I had never seen one these in person until he bought this one. So of course, he had been teasing me for several days that I wouldn't be able to handle the power of the Trail 70.
Yesterday he took me up to see the damn thing. He rolled it out of the shop, fired it up and took a few laps around the parking lot. Then he pulled up next to me, hopped off, and told me to get on. Once on it, I instinctively grabbed for the (non-existent) clutch, only seconds before he pointed out that it's an automatic.
Puzzled, and a bit terrified, I started out across the lot. I didn't quite get the hang of shifting and proceeded to get stuck on the other side of the parking lot from where he was. He came running over, motioning for me to kill it. (Turns out it was stuck between gears.) Once he got it sorted, he told me to get on the back, and we zipped around the lot on it together for a while.
Once parking lot shenanigans grew boring, he took it out to the wooded ATV/dirt bike test drive area behind the shop. The look on his face as he was jumping hills on his new toy was priceless. Then we rode two-up again, this time in the woods. That poor little bike didn't stand a chance of carting both our asses up and over anything, but it gave its all (and I didn't mind being forced to wrap my arms around him, holding on for dear life).
We did have a minor incident as we were leaving the words, though. He had to hop off a curb to get back into the parking lot. Now, keep in mind that riding two-up on this beast is no easy feat. I was precariously perched on my portion of seat, arms wrapped around him, feet dangling in the air off to the side. As we dropped off the curb, the bike took a neat little bounce, and though I struggled to hold on, my ass slid right off the back of the seat. I'm sure it was quite comical, and no doubt captured on the shop's security camera. As I picked myself up off the concrete, he pulled up to a stop a few feet away, and asked why I wasn't holding on tighter.
Less than an hour after becoming acquainted with this cute little bike, I became convinced I need to get one for my kids. I definitely have a new found respect for the Trail 70.