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Japan: Daisen Sunday Special

OK kids. So I got some schtick for not doing my last Iron Butt ride on an MV.


So here you go. 1785km. 24hrs. MV F4.


The route:

2a.m. departure.

Tokyo to Himeji Castle (UNESCO world heritage site). Most all highway here. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/661

Himeji to Daisen (big mountain, great roads). highway there, daisen off highway.

Daisen across north coast along the Japan sea. Stop by Tottori Dunes.

Connect on the highway after lunch to get home.

Tokyo again by 2a.m.



So....what is this all about? Well, I wanted to see if I could do it. There is one finnish guy on the IBA site that has done a couple IBA rides on an MV F4S. That's it.....

Now, it seems like many IBA rides are pretty highway based. This particular ride was designed to get out of this area quick and get to some sweet roads a bit further out, and ride them during the day. Quite a bit of non-highway, which was a challenge to make the time.


So putting together documentation now. For those of you who are not familiar with IBA, it is a pretty rigorous certification process. Gas receipts, witnesses, etc.


Here is an overall picture of the route.




On the east side, you'll see a zoom in around Daisen. Those roads are twisty, narrow, full of cyclists, lots of elevation changes.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Daisen

 

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Some pics.....


Three of us, Yamaha FZ1, MV F4, GSXR600 (an aussie, american, frenchman)




Rest stop on the highway.




self-cam!




Himeji castle from the front.




Here's a close-up so you can see what this thing really is.....very cool....




Found a little side road for a closer pic.





How sweet is this.....

 

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Not really sure what I was trying to do here. really, when I was younger I could kick a bit higher.

This mountain is the other side of Daisen....




This was at the end of most of the twisties around the mountain. at this point i was pretty messed up. tired. hurting. everything. back, wrists, arms, neck. this machine isn't made for this kind of trip!







Japan Sea coast....







Tottori Sand Dunes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tottori_Sand_Dunes

 

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Lunch was here! pizza actually. according to the map, this is a popular place for bikers to go to. Just on the coast.




Across the road was the beach. (those little dots are surfers)




 

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Then we get to....Hell?

Either this is a dangerous place to be, or 50% better than US Route 66? :smoking:










Below the sign was this little gate/shrine thing. Behind this is a sleeping frenchman.

 

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So my bike is pearl white. But with this much riding, the rear got pretty dark! This is about 1200km in.







Dinner!



Don't have a pic from the end. I was sure I took one but it ain't on the camera.....hmmm.

post-mortem: I still really hurt. everything. Especially my neck/between shoulder blades. Something is a bit wrong here, may go to a doctor if it doesn't clear up in a couple days. I can't lift anything above my head. Wrists are recovering OK. Left shoulder is hosed. hurts way more than the right, which is a bit odd since the left one i could move around. But feels really weak.

Never again will I do this on an F4. Brutale is a contender tho.... :)
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So for this trip I got my SW-Motech / Bags Connection / Zumo sorted out. Here's some pics.

Things to note. With where the zumo is, there is no space to tuck under the screen. so when going a bit faster, you can't get down.

Also, you cannot see the zumo normally while riding, it is not in your field of vision. Instead you have to lift your head up and look down at it. Of course, mostly this is done when stopped, so not really a problem.

My original setup used a ball RAM mount attached to the tank bag. Which meant I had a stem + zumo mounted to another RAM mount. That weighed too much on the tank bag, sat in front of the instruments, etc. So I decided to take that off and mount the zumo to the tank bag attachment. This means I need to get another Zumo cradle tho for other usage without having to dissect this one switching between bikes.









The Trip QL bag has an expansion zipper. But it touches the tank, so I had to duct tape that up, which was one design point I didn't really like.




With optional map holder, it looks like this.







Zumo power was wired up through here.




They (moto corse) installed a handy piece here. The little plastic bit holds the power cord when NOT in use. Pretty cool I thought.




All in all, pretty happy with this. Will be good to have this on the Brutale. I got a bigger Bags Connection for that..... I guess there is more to come. :)
 

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Another thing that made this trip interesting.

I had to do my first bump start. ever. Never done that before. Wasn't too bad! Got some good instructions on procedure.


I left the headlight on while playing with the zumo after getting gas.....no more than 10 minutes. And the battery was dead. super dead. couldn't start the bike. Trip counters got reset, clock reset. pretty damn dead.

Thought it may have been the zumo, but I suspect the headlight. even when idling, when you turn the headlight on and off, you can hear it affect the engine idle.

lesson learned.....
 

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awesome! pretty impressive, both your trip and all the preparation for it. I hope you recover; I wonder if you pinched a nerve in your neck/shoulder? or sometimes a little swelling around the nerves can result in the symptoms you describe. Some ibuprofen and rest ought to help.
 

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awesome! pretty impressive, both your trip and all the preparation for it. I hope you recover; I wonder if you pinched a nerve in your neck/shoulder? or sometimes a little swelling around the nerves can result in the symptoms you describe. Some ibuprofen and rest ought to help.


thanks dude. Looking for some motrin now (of course, its the stuff I bought in the states).


As far as prep goes, this trip was actually more ad-hoc than usual.

Our original plan was to go to Aomori, which is in Northern Japan (honshu). BUT, as you may have seen on the news, there was a massive earthquake in Iwate, which is near to Aomori. The main highway we were going to take had a reduced speed limit and we heard several roads were closed. Also, some rain seemed to be going that way, so we decided to go west.

Planning is interesting.... to make sure we can fuel up on the highway, we have to search out which service stations have fuel, and 24hour fuel at that, cuz not all have it. Kinda like toll roads in the US, which have dedicated SAs.

So we planned everything for Aomori, and then had to wing it for this one. We did some basic calcs to make sure we effectively had distance covered. The zumo was very useful for helping our ad-hoc ride and computing arrival times, etc. So we changed our route a couple times while out there.

For those of you who missed it, here is the CNN article about the earthquake that messed up our plans. Quite a severe one, especially looking at the damage caused. We felt it in Tokyo that morning, later we found out it was where we were going!

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/14/japan.earthquake/index.html
 

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Wow I am kneeling to the touring MV Master! I hurt just from the pictures!
 

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Where's the pic of you in a wheelchair after??
Nice work Tokyo.....:)
 

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Wow I am kneeling to the touring MV Master! I hurt just from the pictures!
+1 mate.... i learnt alot from that and will probably pester you for finer touring tips down the track. Loved the gps and tank bag setup. Pity you cant get down lower though. I guess there aren't many other options really. Looks great.

Fantastic pics dude.
 

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So my bike is pearl white. But with this much riding, the rear got pretty dark! This is about 1200km in.







Dinner!



Don't have a pic from the end. I was sure I took one but it ain't on the camera.....hmmm.

post-mortem: I still really hurt. everything. Especially my neck/between shoulder blades. Something is a bit wrong here, may go to a doctor if it doesn't clear up in a couple days. I can't lift anything above my head. Wrists are recovering OK. Left shoulder is hosed. hurts way more than the right, which is a bit odd since the left one i could move around. But feels really weak.

Never again will I do this on an F4. Brutale is a contender tho.... <img src="http://www.mvagusta.net/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
<img src="http://www.mvagusta.net/forum/images/smilies/conveyer.gif" border="0" alt="" title="conveyer" class="inlineimg" />
I just saw this and I come a bit late.
I also get really messed up in my back when riding the F4, essentially having pain between shoulder blades.
I realised it's only a muscular contracture from extendending my spine looking up that keeps pulling my vertebrae. Now when I get home after riding I just crack my back on a foam roal and I just feel all my upper back cracking and relieving the tension. I'm then good as new but I do it every time I ride.
That Japan trip seemed amazing. I'll do a long trip in Europe one of these days too...
 
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