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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RoninMoto, Apr 14, 2012.
Darn... Though we we're going to get the detailed, close-up walk around of your bike set-up
Noah, I thought that was you coming out of the Suzuki dealership in Shibuya today!
If you should still be in two minds, this may convince you:
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You know it makes sense dude!
That is an awesome video!!!
Wasn't me.. I'm in Nagoya now.. Plus.. why would I be in a Suzuki dealership? :huh
To show 'em what Suzi should be building
Worst. Southern. Accent. Ever.
That accent doesn't exisit on this planet.
Just followed your link and read that RR. Fantastic stuff.
I think a lot of people have. The opening photography is amazing. Well spotted Noah
Craig, Do you find yourself looking at his photos saying "I think I met that guy"... ?
Sept. 10 Sakalinsk to Wakkaina, Hokkaido, Japan. 50 km riding Ferry from 160 km average speed, around 29 km/h. Total time 6 hours.
We woke up at 5:30 in the morning and rode south to Korsakov. Here is how you get on the ferry to Hokkaido. There are 2 important locations.
Heartland Ferry Office
Customs and Terminal
There are 2 ways to go into Japan with a motorcycle. Have a Carnet, or use the Japan customs form C5014.
You will need to go to the Heartland ferry office a couple days prior to the boat leaving. We went the day before and they pushed my documents through. This is not a recommended way to do it. There are a few documents to fill out. They will need a contact address, phone number and name in Japan. Luckily I had just met a friend from Japan a few days earlier. For my Japan Itinerary, I just filled out names of cities I knew. I don't think it matters.
Documents you will need:
Drivers licence and International Drivers Permit.
Russia Temp Import/Customs declaration for motorcycle.
Make sure you have your motorcycle engine # writen down because its required.
A copy of one of the documents I filled out.
All my copied documents were sent to Japan to be looked at. We got a call later that night that we could come in the morning at 8:00 and buy a ticket. The cost was about $340 for the motorcycle and me. 1 way Economy class. Once on the boat I had to pressure wash my moto. They had a pressure washer and brushes for me to use. The Japanese crew was really nice and they helped me a lot. I was glad I had washed my bike a few days earlier in Yuzhno. The ferry ride took 6 hours to get to Wakkanai. The boat was way cleaner then any of the Russian ferries I had been on. The common area was carpeted, normal Japan style. You take your shoes off and sit/lay on the floor. They have pillows to use as well as a snack/lunch.
High tech gate for the dock.
Most of the cargo were passengers. I think I was the only one with a personal vehicle.
When I got to Japan an agent from Nippon Express was waiting for me. He had copies of all my documents. He told me to find him after I went through passport control. He and a customs agent looked over my motorcycle and stamped the C5014 document. The total cost for getting in was 22,000 Yen. This is about $220. Insurance for the motorcycle was also included in this price. All in all, it was quite easy and the Japan customs agent and Nippon Express agent were very nice and helpful. This was a breeze when compared to Kazakh customs after the ferry from Baku, AZ.
My stamped C5014 doc.
I spent the night in a Youth Hostel in Wakkanai. I had just traded Russia's "bid, dirty and wild" for Japan's "Cute, clean and safe". The closest point is about 50 km between Hokkaido and Sakhalin but it might as well be the other side of the world.
I am assuming that you are using your originals for all your boarder crossings. Have you tried using copies? Any lessons learned from the ?How many crossings?
I give originals to boarder crossings... but i always have copies. If I get pulled over by police I give copies.. in case they try to ask fro bribes.
Hey Noah. Where will you spend your 30th? Thailand?? I'm the 22nd, but ill be sure to toast to you in a bit over a month. Watching with great interest
Noah awesome report. Excellent pics and videos. Had a question about the ignition wires that keep going out on you. Is there a more permanant fix so as to keep it from going out in the future? Or something that someone planning a trip on a 690 could do to prevent it from occuring?
Yeah, You could heat shrink the crap out of them... then ziptie them so they don't vibrate.
Much of my problem stemmed from the previous owner. When the Rallyraid kit was installed, the wires weren't long enough so they were lengthened with 2 short wires. The the Ignition coil uses 1 small and 1 large connector, when he installed the wires, he used 2 large wires. These came loose, then broke then, then came loose again. I think I have a pretty good fix now.
That's what I did to my wife's ignition wires (2008 690 E). We bought it used with RR tanks and got stranded in Taylor Park, CO with a broken ignition wire. I soldered on new spade connectors and about 2 inches of heat shrink. No problems since then (with those wires anyway). I do plan to lengthen them, maybe this winter, as they are tight and the RR bracket does put the wires at their limit.
Thanks again for the ride Noah! Awesome vicarious Nirvana!
Just think about how boring it would be if every bike performed flawlessly for a 100k miles in grueling conditions. Sounds like no fun...
Great report Noah! Curious about your Sidi Boots that packed it in...were they Rains or the Gore-Tex ones? How long did you have them for?
I'll take trouble free anyday. I want to ride not wrench.