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    What he said. And if the dates look close, they...

    What he said. And if the dates look close, they will actually sit down with a calendar and count the days out of country. If you are, for example, 2 days short of the 90 required, no license for you....
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    Did you think to stop at the booth and ask?

    Did you think to stop at the booth and ask?
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    Nope. "バイク” is very clearly the motorized kind....

    Nope. "バイク” is very clearly the motorized kind. Bicycle is 自転車. Look for a separate parking area at the other end of the place, usually with road access rather than sidewalk access. Lots of places I...
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    Depends on what you mean by "in the open". My...

    Depends on what you mean by "in the open". My place has covered parking for bicycles and motorbikes. "covered" is literally that - sheet metal with eavestroughs. Sides are open. So the bike is kept...
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    In Ikebukuro. Look for residences to the west,...

    In Ikebukuro. Look for residences to the west, and also in Saitama (different state) - just a few km north and in a different tax bracket.

    Getting to central Japan is very easy from there. Hakone...
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    Major qualifier here: You must have a Japanese...

    Major qualifier here: You must have a Japanese car license to ride a 50cc bike without a bike endorsement. A foreign car license with an IDP will NOT work.
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    Well, you heard wrong :-) Here's what you do:...

    Well, you heard wrong :-)

    Here's what you do:

    1. The week before you get on the plane, go to the local AAA and get an international license. Make sure they stamp the "bike" box. The timing is...
  8. Thread: Buying a cage

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    Mine are 5 minutes one way, 10 minutes the other...

    Mine are 5 minutes one way, 10 minutes the other way. I go get the car, wifey takes whatever to the back road and is waiting when I return.

    Admittedly no car seat is involved here, but you can get...
  9. Thread: Buying a cage

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    Really? Every single day? First thing I would...

    Really? Every single day?

    First thing I would put into the spreadsheet is parking. Maybe you don't know, but you can't register a car in Tokyo (and maybe Kanagawa) without first obtaining a proper...
  10. Thread: Sakhalin Island

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    The HS-Line linked to above has a cargo option....

    The HS-Line linked to above has a cargo option. If they do container freight you could get a half-container for the bikes and take the ferry separately.

    For an example of "it's been done before",...
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    As it happens, my jibaiseki is up this month, and...

    As it happens, my jibaiseki is up this month, and I ride a 250.

    From the renewal card:

    1 year: 8,650
    2: 12,220
    3: 15,720
    5: 22,510

    Don't have a tax document handy but it is a trivial...
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    Lots of missing info, so lets go through one by...

    Lots of missing info, so lets go through one by one




    "MT" means what? Manual Transmission? What size? There are 4.

    Since you are heading for a 250, consider that the automatic transmission...
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    Qualify those a bit. Does "4 wheeler" mean a...

    Qualify those a bit. Does "4 wheeler" mean a regular car license?

    And was your existing bike license issued more than 3 months before you landed in Japan?

    If Yes and Yes you can exchange the...
  14. Thread: SSL certificate

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    Use one from LetsEncrypt. Plus: Free. Yes,...

    Use one from LetsEncrypt.

    Plus: Free. Yes, free. 0.

    Plus: takes minutes to install

    Minus: needs to be renewed every 90 days.

    Minus: needs a bit of command-line skill if the host doesn't...
  15. Thread: G'Day Everyone

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    Depends. What's your time worth to you? ...

    Depends. What's your time worth to you?

    Yokosuka to Tokyo station is one hour on the expressways, 2-3 hours on regular roads depending on traffic and how aggressive you want to be. On a daily...
  16. 1. Walk into shop. Select desired product. 2....

    1. Walk into shop. Select desired product.
    2. Give money to shopkeeper.
    3. Leave shop with product.

    Works for bikes, clothes, appliances, sushi and all manner of easily portable items. Bit...
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    What does it say on the top line of the plate?

    What does it say on the top line of the plate?
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    How good is your written Japanese? The short...

    How good is your written Japanese?

    The short version is remove the plate, take it and all the other paperwork to the place that issued said plate*, and say おわった。 Someone else will likely have a...
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    As others have said, you do NOT want a large,...

    As others have said, you do NOT want a large, heavy bike for stated reasons. Also consider parking the beast downtown.

    Look at the 125cc scooters. Dozens of models available. Advantages include:
    ...
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    Your engine was turning the same speed to move...

    Your engine was turning the same speed to move the bike at 47km/h. A worn belt affects the transmission gearing, which in turn affects the top speed. Search for "variator" for all the greasy details.
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    Your insurance should include road service. Mine...

    Your insurance should include road service. Mine covers pickup of the bike, delivery to either my residence or a repair shop (within some rather generous radius of the breakdown - they don't bring it...
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    70,000. Don't forget to include the 30,000 delivery charge from Ehime-ken.

    That one looks relatively good (except for the ninja-turtle paint job). Been dropped a couple of times but looks like...
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    That I'm not 100% sure of. if it still has the old plate on it, I would expect it is still registered to the previous owner.

    Have you done your price shopping? New or nearly-new bikes are quite...
  24. Where is the seller? Assuming they live in Tokyo...

    Where is the seller? Assuming they live in Tokyo it's fairly easy. Go to one of the "Land Transportation Offices" with the seller and all the paperwork (bike optional, but take either the plate or...
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    *few* beers. Never implied you were wasted all...

    *few* beers. Never implied you were wasted all day.
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