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$14,500 bicycle? maybe in japan

Old 09-08-05, 01:16 AM
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at today's exchange rates 1.6 million yen is approximately $14,500 US dollars.

a 6.8 kilogram "specially ordered" orange bicycle - $14,500 orbea?

https://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na007000c.html

Pop singer's stolen 1.6-million yen bicycle found
Kiyoshiro Imawano

Famous pop singer Kiyoshiro Imawano's expensive bicycle, which was stolen in Tokyo on Sunday, has been found and returned to him, police said Thursday.

The bicycle, worth about 1.6 million yen, was found abandoned on a street in Shinjuku-ku on Wednesday evening, three days after it was stolen.

Imawano, 54, parked his bicycle in front of a friend's home in Shinjuku-ku and locked it with a chain at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. He reportedly noticed the bicycle was missing about an hour later. The chain was found severed there, local police said.

A passer-by spotted the bicycle abandoned on a street in the Shinjuku Itchome district, about 1.2 kilometers away from where it was stolen, and alerted police.

Police subsequently returned it to Imawano. The bicycle was not damaged. The owner's name, "KIYOSHIRO," was painted in roman letters on the frame of the specially ordered, orange bicycle that weighs about 6.8 kilograms.

Police are still searching for the thief who stole the bike. (Mainichi)
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must've been a stupid criminal to abandon that bike
"This bike has pedals which aren't flat, and I can't change gears, it must be a dud!"
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At 6.8 kg, it weighs about 15 lbs, so it is unlikely it is made of gold or it would weigh more.

Knowing the clever and gadget loving Japanese, the bicycle probably had a cool flat screen high-res TV, telephone, e-mail, GPS, and a toaster - all at under 15 lbs and you can remove it from you bike and put it on your wrist when you park the bike.

Seriously, though, I would like to see a pic of that bike. $16,000! Still, a 1961 Spacelander made in the USA goes for more money and looks cool too.


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Why is this so hard to believe? Plenty of off the shelf $5k frames. Record will run you a grand or so and wheels like Campy Bora are $3k+

Now why you would "chain" that bike up outside a friend's house is beond me but...
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What you guys are failing to realize is that Kiyoshiro Imawano has some pretty good hits. I have his (or her) greatest hits CD. I love it when he (or her) covers Stairway to Heaven.

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Here's the build:
https://www.sbtm.jp/craft/imawano/imawano04.htm
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Japan: even pop stars ride bicycles for transportation
USA: Pop stars get into $250,000 bentleys to go less than a mile to starbucks
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That cat needs some hair gel.
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Originally Posted by thewalrus
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Police are still searching for the thief who stole the bike. (Mainichi)
Jeesch. I guess things really are different in Japan. I don't know if the police around my area would have looked to hard for the culprit even after the bike was recovered.
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you can spend $3,600 in carbon wheels easily, not too much of a stretch for a bike. Just dress up a litespeed. easy.

But what's more bizarre? $14,000 for a hand crafted bike, or $400,000 for a Ferrari, a fancy FIAT.
 
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Just as a matter of interest each bike here must have a registration sticker on it for the police to identify the owner. You register your bike at your LBS and the details go straight to the local police station. There is a police data base with the registration number and frame serial number. The police periodically check the bikes details in the street to check all matches. If not you have to provide proof of purchase.
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Originally Posted by DocRay
...But what's more bizarre? $14,000 for a hand crafted bike, or $400,000 for a Ferrari, a fancy FIAT.
Hey, Fiat's just the parent company. They have no involvement in the design, management, production details or anything to do with Ferrari. And it's a $1mil Ferrari at that...
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They show a picture of the freakish owner but not the bike. THAT'S the real problem.
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Old 09-09-05, 02:49 AM
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Originally Posted by CastIron
They show a picture of the freakish owner but not the bike. THAT'S the real problem.
If you go here they may still have the wanted link set up. It isn't his nicest bike. He also has / had a beautiful custom painted trek. It is well known that this guy uses his bikes for all commuting whilst at home in Tokyo.
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Nice road bikes are too noticable in a place like Japan. The cycling community is pretty tight and about three questions will get you the whole story about the bike, shop, etc.. Like Giant says, all bikes are registered with the police, even $100 beater commute "momma" bikes. These are the ones that typically get stolen by drunk business men. They're left at the nearest station, and the owner usually gets a call anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months later letting them know the bike's been recovered.
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1

custom lugged steel. he's got good taste!
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hmmmm. says "carbon tubes" in Japanese.
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I think it's pretty cool that this "very expensive" bicycle still costs less than an average new car.... and in Tokyo, I bet the owner gets from place to place just about as fast on the bike as he would in car.

Another reason to love bicycles, they're totally affordable.
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he is a dummy for leaving a 14.5k bike outside. i would bring it inside i dont care where i was and if they said no i would go somewhere else. he had it comming i would have kept it and painted it and deny ever stealing anything

EDIT: he is asian so the frame might be to small but i can adjust
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The tough part in Tokyo is proving you have a place to park your car. I can't remember the exact distance, but you have to have proof that you have a parking spot within 1.5?or 2k? (maybe a bit more) of your residence registed with the local cop shop. You take a copy to the car dealer, etc,...then you get to buy a car. It sounds crazy, but the system works very well.
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Originally Posted by puddin' legs
The tough part in Tokyo is proving you have a place to park your car. I can't remember the exact distance, but you have to have proof that you have a parking spot within 1.5?or 2k? (maybe a bit more) of your residence registed with the local cop shop. You take a copy to the car dealer, etc,...then you get to buy a car. It sounds crazy, but the system works very well.
in downtown vancouver, underground/secured parking spaces sized for a toyota corolla or similar small car are selling for $35,000... occasionally people will buy a condo that comes with 2 spots and put the 2nd one on the market.
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Old 09-11-05, 02:58 AM
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I pay $10 a month for mine. That's a lot of park'in fer cheaper than $35,000. Anyone paying that in the Vancouver housing market is just plain ol' silly...IMHO.
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Originally Posted by tinrobot
.... and in Tokyo, I bet the owner gets from place to place just about as fast on the bike as he would in car...
Usually faster

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Originally Posted by puddin' legs
The tough part in Tokyo is proving you have a place to park your car. I can't remember the exact distance, but you have to have proof that you have a parking spot within 1.5?or 2k? (maybe a bit more) of your residence registed with the local cop shop. You take a copy to the car dealer, etc,...then you get to buy a car. It sounds crazy, but the system works very well.
And if you have a few extra yen hanging around you get one of these:


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This guy will never be OCP...

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