there are lots of people who shouldn't be on a moto. I've been on two wheels for a majority of my life and the skills translate pretty well.
For example, I picked up snowboarding REALLY fast because of my BMX background. I could kickflip and do basic shit on a skateboard, but riding bikes helped me more. a big part of it was just the reduced fear. as you guys know, the mechanics of snowboarding is pretty different from skateboarding. but having that confidence really helps when you're moving fast
lots of people get a moto having never participated in action sports of any sort and they're not very conditioned to ride assertively and see 'lines' that may help them avoid collisions.
but it's amazing. Even the most basic trips and errands that would be a bore in a car are supremely enjoyable because you're riding! all those cage-drivers look at you enviously at the stop lights, haha Edited by aether - 2/28/12 at 10:30am
Wow, I knew the US stockists marked up their offerings, but I didn't realize it was that bad. Another example- I just noticed The Archive is carrying this KKA jacket, previously priced at 49,350 "yen dollars" (sup chronbong) or around $611 USD, for $1240.So the question is- does the clientele of American/Canadian stockists deem the in-store experience, the customer service, the ability to try the stuff on worth the expense? Or do they just not know better or not care?
For one, I feel like the markups have been getting worse lately. I've noticed instances where at some American stores essentially the same item is a couple hundred dollars more than it was a previous season. But that said, the customer service at places like the Archive and Downtown is truly fantastic, and once their 70% sales roll around the items are well under Japanese retail, which is the only time I've made a purchase. Another issue is that many of these Japanese brands don't have overseas distribution networks or English speaking staff members - this means that it is entirely up to the owners of the store to deal with every aspect of the acquisition process, and time is money.
I personally buy items from Japan, but I have the opportunity to go into a physical store, and for online shopping I read Japanese. It always has seemed to me like scouring rakuten and yj would be much more difficult if you couldn't read what the hell was going on.