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post #1 of 24 Old 03-04-2007, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Textile Riding Gear in Canada

Ok, out with the old leather in with the new textile....The US and Europe seem to have much more selection, any opinions on where in the GTA I can view purchase some good gear and boots....ordering suggestions are welcome.
I know this thread may be better suited elsewhere but I want to hear from my fellow Canucks.
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-04-2007, 01:57 PM
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http://www.shopgpbikes.com/index.asp

Good store, great service, even in person.

Online, try www.newenough.com

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Vordak,

I have been to gpbikes, bought my previous bike from them...drop in and see them every week or two. I do not want Joe Rocket, The Ixon pants I am told from the sales person are for long lean statures (which I am not)- made in France. Can't find enough about the Ixon product on line, and thats about all they have in stock as of a weeks or so ago.
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You might not want Joe Rocket but Royal Distributing is expanding into a new building just off of the 400 at exit 85 near Barrie. Keep your eyes open, they might have some good opening day sales going on when they move to the big new place.

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Is there any "regular" jacket with no brand name advertised on it? I don't like these big brand names such as suzuki, Joe rocket or mocket or whoever else on the jacket or these huge shoulder pads sticking out of the jacket like gladiators.

One colour or multi-colour but simple with nothing written on it. I don't like leather
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It isn't in Canada, but otherwise you might like it.

Rider-2000,

Yesterday I tried on a sturdy jacket at the Suzuki dealership here in Sarasota Florida. For US$109.95 (+7%FST) you can get a good warm durable jacket with a zip-in lining, armour (well, it's actually armor, but the fellows at the Peace Bridge will sew in a 'u' for y'all) in various places, and I think the brand name is on little plastic labels that are sewn on and can be removed leaving no trace.

You can get a black one with red and white highlights or a black one with white and red highlights - you know, take it or leave it colour. There's that 'u' again.

And how warm is it? I know your climate, and I would wear this with a wool sweater, or maybe two, down to about -9C. With no sweater at all, it's probably OK to 5C; above 14C I would zip out the lining; above 24C I would take it off.

I cannot comment on the armour; I have never worn armoured clothing before, and I do not expect to wear it again. I have left bloody bits of me on various roads in the GTA, and I expect to do it again, but not soon, I hope.

I will be going back to the dealer to get an air filter on Thursday; would you like more information, such as brand name, sizes available, cost to send to Canada?

Compared to prices I have seen in Canada, this seems like a good deal, but a garment is no good if the potential wearer doesn't like it. Heavy recommended a store in Ajax, and the jackets there cost more than my first bike AND all the gas it ever used!

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...Any information would be great!
The dealership you talk about in Ajax is a good place, I visit every week or two. Ducati and used bikes mostly, lots of stock apparel but not a great selection of manufacturers.
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R'Oli and Rider-2000,

I hear ...

OK, I shall research those togs. I took a brief look at Canada Customs, and I find confusion compounded and enlightenment confounded.

Brand names, sizes available, weights, and business practices I shall research, and report on in this area. I wore one jacket, size XL (and I generally take L) and I found it a tad uncomfortable, mainly because of the unaccustomed protective inserts.

My digital camera is smaller than a pack of 20 DuMaurier smokes, but perhaps I can get a shot or two of the jacket and send it.

If you tell me your height and weight, perhaps I can recruit volunteers of a simlar size to try the jacket on and let me know their reactions. I speaka da Metric, and will convert to our antiquated pounds, shillings, and ounces (to quote a bear of little brain).

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Blackfoot Cycle in Calgary (huge dealer, lots of accessories) took out a full page ad in the January Cycle Canada. They claim they will be selling online, and guarentee the "best prices in the world". I keep trying the site, but it still maintains "ready in early 07", whatever that means.

I bought my Alpinstars riding gear there and did indeed get a great price at that time (in store).

Otherwise, most of my bike goodies are purchased online, south of our border. Especially tires. Even with shipping and exchange I save a bundle. I am fortunate that I live very close to the US border, so I have the items shipped to an address in the States and just pick up the items. Sometimes I pay duty, sometimes I dont. PST and GST are always collected. I wish there were Canadian online retailers that I could support, but the prices are just too far out of line in most cases.

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ps: I just checked out the "new" Royal Distributing web site, found it to be a pain in the butt to try and look around.

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