Monday, August 22, 2011

Getting some saddle time in...

Forecast calls for rain all week, but last week I did go for a ride on power saving day at work.

Right around a 200K ride.  Lot's of scenery, and lots of curves.  What there wasn't alot of (once you get out of the city is cars and stop signals).  Totally worth the hassle to get the bike legal.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Japanese Motorcycle Culture

If I had to choose a picture that describes Japanese vintage Harley culture it'd be this one.  You've seen a million shovels but you hadn't seen one like this!  Just the same the Japapnese builders take ordinary Harleys and build them in such a unique way that each one looks like nothing you have seen before.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Harley is finally legal to ride in Japan

Jumped through a bunch more hoops yesterday and finally got through shaken.  Yesterday I arrived to the pot of gold at the end of an 11 month license plate.  Freedom at last!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Special Mufflers

I hear you saying, Nick, what are special mufflers?  Well don't fret, I will tell you.  Special mufflers are not those that come on USA Harleys, but rather those bikes imported into other countries that have strict emissions regulations.  They must say "E4" on the side to make the bike quiet enough and smog free enough so that the rear fender is then made stronger for the license plate you are eventually given.  In my case I will be installing these not so shiny babies tonight and going out to try for my 排出ガス tomorrow.  Once I have that little magic paper I can proceed to 車検.  Oh yeah, I also got 自賠責保険 (compulsary insurance) so I can get a temp plate tomorrow (which means I actually get to ride, WOOHOO!).