Okay, so I'm headed over to Japan, and I want to get a bike for everyday use and some scenery viewing. Right now it's a tossup between 250 and 400cc. I know they both seem small in the U.S. but Japan has a graded motorcycle licensing scheme, and it's a royal pain to get anything above 400cc. Plus there's really nowhere to open up that kind of power anyway-- no freeways and no long highways, and most speed limits are under 40mph. To make matters worse, they actually GIMP the engines on larger bikes sold domestically, meaning that you have to "re-import" a bike if you want the real thing. The good news is that because of these restrictions, most of the larger bikes are available in 400 models. So why would I pick a 250 over a 400? Well there's one oddball consideration, which is vehicle inspections. Vehicles over 250cc are subject to a state-sponsored raping every two years. Even if there's nothing wrong with your vehicle, you have to pay a large fee (basically a bribe) for a thorough inspection, vehicle tax, and road tax so that you can keep your vehicle on the road. This adds up to about $600. If there's something wrong with your vehicle, it's even more expensive. This is the reason Japan still develops and releases bikes like the 250cc Ninja. So as much as I'd love to start out with a nice 400cc, it's going to be much cheaper to stay smaller. Also, it's going to snow there in the winter. With ice. I'm certainly going to invest in some decent rain gear considering this will be my primary transport, but do you guys have any advice on handling in cold weather?