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Old 12-05-2010, 04:56 AM   #1
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TOKYO: Old School Japanese Bike Shop

Animal Boat
Old School Japanese bike shop in Tokyo

Located next door to Little Wing, an old school US bike shop mentioned elsewhere on this forum, is Animal Boat, an old school Japanese bike shop. Mr Daisuke is the proprietor, and the two 100cc (I think) racing machines you see are one he competes on for vintage racing.

Enough verbiage. Pics!













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Old 12-05-2010, 05:06 AM   #2
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Cool looking shop. I could spend hours in there!
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:23 AM   #3
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I don't suppose he has a website or email address?
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:43 AM   #4
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I wonder what the Japanes word or phrase originally is supposed to mean?
I tranlate "Animal Boat" as "ark". What's that got to do with motorcycles? 2 of every kind?

Looks like fun to visit, though. Do these guys speak English?
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:26 AM   #5
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Looks like fun to visit, though. Do these guys speak English?
with a name like 'animal boat' my guess is no :)
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:33 AM   #6
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I wonder what the Japanes word or phrase originally is supposed to mean?
I tranlate "Animal Boat" as "ark". What's that got to do with motorcycles? 2 of every kind?

Looks like fun to visit, though. Do these guys speak English?
Ark came to my mind as well. Although, I think two of every kind for a motorcycle boat is a good starting point.

Thanks for the pics!
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:00 AM   #7
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Ark came to my mind as well. Although, I think two of every kind for a motorcycle boat is a good starting point.

Thanks for the pics!
What are you talking about?
I'm kicking myself for not naming my shop 'Animal Boat'!
Beaten to the punch AGAIN!

Awesome pictures, thanks!
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:23 AM   #8
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I don't suppose he has a website or email address?
Here's the website:

http://www.animalboat.com/

Daisuke-san has limited conversational english. I'll probably head up there on the 15th, so any specific detialed questions you can post here and I'll access the website from his shop.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:57 AM   #9
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Here's the website:

http://www.animalboat.com/

Daisuke-san has limited conversational english. I'll probably head up there on the 15th, so any specific detialed questions you can post here and I'll access the website from his shop.

Thanks.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:51 PM   #10
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Old 12-05-2010, 07:16 PM   #11
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One more place where I can go in JP.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:27 PM   #12
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Hi KK, here's what my bike looks like, a 1964(?) Suzuki M31.





This is what it should look like. Probably too small to read the description. I have no idea what it says.



I'm missing all the white plastics. As well as the side covers, usually in white as well.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:49 AM   #13
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Good pics. I can smell the gas in the air.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:58 AM   #14
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Just a reminder. I'm heading up to Tokyo on Wed Japan time which is Tues US time. Assuming he's open, I'll drop by Animal Boat. Any other folks with specific questions please post here. Don't think you have to post only questions of a commercial nature, Daisuke -san is pretty cool about shooting the breeze and has a wealth of vintage UJM knowledge he is willing to share.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:04 PM   #15
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Good eye! that thing is tucked way back in the first photo!
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