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Old 03-06-08, 04:25 PM   #1
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Anyone speak Japanese?

http://www.panabyc.co.jp/products/electric/index.html
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Panasonic bicycles, but the website is entirely in Japanese.
I would love to know if the motor units are avaliable serperatly.
Is there a spare parts or repairs link?
How about contact information?

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Old 03-06-08, 04:42 PM   #2
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http://babelfish.altavista.com/

Put the actual web address in the space at the bottom of Babelfish, then tell it to translate japanese to english
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Iie, nihongo ga wakarimasen.

Doesn't seem to be too helpful, but Google's translation at least lets you navigate around a bit.
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Some excerpts from Babelfish:

At school cute style of attention. Robbery the on-board car which is difficult to be done.

In the uniform and, certainly in the plain clothes matching. LED slim beam lamp loading which becomes bright.

The light running and the wrapping 6 step speed change which are adjusted to the driveway.

Small diameter 20 inch model of outdated feeling. When it is the day off, heart bouncing, we probably will go out.

The belt model which answers to long time regular use to be strong in the rust.

Also the black which is made in the tough body appears. Strong model of loading.

The W loop model which adopts the black part.
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*drool* Fourteen pound titanium folding bike.

I didn't even know Panasonic still made bikes, and there they are, making really cool stuff and not sharing with the class. How rude!
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For real, great bikes.
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*drool* Fourteen pound titanium folding bike.

I didn't even know Panasonic still made bikes, and there they are, making really cool stuff and not sharing with the class. How rude!
Panasonic continues to make NJS bikes--which you can custom order at Yellow Jersey in
WI. I think that they also made bikes for Rivendell at one time--maybe the Quickbeam
was a Panasonic bike? I like Panasonic bikes, especially if they come with Kaisei tubing.
Heck, I like most things Japanese. I wish I could learn Kanji but with 3,000 characters
required to read at a kindergarten level I have other things to fill my (limited)
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Yeah, I was thinking the Panasonic keirin frames were all vintage at this point. Though considering how a bike must be built to get the NJS seal of approval, it can be hard to tell.
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Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto
LOL....let's see just how HORRIBLE Babelfish really is.
http://babelfish.altavista.com/tr

I took this simple phrase, which we KNOW translates to "Thank You, Mr. Roboto". Set it translate from Japanese to english.


Original:
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

Results:
Domo arigato and Mr. roboto

OK...maybe "Mr. Roboto" is throwing it off as its english already...so let's remove it.

Original:
Domo arigato

Results:
Domo arigato
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That's because it's looking for "ありがとう", not "domo arigato". Romaji is just that, a (rough) Romanization of the pronunciation of Japanese characters. It can be spelled all kinds of different ways.
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That's because it's looking for "ありがとう", not "domo arigato". Romaji is just that, a Romanization of the pronunciation of Japanese characters. It can be spelled all kinds of different ways.

OH yeah...... :blush:


OK....but I tried a few spanish words and they mostly failed too.
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Wrong character set or not, Babelfish is still mainly only good for hilariously poor translations, or at best, getting a vague gist of what a quote/site is about.
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My guess is that there are at least 128 million people that speak Japanese. I am not one of them.
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Hai, wakarimasu kedo yomitoru no koto ga dekimasen, dakara moyou desu... gomen.
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I don't understand either.
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With a combination of middling Chinese reading skills and even worse Japanese reading skills, I can't find anything on there about buying motors separately. The only products available are bikes, and in the electric bike FAQ section, the only questions are things like "How long does the battery last?" "Can I ride in the rain?"

Someone with actual Japanese ability might be able to help more...
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Well damn, Goobers, some polyglot you turned out to be. You are going to be no help with the site in Béarnais Ossalois whistle language either huh?


Thanks for looking, I really do appreciate it.
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There's no indication I can see on there that any parts are available separately except that you can add on kiddie seats.

There is a warning that they don't sell or service the electric models overseas, no warranty coverage either, and if you do use one overseas you better check on the local electric current and will likely need to get a transformer to recharge the battery.


Best bet for getting info in English looks to be on this page:

http://panasonic.net/contact/


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*drool* Fourteen pound titanium folding bike.

I didn't even know Panasonic still made bikes, and there they are, making really cool stuff and not sharing with the class. How rude!
Young man, it's time for you to get your arse over here to experience Cyclemode Osaka. Start saving!!
I rode that folder and also this road bike:

You can ride almost any bicycle you want there.

Oh sorry my nihongo skills are crap.
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Young man, it's time for you to get your arse over here to experience Cyclemode Osaka. Start saving!!
I rode that folder and also this road bike:

You can ride almost any bicycle you want there.

Oh sorry my nihongo skills are crap.
I really Like Ti and Panasonic too, but I really wish the bike in this pic had better components.
Im sure its heavier than it should be.
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I really Like Ti and Panasonic too, but I really wish the bike in this pic had better components.
Im sure its heavier than it should be.
I would have had to wait too long for the good ones to come back from test rides and I had many other bikes I wanted to try. The LBSs here even sell Colnagos with tiagra. (Of course Tiagra isn't bad at all)

Oh I rode this one night. It makes the pedaling much lighter.

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Well damn, Goobers, some polyglot you turned out to be. You are going to be no help with the site in Béarnais Ossalois whistle language either huh?


Thanks for looking, I really do appreciate it.
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I'll have you know my Béarnais Ossalois whistle language is right up there with my Aramaic and Estonian

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Young man, it's time for you to get your arse over here to experience Cyclemode Osaka. Start saving!!
Well geez, between that and Akihabara, I'll be completely cleaned out if I ever make it to Japan.
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