Hamamatsu – WOW!!

Ok… I am trying to monitor myself and restrict the access I give the world at times, but OMG! this trip has been awesome! What trip you may ask since I have been so inept in my recent postings… why to Hamamatsu of course — Home of Suzuki.

They have rolled out the red carpet the best that their culture will allow. Tours of factories, of cities and of restaurants… oh the restaurants. In  a crazy way I have also become a fan of the micro-mini-van. We even saw one with NASCAR tires on it… a must have for any upwardly mobile executive.

Let’s cut to why I am here. As the current Manager of Technical Publications and Training for Suzuki Motor of America, it is my responsibility to absorb everything that is Suzuki. The new 2017 and 2018 models that are coming are PHENOMENAL! When we are looking to introduce new models to the United States, I need to review and edit the training material for our field staff and validate the information contained on prototype motorcycles. Let me just tell you this — if you are looking at current liter bikes… do not discount the 2017 GSXR1000 — wow!!

In fact, just today I sat in a room with a GSXR1000R, S1000R BMW and R1M Yamaha and felt that I was with the best brand. You may ask “What of Ducati, your last brand and love?” To this I would say “I still have a love and kinship with Ducati that is unrivaled. I have an association with the rough grunt of the v-twin that few could truly appreciate. But… the smoothness and electronic support of nearly 200 hp hitting the pavement is truly a spectacle that Suzuki has mastered with their fingerprint of ride-ability.”

You wanted a quote – you got one.

You know what they say about big feet??

Now on to the fun of the trip. As a married guy that loves his wife and children. These foreign trips depend heavily on food. The outward friendliness of females abroad that would like “a trip to America” is what would some call… obscene. While Italy was much more prevalent to this type of attitude, it is still evident here in Japan, although the people here are generally much more polite. In fact, my travel partner has stated he cannot believe how polite people have been on our journey.

Our concepts of personal space and privacy in the States is shallow at best. As I rode the Bullet Train to Hamamatsu I couldn’t help but notice that the restroom was open to the public as I relieved myself… again on a roadtrip to the Toyota Museum … the restroom door was open to public view. No regard for private matters. Step forward in my two weeks here. Just today, I had the opportunity to use the men’s room while two ladies cleaned it. This would not pass in the United States.


The other thing that crosses my mind is this… and this is the deep part of the post. Americans with their lack of patience and commitment to excellence both gain and loose a lot in the exchange. Americans need to know EVERYTHING now and have no patience for developing a specialty. This is OK except in comparison to those that exhibit patience and become specialists.

Today I had the privilege and let me be clear — privilege. I taught an elder about CAN Bus. But he used a schematic that he printed out on about 12 pieces of paper and taped together to make sense of it. This seasoned man in the industry put pride in his pocket and let me share, while I had a chance to take in his own expertise and understanding of the “Black Arts that is Electrical”. As I taught, he disassembled the motorcycle and validated every portion of what was shared physically with test equipment. How cool to discuss theory and see it in real time.