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  1. Yes I am Australian. My wife lived in Australia...

    Yes I am Australian. My wife lived in Australia 13 years is now settled back in Japan and will not move.
    I miss some aspects of Australia but there are also plenty things I am glad to have left...
  2. One good aspect (related to pensions) is Japan...

    One good aspect (related to pensions) is Japan has reciprocal agreements with countries so people can get a pension from home if entitled.
    A friend of mine living in Philippines had to go back to...
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    Oh, a lower seat here on the NC or ride height...

    Oh, a lower seat here on the NC or ride height has been lowered?
    I really like this bike and the 500x that is sold in Thailand. Toured on it a couple times.
    Engine size certainly not always more...
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    If it is physical size you want to avoid then...

    If it is physical size you want to avoid then maybe try rent one to make sure as some feel big despite being mid size category.
    I have toured on the Vstrom, Versys, MT09 Tracer, CB500X, G650GS....
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    Access to the facebook group

    Can one of the admins of the Facebook group accept my request to join.
    I had to change my facebook account for security reasons. Thanks.
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    I plugged the phone into power bank a couple of...

    I plugged the phone into power bank a couple of times over course of the day. Can use the phone as normal and have Endomondo running in background (I didn't use Strava).

    Splicing some of this into...
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    I used that on my Tsushima tour last year with...

    I used that on my Tsushima tour last year with Endomondo providing the ride tracking. Heavy battery drain but it works as advertised.
    Maybe someone on this years C2C twisty butt ride can record with...
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    No need to convert if you use ride with gps, it...

    No need to convert if you use ride with gps, it outputs in gpx format, also no waypoint limit that google has.
    Can have custom cue sheet prompts and custom POI. Can choose gmaps or OSM and swap on...
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    I have been building gps routes in...

    I have been building gps routes in ridewithgps.com for last 10 years. I also import .gpx files to there given to me that have been built with other tools and so far all have displayed ok and I can...
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    Welcome Hydepunk, I'm always free for a chat.

    Welcome Hydepunk, I'm always free for a chat.
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    I think Google Navigation has ten waypoint limit...

    I think Google Navigation has ten waypoint limit so longer trips you may need to cut up the route into sections or Google will try navi you a faster route rather than your chosen scenic one.
    Be...
  12. Thread: Taxes?

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    The changes proposed by Turnbull government I saw...

    The changes proposed by Turnbull government I saw on the ABC news.
    Jap/Aus have an agreement which I hope holds as it is rather special.
    Elsewhere people have to return to Australia at eligible age...
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    Thanks Banshee, if you are riding any of these...

    Thanks Banshee, if you are riding any of these and want to chat about anything drop me a line or can do coffee, I love talking bikes and travel :)
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    Winter ride destinations

    Whilst I normally post only my Japan rides on this forum perhaps a few members may be interested where they can ride in the winter.

    https://i.imgur.com/30MUF3O.jpg

    Southern Vietnam
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  15. Fantastic report, thanks for taking the time,...

    Fantastic report, thanks for taking the time, really enjoyed to see your photos.
  16. Thread: Taxes?

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    I pay 10% flat tax in Australia on the modest bit...

    I pay 10% flat tax in Australia on the modest bit of interest my bank account accrues despite it being below the taxable income threshold.
    Australia government is tough on it citizens living aboard....
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    I have read a few ride reports of people from...

    I have read a few ride reports of people from other countries who shipped bikes to South Korea then from there on ferry to Vladivostok.
    Forums like ADV and Horizons Unlimited have a fair bit of info...
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    Tohoku, a couple photos.

    I rode up to Hirosaki to see the Neputa festival again this year.

    Route 252, easy to recognise.
    http://i.imgur.com/IbPQ2yB.jpg

    The superb 398 Akita.
    http://i.imgur.com/DYJ2I8e.jpg

    Neputa...
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    Goto Islands Tour

    A few photos from my recent two week ride to Goto Islands via some scenic regions in Japan.

    http://i.imgur.com/n0g4DWa.jpg
    Mie prefecture

    http://i.imgur.com/ZmunB40.jpg
    Shodo Island
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  20. This is a great thread, thanks Tripped1 for the...

    This is a great thread, thanks Tripped1 for the info.
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    Yes he runs 10 day group tours on scooters. In...

    Yes he runs 10 day group tours on scooters.
    In my contact with him he declined to give any itinerary or further details which put me off and 10 days I felt was too long.
    There used to be a company...
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    Yes I have ridden there a couple of times. The...

    Yes I have ridden there a couple of times.
    The scale of the mountains in Taiwan are hard to convey by photo but the cross country highway in Taiwan is 3275m high and Mt Fuji is 3776m.
  23. Hi guys, welcome to Japan. I have been reading...

    Hi guys, welcome to Japan.

    I have been reading your trip on and off for a few years now, I shall have to catch up on it!

    Hope the weather has been better than all the rain that you experienced...
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    Just come back from small ride there. The cross...

    Just come back from small ride there.
    The cross country highway from Taroko Gorge west is amazing.
    Unfortunately foreigners cannot rent a big bike without Taiwan licence. So I was on a 125cc...
  25. Hi I think we chatted via my blog's Facebook page...

    Hi I think we chatted via my blog's Facebook page ... If you could extend you loop to Wakayama and Fukushima then it would allow many more good roads and still be modest distance for number of days....
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