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Old 12-04-2013, 04:42 AM   #2611
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These recent posts make me realize I need to go back to Japan. Pocari Sweat! better than Powerade haha!

I wish I had rented a bike while I was there, I instead used their very effective public transportation to get around, but that got in the way of "real" exploring.

I too noticed how absolutely clean it was there... and you never get thirsty since there are drink machines every 10 feet. One thing I found odd is how clean it is there, yet there are very few garbage/ recycling cans. I always found myself carrying my garbage for a long time before I could toss it.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:53 AM   #2612
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I spent such a long time in Japan, the way of life and scenery started to become almost normal.
It is normal...

for those of us in Japan
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:54 AM   #2613
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Great Racer (world Champ) from Canada...
Super update per usual Noah.

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Old 12-04-2013, 05:18 AM   #2614
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That Honda museum looks wonderful. Good stuff as always.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #2615
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Noah,

Great report! If you ever stop, this is going to be a tough book to put down! I was wondering if you take notes while you travel. You seem to be able to recall so much detail, and I know you are writing days, maybe weeks, afterward. How do you do it?

Also a question about the roads in Japan. Did you find, in the twisties, that there was enough shoulder room to pull over for pictures? In the more scenic spots were there any look outs? If you were traveling with a tripod, would you have had enough room to set up. Just curious for future reference.

Again, thanks for being so thorough, and for always thinking of your readers!
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:31 AM   #2616
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I will always maintain, this is one of the best looking offroad bikes honda ever made.
That clearly inspired Yamaha for it's XT 500.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #2617
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This, and watching Tampopo last night, has made me hungry for ramen and a visit to Japan. Awesome.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:17 AM   #2618
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Great update Noah!
Thanks for taking the time.
Looking forward to your next "installment"
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #2619
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Great update Noah! That pic of the Elsinore and the little 50 brought back memories.

On a camping trip with my brother when the Elsinore first came out. A couple of guys were doing a photo shoot making big power slides with big roosts. Sitting there on my mini-trail 50 awestruck. My 50 had a different frame from the one in the pic, tubular steel, that frame looks similar to the Trail-70's frame. Never saw one like that.

I would like to see the chick that rides that Harley too.. she has to be one rad lady..

btw.. his old Harley pic is probably a late '80s or early '90s Heritage Softail. I had the exact same bike ('93), configured almost identical. Slightly different solo seat and 2 into 1 fishtail instead of 2 into 2.

Looking forward to you SE Asia travels. SE Asia has grown on me (Philippines). Be Safe!
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:24 AM   #2620
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Noah,

Your pictures of Japan are so interesting! Thank you!

The Honda Hall looks amazing! Noah...Honda is Honda. Unbeatable quality and R&D!
I had few mopeds(SH50,Vision,DIO GP) in the eary '90 and bikes afterwards (CBR600, CBR954, NX650Dominator, XR650L). Their building quality is just amazing. It is just a shame that their later bikes have "less character" compared to the old one and to some of the European brands. I am waiting for the new Africa Twin 750 and more HRC products...

Ciao

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Old 12-04-2013, 10:55 AM   #2621
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Thank you for another update!

For several months i'm completely glued to it and waiting for update after update.

Keep riding safe!
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #2622
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This, and watching Tampopo last night, has made me hungry for ramen and a visit to Japan. Awesome.
Where did you get Tampopo from? Is it on dvd or tape? Haven't seen it for maybe 25 or more years but I still remember it - great film.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #2623
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Where did you get Tampopo from? Is it on dvd or tape? Haven't seen it for maybe 25 or more years but I still remember it - great film.
Netflix. can't stream it, unfortunately.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:37 PM   #2624
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Thanks for the memories your photos bring back. I owe you!

Stop by and we'll discuss repayment over a drink or two.
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:54 PM   #2625
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another great update and congrats on hitting the 'one million' hits mark, check your email and get back to me

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