Japan Con 2016
JAPAN CON 2016:
This year we took our show across the other side of the world to Tokyo Japan. This was not our first rodeo in the land of the rising sun. In 2013 we hosted Rucksters Rox Japan Con with the help of Tokyo Parts and SCR Works. With the success of that event, it was natural to make it happen again.
This year's event hosted by Yu Yamamoto, Yoshito Narishima and Tomonari Yamada coincided with Japan's Motochamp Magazine Race and Show Event and put on by our good friend Jay Martin over at Makoa Scooters. It was a wild weekend full of booze, eating, walking, more eating and oh yea a few scooters from all over Japan and one special bike that Rucksters built here in the U.S. and shipped to Japan.
Six weeks before the event, company owner and shop builder decided to build a fully tricked out Custom Honda Ruckus and ship in several large packages to Japan. Arriving Friday morning, the first day of the eventful weekend, Tony and prospect BJ built the bike in the Garage at SCR Works. Starting early in the morning and finishing just in time for USDMFREAX Parking Lot meet up which was put together by the badasses from USDMFREAX specifically for the shops that came from the U.S. The show consisted of many custom scooters from large to small. The night was full of excitement as we all looked on in awe of all the sick scooters. The scene in Japan is strong and thriving. It is a lifestyle and a reflection of how many people live there. We're hoping one day that it will transfer to here in the States.
Day 2 found us riding out of SCRWORKS at 8 a.m. to get to the meet spot where many of the visitors rented bikes and scooters for the days ride. Over 100+ riders got together and hit the streets of Tokyo. An amazing route with much to see, the group got a chance to city life while enjoying the sweet smell of exhaust fumes. It was a great ride as the rain in the forecast hid behind the clouds and stayed that way just long enough for us to keep dry. Beautiful weather and great route kept all happy. Celebrations went on late into the night as a few of us got together, ate and drank the night away.
Day 3 had us at the actual Motochamp Race / Show event. They setup up a few of the U.S. shops that were in attendance with a booth as everyone laid out their goodies for the JDM cats to scoop up. It didn't last long as they were all big fans of the USDM market of high quality parts and cool accessories. A large raffle was held and many of the spectators were rewarded with great prizes donated by all the shops. It was a great day and thank you to Motochamp, Makoa Scooters and all the shops involved.
The rest of the trip was a blur. Way too much work but also way too much fun. Work Hard, Play Hard, Ride Hard.
IMAGES OF RUCKSTERS TRIP TO JAPAN.
Makoto San of SCR WORKS Japan picking me up at the airport
First taste of Japan. Yakitori in a dark alley.
Friday morning we arrive at SCR WORKS. Check out this bagged turbo charged Mazda Swap Mini Van.
Mini UPS Truck
GETin Ready to assemble our bike that we shipped in packages to Japan.
Liquid Copper Dipped Barrels w/ Brushed Copper Centers
Prospect BJ putting in dirt
Clean ass MET
SCR WORKS custom Grom
SCR WORKS 206cc Beast Zuma
One of my favotire Groms. Custom Swing Arm rocking 12x8" rear
Finished the build in 8 hrs with time to spare B4 the nights USDMFreax meet
Mitch you Bitch
Saturday Meet up for Japan CoN 2016
Rat Koubou in the house
Makoa Scooters riding "NUT2BUTT"
Ride ended at a food festival. Bomb.com as some may say.
We end the night back at SCR WORKS HQ with more food and dranks!!!
Some people can drink...others....well?
Next morning we start fresh and early at the MOTOCHAMP SHOW & DRAG RACES
We even have RUCKSTERS Fans in Japan.
Masayuki Asada with his bad as zoomer
On this day all the bad ass shops were out displaying their finest.
TOKYO PARTS CREW
Beautiful Carbon Fiber Met
Fucking BEAST MODE
Matching Skyline for his wife
Drag Racing 1/32 miles
Dinner time. The food here is unreal...even the fake stuff
My best friend in Japan. Yu Yamamoto
Meet up with the boys from Makoa Scooters, Ruck house & HMP
Recurring theme here. He didn't quite make it to the vending machine
Next day we got to visit the true originator and the one person who got me into this scene....Sekizawa San of.....
Sekizawa San was kind enough to take us on a tour of the Asahi Beer Factory but not before grabbing a bite at a local Ramen Restaurant.
Dinner with MotoChamp & SCR WORKS
Japan's Famous Fish Market
Our visit wasn't complete until we got to visit MotoChamp HQ
Wind Jammers Factory
All handmade old skool style
Our last day in Japan. Thanks to the RUCKSTERS FAM for making the trip.
One last place to visit before we leave for a business meeting
As you can see they are into everything USDM & American Muscle
.....and over a few drinks and food, we close a deal with our friends in Japan.
Our signed contract
...and as we hit the tail end of our trip, both sadness and excitement hit us. Sad that we had to leave Japan but excited of the memories we made and what lays ahead for us. Being able to meet and spend time with all the people that graced us with their presence really made the trip worth while. We appreciate everything Japan has done for us and so as we part ways with our Japanese counterparts we were blessed to spend the last hours with our favorite people. Makoto San and Yu San.
Thank you for the memories. Sayonara!!!