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Let me first say that I hope you and your fellow countrymen are doing well amidst all the chaos from the earthquakes... I truly admire the courage and tenacity of the Japanese people. Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, and we have people looting WalMart of TVs and beer. You people have a huge disasters followed immediately by another disaster, and there is little to no rioting/looting, etc. Reports of valuables and cash and locked safes floating ashore and people TURNING IT IN TO POLICE. Wow. You wouldnt see those kinds of actions here in the USA... Very admirable people, the Japanese...

Like the bike! Love the Christmas tree spikes you installed on the bark busters! Thats one way to scare the hell out of pedestrians and to keep cars from getting too close to ya, huh? Nice pipes too.

If I recall, you guys have a stepped licensing system, so it has taken you years to work your way up to licensing for a 1000cc bike right?? How long that take you?

Man, that is one narrow street too!
 

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First off thank you for the reply. You are right about the Japanese being good people even in this type of situation. I am originally from New Orleans and have several family members that are cops there. I heard about everything going on over there and was not shocked at all. I actually lived in SF area before moving back to Japan in 2003. I lived in Santa Rosa but worked in the city. I was and am still a member over at BARF.
The licenses are stepped here. ~250cc ~400cc, and 401cc~. You can do the licenses fairly quickly but you need to go to school and it costs about $2500 per section. I was able to jump to 400~ because I had a US DL for the bike. The tests are very intense and hard to pass.
The street in the pic is in front of my office and is 1 way, but many of the roads here are like that.
Also thank you both for the compliments. I have been riding for over 30 yrs now and this has to be one of my fav. bikes.
 
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