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Bikes of Japan

Post by BillWest » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:32 pm

Boxer sent a photo from Japan.

His quote:

"I know there are some who are not fans of Honda but this is a bit harsh."
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Bikes of Japan

Post by BillWest » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:48 am

From Boxer:

In the beginning there was the Z1 900. A mint condition example on display at the Kawasaki corporate museum in Kobe Japan.
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by BillWest » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:39 am

Cut-away of the mighty Z1 engine:
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:28 am

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Does anyone recognise this bike (JohnM?)?

I discovered it (and others) in a dusty little bike repair/engineering shop in Ueno, Tokyo Japan:
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Honda racing bike - Ueno Japan
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:33 pm

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Of all the bikes I saw in Japan, this was amongst the more interesting design feature of the positioning the headlight:
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interesting headlight idea
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:40 pm

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Here's the coppers in Tokyo doing what cops do all over the world:

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motorbike copper on duty in Tokyo.
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by KURODORI » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:41 am

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Looks like he's just stopped to have a chat with the dude on the CB1100. Note the cop's got a CB1300S ... nice choice. Wish I could fine a good one of those here.
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by KURODORI » Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:42 am

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Ooops !! "wish I could FIND a good one of those..."
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:12 pm

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This splendid Honda specimen seen in Tanabe Japan.

The rider was as proud as a new dad about his ride:
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Honda, Tanabe Japan
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I don't think he takes it to this workshop, just around the corner from where we met:
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Honda shop, Tanabe Japan
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Honda shop, Tanabe Japan
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by KURODORI » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:17 pm

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Oops again. :oops:
I've been reliably informed that the "CB1100" above is in fact a Yamaha SR400. Yet another sign that my specs need updating!
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:18 pm

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More snaps from the vault:
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Tanabe chain maintenance 1
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Tanabe chain maintenance 2
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I came across this guy cleaning his already pristine chain on what I thought he said was an FJR 1300, though now I'm not too sure.
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This beemer was lost and alone in a side street of Tanabe, note the rust - oh well.




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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:22 pm

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This tired looking FJR was also lost alone in a back street of Tanabe:
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Tanabe FJR
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Plato » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:39 pm

My thoughts are that it is an XJR1300, not an FJR.
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:26 am

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Plato,

Thanks, my typo, yes it's an XJR.

Here's the other snap I previously deemed unfit for publication:
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Tanabe XJR
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:48 am

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In case you were wondering, yes, there are a few Harley's getting around in Japan:
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Harley Osaka Japan
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Plato » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:12 pm

Boxer wrote:.

BTW, is "Plato" a brand of dish washing liquid?
Only if you think so.

It could also be this.
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:18 pm

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This is what the H2 (Mach IV) 750 Kawasaki looked like brand new in 1974.

Again a specimen held in the Kawasaki corporate museum in Kobe, Japan:
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H2 (Mach IV) 750 Kawasaki
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by KURODORI » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:09 am

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The physical manifestation of evil. Did you ever ride one? If you look very closely you'll see that the chassis is made of bubble gum. :twisted:
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:41 pm

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黒鳥,

No, I didn’t have the street smarts, money or Charles Bronson like Death Wish when I was 20 something to get my hands on one of these.

The double down tube frame looks woefully under engineered for claimed output of 74hp @ 6,800rpm and a top speed of 120mph; any bike with a steering damper has to be suss.

Motorcycle Classics (http://www.motorcycleclassics.com) describe them as “fast, loud, rude and a little unstable”; one could add smokey to the list of characteristics. Rumour has it that JohnG had one.

There was a cafe in Beverley across the road from the still present cafe that had faded fly spotted photos of (amongst other things) a rider on one of these wheel standing up and down the main street.



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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:17 am

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This "cute" cafe racer style Yamaha seen in Kobe.

I'm not sure if it's available in Australia: anyone seen an example in Oz?
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Kobe Yamaha
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:20 am

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I came across this guy in Hiroshima (and no, he didn’t glow in the dark) on a Saturday morning. He and his wife lived probably 30 metres around the corner from where we were staying.

He was wheeling his big BMW tourer in his smallish open air garage space below his apartment accommodation. We had a brief conversation and he was happy for me to take a photo or two. He also had a W650 Kawasaki but if you look closely you can see a modified label on the side cover that reads “Yamasaki” and a Yamaha badge on the tank. Go figure. The other bike looks like a Vulcan or similar.

He uses a spiked rubber/plastic mat on the seat and tank, probably to keep marauding cats off the bikes. Good work.

The next morning we happened to be on the street and met his wife. She told us he’d gone for a ride on his BMW with his mates; she was at home alone watering the pot plants. Just goes to show….

My new best friend BMW rider in Hiroshima Japan
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Hiroshima Japan 1
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"Yamasaki"
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Hiroshima Japan 2
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Vulcan? Note anti cat measures
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:41 am

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I noticed a few bikes chopped for style, just because they can and presumably legal:
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Modified run about in a city location Tokyo
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Modified run about in a city location Tokyo
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Modified run about at the beach
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:38 pm

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Just to show Japan has it's fair share of run of the mill, hard working, everyday motorcycles:

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Everyday commuter
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Note the as yet unshaped front PR4
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A little more flash
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:41 pm

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Parked in a public place with helmet and gloves left unattended - honest Japan
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Most bikes are left in parks, on footpaths and generally anywhere the rider can find unchained.
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:47 pm

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Just coz I can, see the way cars are parked when space is a premium.

You wouldn't want to own the car on top when the bloke who owns the car on the bottom goes on holidays to Australia for three weeks:
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Car parking in Japan
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