Thank You Tokyo!

Saturday was the Stinger‘s wedding run and party.

We’ve been doing these parades for years for various biker friends and friends-of-friends, and it never gets old. Throw the happy couple in the back of a convertible, surround it with Harleys, ride around Tokyo waving at everyone like you’re celebrities, and people everywhere stop to stare, wave, take pictures, applaud, and shout congratulations to the happy couple.

It really feels like the whole city is celebrating the couple’s happiness, and after a parade I always find that the smile muscles in my face are sore from overuse.
In a country where noisy bosozoku bring down the image of bikers, it’s great to have events like these parades and our Merry Run to show people the positive side of biker culture.
Our parades have gotten such favorable reactions that some biker friends of mine who run a small event management company have started offering the service for a small fee.

More pictures can be seen at the Gaijin Bikers main site.


Update: a clip from the DVD of the parade can now be seen at Google Video.

8 thoughts on “Thank You Tokyo!”

  1. No brand restrictions here, we just had more bikes than we could handle just with immediate friends of the bride and groom (including another X4.)

    You’re definitely on the list of people I’ll contact for our next short run.


  2. That really looks like fun! Althought the one bike with the viel fabric hanging from the handlebars of the one bike… do you say “handlebars’ when talking about motorcycles? … are giving me “Isadora Duncan”-style shivers! I’d be afraid the material would get caught up in the front wheel and cause the bike to flip over or something.

    / clueless chick ramble over , lol! 

  3. Yeah, extra consonants!
    Sorry, Langtry, but Blogger won’t let me go in and fix your comment.

    Yup, they’re called handlebars on motorcycles too.That’s my bike in the picture, and yeah, it was dangerous. They even started to get caught in the wheel at one point, but the material rips easily, and since it’s a parade, we were never moving fast enough for it to be a real problem. Looked amazing streaming out behind me when we were moving though. 

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