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I found a site that will buy and containerize bikes in Japan, complete with a shopping list of sorts. I did not find a 500 per-se, but something listed as a EX-4 that looks like our 500r:

http://topsk.com/kawasakis.htm

So to those more knowlegeable than myself I ask if the 500/498 is offered in Japan?



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The ex400 is a 400cc engine. It looks like they just don't have any 500cc in stock. Try looking around for a gpz500 (European designation for the ex500) or if I were to import, it'd be for the ZZR500 which is not available in the US market. They're also not very specific about the bike you'd get..
 

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Licencing laws. Its very tough in Japan to afford and pass the requirements to ride a bike over 400cc. Thats why they have many sweet smaller engine bikes. Seen a ZXR400 in the states? Honda NC30? CBR400RR? In fact the SV650 started like as a 400cc Japanese model. OK, we did get the FZR400 over here for a while, but it never sold well. The US is all about the size, and its a shame because we are missing out on some great, light, smaller bikes.
 

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Its the test that is the killer. Ive read of 90% failure rates, and the costs are supposed to be astronomical. There is one test for bikes up to 125cc, another for bikes up to 400cc, and then the test for the unlimited bikes. Also, large bikes are restricted, 750cc bikes to 75HP, Liter bikes to 100HP, or somehting like that. Cant remember the numbers offhand. Also, why get a heavier, resricted liter bike when you live on an overpopulated island nation, when the 400cc rockets will do 120+?
 

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Splash said:
I found a site that will buy and containerize bikes in Japan, complete with a shopping list of sorts. I did not find a 500 per-se, but something listed as a EX-4 that looks like our 500r:

http://topsk.com/kawasakis.htm
Whoa... look how rusty the rear brake disc is!
 

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Ok, I just checked the link. Dont know why I didnt before. WOW, is that the delivered price for those bikes? There are some sweet bikes there for cheap if so. Check out the Honda 400 page. Mmmmmm. NC35. Mmmmmm NC29. What you have to do to get those?
 
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They're all used! Plus you have to pay for the container shipping, taxes, fees, unloading, getting the bikes home... The purchase price is just the half of it.
 

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I thought the 500 was made in Japan. Why wouldn't they have them.
My car is completely built in Japan with 100% of the parts being from Japan. However, you will not find a Scion tC in Japan under any name. They build what they can make money off of and sell it where it will do well.
 

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The scion seems like the perfect car for Japan. Compact and probably does well
with emission testing. Why wopuldn't they have them???
 

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Is that Scion one of those silly looking square boxes I see running around? All I can think of when I see those things is a little Japenese Diplomat with a top hat and tails. I don't know why.

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The Scion TC would be a large vehicle in Japanese cities, from what I remember of a 1989 journey anyway.
http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/413/cars_bikes.asp

Omaha's sister city is Shizuoka. They had bicycles & motor scooters all over the place.
They has small dispacement sportbike enthusiasts that were wanna-be road racers screaming down curvy urban roads like crazy... many getting mangled. Like England, Japan had (has) graduated motorcycle licensing... newbies started on SMALL displacement bikes & as time & experience increased, w/o tickets & accidents, then riders would be licensed for the next larger displacement.

http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~arch/bike.htm
 

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and there is a whole car category over there called the K cars... nothing to do with the aries boxes

these cars are running on 600cc engines and at a max speed of 80 Kph
 

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hehehe, gotta try this one out :p

The Mitsubishi Delica
There's no other van that kicks as much ass as the Delica by Mitsubishi. Fulltime 4WD, seven passengers and a long-hauling diesel engine. All you need is a couple of fly rods and a remote lake in the Kootenays.
Bush-bars, moon roof, tinted windows, a winch..the Delica has more tricks than Lance Burton. Some people like to outfit them with fat tires and camping facilities. But we think they are perfect from day one.


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