Doshi no Mori Camp Touring


Lin is really getting good at the pillion photographer gig.


We took a trip up to a place nestled in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture called Doshi no Mori. We adult bikers had the usual great times talking and drinking and BBQing, while the kids explored in the woods and collected tadpoles and such.


My girls made friends with some other kids at the campground, and everybody wanted to take cool pictures on the bikes.


The camp lanterns made for some amazing lighting for some spectacular shots.


Riding into the night on Noji-kun’s Z2.


The next morning, the kids still wanted to take more pictures.
(By the way, if anyone reading this knows Himari-chan or Ebe-chan [Elizabeth], I’d like to get in touch with their parents, so please drop me an email.)


Bikes and frisbee fun under the late spring greenery are a good way to start the morning.


But then it was time to hit the road. Road cameraman Lin got more great shots from the back of my bike, including this self portrait.


Woochee driving the support van (with me reflected in the door).


It’s rainy season, but we managed to get nice weather both days, and it felt great to be on the road.


I’m really enjoying sharing these experiences with Lin, and she seems to be having a wonderful time too.

Doshi no Mori Camp Touring

Winding roads of Izu


My daughter, Lin, got some great shots from the back of my bike on our touring trip to Izu in April.


On thing I love about the Hakone Turnpike in spring is that the steep change in elevation means the cherry blossoms are always blooming somewhere along the way.


Lin in the mirror from over my shoulder as we set off back down the mountain in Nishi-Izu


Masakatsu on his first long touring trip


Kazu, Go, and Nobu driving the support car


Lin managed to take one of the coolest pictures of Go ever.


I’m glad my daughter has learned to love these winding roads as much as I do.

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Biker Reflections: my weekend reflected in motorcycle tanks


Stinger’s back, Mt. Fuji, and yours truly with the camera, all reflected in the obsidian mirror of my gas tank

I just got back from another great run around the Izu peninsula, including camping, revelry with good friends, and some of the most spectacular roads in the country. The weather was so beautiful that I found my eyes drawn to the clear blue skies reflected in my tank as I was riding, and it inspired me to explore a new theme with the photos for this trip. (I also got a bunch of great standard touring shots, although many of those also feature reflections.)


Early morning at the campsite, Shu-chan and YOS’s shovelheads can be seen yearning to head out under those blue skies.


YOS’ bike and mine against the old school glory of Shu-chan’s FXS tank


Verdant mountains and azure sky in the more traditional mirror of Stinger’s z1000
(In this one, you can see why I don’t have any reflection photos using the tank of YOS’s FL.)


Stinger’s z1000 and some weird amateur photographer in my Softail’s tank


On the Izu Skyline, Mt. Fuji and my bike seen in Stinger’s z1000 tank
(It’s nice to have a non-Harley logo included in this set.)


Self portrait with Fuji over my shoulder
It’s hidden behind the camera, but there’s a smile of pure happiness on my face—and it hasn’t left it since.

See the whole touring set here

The continuing adventures of a couple of American bikers in the Land of the Rising Sun