Skip to 4:14 if you just want to see the big reveal!
My Dad has wanted a BMW motorcycle since I was 12. He used to ride before I was born, but had an accident and hasn't been able to bring himself to buy another bike. He would romanticize about the idea every year, but never did it. And then a few years ago, he ran into financial trouble with the real estate collapse, making it even more unlikely. So I knew I had to pull this together for him. My Dad has given me so much, and it was time to give something back.
It was when I was 12, while witnessing the excitement in my Dad's eyes starring at BMW's then top-of-the-line bike in the showroom of a BMW motorcycle dealership in Daytona Beach during Daytona Bike Week 2002 that I decided I was going to buy it for him (if he didn't beat me to it). And I had tried to make it happen almost every Christmas since 2005. But I was never able to pull it together. Finally, in October 2013, I decided that no matter what, Christmas 2013 was the year it was going to happen!
So I set out to accomplish my decade-long mission to buy him the bike that he's wanted for over half my life and get him riding again and back to what he loved to do.
It took me almost 12 years to realize, but surprising him with it made it all worthwhile.
This mission, dubbed "Operation Motorrad," is the culmination of my decade-long goal to buy my Dad a top-of-the-line BMW motorcycle. This video is the HUGE, massively elaborate surprise that involved months of planning and coordination, 4 hidden cameras, many white lies to keep it a secret, satellite imagery, a childhood best friend's parent's garage, 3 videographers, and an endless list of steps that had to go exactly according to plan... and DID!
And in the end, it was all totally worth it. My Dad is finally back on a bike, has since re-taken the MSF's (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) riding training school, regained his confidence riding, and we're planning a 2,000 mile roadtrip together across the US and Canada on both of our bikes in the next few months.
(Should of been mentioned in the video, but the house in the background doesn't belong to my parents. They aren't financially wealthy and were not in a position to purchase this on their own. I'll leave it at that.)