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post #1 of 14 Old 02-23-2006, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Wanted: Touring apparel near Southeast Michigan

Hey folks.

I'm trying to find a warehouse, dealer, shop, or any place that offers a great selection of rider apparel within about an hour or two from Southeast Michigan. I'd love to try on the gear before I buy it, but I can't locate any place that has a decent selection or the type of gear I'm looking for. I'm trying to find a two-piece textile suit similar to the high visibility Roadcrafter design through Aerostich, or perhaps a FirstGear Kilimanjaro 4.0 jacket and pants. (Frankly, I would just buy the Roadcrafter, but I'd love to keep the price closer to $500 than $700.)

Does anyone have any leads on a physical location? Or perhaps even a website that sells the Roadcrafter for less than $700? Or a brand comparable in quality for less $?

Gracias.

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-23-2006, 01:10 PM
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www.newenough.com

I completely recommend them. Great stuff, prices, service, etc..
If you send them an email, they'll reply with an actual answer, and within minutes of sending it..
Give the closeouts a good look..
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Geoff,

There's a great place in Farmington... close to the corner of Orchard Lake and Grand River... it's called Recreational Leisure (http://www.recleisure.com).

They've got a great selection... really cool owners... and good prices. Everything is 10% off so don't get sticker shock when you walk in. They also have frequent sales!

I have family in the Milford/Highland area and frequently go to rec Leisure when we're visiting them. :lol:

I used to live in Farmington Hills and moved over to Grand Rapids five years ago. It's still the best store in the state that I've found.

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Thanks for the feedback, but Regarding Recreational Leisure, neither their website nor catalog shows any textile touring gear. The closest things were one pair of bibs and a mesh/leather sport jacket. Is their showroom any different?

(Cheers to NewEnough, btw. That's where I'm considering the Kilimanjaro jacket, but thought I'd fish for deeper discounts closer to home.)
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Re: Rec Leisure

Yeah... their web site stinks. The store is completely different. I can't comment on full, one-piece suits, but I know they sell riding pants and jackets in textile.

I've bought helmets from there... gloves... riding pants... and boots.

Trust me, make a trip over.

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I can second the Recreational Leisure. I don't know of any other place around with that kind of selection.
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Does anyone have any leads on a physical location? Or perhaps even a website that sells the Roadcrafter for less than $700? Or a brand comparable in quality for less $?


Aerostich (Duluth MN) does not have comparable quality textile competition. I figured the cost was cheaper than an emergency room visit. There are deals from time to time, but discounted suits go fast http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/index.html . I bought a 2 piece Roadcrafter for $500 because the gray color was discontinued.

Ebay is a good souce for slightly used suits. I live within two miles of the factory store, so trying on sizes was very easy. The Dariens are sized like pants, but the Roadcrafter numbers are not as direct. Trying them on is almost manditory. It would be a nice day's ride from Michigan. I could hook you up on a hotel. :arrow:
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And when you go, you can buy this shirt..
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Feel free to get one less wrinkled than mine.. :lol: I picked it up while doing a loop around Lake Superior last summer..
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