Buying used gear or parts is a great way to save yourself some money. On the flip side, it’s a great way to make a few bucks and subsidize new moto-purchases. But seriously, some of you folks need to polish your skills on being a buyer. Shitty sellers exist too, but I’ve found FAR more shitty buyers in my time. Based on a recent experience I had, here are some tips on buying gear and parts.
My Dainese Torque Out boots have seen a lot of miles. Maybe not as much as some folks, but I figure in almost 8 years they’ve seen over 70,000 miles. That’s a lot of riding, walking, standing around for boots meant to be on foot pegs. About 20,000 miles ago, the soles started to separate from the boots. I tried a few Home Depot remedies but nothing lasted very long. A few months ago one of the soles started to crack so I figured it was time for some repair.
I’ve been wearing the same gloves for several years now and they’re starting to show their age. I stopped by the Yellow Devil Gear Exchange closing-sale and found some Cycleport gloves left over. The price was right and they fit pretty well so I scooped them up. I’d known about Motoport/Cycleport for a couple years, but only from their jackets. A couple of the local guys had gotten full suits and jackets from them and were very happy. I’m really picky about my gloves, but based on the price of these I felt OK giving them a shot. Now that I’ve worn them for a couple months it’s time to make some observations.
So it all started out as a joke. At least I thought it was a joke. My buddy David posted up a link to Ventz Rider Cooling System and we all laughed about how silly they were, this, that, and the other. Then my buddy Tim over at The Cycle Guys chimes in about testing a pair and deciding if he wanted to stock them. Some time goes by and Tim contacts me asking if I want to test them out. Hey I’ll try almost anything once. The worst thing they could do is not work, right?
I have a thing about backpacks. When I say that, it means I’m always looking for the perfect backpack, one that I can use for everything, no matter the destination or packing needs. Of course this doesn’t exist, like talking unicorns. In my quest over the last several years I’ve accumulated an unnecessary collection of bags. Some have been re-purposed from other uses, some were specifically bought for moto-use, and some were just experiments or a free bag for when I needed something quickly. Read on to learn more.