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Gone
6th June 2005, 19:37
I'm in the process of relocating to Tokyo for a couple years. Anyone in Japn know if it is possible or worthwhile to bring my bike over? It would be brought back to the states when i leave.

Thanks,
Chuck

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私はカップル年の東京に移転のプロセスにある。私のバイクを持って来ることは可能または価値があるかどうか Japn のだれでも知っているか。それは州に私が去るとき持って来られる。 ありがとうは、チャック

thatbikerguy
6th June 2005, 19:49
it depends on how long you are staying there...

PlanB
6th June 2005, 21:19
Looks like he thinks about two years...I was wondering if your employer would cover shipping your bike over...if not, then you might have to get and ride a Hayabusa for two years and sell it over there if it's too expensive or complicated to send your bike over...store it properly, and ride rice for two years! I know it sounds like cruel and unusual punishment, but then again a ZRX, V-Max, or Hayabusa amongst others could be a lot of fun! The ZRX will have you almost in the same stance as a standard 883 or 1200 Roadster...can do low 10's at the dragstrip right out of the box...am I being sacrilegious or what...I feel like a traitor! But I've been known to do that when I was on short tours in the military...just grab anything so I could be on two wheels! :D

xena
6th June 2005, 23:01
I do believe some of our forum members are located in Japan, but off hand the only one I know of for sure is Rbuier (http://www.xlforum.net/forums/member.php?u=1002)
He rides an 04 XL883. Pm him if he doesn't stumble on this thread on his own.

rbuier
6th June 2005, 23:47
PM me and we'll talk. There are many things to consider.

Gone
14th June 2005, 20:20
I'll PM you tonight. I think there are a ton of restrictions with the import as well as the motorcycle license. I heard it is very difficult to get a license to ride a liter bike. besides, there are plenty of 250s there that are faster than the Harley. Prior to the Sportster I had an NSR250 (2 cycle streetbike - Japan only). Fabulous bike. Maybe i'll just get another one of them while I'm there. I don't think you need annual inspections on a 250cc bike.

Chuck

wickedsprint
14th June 2005, 20:52
Another vote for the Hayabusa! 9s at over 140 mph right out of the box with a topend near 190 ish. It is likely my next bike, was thinking of an R1 but the Busa is more comfy and faster. Hey PlanB, the ZRX1200R is not quite that fast, high tens low 11s are more typical for that bike in the mid 120s.

schnucki
11th January 2006, 10:46
Kann jemand Deutsch??????

Edster
19th February 2006, 13:25
Yep I was there lots of cool bikes in the 250 to 400cc range. Yamaha SR400(thumper), Suzuki Volty(250thumper) Kawasaki Estrella(250 thumper) Honda GB400, Honda CB400SS(thumper). Ther's also a good number of Sporty look alikes around 400cc. But I think a Single around 400cc is enough. I started out riding an 82 XL250R(6spd!!) w/ no trouble. Anything smaller than 250 can't go on the high way. 250s also have a one time weight tax as well even though weigt tax on a bike is small change compared to a car.
I got my Sportster when I was over there but I had been there about 8yrs. at that time and had plans to stay longer. You'll Lov it there. Bikes get to lane split!!! Good luck in Japan! I hope ya enjoy! I loved it!

lorezyra
24th January 2008, 22:17
PM me and we'll talk. There are many things to consider.

Can you point me to some good references for importing a Japanese bike (Suzuki) from the US to Japan??

I read the thread about importing a bike... but all was said is to PM you...

I understand that once I get the bike physically in Japan that I will need to do a "shaken..." but the title conversion and the license plates, I have no idea. Since my bike is a 2002 model, I was told that the "shaken" only needs to check my brakes. Is that correct? I also know that I need insurance ("hoken") and a parking place for the bike.

Could you provide some advice one how to do this?


Thanks in advance.

Edster
25th January 2008, 02:20
I was stationed w/ a guy who brought his Honda shadow over from the US. It would cost him about 2000USD to get through the Shaken then he had to pay the fee for registration which was about 300USD. I had bought my Sporty from the base dealer when I was stationed there. His isues were the brakes and the exhaust. Ensure you have a stock exhaust or it ver well may not pass the Shaken. Also check out gaijinriders.com It is a group of ex pats from all over the world that ride together(most are English speakers.). A great bunch of guys. And most ride sport bike. I reckon they would be the best on trying to get you the info you need. Let us know what happens.
Chris

barnes138
25th January 2008, 02:44
Chuck, I take it that you don't work for the US gov't? I've never been stationed in Japan, but all the other places they've sent me, I've mostly been able to drag my US spec vehicles with me at the expense of my employer and they usually have deals with the foreign gov't so that most US spec vehicles would pass inspection, etc.

I'm in the process of relocating to Tokyo for a couple years. Anyone in Japn know if it is possible or worthwhile to bring my bike over? It would be brought back to the states when i leave.

Thanks,
Chuck

or

私はカップル年の東京に移転のプロセスにある。私のバイクを持って来ることは可能または価値があるかどうか Japn のだれでも知っているか。それは州に私が去るとき持って来られる。 ありがとうは、チャック