Like climbing Everest or Pikes Peak, free diving depth challenges, Arctic marathons or any number of extreme events that let devotees push their passion, the TT will always draw its detractors and supporters.
The day things like this don’t exist will be the day humanity passes from childish curiosity into pessimistic preservation and signs its own extinction!

From the epic roads of Japan…


Tawarazawa, Shizuoka

Akita Rt. 341

Yamagata-Fukushima border Rt. 2

Kochi Niyodo River Crossing

Aomori Rt. 282

Ehime – Island along the Shimanami Kaido

Tokyo Hidden Gem

Nara Rt.169

Shimabara Rt.58

Kochi Muroto Skyline

Tokushima – Unknown Masterpiece!

Gunma – Shiba-Kusatsu Doro ~ Manza Road

Kochi – Unknown road

Shimanami Kaido

Shizuoka – Nishi Izu Skyline

Hokkaido – Ororon Line

Gifu – Etchu Nishi Line Rt.360

Saitama – Rt.210

Saitama – Sai-Kai Hwy Rt.140 offshoot

Yamanashi – Rt.18

Fukushima – Bandai Skyline

Shizuoka – Nishi Izu Skyline

Nagano – Shimonita Usuda Line

Shizuoka – Kintaro Fujimi Line

Aomori – Iwaki Skyline

Nagano – Venus Line

Been hunting a good summer base layer shirt for years. Prefering one of the long sleeve variety, to limit sticky arms and random arm hair pulling ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , it really narrowed down the choices. Had to breathe exceptionally well, wick away sweat, dry quickly, resist stinking and look n fit half decent even after several washes. Oh yeah, and not require special treatment at cleaning time which should be rarely ๐Ÿ˜‰


Rolled into Ebina SA @5am to meet up with another Twistybutter only to find I was the only bike there. Over the next 1/2 hour, the bikes started rolling in.

With a coffee down and the sky lit, we scooted across the carpark to top off the tanks before setting out. I’d fueled up the car the day before at my local for 122yen/litre. Ebina SS with its great service was making us pay for it, 145yen/litre!


5 days of all-day touring deep into the Japanese mountains.

Over 5 days we potentially have 2000+km of twisting winding and undulating roads to scout out and get lost in. Also, there is great riding and many sights to see in the area so feel free to go free-range if that’s your thing. Or, if you do want to split off mid day and find your own way or head back to base for a rest, go for it! We’ll be meeting back at base every night for a feed and festivities.


Departing April 30 4:50 am from Sagami Bay on the Pacific Coast!

April 30 – Full 500+km of twisting and winding all the way from the Pacific coast to the Sea of Japan.

May 1 – Riding the long way down into Naganao to set up a base for 3 nights. @400km

May 2 to 4 – Riding long daily loops out through the mountains of Niigata, Nagano, Gunma and Yamanashi. @400km/day

April 30 – Hotel in Joetsu. Exact location and price to be decided. Will depend on numbers and availibility. Budget 6-8000yen.

May 1 to 3 – Cabins near Ueda, Nagano. 8 person cabin with kitchen, shower and toilet. Futons for sleeping. 3500yen/night + bedding. The cabin grounds has an adjacent campground for those wanting to tent. Onsen facilities are also on the grounds with views of Mt. Asama from the outdoor baths!

Joining up

Reply here to register your interest. First in get the choice of spots in the cabins.


For the 500km run on day 1, April 30, we won’t be dawdling or sightseeing. So, if you’ve not done a coast to coast Twistybutt before, please join us in Joetsu that evening or the following day in Nagano.

This particular S1000R is the top of the line 2016 model with all the factory options and around 1200km on the odometer. On first impression, it is a little odd looking with a left headlight looking like a boxer that’s taken a few too many right hooks. But everything, as oddly placed and proportioned as it is, has a place and a function. What shall we call this oddball?…