Living In The UK And Buying Gear From New Enough In The States

September 11, 2010

I’m on NewEnough.Com‘s mailing list even though I live here in the UK and was wondering how the cost of buying something from them and getting it shipped here to the UK would pan out.. So I’ve just checked and these are my findings with one style of ladies jacket.

The jacket in question is this one..  Click on the photos to be taken to their website

Joe Rocket Yamaha Branded Gear Women’s Luv Textile Jacket


Here are the specs on it..

  • Hitena® textile shell
  • C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
  • Variable Flow™ ventilation system
  • Removable insulated vest liner
  • Sure Fit™ adjustable waistband
  • 8” zipper for pant attachment
  • Reflective stripe
  • Official licensed Yamaha® product
The retail price for the jacket is $229.99 but it’s on sale at $149.99 at the moment which works out at about £98!  ($/£ conversion rates will of course be subject to change) Shipping to the UK would be $59.58 (£38.81) which isn’t bad considering what’s being sent.  So for approximately £140 you can get one shipped here.
Why am I doing this?  Well, I like to be an individual and not have the same gear as anyone else, and condsidering Joe Rocket gear is barely sold in the UK what better way of standing out from the crowd than wearing something which isn’t seen about much here..
There’s one other consideration for me though….. I rather like that jacket 😉
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Update – May 2010.. Re-Selling My BabyBlade And Buying Her Replacement

September 11, 2010

Well, even after my Ebay selling experience in April I was still determined to sell my BabyBlade and buy a bigger bike, so with no small amount of trepidation back on Ebay she went. The watchers soon mounted up again and bidding was swift, especially towards the end of the auction. She once again made reserve so I was happy with the price.

This time though the buyer actually wanted her and promptly paid the deposit I wanted and plans were soon made for her to come and collect her. I actually breathed a sigh of relief at this point and on the 22nd May my 400 went home with her new owner.  I must admit to being quite cut up about seeing her go, but I felt it was for the best and she was going to a lady rider who had just passed her test and, like me when I bought her, fell in love with her in her photos and decided that this was the bike she wanted…

Once she was gone the hunt for a replacement bike was promptly restarted. I’d kinda given up looking for a new bike after the last sale fell through as I was getting annoyed about the whole thing.

As I previously said I was looking for a 600cc – 750cc bike with fairings to take me to and from work all year round.. While I love my Fireblade, the last part of my journey to work is round some very small country lanes and to be honest the Blade isn’t really the best bike for this kind of road, she like to have her legs stretched on bigger ones. I had a hunt round and kinda decided I wanted a ZZR600. It ticked the boxes, well most of them and seeing as it was going to be my daily ride that was good enough for me.   So the hunt started in ernest to find one.

1997 ZZR600

The only thing with them was I wasn’t particularly keen on the tail section, it just looks wrong in my opinion but as it was to be a daily bad weather bike I thought I could put up with it.. If the worst came to the worst I could always do a few mods and change it.

Then one evening while I was trawling Ebay and Bike Trader (To me there is nothing better than bike shopping 😀 ) I came across one of these…….. And promptly fell in love!

Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

I swiftly changed all my search parameters on the interweb and the hunt was on..  I reckoned I had up to about £1500 to buy one with, what with the proceeds of the BabyBlade sale and the cash I would be able to add to the pot and this meant I should be able to buy summat pretty good with my money 😀

On the same evening I sold my BabyBlade this popped up on Ebay 😀  manufactured in 1997, imported to the UK in 2002, less than 20,000 on the clock and had a whole shed load of money spent in the last year or so on things like a complete new stainless exhaust system, new tyres, new pads, chain and sprockets, etc.

1997 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat

I immediately sent a message to the owner asking about a buy it now price, we talked on the phone and one was agreed, with the proviso that if the bike wasn’t as it was described I would not be buying it.. The following weekend saw us driving to Portsmouth with the cash and after seeing the bike said money was handed over and she was mine 🙂

Right from the first ride I knew I had picked the right bike for me 😀 While she is a little higher than my Blade with her tweaked seat, and a little heavier, I very soon got used to her.  The higher bars make her so much better to ride into work and she’s seriously comfortable and as for how well she goes.. Lets just say she is more than capable of making the run to and from work an absolute pleasure 😉

Here she is, still on the truck after getting home in the rain.

'Cat On A Truck

And here she is once she’d been scrubbed and polished 😀

1997 Thundercat

1997 Thundercat

1997 Thundercat


Update – April 2010.. Selling My Baby Blade

September 11, 2010

Time for a few updates I think..  What with working pretty much full time now and being busy with things at home I’ve been very lax with my posting on here..  Sorry, so here are a few updates to fill you in on what has been happening..

April saw me riding my Fireblade into work whenever the weather was good enough to take her out and on rubbish days I rode the BabyBlade in. This was all good apart from the fact that I found it really difficult to ride the BabyBlade after having ridden the Blade for a few days. The difference in seat height was off putting to say the least and when sitting on the BabyBlade I used to wonder when the heck my bum was gonna stop going down and actually find the seat. Another problem was the difference in engine size. Dropping down to a 400cc engine from a 900 was just too much! I was finding myself trying to ride the 400 as I was the 900 and while she was a great bike she wasn’t the same! One further niggle was the small physical size of the 400, my knee has never been right since my accident in December and aches quite a bit and the more cramped riding position of the 400 really didn’t help matters.

Sooooo.. I decided it was time to sell my 400 and buy something bigger, both in engine size and physical size. I thought a bike with an engine size of between 600cc and 750cc would be good for a start, it had to be faired as I ride all year round in all weathers and started looking round for bikes which tickled my fancy 🙂

One Saturday about halfway through the month I scrubbed and polished her to within an inch of her life and took some nice piccys and wrote what I thought was a really good advert and popped her on Ebay and waited 😀

Soon the watchers were over a hundred and I kinda figured I wouldn’t have any problem selling her, plus I was sure I would meet the reserve I’d set on her. Sure enough she sold for the kind of figure I wanted and I sat an waited for the buyer to make contact after I sent the invoice. A few days later I was getting concerned and after sending a payment request also sent several emails. I’d tracked down his phone number via Ebay and even phoned him and he promised he would be there in a few days to pay for her and take her away. The few days came and went and still nothing, no contact of any kind so I started a non-payment dispute with Ebay..

What happened? You guessed it, he completely ignored it! I wasn’t a happy bunny I can tell you!

Because of Ebay rules you can’t leave negative feedback for non-performing bidders anymore so I did what I could! I left a positive with my negative comment in capital letters so it stood out! I was more hacked off though because I was missing out on bikes I was really interested in as a replacement!

I know that people do this with alarming regularity on Ebay, you quite often see ads with “relisted due to timewaster” and it’s a risk you take but it’s so damn annoying when it happens to you! I did everything I could and short of taking my bike to his house and demanding he gave me the money for it, I couldn’t do more..

Oh well, sh!t happens!