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Old 06-25-2009, 06:28 AM   #1
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Yamaha Tw200 to the south pole

Ive been doing a bit of research on a Japanese adventurer called Shinji Kazama. He has ridden the furthest up mount Everest anyone has ever ridden.

In the 80s he rode to the north pole on a Yamaha tw200.


In 1992 he rode to the south pole on another yamaha.


i just want to know if anyone has anymore info on him as i cant find any through internet searches. info along the lines of mods to the bike and his biography.

dont really know where to put this thread so moderators please move it as you see fit.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:00 AM   #2
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Now if only he was on an xl600..... think about how much further up everest he could've made it....
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Now if only he was on an xl600..... think about how much further up everest he could've made it....
mate if it was an XL600 he would have done Everest and both the poles in the ONE trip.
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I too did some digging around a couple yrs ago and there just isn't much on the guy. I even tried to get a Japanese speaking member over on the TW200 Forum to find something published in Japan that could be translated but nothing ever came of it. Seems like the guy would write a book or something. Ya know, it's not every day you ride a motorcycle to the poles.
As far as the TW goes, if I were ever to attempt a trip like that there's no other bike I would try it on. It'd be the perfect bike. He must have carried a lot of extra gas though! Probably had an XT350 tank installed.

I don't know about Everest though, my TW pretty much runs out of steam above 9000ft jetting be damned.
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:24 AM   #5
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I too did some digging around a couple yrs ago and there just isn't much on the guy. I even tried to get a Japanese speaking member over on the TW200 Forum to find something published in Japan that could be translated but nothing ever came of it. Seems like the guy would write a book or something. Ya know, it's not every day you ride a motorcycle to the poles.
care to share what you did find? ill bet his bike is in a museum somewhere just a matter of finding out where. he also just completed some motorcycle race across africa except he was the leader/organiser and was in a Subaru forester.

obviously if SUBARU choose him to be a spokesperson he is not unknown in japan. so like you say 'they' probably know more than 'we' do.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:00 AM   #6
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care to share what you did find? ill bet his bike is in a museum somewhere just a matter of finding out where. he also just completed some motorcycle race across africa except he was the leader/organiser and was in a Subaru forester.

obviously if SUBARU choose him to be a spokesperson he is not unknown in japan. so like you say 'they' probably know more than 'we' do.
Other than Googling the guys name with "TW200 South Pole" or "North Pole" I don't know of any other way. Your guess is as good as mine. Seems he's been around the block a few times and comes across as a world class adventurer so there has to be more on the guy somewhere. A documentary or a journal maybe? If there is it doesn't appear to be in English.
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Searching for information about Shinji Kazama in english is complicated because there is apparentently an anime character who is 16 years old, of the same name, Full Metal Panic. Who shares some of the same type moto adventures , that is when not involved in some intrigue about girls panties. And also it is difficult to search japanese language web sites which may provide additonal information.


I did turn up this bit of information which you may have seen before

He was born 26 Sept 1950 according to this web site:

http://www.adventurestats.com/tables/nsmainnew.htm
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then a bit more info on a french web site ( which has a picture of the bike used - looks like it is in a museum - not sure if it is the actual bike used or just a TW200) which is a translation form the Portuguese magazine Motociclismo :

http://yamaha.tw.free.fr/voyages_aventures_tw.htm

translated from french

http://translate.google.com/translat...0%26ie%3DUTF-8

WITH THIS BIKE, THE JAPANESE KAZAMA SHINJI REACHED THE NORTH POLE
In Motociclismo - January 1988:

With this bike, Japanese Shinji Kazama reached the North Pole by motorcycle for the first time, traveling 000 km 2 on the ice. The TW200 is a motorcycle off-road enduro and combining trial. It is an all-terrain light that conquers the land and the most insidious. The engine is an evolution from the Trial TY250 R, 2 stroke single cylinder air cooled. The chassis is almost that of a trial, with full range of suspension greater. The rear tire is a good support through its 15-inch rim. A "Trailway" intended to land.

Translated by sinophilia
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And this info from another adventure ride of his , also from Motociclismo :

http://www.motociclismo.pt/index.php...=597&Itemid=51

Shinji Kazama empreendeu no passado dia 15 de Junho uma viagem histórica de 52 dias, que atravessa o continente Asiático e o Europeu de extremo a extremo.

Esta viagem começou em Vladivostoque e termina em Portugal no próximo Domingo, dia 5 de Agosto, no Cabo da Roca percorrendo um total de 18.000 km.

translated portuguese to english

http://translate.google.com/translat...d%3D51&prev=_t

info on this page provides this information:

1982 - 4 Paris - Dakar winner in the 500cc class.
1985 - World Record motorcycle with altitude in the climb to Mount Everest, 5880 meters.
1986 - New world record for altitude in motorcycle again on Mount Everest, 6000 meters.
1987 - reached the North Pole with a Yamaha TW 200
1987 - Wins the Rally of the Pharaohs in 250cc
1992 - reached the South Pole with a model based on the Yamaha DT200R.
2004 - Participates in Rally Paris - Dakar in truck
2007 - Japan Trip to Cabo da Roca.

Shinji Kazamias is now goodwill ambassador for the campaign of the World Health Organization: "The Bone & Joint Decade".

While up in the Rally Paris - Dakar in 2004, Mr. Shinji Kazamias suffered a collision with a car, which resulted in multiple fractures of bones of the knee and right hip. After many surgical interventions, remains partially disabled.
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I was able to find the Motociclismo magazine entry for the Japan to Cobo da Roca trip , but I could not find the January 1988 link directly which was refered to on the French web site for the pole trip, perhaps a bit more searching and it could be found. However, in 1988 not so much was digitized.

Hope this is some help, sad to learn he is partly disabled from the 2004 Dakar accident.

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I also saw a link to a couple of youtube videos , something about a swing arm, which also mentioned Shinji, I did not look at them - perhaps you can find something else there.- perhaps the video is about a similar swing with which his bike was equipped.
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A year or so ago a thread appeared in the trips section about a Japanese woman who was traveling the world on a 250cc or so bike, she was 3 years or so into her journey, the thread lasted for a while and then ended when she asked to have the thread closed. It appears that while she enjoyed meeting people and liked the offers of help etc, that she also found the attention was changing the experience for her and preferred to be more private. Perhaps its a cultural thing and Shinji is of the same attitude.

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Old 06-27-2009, 01:41 AM   #8
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Searching for information about Shinji Kazama in english is complicated because there is apparentently an anime character who is 16 years old, of the same name, Full Metal Panic. Who shares some of the same type moto adventures , that is when not involved in some intrigue about girls panties. And also it is difficult to search japanese language web sites which may provide additonal information.


I did turn up this bit of information which you may have seen before

He was born 26 Sept 1950 according to this web site:

http://www.adventurestats.com/tables/nsmainnew.htm
---

then a bit more info on a french web site ( which has a picture of the bike used - looks like it is in a museum - not sure if it is the actual bike used or just a TW200) which is a translation form the Portuguese magazine Motociclismo :

http://yamaha.tw.free.fr/voyages_aventures_tw.htm

translated from french

http://translate.google.com/translat...0%26ie%3DUTF-8

WITH THIS BIKE, THE JAPANESE KAZAMA SHINJI REACHED THE NORTH POLE
In Motociclismo - January 1988:

With this bike, Japanese Shinji Kazama reached the North Pole by motorcycle for the first time, traveling 000 km 2 on the ice. The TW200 is a motorcycle off-road enduro and combining trial. It is an all-terrain light that conquers the land and the most insidious. The engine is an evolution from the Trial TY250 R, 2 stroke single cylinder air cooled. The chassis is almost that of a trial, with full range of suspension greater. The rear tire is a good support through its 15-inch rim. A "Trailway" intended to land.

Translated by sinophilia
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And this info from another adventure ride of his , also from Motociclismo :

http://www.motociclismo.pt/index.php...=597&Itemid=51

Shinji Kazama empreendeu no passado dia 15 de Junho uma viagem histórica de 52 dias, que atravessa o continente Asiático e o Europeu de extremo a extremo.

Esta viagem começou em Vladivostoque e termina em Portugal no próximo Domingo, dia 5 de Agosto, no Cabo da Roca percorrendo um total de 18.000 km.

translated portuguese to english

http://translate.google.com/translat...d%3D51&prev=_t

info on this page provides this information:

1982 - 4 Paris - Dakar winner in the 500cc class.
1985 - World Record motorcycle with altitude in the climb to Mount Everest, 5880 meters.
1986 - New world record for altitude in motorcycle again on Mount Everest, 6000 meters.
1987 - reached the North Pole with a Yamaha TW 200
1987 - Wins the Rally of the Pharaohs in 250cc
1992 - reached the South Pole with a model based on the Yamaha DT200R.
2004 - Participates in Rally Paris - Dakar in truck
2007 - Japan Trip to Cabo da Roca.

Shinji Kazamias is now goodwill ambassador for the campaign of the World Health Organization: "The Bone & Joint Decade".

While up in the Rally Paris - Dakar in 2004, Mr. Shinji Kazamias suffered a collision with a car, which resulted in multiple fractures of bones of the knee and right hip. After many surgical interventions, remains partially disabled.
--

I was able to find the Motociclismo magazine entry for the Japan to Cobo da Roca trip , but I could not find the January 1988 link directly which was refered to on the French web site for the pole trip, perhaps a bit more searching and it could be found. However, in 1988 not so much was digitized.

Hope this is some help, sad to learn he is partly disabled from the 2004 Dakar accident.

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I also saw a link to a couple of youtube videos , something about a swing arm, which also mentioned Shinji, I did not look at them - perhaps you can find something else there.- perhaps the video is about a similar swing with which his bike was equipped.
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A year or so ago a thread appeared in the trips section about a Japanese woman who was traveling the world on a 250cc or so bike, she was 3 years or so into her journey, the thread lasted for a while and then ended when she asked to have the thread closed. It appears that while she enjoyed meeting people and liked the offers of help etc, that she also found the attention was changing the experience for her and preferred to be more private. Perhaps its a cultural thing and Shinji is of the same attitude.

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Well that should help out a lot.....man this guy is quit interesting....wish we could find out more info....
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A year or so ago a thread appeared in the trips section about a Japanese woman who was traveling the world on a 250cc or so bike, she was 3 years or so into her journey, the thread lasted for a while and then ended when she asked to have the thread closed. It appears that while she enjoyed meeting people and liked the offers of help etc, that she also found the attention was changing the experience for her and preferred to be more private. Perhaps its a cultural thing and Shinji is of the same attitude.

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i saw something on a japanese actress who had ridden to the north pole, i dont know if it is the same lady but she should be interesting aswell.

i knew Kazama had ridden the dakar but didnt know he actually won. i found the info before about his accident and i dont think he is recovered even now.

good work DAVIDW thats the best info so far!

i think the next step would be info from the musuem where the bike is.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:09 AM   #10
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Well done DavidW, that's the most info I've read yet!!!
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i saw something on a japanese actress who had ridden to the north pole, i dont know if it is the same lady but she should be interesting aswell.........
I too had found the reference to the Japanese actress who had ridden to the N.Pole.

However, the Japanese woman I was referring to was/is Makiko Sugino. Who had already been on the road for 5 years and 250,000 miles at the time the below thread was started. Some information about her RTW journey can be seen in this thread.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228592

It runs for 17 pages . The entries were posted May to July 2007. At the time of the entries Makiko was in N.America. However , the thread has several pictures from places she had already traveled through during the previous 5 years of her journey. You will be impressed - do check it out , very interesting , amazing, practical traveler who was seeing the world at 40 mph. It only takes a few minutes to read the 17 pages , though there is a bit more on this forum about her trip if you search for entries with here name. Google will turn up a little more.

You can search the forum for her name and turn up several more references. She is also sometimes referred to as Kiki on some other web sites when other RTW travelers crossed paths with her.

The above thread was closed at her request as mentioned in a previous post because the attention was changing the experience of her journey and in some ways becoming more a burden than a help. ( there was even another thread on the forum where someone was trying to encourage people to email Jay Leno to have her onto his show )

Months after the thread was closed somewhere I posted a message asking if anyone knew whether she had completed her journey and was now safely at home. ( after completing travels around N.America her journey was supposed to be over ) But I never recieved a response. So it would seem another Japanese national completed their journey and has preferred not to write a book or publish details about the trip or equipment used on a web page.

So tracking down info about Makiko or Shinji Kazama remains a challange.

One thing I have tried is to go to google language translation web page, have the Romji, Shinji Kazma for example, translated into Japanese , kanji or what ever the correct term is, and then do a google search with that translation. But it leads to many wrong sites and a few things which seem to be related to the moto adventurer but nothing yet that provides more than what I have found in more easily translated , ie western , languages. Where I can at least sometimes guess at the gist of what is being writen about even though I do not speak , french, portugese, german etc.

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I too had found the reference to the Japanese actress who had ridden to the N.Pole.

However, the Japanese woman I was referring to was/is Makiko Sugino.
Are you sure the Japanese actress you found references to RODE to the pole? I always thought a Japanese actress had snowmobiled there so just checked it up ... and found numerous articles about actress Masako Izumi on snowmobile to the North Pole.

She tried in 1985

And succeeded in 1989 (probably means she didnt make it in 1985)

"When Shinji Kazama, the Japanese motorcyclist, made it in 1987, and again in 1989 when a Japanese actress, Masako Izumi, rode there in a snowmobile,..."

Another reference here:

"Mr. Shinji Kazama, the first person in the world to reach North Pole by motorcycle in 1987 (he also made it to South Pole in 1992 and became the first person in the world to reach both poles by motorcycle), and Ms. Masako Izumi, a Japanese actress, the first Japanese woman to reach North Pole, also stayed in Resolute Bay."

Yamaha loves them too:
"Reliable Yamaha snowmobiles have continued to serve in some of the world's
most severe environments, such as winter research expeditions in Antarctica and expeditions like those of Japanese actress Masako Izumi to the North Pole and Shinji Kazama's motorcycle assault on the South Pole, where a Yamaha snowmobile served as a support vehicle."
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There was some footage of him in the last episode of Michael Palin Pole to Pole. It's on Netflix. If I remember correctly he used pre-positioned fuel dumps that were flown in ahead of time. No GPS back then so that was some serious navigating.
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Some of his ride to the south pole was shown in "Michael Palin's Pole to Pole". That's the Palin of Monty Python although this was a documentary.
If I remember correctly Shinji had pre-positioned fuel stores which were brought in by airplane.
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[quote=God of Speed]Ive been doing a bit of research on a Japanese adventurer called Shinji Kazama. He has ridden the furthest up mount Everest anyone has ever ridden.

In the 80s he rode to the north pole on a Yamaha tw200.


quote]

In the mid 1980s I was a school Inspector and in my range of schools was Qamartalik School in Resolute Bay Nunavut Canada.. Resolute Bay is the jumping off point for expeditions headed for the north magnetic and geographic poles.

While on a school inspection trip I was fascinated to hear of and meet Shinji Kazama who was launching his attack on the North Geographic Pole.

I did not see his bike but remember discussions at the dinner table at the High Arctic Explorer Services that the team were in process of sawing the cooling fins off the engine to try and retain a bit of heat in the motor.

From a later trip I can also confirm that the Japanese actress did indeed drive a snowmobile to the north geographic pole.
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