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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-08-2007, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a helmet and jacket online?

Ok so how do you guys feel about doing this? What advise do you have about doing it? Also what are some good sites? Also what is a jacket and helmet I should look into taking into acount i swet a ton and very easaly so i need them to be very well ventalated but also i want good protective stuff. Dose anyone have any sugjestions?

Any help would be great.
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First off fit is most important. Go to a local dealer and try on as much as you can to get a good fit and feeling. Then go shoping online for the best deals.


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yea thats what i was planing on doing its just that the local shops dont realy have any selections on jackets and i dont know why.
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That's tough. you might have to look farther. That way you won't buy a jacket that doesn't fit.


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yea thats what i was planing on doing its just that the local shops dont realy have any selections on jackets and i dont know why.
you'll just hafta try on what they do have, at least to get an idea on what size you'd be. jackets are meant to be snug, so you don't just wanna assume you should buy your normal sportcoat/winter coat size.

i have both joe rocket and icon jackets. they fit pretty much the same size wise. i ordered the same size in both. so once you know that much, they are all pretty much interchangeable.

other than that, you can measure yourself and compare that to the measurements on the website. good luck!

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Some places like NewEnough and CycleMartUSA have a killer return policy. You aren't out anything except shipping costs when you return something.

I haven't been able to find a good enough gear selection locally to be able to find what fits me before I buy. So, the places with the good return policies are what get my business.

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Some places like NewEnough and CycleMartUSA have a killer return policy. You aren't out anything except shipping costs when you return something.

I haven't been able to find a good enough gear selection locally to be able to find what fits me before I buy. So, the places with the good return policies are what get my business.
It's tough b/c so few dealers stock anything worth while anymore. They all give you that "we can order it"



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It's tough b/c so few dealers stock anything worth while anymore. They all give you that "we can order it"
yah no crap. "we can order it for you and have it in two weeks".

or i could order it myself, save 10% what you'd charge me, and have it delivered to my HOUSE IN HALF THE TIME...


just make sure you know what you want, and make sure you know if you don't get the right fit you can exchange it. just dont go slicin through the box with a razor blade when you get your stuff, dont wanna damage the goods or take any tags off b/c they wont take it back.
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yah no crap. "we can order it for you and have it in two weeks".

or i could order it myself, save 10% what you'd charge me, and have it delivered to my HOUSE IN HALF THE TIME...


just make sure you know what you want, and make sure you know if you don't get the right fit you can exchange it. just dont go slicin through the box with a razor blade when you get your stuff, dont wanna damage the goods or take any tags off b/c they wont take it back.
Scum bags act like they are doing you a favor charging your $400 bucks for the $150 jacket...and getting it to you in record time...of 2 weeks.



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its a wonder how stealerships stay in business to begin with.
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its a wonder how stealerships stay in business to begin with.
No kidding. I only go there for parts.



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i go cause they have some hot ass chicks workin there... i pretend to look at gear.
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Being an actual producer of jackets, I'd recommend a couple things for you.

ALWAYS go to a local dealer and try on jackets like these guys said. It's sometimes a pain, but you will understand when you have to buy 2 jackets because the one you purchased online you cant return or have to pay a restocking fee for because the one you purchased didn't fit.

Make sure that you go with a company you like, not one someone happens to tell you they bought. Anything you purchased regardless if its leather or textile can start to get pricey and you want to make sure your spending the money the way you want, no need for buyers remorse, as we have alot of customers have

Check out the following sites they have EVERYTHING!!!

www.parts-unlimited.com

www.tuckerrocky.com

Good Luck! If you can't find what you want on those sites, let me know and I'll try to help ya better!!

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Also understand that if you are looking at Icon, each jacket has a different fitment chart. A large in a Motorhead is not the same as a large in a Strongarm.

As for online pricing, I sell in my store for about the same as I do online, maybe a little less because I don't have to worry about shipping. Understand that any online dealer who sells Icon or Joe Rocket is required to have a brick and mortar store with dedicated retail space for the product they sell online. If they can offer good prices online, they can offer them in store as well.

As for special orders: Any PU dealer can order almost any product and have it there next day. Most online houses are doing exactly that.

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Scum bags act like they are doing you a favor charging your $400 bucks for the $150 jacket...and getting it to you in record time...of 2 weeks.
No crap! The last time I bought something locally and had it ordered, they quoted me 2 weeks, and it took 2 months. No thanks! The only thing I'll ever buy locally again is a bike.

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yah no crap. "we can order it for you and have it in two weeks".

or i could order it myself, save 10% what you'd charge me, and have it delivered to my HOUSE IN HALF THE TIME...


just make sure you know what you want, and make sure you know if you don't get the right fit you can exchange it. just dont go slicin through the box with a razor blade when you get your stuff, dont wanna damage the goods or take any tags off b/c they wont take it back.
so true....I took the local stealership 3 weeks to get me my baklava to me....I ordered my wife one later and it took 2 days.....


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I can categorically vouch for http://www.motorhelmets.com for online purchasing.

I've bought plenty of stuff from them for either myself, my sister-in-law, my brother and my niece.

Go try out some gears to make sure of the sizes then buy online. Go to a big motorcycle shop that is well known as a stealership and use their inventory for size. Don't go to a mom & pop shop and do that. That would be uncool.

As far as sweating, it comes with the territory. Get some of those CoolMax underwears, or UnderArmor, or similar microfiber underwear to help with the sweat issue. It won't help you stop sweating but it will make you feel bearable.

UnderArmor skull caps also come handy for your head. It will keep the nasty sweat from stinking up your helmet too badly and keeps the sweat from your eyes.

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I can categorically vouch for http://www.motorhelmets.com for online purchasing.

I've bought plenty of stuff from them for either myself, my sister-in-law, my brother and my niece.

Go try out some gears to make sure of the sizes then buy online. Go to a big motorcycle shop that is well known as a stealership and use their inventory for size. Don't go to a mom & pop shop and do that. That would be uncool.

As far as sweating, it comes with the territory. Get some of those CoolMax underwears, or UnderArmor, or similar microfiber underwear to help with the sweat issue. It won't help you stop sweating but it will make you feel bearable.

UnderArmor skull caps also come handy for your head. It will keep the nasty sweat from stinking up your helmet too badly and keeps the sweat from your eyes.
this guy knows what he's talkin about, just look at his leathers.

seriously, fnfalman does not post unelss its worth it. try it out.
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As noted above I would try on as much gear as you can before you purchase it. Two other sites that I've purchased gear from over the years is;
http://www.ironpony.com/ironponydirect/default.asp
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http://www.metricbikes-superstore.com/products.php
Both are extremely reliable and quick to get your stuff to you

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A buddy of mine bought his gear through http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/ after he found what he wanted at local shops... turns out their prices were substantially better than the ones at he shops... said everything went well and was pretty prompt for delivery
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