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2007 Kawasaki Tour - 3 Photo Gallery

Our whirlwind tour of the land of the rising sun concludes with a visit to the Autopolis circuit to take in the Japanese Superbike races and our own personal trackday. Check out the full story in Touring Japan with Kawasaki Part 4.

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We had one final bus trip to ne final national flight back to Tokyo before our long overseas gulag back to the states. Thank you Kawasaki, it has been one helluva ride - Kawasaki Tour
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That haze was similar to the one creeping over my brain as we left Autopolis. One day watching the best of Japan on the epic track and one day of riding on it was more than enough to satisfy our needs. What am I saying here? I want more - are you kidding? It was kiling me to see it go. Sniff. - Kawa
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Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Normally one of my favorite faces at Kawasaki - Russ dropped the checkered flag on my final session and for that I will never forgive him. Shame on you Russ, shame on you - Autopolis circuit - Kawasaki Tour
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Neale bayly asks the question: Can Hutch and I have 2 more sessions? Please? - Kawasaki Tour
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Laurel Allen of RoadracerX promtes peace from atop her Ninja - or is that a reques for more laps? - Kawasaki Tour
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Tossing out gang signs like a mad-man! It's Cycle News' Steve Atlas prior to his attempt at decimating the traction afforded by our OEM-rubber equipped ZX-6Rs - Kawasaki Tour
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Even the ZX-14 was a hoot at Autopolis - Kawasaki Tour
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Let's see: 186mph Ninja: Check, Stock tires: Check, Balls: Check - Kawasaki Tour
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Here's a look at the track, the myth and the legend: Autopolis
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We had to be reminded a few times that this was not a test ride - but a fun ride - take it easy and have fun...or else. - Kawasaki Tour
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Sonsk? You SOB, always gotta be the center of attention dont ya? - Kawasaki Tour
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This is Superstreetbike's Dave Sonsky showing us what we wish we could do - Kawasaki Tour
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Sean Alexander and Hutch contemplate what life would be like if we could ride long wheelies and do cool stand-up burn-outs while ken waits for his turn at the sick-ass track - Kawasaki Tour
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Where's the starter button on these Malaysian spec bikes again? - Kawasaki Tour
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Yeah Jan, it's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out - Kawasaki Tour
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Miles of smooth track, dozens of beautiful turns, it just doesnt get much better than this - Kawasaki Tour
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Finally, our test rider guide leads me around AutopolisIt's almost time to hit the track - Kawasaki Tour
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It's almost time to hit the track - Kawasaki Tour
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About this time everyone was thinking: For the sake of all things holy, Shu, we get it - lets ride!
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Shu: 'If you crash prior to the end of the day at 4pm, you will be left for badger food - or wolverine food, whatever it is we have out here.' - Kawasaki Tour
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What are the odds I get to ride with both Bayly and Duke? Apparently pretty good - Kawasaki Tour
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Shark fin soup anyone? - Kawasaki Tour
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The races were great but tomorrow we ride! - Kawasaki Tour
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The Kawasaki cheering section was packed and although Yanagawa did not win, he provided the drama we all love about racing - Kawasaki Tour
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Joel, you hooked us up like no one else could - thank you! - Kawasaki Tour
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Yeah, we are all big in Japan - Kawasaki Tour
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A view from the top of the Autopolis VIP center - Kawasaki Tour
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Akira Yanagawa was runner-up in the race but he's still a winner to us - Nice ride buddy! - Kawasaki Tour
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Factory Kawasaki ace Akira Yanagawa
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Akira Yanagawa grabs the holeshot - Kawasaki Tour
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Yanagawa was second on the grid - Kawasaki Tour
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Akira: 'Turn one is about a quarter mile down there so I'll be in third gear at about a buck twenty. I wonder of these fools think they can out brake me?'
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Yanagawa keeps his cool on the grid - Kawasaki Tour
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The scene in the paddock prior to the race - Kawasaki Tour
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Akira is huge in Japan - Kawasaki Tour
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What the heck is Sonsky doing with all those umbrella girls? If you have to ask, you're an idiot - Kawasaki Tour
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Do you think the home town crowd likes Kawasaki?
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Kaze Kawasaki Umbrella girl - Kawasaki Tour
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Go Green! Wee! - Kawasaki Tour
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In the end I had Seabiscuit on my mind. This is in fact raw horse, the first appetizer of our fine dining experience - Kawasaki Tour
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It was sad to see her go, but we needed to finish up and she was causing a distraction - Kawasaki Tour
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Geisha: 'This guy is making me feel nervous.' Ken: Hey baby...how you doin?'
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The traditional paint is not easy to put on. Her get up took over an hour just to prepare herself - Kawasaki Tour
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Our hostess treated us like royalty - Kawasaki Tour
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The food was good but a bit...umm., different - Kawasaki Tour
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Our crew was focused on the food - Kawasaki Tour
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For all the complaining I have heaped upon you - this is an example of really, tasty Japnese cuisine. The greatest shushi, raw egg for dippin and beer, big bottles of malt liquor keep the Seabiscuit in check - Kawasaki Tour
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You might thinks these were some type of custard-sicle but you should know what lurks beneath the custard-facade over here. These were some type of tofu on a stick appetizers. Pretty good actually - Kawasaki Tour
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Apparently in Japan there is a huge market for uncooked red meat. Who woulda thunk it? - Kawasaki Tour
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We made it to diinner after the long train ride and another bus ride. Our reward: Shu-san leads the toast and LCA obliges - Kawasaki Tour
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That will be $5.00 if you want an autograph too - Kawasaki Tour
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Don't say a word...
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Shinkansen are huge in Japan... - Kawasaki Tour
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Here it comes, the bullet train... - Kawasaki Tour
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The service on the Shinkansen is muy -tyt beef. The stewardess knows how to keep our guide Akira in his place too: 'You sit down before I smack ya!' - Kawasaki Tour
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Sonsky says it all without saying a thing: 'Where the heck do go to catch the 9:10 to Hammamoto?' - Kawasaki Tour
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At the AJRRS events the paddock is open to the public during a one hour meet & greet session - the AMA should take a look at this because it ws very, very cool - Kawasaki Tour