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2010 Bridgestone Tire Japan Motorcycle Tour Photo Gallery

Come along for the ride as Motorcycle USA tours Japan with Bridgestone Tires on an unforgettable motorcycle travel experience.

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The Strangers dance at Yoyogi Park.
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Downtime allows for extra coats of aerosol hairspray, dramatic slow-motion combs through lacquered hair.
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The Lebels, attired in black jeans and leather jackets, politely wait their turn.
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Twist and shout - Yoyogi Park
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Impromptu air guitars and Elvis gestures are prevalent as they pivot on worn black cowboy boots, held together by electrical tape - Yoyogi Park
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Balloon animal anyone? - Tokyo's Yoyogi Park
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Free hugs at Yoyogi Park.
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The tire building process at Bridgestone's Nasu plant begins.
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With various layers added, including steel belts, a final outer layer is applied and what is called a 'green tire' gets ready for the curing process.
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Sealed chambers control pressure and temperature as the green tire cures.
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The mold released and curing process complete, the tire emerges with tread and is almost ready for inspection.
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Close up of tire upon exit of curing chamber. Note the small nubs through out the tire. Called spew by the Bridgestone folks, most are removed, with only the edges remaining usually. The spew are formed from small holes in the tire mold, designed to release pressure in uniform manner during the curing process.
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Every tire is visually checked by human inspector for imperfections.
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Passing inspection, the latest Bridgestone rubber is off to its new home - a motorcycle wheel.
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Bridgestone Nasu Plant in Tochigi.
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Bridgestone's Tochigi Proving Grounds
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The world's largest tire - Bridgestone Nasu Plant
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Testing the Bridgestone BT-023 at the Japanese firm's Tochigi Proving Grounds.
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Turning laps at the Bridgestone Proving Grounds.
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Testing at the Bridgestone Proving Grounds.
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The Ueno motorcycle district in Tokyo.
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One of the many gear shops in Tokyo's Ueno district.
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A typical motorcycle shop in Tokyo's Ueno district.
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A host of small motorcycle shops display used bikes on the street in front of garage doors, the mechanics working on customer bikes just feet away from the sidewalk.
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Tokyo Bay and Sumida River view.
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Late night at the Ueno district and the bikes are lined up ready for buyers.
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What's Pocari Sweat? The label says: Pocari Sweat is a healthy beverage that smoothly supplies the lost water and electrolytes during perspiration. With the appropriate density and electrolytes, close to that of human body fluid, it can be easily absorbed into the body. Yummy!
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Interesting food in Japan. When I asked what anything was, 90% of the time there would be a long pause then the answer: Fish meal.
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America - the new condiment you must try: Raw egg. Seriously, it's good.
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Vending machines in Japanese offer beer and whiskey. Refreshing.
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Twin Ring Motegi circuit during the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, but MotoGP was grounded thanks to Iceland's out-of-control volcano.
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Japan's Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
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Honda Collection Hall at Motegi.
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Toilet confusion...
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The best meal in Japan the simplist. Tuna sushi.
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Roppongi, the night club district for foreigners.
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What about the fat urban? - Harajuku
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Bullet trains in Japan run on Bridgestone tires.
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The temple at Asakusa is a popular tourist stop.
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Shrine in the Asakusa district.
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Rory, this one's for you and all the other sukekomashi out there trying to make dime.
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Buildings in the Imperial Palace complex - Tokyo Japan
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Ground zero Harajuku street.
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Need a smork? Make sure to mind the smorking signs.
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Highway Magician Black Running higrway the3rd Yellow Corn
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You think your river tour is cool, until you see the Bond Villian yacht steam by the opposite way.