Motorcycle hire in Tokyo - December

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Wildman, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Hi

    Looks like I'm going to be getting a couple of free days in December in Tokyo.

    Three questions:

    1. Is the whether likely to be reasonable for riding (I'm okay with cold and/or wet but not icy) and if so,

    2. Anyone have any recommendations where to hire a motorcycle for a couple of days (December, 10 & 11) and if so,

    3. What to see within a days ride out and a day back?

    Many thanks for any advice.
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  2. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Here's what I've found;

    Tokyo weather in December: 12 C (54 F) ave. with a 15% chance of rain/snow

    "December is a good month for traveling thanks to generally dry weather conditions. Domestic travel activity remains low during the first half of December until the beginning of winter school holidays around December 23. The downsides of a visit in winter are the relatively short days (sunset is around 4:30pm in Tokyo) and the barren state of the vegetation."

    Japan Bike Rentals seems to be the place to go.

    Looks like this might happen.

    I'm still very interested to hear if anyone has any recommendations for places to visit within a days ride from Tokyo. :ear
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  3. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    Did you make it? Any advice? I am there for a few days the last weekend in March. Would love to ride a couple days.
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  4. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Postponed to end-October/beginning-December 2012 so no personal experience yet. Let me know if you find anything.
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  5. toma nova

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    I've rented from Japan Bike Rentals - couple of Americans with a nice little operation in central Tokyo. Zumos, maps, ride recommendations, etc. Reasonable prices and well-maintained bikes.

    For rides, post up on www.sbkjapan.com or www.gaijinriders.com - there's an active group of foreign riders in and around Tokyo. Lots of easy day rides from Tokyo - most riders start early and end late to avoid some of the highway traffic (but bikes split and filter everywhere, even at 70mph!).

    I rode there for a few years - unbelieveable riding, scenery, and bike culture. Not to mention food, people, sights, etc.!

    Post a ride report after your visit!

    Tom
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  6. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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    Thanks for the information. I am now down to one free day. I still plan to rent a bike and ride someplace. It will be my 6th country.
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    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

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  8. Kjohn

    Kjohn Adventurer

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    Thanks for the pics. I'm in Japan right now through the rest of the year. I'm way up north in Shariki. I don't have a bike over here but I debating on getting one. The prices are stupid high. I'll see if I can get a better deal from a G.I. over on Misawa. Right now a guy left me his Harley while he goes home for 5 weeks. I'll start exploring this weekend if it will stop raining long enough.

    Kelly
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  9. klausdorth

    klausdorth Adventurer

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    So, did you come up with a bike?
    What are you looking for?
    How much do you want to spend?

    In case you are interested in a well maintained Honda TransAlp, please send me an e-mail: klausdorth{at}web.de.
    Just very short info:
    400ccm Honda TA
    model 1992
    well maintained (could go for a vintage bike)
    less than 60.000 km on the clock
    new progressive Wirth fork springs
    new ACERBIS handguards
    new battery
    comes with Hepco&Becker Junior cases and rack
    ¥250.000
    Shaken until July this year

    This is a very reliable bike. Has taken me (and wifey) to quite some places, including two Hokkaido tourings!

    More info and pics if interested.
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