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Old 12-23-2010, 09:27 PM   #16
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I name all my bikes...My airhead, (R80 G/S), is called Paris. 'Nuff said.

Good luck with the V-Rod. Luv em! Good mate here bought one just last week.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:48 PM   #17
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A motorcycle with a radiator is like a mule with a spinning wheel...

JK enjoy the bike, are there places in japan to get past 3rd gear?? : )
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:44 AM   #18
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are there places in japan to get past 3rd gear?? : )
Not that many, actually. Surface roads are narrow, crowded, and have way too many stoplights. Especially in the Tokyo/Yokohama metropolitan area where I live. Over the course of a few trips I calculated an average speed made good of 12kph.

Expressways are not only rigorously patrolled and monitored, but uber-expensive, even with the weekend half price discount if you have the electronic toll collection system. No discount for cash. If you go over 30kph past the limit, you're gambling with your license for a month or so. More than 50kph over, you are pretty much toast, HUGE fine and losing your license for a year. Speaking of expressway speed limits, 80kph in metro areas, 100kph in the countryside.

In the summer months, there is a mass exodus of Japanese motorcyclists to the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Low population density, lots of long straight roads. Kind of a pseudo-US, if you will. The place has a bunch of cheap lodgings specifically designed for motorcyclists, frequently offering inside parking for the bikes.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:35 AM   #19
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wow.

That must explain the arty aspect of custom motorcycle design in Japan?? from the super cool Ritmo Sereno airheads to the very cool minimalistic hipster HD bobber scene.
I'm a big fan of both.
Concept vs. Reality. Design over Function.
Visceral.
Cool.
Would be nice to crank them up though..
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:35 PM   #20
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If you go over 30kph past the limit, you're gambling with your license for a month or so. More than 50kph over, you are pretty much toast, HUGE fine and losing your license for a year. Speaking of expressway speed limits, 80kph in metro areas, 100kph in the countryside.

Welcome to Australia! Except here, you lose your bike as well. Arseholes!
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:13 PM   #21
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Here she is, folks! Safely delivered to my grubby little hands.

Since several kilometers of bureacratic red tape and recent surgery have so far precluded me from obtaining a Japanese motorcycle license, I had a friend ferry it over from the PO's house last night. Interestingly, the PO lives less than ten minutes away from me, yet it took my friend over an hour to make it back. Gee, I wonder why...









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Old 12-26-2010, 09:02 PM   #22
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Super sweet.

I like the 4 digit license plate.

Maybe your friend stopped to change the oil? Give it a bath?
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:21 AM   #23
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Looks like the one that my brother had except for the solid wheels, I don't remember seeing those. They are unique looking bikes, too bad they aren't more popular with the HD crowd.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:51 PM   #24
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Here's a pretty neat thread about speeding on Japan's well monitored roads. Posted on a expat rider forum here in Japan (GAIJIN is the Japanese word for foreigner).

http://www.gaijinriders.com/showthre...s-catch-a-bike
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