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Old 12-04-2013, 05:08 PM   #2626
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Hey Noah, totally enjoyed the updates. The pics of the 12 cylinder Hondas from the 60's had me drooling! The 6 cyl 250 is crazy. My first moto was a Honda 400F. I thought those holes were small lol! Good stuff.

Enjoy the holidays on the islands!

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Old 12-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #2627
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #2628
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I really appreciate the time you take to write and for the photos since i have to travel japan vicariously thru you.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #2629
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This, and watching Tampopo last night, has made me hungry for ramen and a visit to Japan. Awesome.
Did you ever see "A very taxing Woman" by the same director?
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:18 PM   #2630
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Thanks! I'll send some emails. I'd love to do a dual sport tour of the island with my brother. Would be better then scooters. Although both would be memorable.
Lemme know, this place is way beyond tons of potential!
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:55 PM   #2631
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Noah,

Great report! If you ever stop, this is going to be a tough book to put down! I was wondering if you take notes while you travel. You seem to be able to recall so much detail, and I know you are writing days, maybe weeks, afterward. How do you do it?

Also a question about the roads in Japan. Did you find, in the twisties, that there was enough shoulder room to pull over for pictures? In the more scenic spots were there any look outs? If you were traveling with a tripod, would you have had enough room to set up. Just curious for future reference.

Again, thanks for being so thorough, and for always thinking of your readers!
Well.. I cheat. I look at pictures and the GPS track from that day then memories come back to my head. Often times I remember way more stories that don't really make the cut. Since I'm writing about stuff now that's over 1 month old, It takes me a longer time to write about it. November FLEW by so fast I didn't get much riding in. So that post will be quick.

In the twisties, there are places to pull off if you have a moto. But you are close to the guard rail. And you need to be on the look out. Whats a tripod?

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Noah,

Your pictures of Japan are so interesting! Thank you!

The Honda Hall looks amazing! Noah...Honda is Honda. Unbeatable quality and R&D!
I had few mopeds(SH50,Vision,DIO GP) in the eary '90 and bikes afterwards (CBR600, CBR954, NX650Dominator, XR650L). Their building quality is just amazing. It is just a shame that their later bikes have "less character" compared to the old one and to some of the European brands. I am waiting for the new Africa Twin 750 and more HRC products...

Ciao

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I had the amazing opportunity to meet with a few guys from HRC over dinner in Tokyo. I agree with your statement. Honda has great R&D. But, I think they are stuck in the past.. and these are not my words. One of the guys was working on the new adventure project and as much as I would like to spill secrets, I won't. I did tell them they should make a street legal version of the NXR 700. I told them the midsize adventure market needs this bike: Good offroad suspension, 150 to 170 kilo, 500 to 800cc twin, 60 hp, and a 400km range. Unfortunately, I am afraid the new Honda might just be another hohum version of the BMW800, Super tenere, or Triumph Tiger. Heavy and road worthy but not an adventure bike in my opinion. Fingers crossed my words resonate some with Honda. I also told them it to make a 450 single enduro/supermoto with at least 7,500 oil change interval. Why is that so hard to grasp from the manufacturers?

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Thanks for the memories your photos bring back. I owe you!

Stop by and we'll discuss repayment over a drink or two.
Where am I stopping by? Send me a PM or email.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #2632
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another great update and congrats on hitting the 'one million' hits mark, check your email and get back to me
That's just crazy. Don't you guys have anything better to do with your time?

I bet 1/2 of them are from my mother

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Hey Noah, totally enjoyed the updates. The pics of the 12 cylinder Hondas from the 60's had me drooling! The 6 cyl 250 is crazy. My first moto was a Honda 400F. I thought those holes were small lol! Good stuff.

Enjoy the holidays on the islands!

Steve
Yes. I was a little "hot and bothered" by some of the motors/machines in that museum. Its really funny talking to tourists in Tokyo when they ask me "what was your favorite museum?".. Thinking I would name some art museum. I tell them the honda museum and they look at me hard to figure out if I'm joking. The same way I looked at a kid who told me I "HAVE TO GO" to a certain Japanese Anime museum. To each their own. This is my art and I saw the works of the greats.

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Thank you for 3 brilliant updates in such a short time. Awesome!
Thanks to everyone for the love. I think I figured out what it takes to make a good post.. Make all of you wait for a long time. If you are starving, even a saltine cracker will taste amazing.

Of course I'm joking. I'm sitting in the airport in Seoul, waiting for my flight. I have a week until my moto gets there. I will get caught back up.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:59 AM   #2633
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That's just crazy. Don't you guys have anything better to do with your time?

I bet 1/2 of them are from my mother


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Old 12-05-2013, 02:32 AM   #2634
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This is my art and I saw the works of the greats.
So true! Enjoyed the reports from Japan
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:47 AM   #2635
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I found out this morning a 21 year old Aussie named Rohan Felmingham had his bike stolen in Dublin a few days ago. He rode from Japan to Ireland this summer. All of his gear was on the bike when it was stolen. So I'd like to show this kid the same love so many people showed me. Lets make this right for him so he can continue his trip!

EDIT: Send donations strait to Rohan. Rohan_fel@hotmail.com

EDIT #2: I just sent 100 Euro. Who's going to match me?

"I am a 21 year old Australian who purchased the Yamaha earlier this year for my trip around the world. I ferried the bike to Russia 5 months ago, and have since done 30,000 kms through 15 different countries. I arrived in Ireland on Tuesday at 1pm, and it was taken within less than 8 hours of my arrival.

BIKE MAKE: Yamaha

BIKE MODEL: Xt660z Tenere

YEAR: 2011

COLOUR: white (w/ thin red and black strip on sides of tank)

ODO: 42,000kms

EXTRAS (mod's aftermarket parts etc.): sw motech aluminium panniers (with large 'OK Logic' sticker on side), Touratech Hand Guards, Center Stand, Tank bag rack, Gopro Mounts

LAST SEEN: The corner of Aston Quay and the O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, between 5pm and 9pm on Tuesday.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES (scratches/dents etc.): Japanese Number Plate
Incredibly bent clutch and brake levers,
Scratched windshield with White Numbers painted on it.
Quite dented panniers"


Do we know if he has got this bike back?
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:54 AM   #2636
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Do we know if he has got this bike back?
Don't think so.

See here

http://www.irishbikerforum.com/forum...20#entry685025

raised over €4,000 for him in auction
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:02 AM   #2637
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In the twisties, there are places to pull off if you have a moto. But you are close to the guard rail. And you need to be on the look out. Whats a tripod?


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Old 12-05-2013, 08:24 AM   #2638
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I'm flying to Sapporo January 9 for a few days skiing before I head home after 2.5 months in Taipei, you certainly enjoyed the hell out of it. Have fun in Korea.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:17 AM   #2639
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Noah, this is such a fantastic ride report. Thanks for sharing your adventures. They've certainly made me start to rethink what I'm doing in my life, that's for sure. Have fun and stay safe my friend. I look forward to following your continued journey.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:30 AM   #2640
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Having shared many of the roads and trails as you from USAL road to Ulaanbaatar I've learnt from your superb report how I could have done it.

More time, fewer companions.......and dare I say it...on a 690, which I eventually have

Noah, you've not only taken me much further east than I've been, what's so enjoyable for me is the pace of your journey.

Good luck and keep it coming!!!

Oh, and get some fertilizer on that beard ... in Thailand perhaps
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