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WHEELIES & TEMPLES

FOUR MONTHS IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

It was another foggy morning on the Sea of Japan and the few other passengers remaining on the ferry looked like nerdy Russians with Japanese anime T-shirts, or businessmen worried about their goods. We had left Russia two days before and Korea yesterday. I stepped on deck for a breath of fresh air and couldn’t believe my eyes. We were approaching land!

I’d just crossed through 25 countries, experiencing all kinds of problems with permits, refused visas, and corruption in the ex-USSR, and through temperatures ranging between 0° and 120° Fahrenheit. Of course, travel itself is the goal, but I was also pretty excited to reach a geographic location born from a simple question: “What is the farthest point I can travel from home on a motorcycle?”

Japan has a completely different culture, which I’d intentionally not researched. Now here I was, just off the coast. I was alone, because my friend and riding buddy, Matteo, had to give up in Russia for economic reasons only 3,000 miles before finally arriving in the dreamland of Japan. I don’t know why I refused to visit Japan the “normal” way, or why I waited until I was able to do it on a bike.

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Features What We’ve Learned - 5 Lessons Learned From the Road • World Travel for Millennials - 9 Reasons We Just Did It Ride Reports Wheelies and Temples: Four Months in the Land of the Rising Sun • Oman, an Enduro Wonderland • 7,300 Solo Miles on an Omega Husqvarna 701 Event Reports ADVWoman Rendezvous ADV News Impressive new motorcycles for 2019 • AIMExpo 2018 highlights from Las Vegas • 2018 Monster Energy Cup yields million dollar winners and a firstever backflip Product Reviews Nemo Chogori P2 mountaineeringstyle tent • Forcefield Pro Jacket X-V with CE2 armor • Lectron Gen II 4-stroke carburetor • Magura HYMEC clutch for Honda’s Africa Twin • Rocky Creek Designs’ Phone Mount Rider Profile Moto Wonder Woman: Getting to Know Jocelin Snow Tuning Up The Main Issue with Fuel Injection and How to Prevent It