(Not Quite) Blood And Thunder, Charisma Surya And His Old Man’s Outing

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One of the infectious feels when riding a bike are freedom. With engine’s grunt that following our right hand’s command, it seems we’re released from any pressure of our life. Either from our boss endlessly commands, the agitated & jittery from life’s pressure that begging for released… Everything drifted by the nature soothing sounds & our bike rumble…

Maybe because how we look motorcycle riding as a sacred act, some of its worshiper aren’t keen for sharing it with anyone that didn’t devote with its glorification, even with our close friend or relatives…

…Except for our resident Striders, Aris. If many riders reluctant to bring their family riding together, Aris think otherwise. Let’s hear (their) stories…

Salah satu perasaan paling membius dalam mengendarai motor, adalah kebebasan. Bersama lecutan mesin yang mengikuti perintah tangan kanan, kita seakan terlepas akan segala tekanan kehidupan, entah ocehan bos di kantor, penat & gelisah yang meletup-letup meminta dimuntahkan…Semuanya terhanyut oleh suara alam & knalpot yang menderu…

Mungkin karena itulah, kegiatan riding bagi rider terasa suci, membuat para pemujanya enggan untuk berbagi dengan orang-orang lain yang tidak sama intimnya dalam pemujaanya, sekalipun itu teman terdekat ataupun keluarga….

…Except for our resident Striders, Aris. Jika banyak rider lain malas mengajak keluarganya berlari bersama, Aris malah berpikir sebaliknya. Let’s hear (their) stories…

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If on Saturday morning our door was pounded by your father, perhaps some men will be shocked and immediately hide their “boys thing“, it’s the Colonel unannounced inspections, cadet!

Nah, for me, it was the call for the great experience. This Saturday was the day that I had dreamed since I first twisting the throttle: Riding with my father, together with our respective partner!

Jika di Sabtu pagi hari pintu rumah digedor oleh bapak anda, mungkin bagi sebagian laki-laki akan langsung kaget & segera menyembunyikan beragam “boys thing”, inspeksi mendadak kapten!

Namun, saya justru malah tidak sabar, karena Sabtu ini, salah satu hal yang saya sudah idam-idamkan sejak mengenal dunia motor akan dimulai: Riding bersama Bapak, together with our respective partner!

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Yeah, after an exhaustive persuasion to Big Boss (and of course, HIS Big Boss, Mom) for about two months, Dad eventually became the owner of this Suzuki Inazuma 250.

This Pearl Nebular Black-colored GSR250 which I named “Percy” (taken from Perseus Jackson, son of Poseidon who stole Zeus’s Master Bolt) chosen because it was the only bike that made ​​my father feels passionate for remembering his reckless & adventurous youth with the motorcycle. After all, I can’t imagine my father ride a Satria FU…

The result? Take a look, now he looks damn great and energetic! Looks at his impatiently excited face for exploring Indonesia nature as teenagers who had successfully registering a motorcycle license. Then, where was the chosen route for our inaugural riding session? What if the beautiful mountain road of West Java that full of fun & challenging twists like Pangalengan?

Yeah, setelah usaha bujuk-membujuk dengan Big Boss (dan tentunya, his Big Boss, Ibu) selama 2 bulan, akhirnya bapak saya menjadi pemilik Suzuki Inazuma 250.

GSR250 berwarna Pearl Nebular Black yang saya beri nama “Percy” (anak Poseidon yang mencuri petir milik Zeus) dipilih karena itu satu-satunya motor yang membuat bapak saya “bernafsu” mengingat masa-masa mudanya bersama motor, lagipula tidak terbayang bapak saya mengendarai Satria FU…

The result? He looks damn great & energetic! Lihat wajah bersemangatnya yang tidak sabar menjelajah alam Indonesia layaknya remaja yang baru sukses memiliki SIM C. Rute yang kami pilih untuk sesi perdana kita? Bagaimana kalau rute pegunungan khas Jawa Barat yang indah & penuh tikungan menyenangkan seperti, Pangalengan?

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Since this was Dad’s first session of spirited riding, Me & Ruby led in front, showing (or precisely, to remind Dad back) of safe & efficient riding line & tempo. I feared, his enthusiasm isn’t balanced with his ability…

Although sometimes, I let Dad taking lead, and the funny thing is, he actually twisted Percy’s throttle pretty wild, hungry for its twin-cylinder engine’s torque surge… Pah, so much with “Be careful Aa…

Berhubung ini sesi spirited riding pertama Bapak, saya & Ruby memimpin didepan, memperlihatkan (atau lebih tepatnya, mengingatkan Bapak kembali) akan tempo & line riding yang aman. Takutnya, antusiasme Bapak tidak seimbang dengan kemampuannya…

Meski terkadang Bapak saya persilahkan memimpin. Dan lucunya, dia malah memacu Percy cukup buas, haus akan tonjokan torsi twin-cylindernya…So much with “Hati-hati ya Aa”

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Well, one of my alibi to Dad for “proposing” Percy, was its engine trait that matches Dad, who used to drive car with adequate torque at lower and middle rpm ranges. Blip its throttle and zing…They gone.

But Dad & Percy, more enjoyable sessions soon will arrive…

Ya, salah satu alibi saya akan Bapak untuk meminang Percy, adalah karakter mesinnya yang cocok dengan Bapak, yang terbiasa mengendarai mobil dengan torsi melimpah di rpm bawah & tengah. Blip the throttle and zing…They gone.

Tapi Bapak & Percy, sesi yang lebih menyenangkan akan segera tiba…

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Yeah, the juiciest part from West Java roads, especially on the mountain area are those challenging curves awaited to be conquered by riders. In this section, Dad aware with his skills and finally play “politely” with Percy, because he hadn’t been accustomed to Percy handling that didn’t agile such as Ruby.

In this moment, I want to guide to Dad how to taking the line, judging the throttle and how to scan the road effectively, especially in recent years, West Java roads frequently…

Yeah, bagian terbaik dari jalanan Jawa Barat, terutama area pegunungannya adalah tikungan-tikungan yang menunggu ditaklukan para penikmatnya. Dan, di bagian ini pula akhirnya Bapak lebih “sopan” bermain bersama Percy, karena belum terbiasa akan handling Percy yang tidak selincah Ruby misalnya.

Salah satu bagian yang ingin saya ajarkan kepada Bapak, adalah bagaimana mengambil line, throttling & scanning jalan raya, apalagi di Jawa Barat belakangan ini, makin sering terjadi…

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…Those traffic accidents because, umm, many people got too much enthusiasm for tackling the corners. Fortunately, though he isn’t fond for sudden engine braking (he fears it will damaging Percy’s engine), Dad wasn’t afraid for hard-braking, perhaps he accustomed with Jakarta chaotic roads and its brutal residents…

…Kecelakaan lalu-lintas karena, umm, banyak yang sama, bahkan lebih antusias dari Bapak dalam spirited riding. Untungnya, meski tidak suka engine brake mendadak (beliau bilang takut merusak mesin), Bapak tidak canggung dalam mengerem mendadak, mungkin karena kebiasaan di jalanan serta pengendara di Jakarta yang chaos…

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I still remember our conversation after helping this poor teenager;

Dad: “Fortunately, Suzuki Inazuma got pair of good brakes, how ’bout another Suzuki products Aa?”
Me: “…Not bad, such as Hayabusa, want to test riding it Dad?”
Dad: “…Uhh, even its name sounded threatening, I’ll stick with Inazuma”

Saya masih ingat percakapan saya bersama Bapak setelah menolong remaja malang ini ;

Bapak : “Untung Suzuki pasang rem bagus di Inazuma, kalau produk Suzuki lain bagaimana A?”
Saya : “…Lumayan, seperti Hayabusa, mau coba Pak?”
Bapak : “…Uhh, namanya mengancam, I’ll stick with Inazuma”

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Finally, we hitting our first target after (fairly) hassles for chasing Dad (well, he still got “it”), Cileunca. One of interesting spots in these artificial lake that covering 1,400 hectares (yeah, I did my homework) are: Bridge of Love.

Apparently, these bridge (which was I intentionally not shoot because I swear it will being one of spots for my pre-wedding photo session hahaha!) aptly named because it connected two villages, and being silent witness for Sundanese teenager romance… Maybe there was video with name “Main_di_Jembatan_Cinta.3gp” appeared on the internet?

Akhirnya, tiba spot pertama saya setelah (cukup) kerepotan mengejar Bapak (well, he still got “it”), Situ Cileunca. Salah satu objek menarik di danau buatan seluas 1.400 hektar (yeah, I do my homework) ini adalah : Jembatan Cinta.

Rupanya, jembatan (yang sengaja tidak saya foto, karena saya bersumpah baru memotret jembatan itu untuk sesi bersama pacar saya hahaha!) ini dinamakan demikian karena menjadi penghubung dua desa, dan menjadi saksi bisu romansa remaja Sunda…Mungkin pernah muncul video “Main_di_Jembatan_Cinta.3gp”?

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Then I asked Dad: “Do you got stories on this bridge Dad?“. He simply smirked while stroking his fabulous mustache, showed that Sundanese male charm (at his time, of course) located above and behind the lips, not a row of precious stones in the fingers. Yeah, I got what you mean Dad…

…And he said: “This situ (lake) called Cileunca because initially many of Leunca (garden huckleberry) trees when it built in 1918

Hearing the name of plant that known as part of the Sundanese lalap (salad?) holy trinity, together with Lemon Basil & Cucumber, me and Dad staring each other with same expression :

We’re hungry.

Saya lalu bertanya pada Bapak : “Pernah ada kisah di Jembatan ini Pak?”. Bapak hanya tersenyum sembari mengelus-elus kumisnya, memperlihatkan bahwa pesona pria Sunda (pada zaman Bapak) terletak diatas & dibalik bibir, bukan deretan batu mulia di jemari. Yeah, I got what you mean Dad…

…Dan bapak berkata : “Situ (danau) ini dinamakan Cileunca karena dulu banyak pohon Leunca (Ranti) saat dibangun di tahun 1918″

Mendengar nama tumbuhan yang dikenal sebagai salah satu trinitas lalap Sunda bersama Kemangi & Timun itu, saya & Bapak saling bertatap dengan ekspresi yang sama :

Kami lapar.

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After getting adjusted with Percy on various corners, finally Dad able to exploring Percy character, and we are able to run with similar tempo and line, enjoying corners to corners with endless view of tea plantations, God bless those feeling…

Setelah menyesuaikan diri dengan Percy dalam beragam tikungan, akhirnya Bapak dapat menyelami karakter tunggangannya, dan akhirnya kami dapat berlari dengan tempo & line yang sama, menikmati tikungan-tikungan dengan pemandangan hamparan kebun teh, those feels…

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…Err, I was mistaken: Dad suddenly increased tempo because our goal was same: Looking for nearby Sundanese restaurant. Well, even the desire for enjoying white rice, fresh vegetables with traditional sauce and hot tea are able to beat the strength of 300cc bore-up kit…

…Err, saya ralat : Tempo Bapak meningkat karena tujuan kami sama : Mencari warung makan Sunda terdekat. Keinginan segera menikmati nasi putih, lalapan dengan sambal & teh hangat memang bisa mengalahkan bore-up kit 300cc…

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Here comes the suspect! Sorry I ain’t good with #foodporn style, as this photo was my first food pics (didn’t believe? Please visit my instagram account #selfpromoting). Unfortunately, its lalap not have been harvested…

Never mind, infectious scent from fried village chicken and hot tea are more than enough for making us forget how delicious meal at home. (But your cooking remains the best Mom!)

Here comes the suspect! Mohon maaf saya kurang lihai dalam aliran #foodporn, karena ini foto makanan pertama saya (tidak percaya, silahkan kunjungi akun instagram saya #selfpromoting). Sayang, lalapnya belum dipanen.

Tak apa, harumnya ayam goreng kampung serta teh hangat sudah lebih dari cukup untuk lupa enaknya makan di rumah. (Tapi masakan Ibu tetap yang terbaik!)

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For those who still getting skeptical about where the fun element of riding together with parents, maybe my experience may being its antidote : Thanks with this riding session, the gap that formed and restricted me & Dad relationship getting thinned. Discussion with topics we’ve never talked about before such as building our future, career & business, household and other “adult” topics are discussed easily.

Like a pair of friends? Hmm, maybe “In equal terms” are more appropriate. Although instinct of a father who always let his child “view wider & longer” as when he carrying me on his shoulders while walking around city still exist:

“Hmm… What a tempting meal, but it could be trash Chef Juna food. Aa, try eating on the balcony behind me”

… Guess what?

Bagi yang masih skeptis dimana menariknya riding bersama orang-tua, mungkin pengalaman saya bisa menjadi penawarnya : Berkat riding bersama, gap yang terbentuk berlapis-lapis yang membatasi saya & Bapak mulai menipis. Obrolan-obrolan dengan topik seperti membangun masa depan, karir & bisnis, rumah-tangga & topik-topik lainnya yang belum pernah kami bicarakan sebelumnya.

Layaknya sepasang sahabat? Hmm, mungkin istilah “In equal terms” lebih tepat. Meskipun insting seorang bapak yang selalu mempersilahkan anaknya “melihat lebih” seperti saat Bapak menggendong saya di pundaknya saat berkeliling kota tetap ada :

“Hmm…Hidangan yang menggugah selera, namun bisa lebih galak. Coba Aa makannya di belakang”

…Guess what?

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What. An. Epic. Lunch.

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Yes, perhaps Dad aren’t the best accompanying rider for my riding style, Percy also aren’t the best partner-in-crime for making Ruby shows its crimson fangs (dunno with another rider), but the moments where I ran together with a man I admire, who always reminded about how man attitude, who always believed that his son can do the best…

Those are the moments I cherished most… One of highlight on my riding life? Absolutely!

Ya, mungkin Bapak bukanlah rider terbaik dalam menemani saya riding, Percy juga bukan partner-in-crime untuk mengeluarkan taring Ruby (dunno with another rider), tetapi momen-momen dimana saya berlari bersama lelaki yang saya idolakan, yang selalu mengingatkan bagaimana seorang lelaki bersikap, yang selalu percaya bahwa anaknya dapat melakukan yang terbaik…

Those are the moments I cherished most…Salah satu highlight dalam kehidupan riding saya? Absolutely!

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So, that’s our story folks! For those who are planning to invite their parents for riding together, I admit : It was difficult! However, if the plan getting successful, I’m sure it will be an enlightening experience, even if the route aren’t long enough or not with amazing speed.

And of course, this was the beginning chapter of my riding session with Dad. Thanks Shootupnride.com for (always) being the output for my motorcycle story! Have a good day! #bestfatherareriders

So, that’s our story folks! Bagi yang berencana mengajak orang-tua untuk riding bersama, saya akui : Sulit! Namun, jika berhasil, saya yakin pasti akan menjadi pengalaman yang mencerahkan, sekalipun rutenya tidak panjang ataupun tidak dengan kecepatan yang mengagumkan.

Dan tentu saja, ini barulah chapter awal dari kegiatan riding saya & Bapak. Thanks Shootupnride.com for (always) being the output for my motorcycle story! Good night! #bestfatherareriders

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9 Comments

  1. Woooww… akhirnya setelah sekian lama saya menunggu keluar juga cerita ini. Thanks shootup n ride and reyhan for write down this story. Mudah2an bisa sedikit memberikan influence buat para striders yg lain. :)

  2. Nice story bro. :)
    Saya jadi pngen ngrasain juga riding sama idola hidup. tapi beliau sudah beranjak tua. Kalo riding bareng sunday ride kadang2 sama adek aja.

  3. Yes its interesting story.. Its talk about friendship between fathers and son. Its the journey to closer and understanding each others.. Thanks Son..

  4. Oh jadi Inazuma dengan stiker RCM itu bapaknya Mas Aris toh…

  5. nothing cooler than this, i guess this is the coolest writings within this website so far…….

    jadi inget dulu dibonceng bokap tigaan bareng adek ke sekolah naik Altia, well it wasn’t a real “father-son tandem riding” but i am first introduced to the world of bikes by….dunno if he aware or not….by my father, and Altia of course, though the first one that taught me how to handle a bike was my father’s twin siblings.

    *dan benar, menyerahkan motor sendiri ke orang lain rasanya seperti….it sucks. Altia has been borrowed by my cousin for two weeks, and i spent a huge amount of time thinking about how he ride it, is it proper or not. Just this afternoon, i see him underrevving it like an old man, damn -_-

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