If you find yourself in Okayama for long enough to think about buying a motorcycle, then you might want to take a look at Umeki Motorcycle Shop. It's a family business that has been around for years and has earned an excellent reputation among motorcyclists. In fact, if you look under the license plate of many motorbikes in Okayama, you're likely to see a red and silver Umeki sticker displayed proudly. It's simply where most people go for a two-wheeled experience. University students, couples, beginners and veteran riders all make their way to Umeki. I have even seen the police getting their bikes serviced there.
Umeki has two locations in Okayama City. The main shop is in Minami Chuo-cho, several blocks south of the central post office. The second location is in Haraojima on route 250. You can easily walk to either shop in about thirty to forty minutes from Okayama Station. There are buses available and there is a tram that passes through the Minami-Cho area.
The thing that stands out about Umeki is the eclectic mix of motorcycles and scooters on offer. While they have the latest models, they also have an interest in motorcycle heritage. From a vintage Vespa to a classic Ducati, right down to those mopeds that were all the rage in the 1970's. Umeki has quite the collection of bikes, from the most unusual to the most practical. If you have a few minutes it's nice just to walk in and have a look around. If you have any questions the staff are more than happy to help you.
A visit to the shop from time to time will give you access to the latest models from all the established Japanese manufacturers, from 50cc scooters to 1300cc sport bikes. How much will a bike set you back? The prices are displayed in an easy to understand way with the costs itemized clearly.
If you are interested in motorcycle memorabilia and other collectibles there are a range vintage pins, badges and stickers for sale. Need a helmet or other riding gear? Umeki can help you with your Japanese riding experience.