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Japanese Fashion Bikers

A few photos of bikers taken in Tokyo. The name they're given by the kind of bikers I hang out with is 'Fashion Riders'. It is recognised that for Fashion Riders the look is the thing and their transport is part of their fashion statement.

Fashion Riders are like mosquitoes - they appear with the warmer weather of April and pretty much disappear with the cold draughts of late October. The streets and roads of Japan are almost entirely FR-free whenever it rains, too. I have surveyed this species of 2-wheel bi-ped and found that the most common reason given for not riding in the rain is that's it's scary and for not riding between October and April that it's cold.

"Fashion hurts, and I'm in pain ALL the time." is a quote from an American friend who works in the high-fashion industry but I7m reminded of it when I see Japanese Fashion Riders and their headgear - construction, hockey, ski, baseball and minimalist bean helmets are favourites, or motorcycle helmets worn at the back of the head or even between the shoulder blades, held on with the strap around the neck so as not to muss up the rider's hairstyle.
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Loud pipes on everything
Loud pipes on everything
Loud pipes on everything - 50cc monkey bike
Loud pipes on everything - 50cc monkey bike
Beanie Helmet with woolen hat - an emerging trend
Beanie Helmet with woolen hat - an emerging trend
Beanie helmet with baseball cap
Beanie helmet with baseball cap
Baseball helmet and very large backpack
Baseball helmet and very large backpack
Beanie helmet with baseball cap with one-leg-trailing cool look
Beanie helmet with baseball cap with one-leg-trailing cool look
Beanie Helmet with baseball cap and handlebars straight back
Beanie Helmet with baseball cap and handlebars straight back
Hockey helmet
Hockey helmet
Beanie Helmet with baseball cap - a favourite
Beanie Helmet with baseball cap - a favourite
The Boys in Blue
The Boys in Blue
Postman on the right worried about his hair
Postman on the right worried about his hair
Scooter Slouch, Beanie Helmet with angled baseball cap - one handed coolness
Scooter Slouch, Beanie Helmet with angled baseball cap - one handed coolness
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