Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

© Speedhunters Mike Garrett
© Speedhunters Mike GarrettTakeyari

Takeyari is the proper name for the crazy tailpipes that have become beacons of the Boso movement. The traditional look is lightning bolts that extend feet above the rear bumper. In some cases, the exhaust pipes don’t bother making it to the rear of the vehicle and are routed through the hood and over the roof. This is seen as an evolution of the wild exhausts from Boso bikes of the past, which themselves can be traced to the long pipes found on American choppers back in the day. If you hear the term “bamboo spears” in idle Bosozoku chit-chat, the topic of discussion is likely Takeyari.

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