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Old 04-16-21, 04:55 PM
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Touring Japan

Started April 5th in Yamaguchi ken.
Now in Shimane ken.
see if l can post some.pictures



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Old 04-16-21, 05:42 PM
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I miss Japan. I will go back there again.
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Old 04-17-21, 05:16 AM
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This winter I spent many hours on the Wahoo riding through Japan. Haven't been there since 1981 and remember it well. Thought of moving there shortly after that, however not a place someone moves to without a plan. The whole culture, even the "mods" in the big cities carry respect for others.
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I miss Japan. I will go back there again.
l hope you do, maybe when they open the country.
l hope to go to Hokkaido all the way to Okinawa.
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This winter I spent many hours on the Wahoo riding through Japan. Haven't been there since 1981 and remember it well. Thought of moving there shortly after that, however not a place someone moves to without a plan. The whole culture, even the "mods" in the big cities carry respect for others.
Japan has a lot of good roads. It's them tunnels that are scary.
Iíll be going to the tip of Hokkaido, down to Kyushu and then Okinawa
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I live in Japan and the Tip of Hokkaido to Kyushu I believe is a bad idea unless you have at least two years. I have seen vids on youtube of such journeys and they just ride and ride and miss everything that is worth seeing. My now youtube channel a is called waddo for those who want to see what is actually worth seeing.
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I am most excited about Kyushu and Shikoku and the islands but it's all good
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I live in Japan and the Tip of Hokkaido to Kyushu I believe is a bad idea unless you have at least two years. I have seen vids on youtube of such journeys and they just ride and ride and miss everything that is worth seeing. My now youtube channel a is called waddo for those who want to see what is actually worth seeing.
Nice channel, pleasant camerawork too. What is your camera setup while riding?
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I will not talk about the old ones (camera on helmet???!!!) but for all the newer 4k videos, I have a Sony FDR X3000 action cam. It is not waterproof but has the best mics of any action camera. I try to make sure there is ambient sound at all times in the final video. Previous to that I had the HD version of the same camera.
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I will not talk about the old ones (camera on helmet???!!!) but for all the newer 4k videos, I have a Sony FDR X3000 action cam. It is not waterproof but has the best mics of any action camera. I try to make sure there is ambient sound at all times in the final video. Previous to that I had the HD version of the same camera.
Did you mount it to the handlebars with the engine vibration dampener (AKA-MVA)?
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No, just a normal mount. I believe the camera has optical as well as digital stabilisation, so in addition to better sound who video is smoother than other action cams. For the last 2 years or so I am also very selective about the bike riding segments I use, so not just the most interesting bits of the route but also the least shaky. Finally I use more image stabilisation in Final Cut Pro, the editing software I use. There are other things I do that I won't mention because viewers need to believe what they are watching is real, whereas in reality it is all art.
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Well my all Japan tour came to a temporary end ( will continue this month , June ) . Travel restrictions were in placed . Did 7 prefectures though. Yamaguchi, Shimane, Tottori, Hyogo, Kyoto, Fukui and Ishikawa.
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No, just a normal mount. I believe the camera has optical as well as digital stabilisation, so in addition to better sound who video is smoother than other action cams. For the last 2 years or so I am also very selective about the bike riding segments I use, so not just the most interesting bits of the route but also the least shaky. Finally I use more image stabilisation in Final Cut Pro, the editing software I use. There are other things I do that I won't mention because viewers need to believe what they are watching is real, whereas in reality it is all art.
Nice videos & musics !
What was your approx. touring speed on your most recent trips ?

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Old 06-15-21, 10:41 PM
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Bike touring Kyushu by myself a couple years ago.... so memorable, in a good way. Japan is dense with things to stop and look at. And strange little roads winding through the mountains.
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Bike touring Kyushu by myself a couple years ago.... so memorable, in a good way. Japan is dense with things to stop and look at. And strange little roads winding through the mountains.
Which bike did you ride ?
Favorite place in Kyushu ?
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We ride at around 20km hour most of the time (not including steep hills/strong wind etc.)
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Which bike did you ride ?
Favorite place in Kyushu ?
I rode my Brompton folding bike.

So many lovely rides. Maybe my favorite was Rd 8 from Taketa to Takachiho, and then the next day along the Gokase River out to the coast. Rd 8 was very hilly, but I had lowered the gear range on the Brompton prior to touring.
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