Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Crown Point, IN USA 46307
Totally new, need a crash course
I'll soon be heading out to the rural area of Japan to teach English and play for a low-level football (soccer) team in Nagano. Cars are expensive and probably wouldn't be very cost effective for me. I'll probably be staying in Azumino City which is about 45 minutes away from Matsumoto City by car. More than likely, I'll just have a bike (which is okay for some things).
With more than a two hour ride EVERY morning ahead of me on bike, I began wondering what my options were. Then I thought about a sports bike, as I've always wanted one. They're cheaper than a car but still have some benefits that a bike has (like parking and size).
I want to buy in Japan instead of ship it out. Unfortunately, I'm a complete bike noob. I don't even know how to classify bikes (I know that I'm not a fan of the harley-looking bikes; I prefer the ones you have to learn forward with while you ride). I don't know if there is a word for people like me, but I just want the style. Even if it can't go faster than 60 MPH, I don't care.
What should I be looking at? Maybe less than $3,000, doesn't have to be fast, and I prefer something that doesn't generate a lot of noise. Is there a noob beginner guide for bikes? I'd like to know what I'm getting myself into.
Edit: It also must be street legal in Japan.
Last edited by Chrispayneable; 06-03-2012 at 02:46 PM.