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Motorcyclists embrace the spirit of Christmas

General Dec 22, 2009

Motorcyclists embrace the spirit of Christmas

For the kids at Elizabeth Sanders Home in Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, Dec. 13 was a day they won't forget anytime soon. On that Sunday nearly 80 motorcycles came rolling into their compound carrying more than 150 presents. An idea born in America, charity toy runs ...

The Griso 8V can walk the walk

Travel | ON THE ROAD Nov 16, 2008

The Griso 8V can walk the walk

Many motorcycle manufacturers are larger than Moto Guzzi, but few have as rich a heritage. Founded in 1921, the legendary Italian marquee has been continuously producing motorcycles longer than any other European maker. Moto Guzzi has a number of major motorcycle engineering innovations to its ...

Honda makes more than a scooter, with not enough scoot

Travel | ON THE ROAD Jul 13, 2008

Honda makes more than a scooter, with not enough scoot

With gasoline prices skyrocketing, car drivers are increasingly turning to two wheels to lower their fuel bills. New riders often start out on scooters because, unlike motorcycles, they have automatic transmissions, making them a cinch to operate. The DN-01 is a bold attempt by ...

Take a royal ride on the Yamaha Majesty

Travel | ON THE ROAD May 4, 2008

Take a royal ride on the Yamaha Majesty

If scooters could talk, they'd probably spout the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield's line about not getting any respect. No one casts admiring glances their way. In fact, some bikers even seem to sneer at them, but that hasn't stopped sales from rocketing through the ...

BMW's elegant hooligan

Travel | ON THE ROAD Feb 10, 2008

BMW's elegant hooligan

Renowned for its high- performance cars, BMW has long had trouble shaking the image that it's a builder of slightly quirky but sensible motorcycles for wealthy, bearded men. That's not to say BMW didn't make efforts to combat this image as it watched Japan's motorcycle ...

Triumph Tiger comes out of the wild

Travel | ON THE ROAD Dec 23, 2007

Triumph Tiger comes out of the wild

Triumph Motorcycles is a rare success story in the British motor industry. Rescued from the abyss of bankruptcy in 1983 by property developer and self-made millionaire John Bloor, this company with roots reaching back to the 19th century is now producing some of the ...

A thoroughly modern retro classic

Travel | ON THE ROAD Nov 4, 2007

A thoroughly modern retro classic

1903 was an amazing year for motorized vehicles in America. Henry Ford started producing his first Model A, the Wright Brothers made the world's first successful powered flight — and Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson began building motorcycles. The first Harley-Davidson was a single- cylinder ...

General Oct 19, 2005

Tomorrow's bikes on display today at Makuhari

With 133 motorbikes and scooters on display from Japan's four major manufacturers, and 57 more from eight overseas makers, eye candy abounds at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. This year's show features 29 world premiers and 37 Japan premiers. Here are just a few ...

Books / Reviews Dec 15, 2002

Bookbites

MITFORD'S JAPAN: Memories & Recollections 1866-1906, edited and introduced by Hugh Cortazzi. Japan Library, 2002 (revised edition), 307 pp., paper ($33) "I jumped out of my palanquin more quickly than I ever in my life jumped out of anything, and rushed forward. There were ...

Books / Reviews | THE ASIAN BOOKSHELF Nov 25, 2001

Book Bites

TOKYO CONFIDENTIAL: Titillating Tales From Japan's Wild Weeklies, edited by Mark Schreiber. The East Publications, 2001, 257 pp., 1,400 yen (paper) Grown men in diapers? Couples going all the way in the back seats of Tokyo taxi cabs? Mothers stalking their daughters? Companies that rent ...