Originally Posted by Sapporobicycle
So, to get to my question: I seek advice on what make, model, etc. tandem I should be looking to buy.
What's the most you're willing / able to spend on this purchase?
What brands do you have access to in Japan and/or what brands do you have a preference for, if any?
What type of riding do you plan to do on your tandem? Road riding (Note: I think there's actually a law in Japan that essentially makes riding a tandem bicycle illegal), hard-packed trails, light off-road, or...???
How much do you and whomever you will be riding with weigh as a total, e.g., you = 150lbs + they = 120lbs means you have a team weight of 270lbs.
Are their any barriers (freight charges, duty, logistics, etc...) with regard to making a purchase outside of Japan and having it shipped to you in Sapporo?