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MrKarl

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MrKarl says:

Buying off the interwebs

I am taking my test very soon and want to buy a set of leathers with boots gloves and helmet. 


I am thinking about buying the leathers (2 piece) second hand along with the boots and gloves (maybe not the gloves as I can get some pretty decent ones new for about £40). 

For the helmet I would like to get a Shark s700/900 as I like the fact that the bit covering the mouth is low whereas other helmets cut off the end of the helmet short. I have found a shop on ebay selling helmets, one of which is called Duchinni which has the same style as a Shark.

Would you recommend buying second hand equipment?

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teamwindsor

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teamwindsor says:

No

It might be cheaper but it is designed to protect you so I wouldn't take any chances. You don't know what has happened to it in the past. 

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preunit

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preunit says:

Second hand stuff

leathers,boots and gloves used off of ebay ok, just make sure they fit!.

Second hand helmets, a no no,you're never sure of their history.

Buying a helmet.......you really need to try on before you buy,this is the most important peice of kit you'll buy,so if you're not sure what a good fit is, then visit your local bike store and get some fitting advice.

Buying from a local recommended store will insure you'll get a good fitting helmet,hopefully at a good price.

Good luck with the test and ride safe.

unit.

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MrKarl

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MrKarl says:

Thanks boss!

I was thinking the same thing just needed some reassurance, I should be able to get money together to get a helmet new and be able to try it on.


Apparently the market is getting quite a few fakes, that's what made me cautious about buying from the internet. 


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preunit

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preunit says:

If you do just one thing

promise me you'll buy a new helmet,don't be the next person to forget your name.:wink:

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MrKarl

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MrKarl says:

I Promise Unit

:lol:


I am going to shop around and try to find a Shark helmet or maybe a cheaper helmet in the same style. I probably will spend £140 give or take on a new helmet. 

I will try hard though not to get ripped off on my leathers.

One reason I didn't want to get a helmet from the internet is that on a TV program they showed a counterfeit one on impact. When it hit the ground just split in two. I wouldn't like that to be my head. 

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corrsfan

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corrsfan says:

sound advice.

yes the rain/speed/gravel/bakes/ roundabout wasn't a good combination. 


You'll never forget that scraping sound a helmet makes when its being scraped along the ground with you wearing the thing, even if it was ~5 years ago. 

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