With my “Tour of Westen Japan” bicycle coming up. I definitly needed a new bicycle, the bicycle that I wanted, the Louis Garneau, was out of stock so it came down to the slightly cheaper Great Journey 2 made by Giant. The size was a bit iffy so I got a significantly longer stem. The old one was about 60mm and the new one is 120mm which is pretty much the longest you can get. Additionally, I got a kickstand like what you might get on a scooter so that it can stand upright by itself even when fully loaded. All tallied, it came to 108 000yen. Which is about 1000$CAN and includes bags as well, which is a pretty good deal.
I rode it home and it feels a lot different than the road bike that I have now. It feels more like a truck as the response time seems to be lower and less crisp, that is probably because it has suspension on the front wheel.
The above picture was taken in my kitchen.