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Old 05-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #1

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Old 05-20-2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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I went the opposite approach and bought exclusively online.

As long as you measure yourself properly and read up on a couple of reviews regarding how the sizing runs (smaller than normal, larger than normal etc) it's a great way to save some money.

Certain items are best left for the store such as helmets and jackets.

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Old 05-20-2011, 02:27 PM   #4
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I go to cycle gear to try on things I like then buy them off motorcycleusa.com or compacc.com in most cases/
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If the brick-&-mortar store has what I want, and it's within $20-$30 (depending on what that item is) of any Online price - I just buy from them. Support your local Economy, dontcha know.

So far as Helmets go, my last one (well, last TWO, actually) I bought from my local Honda/Kawi/Suzi shop - they were within $5 of any online store. No joke.

I also buy batteries and the like from local. As well as three different jackets (well, one was from Marietta Motorsports - but I bought it in their shop, not online).

Online is for accessory-typee stuff (luggage, windscreens, parts, handguards, tires, etc.), or stuff you can't get anywhere else.

Support Local, whenever you can. Especially in this economy. If you don't; you eventually won't HAVE a local shop to go to when you NEED to.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:56 AM   #6
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As I said on your 1st article - I'm liking this series. Great general info & perfect for other new riders. The one new surprise is you're actually a normal size guy! I'm almost your H/W twin & was getting tired of all the articles centered around those 5'8" 160lb guys. LOL

I got most of my gear before Al Gore invented the internet & amassed an assortment of typical cruiser & sportbike gear over the years. But I agree with "AirHawk": get your gear retail & accessories online. It really helps to try things on & feel the quality (or lack thereof).

Sidenote: Do as much research as you can before buying. Many suppliers offer various colors of the same item. Make sure you're getting exactly what you want & for a good price; so you'll have regret free ownership.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:25 PM   #7
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Everybody has to make their own gear decisions, but there is an inconsistent logic behind wearing an armored jacket while not wearing riding pants. Pretty hard to crash without banging/scraping your knees or butt on the ground (been there/done that).
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:38 PM   #8
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I figure some are helmet only, some gloves & boots, some armored coat & some finally add pants, or wear a full suit. I have all that gear but honestly don't wear it as often as I should.
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