News MotoQuest: Southern Japan Tour | Video

MotoQuest: Southern Japan Tour | Video

Japan Three Island Motorcycle Tour

For 2011, MotoQuest, the ultimate host for overseas motorcycle touring, has reduced the price by $700 on their Japan Three Island Tour, which occurs from March 26 through April 5.

To get an insight into what is offered on this motorcycle trip, the attached YouTube video shows highlights from the 2010 Japanese Tour.

MotoQuest says the 2011 tour will expose motorcyclists to the Best of Southern Japan. In eight days of riding past cherry blossoms, riders will embark on the following:

  • Experience twisty paved roads that go on forever
  • Ride the best of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku Islands
  • Bathe in traditional Japanese Hot Springs
  • Visit a world-class collection of motorcycles
  • Take curves by steaming volcanoes
  • Ride and socialize with the BMW Flat Twin Club of Japan
  • Sip tea at a vintage BMW restoration shop
  • See NOT a foreigner for the entire week
  • Ride where only the locals ride

And like always, MotoQuest gives riders a choice in what motorcycles they’ll ride during the trip. Following are the bikes and upgrade prices:

  • Honda CB400SF with rear rack: Base Bike included in price
  • Kawasaki Zephyr X: Base Bike included in price
  • Yamaha DS400: Base Bike included in price
  • Triumph Sprint ST with side panniers + $1,000USD
  • BMW R1100R with side pannier + $870
  • BMW R1150R with side pannier +$1,000
  • Yamaha DS1100C with passenger back rest. + $530

Here’s a basic itinerary of the Japan Three Island MotoQuest Trip:

  • Day1, Saturday, March 26: Arrival in Okayama, Japan
  • Day 2. Sunday, March 27: Tour of Okayama, transfer to Tsuyama
  • Day 3, Monday, March 28: Tsuyama to Arifuku Hotsprings – 150 miles
  • Day 4, Tuesday, March 29: Arifuku Hot Springs to Chinsui Hot Springs – 125 miles
  • Day 5, Wednesday, March 30: Chinsui Hot Springs to Kurokawa Hot Springs – 210 miles
  • Day 6, Thursday, March 31: Kurokawa Hot Springs to Yufuin – 130 miles
  • Day 7, Friday, April 1: Yufuin to Kitaura – 180 miles
  • Day 8, Saturday, April 2: Kitaura to Shikoku Island and Misaki Peninsula – 105 miles
  • Day 9, Sunday, April 3: Misaki Peninsula to Oboke – up to 220 miles
  • Day 10, Monday, April 4: Oboke to Tsuyama – 100 miles
  • Day 11, Tuesday, April 5: Flight Home from Okayama, Japan

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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