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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:57 pm

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Thanks to all those who've expressed their appreciation at the posts of the bikes of Japan. I found it fascinating to see and watch the variety and “art” of bikes on the roads in the Land of the Rising Sun; the place that makes the bikes we (most of us) ride in Oz.

This one’s for Mark Johnston and the fearless riders of the Armadale branch.

On the tourist trail in fast-paced Japan (Asakusa from memory) I found myself in one of the country’s famous shopping streets. These streets are where locals shop and you get to see likes of grocers, fishmongers and traditional artisans and so on. Shopping streets are nearly always built as a long avenue with side streets and alleyways. At an intersection of an avenue and side street was parked this much adorned Goldwing:
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Goldwing in downtown Asakusa?
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A closer look
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Goldwing in downtown Asakusa?
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Goldwing in downtown Asakusa?
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:06 pm

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Not far away was this mini chopper.

No front guard (does it rain in Japan?), front right mirror located located on forks, huge front brake, good sized engine in smallish frame, single seater, etc, etc
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:21 am

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Ueno is suburb/district of Tokyo that has a concentration of bike repair, accessory and dealership shops. Here are some snaps taken in a few of these places:

Kawasaki Ninja in a workshop in Ueno, Tokyo with radar detected fitted - what's the problem?, the Japanese see these things as a road safety device in the same category as a GPS
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Ninja with radar detector fitted
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A ZRX seen at a dealership in Ueno Tokyo:
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ZRX Japan
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A workshop in Ueno, Tokyo - note the disassembled Honda:
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Bike workshop, Ueno, Tokyo
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:25 am

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Bike dealership, Ueno, Tokyo Japan:
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bike dealership - Ueno, Tokyo
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A customised Hyabusa outside the above dealership, I'm left wondering how much he/she got for the customised paintjob:
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Hyabusa, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:19 pm

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More in this occassional series:

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

There I was, on the other side of a busy roadway bridge in Tokyo and I was about to make a late detour to after a long and tiring day walking around Japan to a dusty ram shackle motorcycle repair workshop.

As described, a pokey little shop with an eccentric owner and some gems gathering dust under covers; particularly a Z900 Kawasaki.

Anyway, I beelined to the workshop and forgot about the next Shinto shrine.

The eccentric owner was outside and said in his broken English he was working on his car, a small van of the type very common in Japan – you can see this n the first pic.

He appeared unsure what I wanted, but being a non Japanese speaking foreigner he nonetheless ushered me into the workshop.

He had a bike stripped down to the crankcase and frame and said he was doing a full rebuild and frame repair – this can be seen one of the pics

Then I spied the rear wheel of a smallish racing bike under cover.

I asked him what it was and he kindly removed the cover.

By this time I had my phone out to establish my bona fides by showing him photos of my 1400 and other bikes in the forecourt of the Grass Patch tavern/café from a recent run to Esperance and back.

He was mightily impressed with the group of some 10 or so bikes, all being big road bikes.

Anyway, just at that point a paying customer came in, he attended to the customer outside of the shop leaving me to my own devices.

I then turned the covers off a fantastic Z900 Kawasaki, I couldn’t believe my eyes, it is in terrific shape.

The Japanese government have laws about how long a vehicle can be kept on the road (pollution, etc) and a punitive insurance regime for older vehicles, so it makes it very difficult for a bike made in the early 70s to be ridden on the road in Japan these days.

I asked him if I could take some pics, he was more than happy and even posed and hammed it up before he was called away.

A bike shop on a corner in old Tokyo town: note the 1200 BMW in for repairs
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A bike shop on a corner in old Tokyo town.
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A Honda road/racing bike of some description
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A Honda road/racing bike of some description
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Workshop proprietor - I never did get to learn his name
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Workshop proprietor - Tokyo
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:28 pm

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Collection of bikes in the workshop - Tokyo, Japan.
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Collection of bikes in the workshop - Tokyo, Japan
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Bike stripped down and under repair - Bill, this is how they do it in Japan
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Bike stripped down and under repair - Bill, this is how they do it in Japan
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A nice Z900 under repair. Note the non original pipes, wheels, etc, etc, but still in excellent shape
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A nice Z900 awaiting parts and repair
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:32 pm

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Another view of the Z900
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Another view of the Z900
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Again, another view of the Z900
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Again, another view of the Z900
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:33 pm

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Smokey and the Bandit – here’s some for the strokers.

Where there’s smoke there’s a two stroke motorcycle. For those who have fond memories of the blue haze and the smell of unburnt fuel.

I rode two strokes when I was a kid that’s why I never smoked cigarettes; my lungs had had enough smoke by the time I was licensed.

Two strokes? Not for me, I can’t afford the dry cleaning.

Motorcycling is the ability to ride a two stroke without having to wash your hands.

I thought of riding a two stroke but didn’t want to move to a narrower power band.

You can always tell when someone is a hardened world wise biker, their bike looks just like yours.

My first bike was a two stroke, that's where I learned personal hygiene– washing the oil of my face and hands.


the KR500 story in the Kawasaki corporate museum
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Kawasaki two stroke story
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the KR500 four square engine
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four square KR500
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four square KR500
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Re: Bikes of Japan

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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by BillWest » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:50 am

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Smokey and the Bandit – here’s some for the strokers.

Where there’s smoke there’s a two stroke motorcycle. For those who have fond memories of the blue haze and the smell of unburnt fuel.

I rode two strokes when I was a kid that’s why I never smoked cigarettes; my lungs had had enough smoke by the time I was licensed.

Two strokes? Not for me, I can’t afford the dry cleaning.

Motorcycling is the ability to ride a two stroke without having to wash your hands.

I thought of riding a two stroke but didn’t want to move to a narrower power band.

You can always tell when someone is a hardened world wise biker, their bike looks just like yours.

My first bike was a two stroke, that's where I learned personal hygiene– washing the oil of my face and hands.


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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:15 am

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Dear Reader,

The last snaps on the end of the camera roll.

Odds and ends taken in and around Tokyo.

Thanks for looking into this thread from time to time.

Ciao
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:22 am

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Except that . . . for those who rail (excuse the pun) against the intrusion of the State into everyday life . . . . .

For your amusement and edification . . . the Osaka train station Cigarette Police.

Don't even think of firing up a durry because these boys will be onto you quicker than you can say Peter Stuyvesant:
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Osaka cigarette police - on the case.
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Osaka cigarette police - sniffing out the faggers!
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Smoking in a train precinct in Japan attracts a fine of about $100AU, so these guys wield real power.




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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by KURODORI » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:44 pm

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Nice to see the humble CB400 get a look in there, Boxer! Beaut colour scheme too!
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by KURODORI » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:47 pm

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Oh ... and BTW, many origatoo gozaimasu for what has been a fascinating topic! As they day in Nippon, "Rippa-desu!"
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Re: Bikes of Japan

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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:33 am

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When too much motorcycling is barely enough!

This pic from Glennson who is slumming it skiing in Nozawa Onsen in Japan.

How do you navigate snow covered mountain paths on your bike in Japan?

With the help of a snow chain of course 😊

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Yamaha with snow chains
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:12 pm

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Young Glenn, the brave Honda riding adventurer has embarked on a skiing trip to Japan.

These snaps are from Glenn’s heroic actions in Tokyo.


I'd wager this guy gives better customer service than your average bike shop assistant in Perth:
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Bike accessory shop - Tokyo
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Yamaha Drag Star readied for service
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Drag Star in bike workshop - Tokyo
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Hard working cop on the beat in Tokyo keeping the traffic in a straight line at the lights - a small Honda by the looks
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Cop on the beat - Tokyo
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Re: Bikes of Japan

Post by Boxer » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:53 am

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More dispatches from Glenn, Perth Branch international man of mystery in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan Post bike on the beat (or, is that a pizza selivery bike?):
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postie bike tokyo
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Young Japanese lad (yeah, right) returning to base after a delivery on his ute bike. These could come in handy when one reaches the point of not being able to throw the leg over . . . a bike:
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