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Interesting to read all your comments, all of which I will take on board... but not for a while, unfortunately.
For the time being I am very much back out of the saddle. No, I haven't fallen off, though I think it's a safe bet that the previous owner did.
During my first ride out on Friday last I was concentrating on the road more than anything else. Sefty first!
Had another run out on Sunday - in much better weather - and was able to take a lot more in. First thing I noticed was that when riding in a straight line, the top yolk seemed to be pointing off to the left. Only a couple of degrees but in my book that's a few degrees too many. In fairness, the bike seemed to handle OK but it still doesn't seem right to me.
On arriving back home I had a good look around and noticed that the right hand bad had a definite bend in it. It was compensated for by the simple expedient of rotating the bar around the fork top. I'll try and post a pic if I can. Anyway, more bad news.
Finally, I switched on the ignition after dark and found that some of the console back light LEDs aren't working. By this time I'm not a happy camper.
Phoned the shop on Monday (several times). Got the impression that they weren't all that eager to help but eventually they agreed to pick the bike up and take it back for repairs. It's all left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth but I guess that's just the way it goes sometimes, especially with a used bike.
Hey ho. Christmas soon. 'Tis the season for goodwill so I will try to administer some :)
 

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That handlebar's definitely not right, although if there are no scuff marks elsewhere on the bike I'd be prepared to believe it was the result of the bike being dropped at a standstill. It'd be worth checking the fork legs for straightness and the frame for flaking paint around the headstock which could indicate a frontal impact.
The LED problem is strange. Filament bulbs are well known for failing with time but LEDs pretty much go on for ever.
 

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Keith, I can't see any damage anywhere else on the bike; it's actually in very good condition with few scratches. Forks look straight enough though I guess you'd need to remove them to be sure. I came across an interesting video on You Tube that dealt with misaligned forks. In many cases it's the result of a bump - perhaps hitting a pothole - that causes the forks to twist in the yoke. Apparently it can be rectified by loosening all the bolts on the front forks bar the ones in the top yoke. Then it's a case of pumping the bars and twisting the forks until you get it all straightened up again, at which point you tighten the bolts up again. That's the theory, anyway. If anyone's interested, here's the link.

Either way, it's out of my hands for the time being. The bike went back to the shop on Saturday and I don't expect to see it again until the new year.
For now, it's Christmas Eve, and time for a mince pie.
Merry Christmas, one and all :)
 

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Here in Japan, Christmas definitely isn't celebrated in the same way as in traditionally Christian countries. It isn't a national holiday and though many people buy presents for the kids, eat cake and even put up a tree, it's just doesn't have the same meaning. I'd put it on a par with Halloween and Valentine's Day - another event that the Japanese have adopted purely for the fun of it.
The most important event on the Japanese holiday calendar is New Year, just a few days away! I'll have a week off and am looking forward to the break from work, time with the family and some good food and wine:)
 

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A warm welcome from the other side of the word. Nevertheless, it's good to see that you're taking up something you loved eventually. I'd echo TrueFaith's comments, it's a torquey motor, but nevertheless still a sports bike which would mean she'd have to be revved eventually keep her at the boil. Ride safe!

Cheers!
VJ
 

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Here in Japan, Christmas definitely isn't celebrated in the same way as in traditionally Christian countries. It isn't a national holiday and though many people buy presents for the kids, eat cake and even put up a tree, it's just doesn't have the same meaning. I'd put it on a par with Halloween and Valentine's Day - another event that the Japanese have adopted purely for the fun of it.
The most important event on the Japanese holiday calendar is New Year, just a few days away! I'll have a week off and am looking forward to the break from work, time with the family and some good food and wine:)
I missed Japan and it's culture. Last time I went there was 4 years ago. I definitely understand why you decided to stay in Japan for good and that's my dream too. Aside from New Zealand, Japan is one of the best places to travel by bike. Fresh air, awesome scenery. Best country to grow old with.
 
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