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  • [Photo Feature]: 2 Wheels in Tokyo, Japan!

    Most of us lust after the fabulous machines which the Japanese big (Hon-Suz-Yam-Kawa) four dish out - ever wondered what kind of bikes the Japanese themselves ride in their own country? What I have done in this thread is to document what kind of machines ply on the Tokyo roads during everyday riding. I have been planning to do this over a long time over the years, but finally managed to take some pictures! Following are the categories of the 2 wheelers in Japan, ranked by their popularity:

    1) Honda cub 50cc moped: Undoubtedly the largest selling 2 wheeler in Japan. Extremely practical with phenomenal fuel efficiency.

    2) Small Scooters: Small pep/dio type scooters.

    3) Maxi Scooters: They are like lazyboy recliners on two-wheels. Huge, padded seats, even more humongous storage. Models like Yamaha Majesty, Suzuki Burgman and Skywave.

    4) 400 cc nakeds/retros/sports: Sub 400 cc bikes are very popular in Japan due to the existence of license restrictions - you need a higher (and more expensive) level of license for over 400cc bikes. Honda CB400 is the best seller in this category and fully naked\semi faired versions exist. Yamaha XJR400 is another strong model. VTR 250 is also popular. A big second hand market exists for such bikes in Japan so parts and accessories are readily available.

    5) Sub-400 cc cruisers: Bikes like Vulcans, Eliminators, Honda Shadow customs/classics.

    5) Supersports/high capacity big boys: Do I need to say more? The other day I saw half a dozen (yes, 6) Honda Valyries parked side by side - and I did not take pictures, foolish me. Enough power to light up a district in Tokyo.

    I will keep on updating this post with pictures over the next one week I am here. For a change, I am on vacation and not on work!

    Honda cub:




    Small scooters:







    Maxi Scooters:








    Express delivery/courier bikes - I think the first pic is a Ninja 250, followed by nakeds - mostly CB/XJR 400's and a few Honda Hornets.






    Some sub-400 cc bikes:



    A Ninja 250!

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    General Biking Discussion Approved.
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    • #3
      Look at those big scooters. Somehow a few images reminded me of Tintin in Tokyo (The Blue Lotus), I dont know why
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      • #4
        So you've flew to Japan from Bangy now huh? Good, the first pic looks 99% similar to Bajaj M80; may be Bajaj copied or the other way!!!
        Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
        Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
        ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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        • #5
          Shopping for motorcycle stuff in Tokyo/Yokohama area

          Earlier, the 'bike street' in Ueno area in Tokyo(picture coming up soon!) used to the destination for second hand bikes, general accessories and gear, but it ain't so any more. I came here after two years and was terribly disappointed. The recession has taken a toll and a few shops have shut down too. I made a few bad purchases there last week!

          That was because I did not know about the Motorcycle accessories and parts chain store called 'NAPS'. Now this store is a different place altogether. When I visited one of their stores earlier this week, my eyes popped open in disbelief. I thought I had seen it all in US, but this place was on a different level. They had everything - from stretchable Carbon fibre sheets to parts to waterproof Denims! Not to mention a mind boggling array of lights, bolts, exhaust systems, cleaners, luggage, protection and locks and much more which I could not figure. It took a lot of self control for me not to let my credit card loose in that store. I stuck to some practical purchases. On my second visit to another NAPS store a day back, I asked permission to take pictures from inside the store, but I was turned down




          My shopping!
          Last edited by bluevolt; 05-20-2010, 11:19 AM.

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            Look at THIS! -> http://i921.photobucket.com/albums/a...a/IMG_6530.jpg :O
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            • #7
              Ninja 250 used by courier boys! What a slap in the face


              How's the sheer volume of traffic compared to B'lore and how is it handled there?

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                Originally posted by Sunny View Post
                Look at those big scooters. Somehow a few images reminded me of Tintin in Tokyo (The Blue Lotus), I dont know why
                This is the place of the Lotus eaters, alright! I never want to leave this country!

                Originally posted by aargee View Post
                So you've flew to Japan from Bangy now huh? Good, the first pic looks 99% similar to Bajaj M80; may be Bajaj copied or the other way!!!
                Oh yes, I flew in last week! The Honda cub has been around forever so the M80 seems a take down

                Originally posted by Sunny View Post
                Mostly practical (and relatively inexpensive) stuff like heat shields, colored and perforated spacers, titanium finish 10mm allen bolts, flexible funnel for oil/coolant changes, palm sized foot pump, heat resistant glass wool fabric, Arai helmet replacement straps, K&N air filter for the 250R, JB cold weld epoxy, rainproof boot covers/jacket/pants, camera mount for handlebars, Ninja decals, extra thick ty-raps, water repellant helmet shield spray, Kawasaki Lime green touch up paint pen, 'alarm installed on bike' decal.

                Things I wanted to buy for the Ninja 250, but stopped short due to money/space:

                1) Carbon fibre front cowl, side covers, chain cover.
                2) Zero Gravity racing windscreen
                3) Powercommander for Ninja 250R
                4) Pirelli Sport demon tyres
                5) Rear LED lights
                6) Touring handlebar conversion kit
                5) Gel seats
                6) Radiator grill cover
                7) Xena XN 18 lock
                8) Carbon fibre number plate
                9) Tons of luggage
                10) Monster energy Arai
                Last edited by bluevolt; 05-20-2010, 11:15 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bluevolt View Post

                  Mostly practical (and relatively inexpensive) stuff like heat shields, colored and perforated spacers, titanium finish 10mm allen bolts, flexible funnel for oil/coolant changes, palm sized foot pump, heat resistant glass wool fabric, Arai helmet replacement straps, K&N air filter for the 250R, JB cold weld epoxy, rainproof boot covers/jacket/pants, camera mount for handlebars, water repellant helmet shield spray, Kawasaki Lime green touch up paint pen, 'alarm installed on bike' decal.

                  Things I wanted to buy for the Ninja 250, but stopped short due to money/space:

                  1) Carbon fibre front cowl, side covers, chain cover.
                  2) Zero Gravity racing windscreen
                  3) Powercommander for Ninja 250R
                  4) Pirelli Sport demon tyres
                  5) Rear LED lights
                  6) Touring handlebar conversion kit
                  5) Gel seats
                  6) Radiator grill cover
                  7) Xena XN 18 lock
                  8) Carbon fibre number plate
                  9) Tons of luggage
                  10) Monster energy Arai
                  Thats a nice way to make someone see green (pun intended!)

                  Congratulations on a wonderful trip though!
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                    Originally posted by Samyaza View Post
                    Ninja 250 used by courier boys! What a slap in the face

                    How's the sheer volume of traffic compared to B'lore and how is it handled there?
                    At least all of us Ninja owners will get a job in recession hit Japan as courier boys. Not a bad deal, I tell you

                    In most developed countries, people stick to lanes, follow rules so any managing involves only re-routing the traffic. Traffic can a bit much during the morning/evening rush hours in the central business districts, but there will be a standard transit time which will be 90% predictable. And there is a lot of info on which roads are clogged up, so people can take alternate routes (info on electronic road signs or cellphone/GPS apps) to avoid the traffic. The big mass we see in Bangalore can't be called traffic, that is mass invasion of every space available!

                    But the local train network in Tokyo is so efficient, so owning a vehicle seems futile, at least in the city. People use a combination of cycle/train to reach their homes/offices efficiently. For example, I will own two bicycles, one at my home (which I can ride to the departure train station and park there for a small fee) and the second at the destination train station which I can ride to the office and back to the train station. There is ample parking everywhere. I have seen multi level parkings just for bicycles!
                    Last edited by bluevolt; 05-20-2010, 11:17 AM.

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                    • #11
                      wowie!!!

                      Look at those huge maxi-scooters!! I am absolutely in love with them!!!
                      Remember the time when sex was safe and motorcycles were dangerous.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kshitij_10 View Post
                        Look at those huge maxi-scooters!! I am absolutely in love with them!!!
                        I would love to own one of those too! And here people pimp up even their small scooters with crazy aftermarket mods - exhaust systems, seats, paint jobs and filters! Some of them sound better than a superbike.Serious.

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                          Originally posted by bluevolt View Post
                          At least all of us Ninja owners will get a job in recession hit Japan as courier boys. Not a bad deal, I tell you
                          Don't tell me..those courier boys own the motorcycles they ride on the job??

                          Originally posted by bluevolt View Post
                          But the local train network in Tokyo is so efficient, so owning a vehicle seems futile, at least in the city. People use a combination of cycle/train to reach their homes/offices efficiently. For example, I will own two bicycles, one at my home (which I can ride to the departure train station and park there for a small fee) and the second at the destination train station which I can ride to the office and back to the train station. There is ample parking everywhere. I have seen multi level parkings just for bicycles!
                          Wow! Thats a pretty neat system! I've heard of the punctuality and efficiency of "Densha" but the cycle idea is brilliant and green. I find it hard to digest that on roads where there are so many scooters and mopeds, people still have the sense to stick to their lanes. Kudos to the people there. Thanks a lot for the info. Enjoy your vacation!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Samyaza View Post
                            Don't tell me..those courier boys own the motorcycles they ride on the job??
                            Yup, most of them do. They are contracted with these express courier companies. They are not regular courier guys. For example, if you want a set of documents delivered from one end of Tokyo to another, regular courier will take at least a day. These guys get it across in a couple of hours.

                            Originally posted by Samyaza View Post
                            Wow! Thats a pretty neat system! I've heard of the punctuality and efficiency of "Densha" but the cycle idea is brilliant and green. I find it hard to digest that on roads where there are so many scooters and mopeds, people still have the sense to stick to their lanes. Kudos to the people there. Thanks a lot for the info. Enjoy your vacation!

                            Well, there are heavy fines for violations too! That is motivation enough, apart from the inherent civic sense built into the upbringing of most Japanese.

                            The trains are punctual to the minute most of the time, but they slip around 2-4 mins off their schedule during rush hours. Still, a huge achievement by any means!

                            A small factoid - 15% of the Japanese population commute 100% (no trains combo) by bicycles

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                            • #15
                              The honda cub is the most popular bike/moped in the entire world.

                              discovery has voted it as the most popular/known two wheeler of the century ahead of many biggies

                              yes the m80 was more or less designed on this & hence is as sturdy & reliable too
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