Archive for May, 2018

Big Japan Motorcycle Ride, part six, The inland sea.

Today was a very important day weather wise because I had saved what might possibly be the best viewpoint to last.When designing this tour I told myself not to count on more than 50% fine days, but I have been very lucky indeed and today that continues with glorious blue […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride part five, the gambler

I depart Nagasaki day twelve into steady rain. I had experienced nice weather in other key areas so did not feel too disappointed. But it did ruin the plan this morning to visit Iki island north of Nagasaki, a old coal mine full of abandoned buildings. Oh well, next time. […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – part four, Santa Coming

Leaving southern Kagoshima region on day nine my progress is slow, without elaborating I have to stop at every rest room and eventually seek out a pharmacy to get some medicine.Handy to have google translate on phone in this sort of situation.Have to discard my plan to explore Nagashima island, […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – part three

Day sevenI got my washing done last night, most hotels in Japan have coin laundries and it makes motorcycle touring easy.Wet roads and some light rain riding south. Small break allowed me to grab this photo. Japan from here turns tropical.Some surfers out and rare in rural Japan, police with […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – A fist full of throttle

Leaving Kochi on day four of my tour the weather is perfect. Huge ride planned for today if all my chosen roads are open. First up a unexpected find. I was riding beside a dam merely to avoid the main road with no knowledge of it being anything special but […]

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Big Japan Motorcycle Ride – South bound

I love lookouts. Viewpoints. Or observatories as they are called in Japan. I decided to ride around visiting the best ones I had found on Google maps. I waited until after the Japan golden week national holidays to ride south to avoid the crowds but depart straight into rain. The […]

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Out of the past

Motorcycle #6 My 2003 Buell XB9.Few motorcycles were so misunderstood as Eric Buell’s XB. I had paid no attention to them when launched. A guy I worked with booked a test ride and asked me to come along after our shift.  The sales rep said there are two demo bikes […]

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Non Roll Earplug update

A long time ago I did a earplug shootout where I got two sample packs of different earplugs from the USA earplug superstore. Comparing two dozen different style and makes I came to like the Howard Leight Pilot best. This is a non roll foam ear plug, the design solving […]

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Japan vehicle ferries. Timetables and how to use.

If you are going to really explore Japan by motorcycle then you will need to use the ferry network. Here is a list of ferries I have used. The sites are all in Japanese so you need to use Google Chrome and have it set to auto translate Japanese to […]

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Halvarssons neck gator

I have had this bit of gear for a couple of seasons already and forgot to write about it. Initially I bought this after having lots of drama with my Alpinestars Andes touring jacket in the rain. The neck never seals properly and I found mention by people online a […]

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Under jeans knee protection

I’ve been doing a bit of riding in Asia of late and my riding gear has slipped to more casual than it should be. A fair bit of that is on scooters at low speed, wearing footwear and a helmet on those is more than the locals do and given […]

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