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Old 03-12-2007, 08:57 AM   #1
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Buying gear online

How do you go about doing this? Do you just go to the nearest bike shop and try on everything you need...only to shop online?
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I recommend somewhere like cycle gear and tring on different brands of jackets, gloves, helmets, boots, etc. Then after you have found what fits the best and is most comfortable call a few local shop and compare prices with what you find online, places like Motorcycles Unlimeted can get you most stuff cheaper and without shipping. But always try it on somewhere before you but it that wat you dont have to deal with returning it!
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:45 AM   #3
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I would have tried Motorcycles Unlimited, but right now I'm in Okinawa Japan :(. I've thought about going to the local shop here to try on stuff but I think I'd feel weird always going in to try on gear and never buying anything from them :P
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Old 03-12-2007, 10:18 AM   #4
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while you are there can you look into finding me an rs125? or maybe a smaller cc bike? that would be awesome...

i hear in japan you can have stuff like leather custom made for you, for not a whole lot of $. i may be wrong...

but, as far as ordering online...I know my size in most brands (that I learned from trying things on at the local level)...but I usually only get stuff online that are clearance items...

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How do you go about doing this? Do you just go to the nearest bike shop and try on everything you need...only to shop online?
yes.
then go to ebay
or sandhillmotorsports.com

or is it sandhillpowersports.com.....i dont remember.
whatever they're called, i got a $250 jacket from them for $167 (shipping included). A+ for online shopping .
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A lot of online shops have size charts, and show how to measure yourself
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Went to a bike shop today and tried on different jackets. Apparently i'm a XL, but the sleeves were soooo tight. Is it supposed to be like that? It took me almost 5 minutes to take the jacket off :laughing6

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while you are there can you look into finding me an rs125? or maybe a smaller cc bike? that would be awesome...
If you are serious then PM me. I'm sure I could find whatever you need here. Okinawa has DHL, FedEx and good ol' USPS. There might even be better options in shipping something like that back, but I'd have to do some asking.
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is shipping from online venues more since you are on base in Japan? Cuz ordering from US online stores may end up costing way more.

About the tightness of the sleeves, you want the jacket to be most importantly: comfortable. It should be relatively fitted but not restrictive, so you can move around but not have a lot of excess material flapping around in the wind.
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:36 AM   #9
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ebay is the way to go and they have lot of Best offer items, that you can get really good deals
and kneedraggers have some good deals sometime
http://www.kneedraggers.com/
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I'd feel weird always going in to try on gear and never buying anything from them :P
just try on everything, get all your sizes, and make some kind of small purchase. believe me when i say salesmen dont mind if you come just to try stuff on provided a) your upfront about it so your not leading them on, and b) you dont leave a huge mess.

then buy a hat or something for $20
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:52 AM   #11
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just try on everything, get all your sizes, and make some kind of small purchase. believe me when i say salesmen dont mind if you come just to try stuff on provided a) your upfront about it so your not leading them on, and b) you dont leave a huge mess.

then buy a hat or something for $20
Thats a pretty good idea :notworthy

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is shipping from online venues more since you are on base in Japan? Cuz ordering from US online stores may end up costing way more.

About the tightness of the sleeves, you want the jacket to be most importantly: comfortable. It should be relatively fitted but not restrictive, so you can move around but not have a lot of excess material flapping around in the wind.
APO addresses are USA based addresses, so shipping is generally the same. The main difference is that only the USPS can mail things to an APO address. Price is generally the same as well. As long as someone sends it priority mail then it'll get to any APO address in about 7-10 calendar days. If its shipped parcel service then it could take anywhere from 2-6 months :laughing6 Make sure you also include delivery confirmation (or tracking if its available) and insure it for a high dollar amount. For some reason I tend to always get my packages if it has been insured for some obscene amount. I did send myself one package of shoes that wasn't insured, and I'm still waiting 40 days later

I ended up buying a bunch of things from www.newenough.com since they ship to APO addresses and they'll let me return anything I don't want. They also have a really nice clearance section if anyone wanted to check it out.
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