Articles by: Warren

Japan Backroads

Mini adventure It’s peak summer in Japan, mid 30’s and 60% humidity which makes the ‘real feel’ about 40. Reminds me of my home state in February. I used to ride at home that time of year so with new tyres and fine weather thought I’d give it a go […]

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If in doubt, choose adventure.

For a long period I used to regret the dumb stuff I did. Now I only regret what I did not do. (off topic) Friends view life differently to me and by societies reckoning have taken longer strides. But there are no set paths you must follow, and just a […]

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Five years with a Yamaha FJR1300 and where to next.

My neighbor always tells me I have seen so much of Japan, which is true, but there remains much more here to explore. Reaching the other places is slightly difficult on this motorcycle. I’ve done better than I thought possible but might be approaching the limit. Whilst the FJR could […]

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Vintage rides

Repairs to the blog continue, always something to learn with WordPress. I have become aware that many people must be getting page does not exist 404 error or 301 cannot find server error. The 404’s will reduce soon but the 301’s are harder to fix. I am using Amazon Web […]

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Japan tour, the B-roll

Recently I was able to obtain some feedback from the non motorcyclist readers who visit the blog and it was interesting to hear their comments. One suggestion was I include a little more of the off bike things in my travels. Actually this is a good idea as it will […]

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View of Japan tour – 4

Hokkaido I am on my way to Hokkaido. The ferry takes 20 hours from Tsuruga to Tomamokai. I have been on dozens of ferries in Japan and none of them had much in the way of food except cup noodle vending machines so I packed a few things but need […]

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View of Japan tour – 3

The Inland Sea My tour of Japan continues in the Yamaguchi prefecture. I am exploring some of the islands that are in waters known as the Seto Inland Sea. My first destination is Yamashima. When you visit the small islands of Japan you step back in time. Not many foreigners […]

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View of Japan tour continued.

The Treasure Islands I am continuing south on day four from Kochi, a beautiful area I would gladly choose to live if I could. Shikoku is overflowing with great riding and scenery. (lots of images loading, please be little patient) Some people like riding the same old but for me […]

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View of Japan tour

I had this idea to ride south to Kyushu as well as north to Hokkaido in one tour. Not to prove anything, rather to get the most out of May, which is the best month to ride Japan and the only time of year likely to get a run of […]

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Yamaha FJR1300 engine and final drive oil change.

The Yamaha FJR1300 must be one of the easiest bikes to change lubricants. Starting with the engine oil you can access the drain plug very easy underneath, simply remove and drain the oil, I am using a designated container that has plastic liner which has to be taken to a […]

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Honda CB500X

I have completed three tours of Thailand on the CB500X yet never got around to writing a review of the bike. Honda builds the CB500X in Thailand and it is a common model in the rental fleets in Chiang Mai, often the cheapest option in a big bike which is […]

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Four days with the Yamaha MT-07

There has been much written about the Yamaha MT-07 already but having enjoyed four days touring on this bike I shall add a few thoughts all the same. What struck me first is how compact the bike is, it felt like a toy compared to my QE2 size touring bike. […]

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