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    If you are only going to be hear a year or less,...

    If you are only going to be hear a year or less, the IDP will do you fine. Just a footnote for those planning on staying longer or coming back to live after graduation in mind: The "license exchange"...
  2. Can you say which part of Japan you're doing this...

    Can you say which part of Japan you're doing this in? I am wondering how far from a city one needs to go to find such a situation. . .
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    I can say that we have driven our Daihatsu Move...

    I can say that we have driven our Daihatsu Move all around Japan on long trips and although it isn't super comfy it is okay on long trips. Noisier and bumpier a bit than a "normal" car but it is...
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    I had put that search on hold. Decided to put a...

    I had put that search on hold. Decided to put a large Givi case on the back for the must-have dry stuff for now. Thinking that I'll add a waterproof strap-on bag for the passenger seat.
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    About the motorcycle licensing (since that was...

    About the motorcycle licensing (since that was your focus): You don't have a valid US 2-wheel license that you had for X number of months (3?) before coming to Japan, etc.
    So my understanding is...
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    Consider online forums like this:...

    Consider online forums like this:
    http://www.kawasakiownersclub.com/topic/554871/1/
  7. Oh! Haven't bought leathers here or there....

    Oh! Haven't bought leathers here or there. Strictly an artificial-fiber fellow. Leathers are more expensive in Japan, then, but sizing is not a major issue?
  8. Thanks for the info!

    Thanks for the info!
  9. Saving money isn't really a factor. Availability...

    Saving money isn't really a factor. Availability may be the challenge. As for helmets, for example, you can't get helmets set up to fit oblong head shapes very easily here. As for clothing, there is...
  10. Your most important requirement to buy a bike...

    Your most important requirement to buy a bike (other than money) will be the JuuMinHyou (住民票)-- residence certificate. You need to get that right away because there are a whole bunch of transactions...
  11. Crash safety: Big bikes and chest protectors

    Was at a michinoeki the other day and the prefectural shirobai cops were doing a PR appearance.

    They point out that (1) the smaller your bike is, the further away you will appear to the cager,...
  12. Thank you for the suggestions. I had a "white...

    Thank you for the suggestions. I had a "white duck" problem. You see a white duck cross the road. The next thing you see cross is another white duck. So you start thinking that the next thing to...
  13. Finding an independent garage or mechanic

    Any suggestions for tracking down the mechanic down the street?
    Some shops will only work on your bike if you bought it from them.
    Others won't install X unless you purchased your X from them.
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  14. Not so far as I know. It happens to be parked...

    Not so far as I know. It happens to be parked right where another old Harley used to be parked daily. That other one had a suicide shifter, a gear shift on the side. So I think it is just a guy who...
  15. Old standard bike spotted. It's an H-D, but . . .

    This odd, older contraption has taken a place on the sidewalk near my workplace lately. Can you ID the model and vintage? 1293512936
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    林道(りんどう)= a forestry road, logging road. Rin...

    林道(りんどう)= a forestry road, logging road. Rin means "woods," and Dou means "road."
  17. I guess that means that they don't use red-light...

    I guess that means that they don't use red-light cameras for enforcement. You actually have to get stopped by a cop in person. So if you didn't get stopped, you're in the clear. . .(?)
    The other day...
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    I missed something: What are you trying to buy? ...

    I missed something: What are you trying to buy?

    I have dealt with SOX staff recently. I hope you wrote in JPN. . .
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    For some of us, it is "take driving test, get...

    For some of us, it is "take driving test, get license," to be sure! For others, it was "take driving test, get failed for some wildly unrealistic and irrelevant reason, come back another day and take...
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    I rented the Tracer for a full day and put about...

    I rented the Tracer for a full day and put about 300km on it. The seat was in the low position. My inseam won't allow me to ride it with the seat in the high position without using a stepping stool,...
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    I rented a Tracer this summer and enjoyed riding...

    I rented a Tracer this summer and enjoyed riding alot except for the seat, which was uncomfortable. Gotta admit I don't like the looks.
    You can negotiate for a different suspension? Never thought of...
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    Thank you for the update on your bike. I've...

    Thank you for the update on your bike. I've learned a lot from it to think over as I mull my next bike purchase.
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    Checking back: Did you end up keeping the bike...

    Checking back: Did you end up keeping the bike for long after this update? Did you resolve any of the engine and drivetrain issues? Make any suspension changes?
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    I wish I could answer that, but it is an...

    I wish I could answer that, but it is an interesting question. My understanding, based on having bought and sold a bike per year for the five years I've been here (!), is that you are liable to pay...
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    Here is the message:12766
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