The Japan Biker F.A.Q. -- Motorcycles, Touring, Racing and Riding in Japan . . . .


The complete guide to motorcycles, touring, traffic law, licenses, and racing in Japan!


A General Introduction

Motorcycle Linguistic Info

Bike Classes and Vehicle Licensing

Driver's License Info

Road Signs, Lines, and Traffic Laws

Bike Purchases, Recommend Dealers and Stores

Shaken -- The Mandatory Vehicle Inspection

Interesting Laws, Concerns, and Issues

Racing, Race/Advanced School, and Suzuka

Some Useful Links, Feedback, Etc.

Click on a link or go to Page One, A General Introduction

------------ JAPAN BIKER FAQ V1.7 (originally launched 10-Nov-95; latest update 13-Oct-99)------------------

Written and compiled by Jeffrey Friedl ( and Robert Murphy (, with help from many, including:

John Crossley, Mitsuru Kawakatsu, Sunil Khatri, Jeff McAffer (, Andy Stubbings, Rex Harris, Yasufumi Ohashi (, Tetsuya Nishimura, and Warren Daniel.

NB: You must DELETE the Xs to send mail!

NOTE: Some pages contain Japanese script -- if your computer's OS or browser is not set up to read it, many words will simply look like garbage. To be able to see the Japanese without a properly equipped computer, try running the pages through a translator website like Monash University's Japanese page viewer.

This info is provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, the authors/maintainers assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions, or for any damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. Ride safely.

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