What’s Japan ring the bell for most of us? One of the biggest player in the industry? Or where cool stuffs & peoples that colored (and make us drool!) born? Yeah, for us, Japan got special sentiment for anyone hearts, whoever tasted their picturesque charm.
What charm? Well, lets discover that, from an Indonesian rider perspective who tried to live, breathe & experience the Japan motorcycle life. Welcome to Rama’s tales.
“Hello, my name is Rama! For being obsessively compulsive motorcycle enthusiasts, I supposed it’s a natural habit for us to see the broader & louder picture, to get deeper into the bikers life. And Is there any more diverse & colored culture of motorcycle place to live, than Japan?”
“Before I planned to live at Japan, of course I got some (wild) imagination about Japan bikers life. Okay, Call me an Autobike Otaku, thanks to Kamen Rider & Internet for endless supply of Japan beauties (not to mention Hentai & Gravure..), this Indonesian guy even can remember how Suzuka Circuit look like more than Tokyo Tower hahaha…”
“After landed safely and going to Kyoto by highway, my eyes is hunting where’s my motoring wet dream in reality? Where’s tricked & buffed UJM-muscle? Where’s half-blinded endurance racer that haunting Suzuka in eight hours? Where’s Kamen Rider without his mask on?
“Too bad, our route haven’t show those gems yet. Only cars, scooters, scooters, and scooters. It’s not saying scooters are boring, but imagine entering an Izakaya (Japanese pub) ordering a Sake bomb, and they deliver….a cup of green tea. Will my dream become reality? O God of Machine, bless this curious kid to meet one of your marvelous creature…”
“…But after reaching outskirt of Osaka, unexpectedly a familiar yet fabled deep grunt sounded clearly, the tuned Rex has passing with its signature growl! HURRRAHHHHH!!!!”
“In a flash, my fantasy that had been shattered, slowly arise & appear beautifully…Imagine Luke Skywalker when he met Yoda, yeah…A curious kid meet the greenish legendary ultra badasss creature = All I can say is: Kanpai!!! Thank you Japan for finally greeting this young Padawan with “proper” bikers style!”
“And because Kyoto blessed with plenty of tourism spot like shrines, temple & festival, it’s not surprised to find many riders traveled thousands kilometers for enjoying Kyoto heritage.”
“And the bikes that came? Imagine From foreign power cruiser like Bologna’s devil above into bizarre JDM bikes that even Wikipedia & Google can’t figure it”
“For some people, even the Japanese themselves, Japan isn’t as cool as it was portrayed on movies or another media. One word : LAW. A hella strict law that tighter than Ultraman’s suit.”
“Speedgun that nearly everywhere, huge chunk of speeding & parking tickets that always haunt your wallet, and police that skilful as the Yokai Raida, Yoshio Kannabe. Nightmare for motorcyclist? Umm…I don’t think so.”
“Take a look to this couple. They ride their bike with oozing passionate aura, even their riding gear isn’t the most protective one. For them (Japanese bikers), the law maybe strict, but it can’t stop them for ride their bike. Everyone got their personal attitude & style.”
“For example, the Police aren’t always arresting the Boso Zoku guys, as long they don’t opposing the law. Justice is blind, but it does have heart & logic….”
“Yeah, Japanese bikers life is full of love. Everyone, from rider, garage & shop owner, even motorcycle cafe waitress, life their bikers life with smile & positivity, even when their face are covered by helmets.”
“They don’t really care about cliche comparison like, what’s better? CBR or Ninja? Foreign bike or local-made? Old-school or modern? What’s they really care is their passion; Loves of motorcycle.”
“How can they vibrate those warmth feels, if their passion & love of motorcycles is weak & artificial right? Umm…there is one simple yet strong Kanji character for describing Japan bikers life, after years I live, breathe & taste here :
Sometimes, we forgot what’s “Love of motorcycle“. We’re too busy perfecting our own selfish-life. We forgot what buried inside the leather, metal & plastic that covered this life, motorcycle life : The feeling. You can call it love, passion, whatever.
Thank you Rama for reveal to us, what makes Japan bikers life is important. Hey, we’re not forgot that feeling right? Let’s live our bikers life like Japanese, that keep the peace & balance, with smile & positive love!