Went to Ricoland yesterday and thought I'd shoot a few pictures to share what the largest bike stores are like in Japan. It's all about stock and choice of goods there. There's not such a big problem in Japan with shoplifting, so most of the stuff is there on display to touch, try on, etc.
As an example, I checked Shoei's latest helmets, but didn't find any I liked the design of more than my (now discontinued) X-11. So I asked if they had replacement interior parts. Turned out they did - a complete kit for around $100 US equivalent.
So I asked if they could fit them & shopped a bit more.
I bought the hydraulic hose & pads I needed to complete my under-slug caliper conversion, chain lube, oils and other stuff...
20 minutes later they presented the helmet... Just like new again. No charge for the fitting work. Nice.
There's a dyno in the back, and they rent all sorts of bikes. Ducati Pagnale, BMW S1000RR, etc. Anyways, here's some pics. It's not a cheap place to shop, but so convenient to have all the choice there to select from and buy. A dangerous place to go, as I always end up buying more than I had intended.
If any of you ever makes it to Tokyo, this place and the area near Ueno where there's a lot of bike & accessory shops side by side are worth visiting.
Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.