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Thanks Viken! 😀
Had a quick look at what they have and there are a lot of jackets and pants that are the same as the brand names Joe Rocket, Scorpion and such, but for a much cheaper price.
Let me know how your experience with ordering from them is next season. I had to order my pants from Australia (fit really nice! ;D ) and jacket from the US (could fit smaller even though it was an xsmall already). Now to look for boots 😛
So I was told that for leathers it needs to be “fitted”, as in tight, but not so tight that it restricts you from breathing. 😮
I think I now have gone to every motorcycle shop there is in Calgary and have only seen 3 places that have nice jackets (Blackfoot, Bow & Walt Healy). Dido on leather pants that have knee protection :'( Guess looking at the end of the season doesn’t quite help either… ::)
Tried on a pair of JR Trixie last night that I found on kijiji, was nice but I think that the small was still a bit big as I had to cinch it up to the last button possible. Seriously, I don’t think I’m that tiny because I tried it over pants that I had on…. I think sizing needs to be standardized.
Well….still on the hunt. If anyone has any good online sites or in town stores to recommend that they have bought from, I’m open to suggestions. 🙂 Already looked on kneedraggers, riders discount, motorcycle superstore, bikers den, bike bandit.
Gerrys….you are only as old as you think you are. ;D In my case it varies from week to week…. 😮
She couldn’t keep up despite the fact that I tried to maintain the speed limit! I am serious! In the areas of 60 she would go like 40 and would screem to my ear that I need to slow down! So, don’t freak out, keep the speed limit (-1km/hr), do your shoulder checks – the more the better, watch for school zones and don’t stall the bike. If you obey the road rules and keep the shiny side up – you will be fine. You have 75 demerits to work with, so don’t be paranoid if you did some mistakes. As long as it’s not life threatening mistakes to you or to your surroundings – everything will work ok for you.
That is seriously whacked if the examiner is going 20km under the limit and is screaming into the radio for you to slow down.
I took my test in Balzac this summer after completing my course from CSC (it rained that day of course) and it was pretty standard from the car road test, except this is on a motorcycle. There was no hidden surprises as stated by the examiner; basic rules of the road…obey speed limits, keep in your lane, keeping your bike in control, full stop just behind the lines at stop signs, use proper signals, cancel after you are done and as badexample stated, “do your shoulder checks”. You can’t be penalized for shoulder checking too much but will get demerits for not shoulder checking when you should.
Good luck…although I think you may be doing your test as I am typing. 😉
Thought I’d ask in this thread instead of creating a new one. 😀
When buying jackets and pants, how fitted should it be? I bought a men’s 2 piece JR from GW at the time because I was in need of gear before riding out on the roads (I just felt safer) and most of the ladies pants that tried (less the uber expensive Dainese from Blackfoot which fit awesome :'() all was soooo low that I swear my ass would probably hang out 😮
Anyhow, I was told from a fellow rider that I met from a ride group a few weeks ago, that it was waaaaay to big for me! The jacket and pants are size 40, which I now realize I should be a 36 perhaps…oops beginner mistake :-[ The owner at GW told me it was a good fit so I believed her because it fitted nicely (or so I thought that was the way it was suppose to be).
I’m 5’3″ and just under 120lbs. After searching online I think I’m a small, but when I do try the small in pants it’s quite snug with pants under and the jacket is super duper tight! These are textile apparel…haven’t tried leather as I’m still debating on breath-ability for airflow so I don’t cook during hotter weather.
So not wanting to make that mistake again, I’m reaching out to all of you on how “fitted” I should get my gear? My helmet is good…don’t think I can go smaller than x-small, but do question if HJC shell is too soft and flexible over time after it packs down?
Sorry….lots of questions. Oh…where in Calgary would I be able to find good boots? I have small feet size 6 so it’s been tough to find anything to try on. Thinking of getting Alpine or Sidi. :-\ Anyone try Gaerne?
Went for a ride with a meetup crew on Sunday out to Lake Louise for lunch then stopped at Canmore for ice cream on the way back to Calgary. This was a much farther ride than I had anticipated but it was all good. ;D Met some new riders and got to learn there are some fast riders out there! I was the turtle out of the 4 of us, which was fine by me. I was already doing 10-20km over on the secondary and there was no way I was going any faster. I just let them go ahead and would catch up when they pull over somewhere. Either I will see them again for future meetup rides or they may decided that I was too slow for their liking. :-\
Already logged in almost 1000km for my first month since getting the bike and class 6…pretty good as I didn’t think I’d be able to get in that much mileage. I’m loving it out on the roads ;D (less the angry and delirious drivers that I sometimes see out there).
Would love to do a multi-day ride in the future, but that would all depend on if I get the thumbs up to go from the ol’ man. :-X
Would love to get a ride (or two) in for the long weekend, but that all depends on the ol’ man. :-\ I’m headed from the opposite end from you madjak30, so if anyone is in Calgary that wants to do a ride to Carstairs, perhaps we could meet up there. If you go on Sunday and there are others from Calgary I’d be up for it. There’s a meetup group on Sunday morning at 10:30 that I was thinking of RSVP’ing to and could suggest it as they don’t have any ride destination planned.
And if it’s a soon to be ex then (in my opinion) your buddy doesn’t need permission. Just do it! Although he might not want to piss her off because the divorce proceedings could end up to be a biatch. That’s my 2 cents.
Gumby – finally got a chance to look your pictures and… 😮 WOW!!
Both the bike and minivan looked BAD! Glad to hear that you walked away from that with minor injuries. I’m still literally blown away from the pictures of damage to the bike and minivan.
Like Raven, I just got my class 6 at the end of July and it really just boils down to knowing the rules of the road and handling of your scooter.
I have never ridden a motorcycle or motorized bike prior to taking the class and was glad that I did. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to ride correctly. On the road test, don’t forget to shoulder check, stop at the correct spot for stop signs, stay within speed limits etc…basically if you have your class 5 then you should have the rules of the road well versed. I passed the road test on the first try and it in the pouring rain.
Really recommend taking the scooter course. It’s much cheaper than the motorcycle courses (about 50% less).
Good luck Sweetpea! 😀
Thanks everyone for all the fantastic feedback! 😀
I suppose anything can happen, even just going up the driveway so I guess I can never be “too safe” as I don’t want to be sorry.
Went out riding last night with a buddy and few of his friends to Bragg Creek and it was a really great experience. They were pretty impressed after finding out that it was only my second time on my bike as I’ve only taken it out once around the neighborhood. I think they were concerned about me being too scared to ride on the highway and get up to the speed limit and with the counter steering on and off ramps, but that wasn’t an issue. We went up to 120-130km and less the first ramp where I panned a bit wide as I wasn’t sure how much lean radius I could do without scraping anything; all was great. The right side to lean is fine but the left scrapes something which I’m not sure what and I wasn’t leaning lots either. I suspect the kickstand perhaps? Any thoughts on this?
The ride really helped build my confidence as I am fine riding with someone (during the course on the roads and even my road test), but get really nervous alone for some reason. I will just have to work on that aspect and hopefully get over it soon.
I took a course at the beginning of July with Calgary Safety Council. I really liked it and would highly recommend taking the course to anyone. I’ve never ridden a motorcycle prior to taking the class (unless you count mountain or road pedal bikes) and was worried about all the horror stories that I’ve heard about learning to ride. From people launching the bikes to pop-a-wheelies and let me tell you that I finished the course feeling great and confident in the skills learned. And like madjak30 stated,
.they will teach you the correct techniques before you develope bad habbits…harder to unlearn and retrain than it is to just learn the correct way..
. I had considered Too Cool, but they were full and the closest available date when I looked back in June was for starting next week.
I took my ride course through Calgary Safety Council first week of July and really liked it. Too Cool was booking into mid-August when I was looking back in June. It now costs $450, but well worth it as I have never ridden before in my life before the course and the instructors were excellent in showing how to ride properly and safely. I passed my test the first time and in the pouring rainto boot! 😀
Highly recommend those wanting to learn to ride take the course.