he could buy a boat. A boat was much more practical; it could be enjoyed as a family. Him and my mom just didn’t take trips without us kids so the bike was hardly used. We spent lots of time on fishing trips, waterskiing etc. in that boat. Every year we take a week-long trip to a lakeside cabin, all of us, now including my wife & kids. I’ve always respected my parents for the sacrifices they made for us, especially giving up the cycle. So this last year for christmas I bought my dad back an identical motorcycle to the one he sold and he was thrilled. Can’t wait for the snow to disappear so he can take it on a trip finally. He had been talking about it for a while but never actually did it and I decided it was time before it was too late.

KD RockDaddy Blew March 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Just watched this with my 26 yr old daughter and we both loved it!. Her husband has my old ’82 Honda Magna and he is rejuvenating it while attending aviation mechanic school. When we got to the vintage wooden toolbox with the family pictures, we both got misty eyed.

James Elliott April 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Loved it…..I miss my dad.

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