I'm afraid to buy helmets online, afraid it won't fit right! (Unless it's a helmet I've tried on). The dealership where I bought my bike is pretty competitive on helmet prices, and has a good selection. I did buy the wifes online, they didn't have her size in stock and it was back ordered, said it could be 3 months before they had it in the color she wanted (there was this awful looking green one that she tried on). We tried them all on and wore them around a bit and each found ones that fit really well. It's good, if you can, to wear them around a bit to see if pressure points develop. Anyway, moral of the story, the service guy actually looked up online to find that RevZilla had hers in stock and told us to go online and buy it. So, I didn't feel too bad about buying hers online after trying them on! But, I did buy mind there. It was $10 more, but that $10 is well worth the ability to try it on, and even though my business might be a drop in the bucket, it's supporting these stores that keeps them open.
I would never buy a bike online sight unseen! I suspect most wouldn't. There are things I'll buy online though. I did buy some riding gear online because the local shops have a limited selection. The nice thing there is, most motorcycle specific riding gear has snaps and straps to make them adjustable (a perfect fit is crucial for comfort, and to keep the gear from flapping around or puffing up in the wind), so I got everything one size bigger than I normally wear knowing I could always sinch it down. All worked out good! Actually being a little 'big' is nice in the winter because I can easily squeeze layers on underneath.
Unfortunately though, when it comes to accessories for the bike, it's online only. Nobody carries stuff for my 9 (how could they? All the various metric models they'd have to stock accessories for!). So it's always a bit of a gamble to see how the part REALLY turns out to look once the UPS man does his ding-dong-ditch and leaves it on the porch!
"8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
2011 Honda Shadow Aero 750 (Wife's)
Memphis shades quick-release windshield, OEM Solo Seat, Mustang Fender Bib, Chrome Solo Luggage Rack
Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT
Last edited by Romans5.8; 11-10-2012 at 01:14 AM.