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    But you have to pay for insurance + gas.


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    it isn't that expensive. Plus, you can go on trips outside of your town, get groceries, など
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    If you're trying to save money seems like it would be a waste of money to charge that huge battery all the time!
    I get that you're trying to sell the OP on a real bike, but LOL. Charging a bike battery every day for 5 years would probably use less than 1000en worth of electricity.

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    If you ride an electric bike you might as well hang a notice round your neck announcing to the world that you have no intention of ever having sex again.
    Would that be in the form of a kei car numberplate?

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    Or you could just wear one of those brightly-colored T-shirts they distribute to teachers for sports day and things - they work equally well

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    Would that be in the form of a kei car numberplate?
    Dude, some kei cars are fast and RWD......


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    I get that you're trying to sell the OP on a real bike, but LOL. Charging a bike battery every day for 5 years would probably use less than 1000en worth of electricity.

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    I don't know, that is a huge battery. But regardless, if it was a second bike as an anti car grocery getter than sure get the electric bike but as a main bike......
    Just get a real bike or a car. Do us proud


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    Why wouldn't you just get a scooter? They are a pretty simple license, insurranceless (as far as I understand), and go much faster than an electric bike (I imagine they're cheaper too)
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    Why wouldn't you just get a scooter? They are a pretty simple license, insurranceless (as far as I understand), and go much faster than an electric bike (I imagine they're cheaper too)
    I believe only the under 50cc ones are insurance less and they have a speed restriction....which is slower than the speeds I hit on a road bike. But I agree: scooter > electric bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatefall View Post
    I believe only the under 50cc ones are insurance less and they have a speed restriction....which is slower than the speeds I hit on a road bike. But I agree: scooter > electric bike
    Slower than what you will hit on a road bike, sure.... faster than any electric bike I've ever seen seeing as I can usually WALK faster than most electric bikes.
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    They are fun, my GF's friend has one. It's weird because you start off with a regular pedal but within 10 seconds the motor kicks in.
    If you're trying to save money seems like it would be a waste of money to charge that huge battery all the time!
    Why not take the 6-8man that kind of bike will cost and buy a real bike. You can get an entry level road bike/ urban for that price. You'll get in shape too.

    Use a work out shirt and shorts and change into your work clothes at school. I used to do that.
    Electric bikes might be fast compared to a mama chari but they are still slow compared to anything with 700c wheels.
    I think Jiggit is the other bike dude on the forum.


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    I cycle a lot but I know very little about bikes. But yeah there's a world of difference between the half ton mamachari with no gears and a decent road bike. I don't really get the point of an electric bike unless you're wanting to take a bunch of trips all over the place. Maybe if you get placed with a bunch of schools that are hours apart with no public transport?

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    They are awesome when you're going uphill with a full basket of grocerys and a box of 1L water bottles tied to the back. But I don't think they capable of the range your talking about. When the battery dies they are at least 50% heavier than a normal mama chari
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatefall View Post
    They are awesome when you're going uphill with a full basket of grocerys and a box of 1L water bottles tied to the back. But I don't think they capable of the range your talking about. When the battery dies they are at least 50% heavier than a normal mama chari
    Hunh, didn't consider that part. It's looking like biking will become a recreational and optional part of my stay, my main battle from here will be deciding whether to rent or buy.

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    Yep, the thing to remember is that unless you become a hermit, it's not just the commute but everything else you need transport for. My commute to work is an easy bike ride, but if I want to buy groceries/ visit a friend/ go to the swimming pool/ do more or less anything else, I have to drive. You might be within a short distance of your schools but miles from the nearest supermarket. Also if you need to go further afield public transport can quickly become much more expensive than having a car.

    As for buying/ running a car, it's not especially expensive in Japan. I think the general consensus on the buy/ rent question is that if you're here for a year or less, you're as well to rent, but longer than that and it becomes cheaper to just buy your own. If you do buy, just get a decent kei car with plenty of shaken on it. Dealers sell second-hand cars with 2 years shaken, but ALTs usually sell their cars for cheaper. If there are any toll gates nearby that you have to drive through often, get an ETC card (it nets you a big discount on all your tolls). You will need to buy an ETC card reader for your car, but I've found that the money I've saved on toll discounts has already paid that one off.

    I paid 10, 0000 for my car (came with 2 years shaken). I pay about 5500 yen a month for insurance and 4000 yen for petrol. Add in the annual 6000 yen (approx) car tax, and I don't think it's a bad price. Granted, shaken is more expensive, but since it's a biannual expense you can just put a little bit of money aside each month and save up for it over time. My shaken (which was two weeks ago) cost me 70, 000. Shaken usually seems to cost most people between 50,000 and 150,000 depending upon the condition of the car, whether it's a white-plate or a yellow-plate, etc.
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    real men dont drive kei cars.
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    I definitely enjoy the idea of saving money, unfortunately I won't be arriving with enough funds to make a purchase. Maybe later on after saving?


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    Rent a car on contract hire for the first year. Unless you are placed near the centre of Tokyo or Osaka, not having a car in Japan will only reduce your quality of life.

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    real men dont drive kei cars.
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    Depends on what you're looking to do 5 Spicy Kei Cars You'll Want In Your Garage
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    real men dont drive kei cars.
    well, if I ever mysteriously become male overnight, I will be sure to scrap my kei car in order to protect my delicate masculinity then
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