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I will be in Japan next week, I already contacted Kyosuke and, hopefully, I will meet him at Shioyama's store in Setagaya ku, Tokyo.

I've also planned to go to Osaka (2 days) and Kyoto (1 day) but I will stay in Kanto area most of the time.

Please contact me if you're there at the same time (10/21 to 11/10)

Thanks

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Hi you all

I will be in Japan next week, I already contacted Kyosuke and, hopefully, I will meet him at Shioyama's store in Setagaya ku, Tokyo.

I've also planned to go to Osaka (2 days) and Kyoto (1 day) but I will stay in Kanto area most of the time.

Please contact me if you're there at the same time (10/21 to 11/10)

Thanks

Cheers


Have fun, check out his six speed....also if you could locate me a dark green Japanese market 1998 factory TW225 headlight cowling, I would be very happy.
 

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Have fun, check out his six speed....also if you could locate me a dark green Japanese market front factory TW225 fender, I would be very happy.




Yes, details on the six speed, please. And axe him about the red knob on the side of his bike. lol. Been buggin' the heck outta me.
 

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anyone know what tank/flare thingies he has ? ( I can't for the life of me think of the real name) . Find out while you're there
 

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Are there pics of kyosukes bike or did I miss something, I'm new here. Thanks. =)


I don't think Kyosuke has posted since the changeover. He's a Japanese poster, and he his friends in Japan have some interesting TW's. His own bike has a 6 speed conversion, which we're all drooling over, but can't get the scoop on. lol.



You can find pics of their bikes on the old site if their posts survived.
 

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I created my own website (www.okaeri-japan.com) and will try to see if it's possible to export brand new or used parts from there.

I would like to know if there's an existing market for these custom parts in Northern America though, not sure because most of members here use their TW for off road purpose, it's mostly an urban bike in Japan.

I will talk about this with Kyosuke when I'm there.

I will post pictures of local bikes using my gf or father in law's computer in Honjou.

Have a great week end
 

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I created my own website (www.okaeri-japan.com) and will try to see if it's possible to export brand new or used parts from there.

I would like to know if there's an existing market for these custom parts in Northern America though, not sure because most of members here use their TW for off road purpose, it's mostly an urban bike in Japan.

I will talk about this with Kyosuke when I'm there.

I will post pictures of local bikes using my gf or father in law's computer in Honjou.

Have a great week end
 

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I created my own website (www.okaeri-japan.com) and will try to see if it's possible to export brand new or used parts from there.

I would like to know if there's an existing market for these custom parts in Northern America though, not sure because most of members here use their TW for off road purpose, it's mostly an urban bike in Japan.

I will talk about this with Kyosuke when I'm there.

I will post pictures of local bikes using my gf or father in law's computer in Honjou.

Have a great week end


In America (and I suspect, all export models) there is only a narrow array of factory colors. (White, black, gray, and many variations of Blue) One thing this site lacks, is a photo gallery of Japanese model colors for all years (1986-) I once found a Japanese site that had every model listed in color, there is a dizzying array of color for the Japanese market bikes. If you could find a site like that, I'd appreciate a link. As far as shipping parts, I think Americans would be most interested in the colorful front and rear fenders, (the headlight and sidecovers in Japan were mostly black in color). There used to be a guy on Ebay that sold these fenders as the Japanese would remove these parts for other custom treatments. There is definitely a market for those. I have a dark green rear but never got the front. I also have Tan and Khaki, (OK I just rechecked, I need the 1998 green headlight cowl, not the green fender, I need a khaki fender) I would also like the burgundy red(1999), yellow(did they make a yellow?), gunmetal (1998) and orange(2007 20th anniversary edition only) plastics. Aside from that, the round headlights and newer style tw225 rear fender are sought after.



As far as the custom parts go, yes there is a market, I'd say oil cooler covers, fuel tank cowls, and extended swingarms would be top custom items, but also the seats and peanut tanks...



a complete TW225 engine would also be nice, but we could probably build that from the parts bin cheaper than it is to ship a whole motor. This may have possibilities, Gizmo would love it:







just change the graphics to Yamaha
 

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I was wondering if Kyosuke knew that the site had changed.



I would very much appreciate if you could look into getting the round headlights and brackets that have been removed from so many TW's in Japan. Or maybe even getting the parts new from Yamaha in Europe or Asia and shipping them to the US. I'm not much into modding my TW, but the headlight is one change I would really like to do if I could get the Yamaha parts.



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I've seen a couple bikes on here with the round headlights, aftermarket seat and lower exhaust, where did they get theirs I wonder?



Catamount I think it was, has a very nice setup.
 

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I've seen a couple bikes on here with the round headlights, aftermarket seat and lower exhaust, where did they get theirs I wonder?



Catamount I think it was, has a very nice setup.


Pretty much any round headlight will work, all depends on the style, size you want. I got mine from Fly N Cycle but ebay, etc all have various ones to pick from. If sidemount universal brackets that clamp on the fork tubes are available on Ebay, if bottom mount then most seem to make their bracket out of angle iron and bolt it to the fork tubes.



It's one of the easier mods as the front end of these things is so simple.
 

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Here are what I believe to be the Khaki fenders(tho I'm not sure):




and the (what I call) gunmetal:







And a different (maybe) tan:
 

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Hello

I think there are probably several ppl interested in costumization there but I had a bad experience with a member of the former forum who asked me to find him a takegawa track road exhaust there and then realized he was broke and couldn't pay it when my girlfriend picked it up in tokyo.

Basically everything is possible (it takes 3 days for a parcel to travel from Tokyo to Europe using EMS) but customers have to be serious and check that they can afford Japanese parts before ordering.

I will take some pictures of shioyama's store (www.easyriders.jp) when I'm there, hopefully it will increase interest for custom parts.

Round headlights are also available on European models, 125 and 200 type II, last models sold there.

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I think there are probably several ppl interested in costumization there but I had a bad experience with a member of the former forum who asked me to find him a takegawa track road exhaust there and then realized he was broke and couldn't pay it when my girlfriend picked it up in tokyo.

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Most of us understand you would be foolish to put any money out before taking money in. If that means a few days additional wait time to get parts, so be it. Better a few days wait to make sure the money flows properly than to not have access to parts at all.
 

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I agree but we all gotta deal with the fact that Japanese culture is different from our: you order a part, you have to pay, period.

Japanese act like this and as long as we ask them to sell us parts we have to think and act like them.

There are only few parts sold at discount prices and it's impossible to wait, many ppl are already interested there and you gotta be the first one to buy them.

Price of the Takegawa exhaust was about 550 bucks including shipping and it's obvious that the way the guy acted was unexpectable (normal price is about $750/800 without shipping)

I opened a bank account in Japan to reduce paypal and other exotic stuff fees


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