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Old 26-12-2014, 01:17 PM   #1
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Default Riding a Hayabusa

Not a Suzuki hyperbike, but one of these –




All Shinkansen (aka Bullet Trains) have names; ours was a Hayabusa -




In Japan with my son, courtesy of price Jetstar flights, we caught the trains the 1200km north from Tokyo to Hokkaido & skiing. It’s an 11 hour door-to-door trip, versus 8 hours flying (when combined with soul-destroying airport shuttles, queues, security, etc) and gives a proper Japanese experience.

I’d done this before so had a vague idea of what I was doing. New experience for Ewen though.

Before the trains, we spent some days seeing Tokyo. Obligatory bike pics for this bike forum !

A postie had just stepped off this bike –




Most commuter bikes are as derelict as this one –




But this bruiser was parked right next door. The nitrous oxide bottle & electronic wiring-trickery must be useful in Tokyo’s blanket 50kph limits -




Beautiful gardens –






Big moat walls -




Big fish –






Big temples with golden doors –




and golden gutters –




Big queues (this one stretched 3km to the Emperor’s palace, as it turned out to be his birthday. When we realised this, we cut out ) –




Big sinister buildings –




Big electronics shops –




and hot coffee in cans, which is not as bad as it sounds -




More to come .....
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Default Re: Riding a Hayabusa

Train nerd pics. The initial red Hayabusa pictured earlier took us to Morioka, then the train split in half & a green Hayabusa took over until Aomori –




Changed trains at Aomori onto a Super Hakucho, which took us under the sea from Honshu to Hokkaido –




Lunch -




Changed trains again at Hakodate, onto a Super Hokuto -




This train passes Mt Komagatake on its way to Sapporo -




but we got off at Oshamambe, which has a snow-covered beach –




The last train, a single rail car -




runs very slowly through fabulous mountain & rural scenery, pausing at one-horse towns to let on & off school kids and old bent women with shopping –










We finished at Kutchan, which has resident ‘welcome bells’ –




and a kick-arse snowplow –




We spent most of the rest of our time under the shadow of Mt Yotei-san –



doing this ! -




staying here -




eating curry –




and not riding 2-wheels –




Merry Christmas for yesterday & Happy New Year.

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Old 26-12-2014, 02:21 PM   #3
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Default Re: Riding a Hayabusa

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SENSATIONAL!



THREAD OF THE YEAR!!



Love it, love it!!!....every word and every pic.
Please, please pick another location, another form of transport, another powder-bowl at the end...and keep traveling and posting this stuff!!
Awesome

Ohh....and run another quick "plait" for me underneath that Doppelmayr, willya?
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Old 26-12-2014, 02:55 PM   #4
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Train nerd pics. The initial red Hayabusa pictured earlier took us to Morioka, then the train split in half & a green Hayabusa took over until Aomori

Wholy smokes, the V-Strom of the train world. Sleek, fast, looks the part. I wonder if the driver was a shortish bald chap...?
I'm jealous as of your journey there.!
Well done !
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Old 27-12-2014, 08:24 AM   #5
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Ohh....and run another quick "plait" for me underneath that Doppelmayr, willya?
They were all Doppelmayrs - they must be the only ski lift maker in the world.

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Wholy smokes, the V-Strom of the train world. Sleek, fast, looks the part. I wonder if the driver was a shortish bald chap...?
.... and the driver was, actually !
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