A visit to MotoWorld this evening proved more financially damaging than I was prepared for. Was initially there to look at some gloves. I didn’t have a decent pair. My present gloves were low quality MIC wannabe’s that I purchased for my 2B learning. Cheap, but not very comfortable. That’s why I went back to the durian seller gloves during my TP test in January this year. They offered little protection, but were quite honestly, the most comfortable pair of gloves I had – not to mention that they were the cheapest too.
So coming back to present day, I’ve had my 200ns for about 3 months now. Re-visited the cheapo gloves I had previously purchased and still I could never get used to them. They felt too stiff and were really restrictive. So I went with some cheap leather (considering the price I paid for it, I’m not even sure if they were genuine leather) half-finger gloves. These were a lot more comfortable, but obviously offered less protection. But as of late I had travelled to KL and back twice, I realized that these half-fingered gloves had 2 main issues.
Firstly, like I mentioned, they offered little protection. Thankfully I didn’t have to find out how it will hold up during a tarmac slide, but even the humble raindrops were merciless to the exposed fingers at highway speeds. Not good.
Next, because my fingers were exposed, my finger tips – especially under the nails – looked like I’ve dug through 6 foot of soil after an even short run on the bike. Yucks. And definitely not useful if I wanted to catch some light (and quite literally) finger food after a ride. Sure, I can wash them. But they still remain yucky until after a while. Not nice.
And of course, being a no-brand pair of gloves, I’m really not sure how the stitches will hold up during a fall. Not confident.
I had some time this evening and so I popped by MotoWorld at Kaki Bukit. Wow-wee! Looking at the gloves on display, I could immediately tell the quality difference of an original RS Taichi or Komine vs a no-brand or an MIC knock-off. So I went trying multiple pairs of gloves, and…..
…It was love at first sight!! You know that feeling that THIS IS THE ONE? Yes, I picked up a pair of RS Taichi RST427 leather and mesh gloves and it immediately melted my heart. No, it wasn’t the looks (I’m not that shallow, okay!), but it was how it felt! This was the most comfortable pair of riding gloves I’ve tried!! Even more comfortable than my half-glove. Such a stark difference from my existing pairs.
But a quick look at the price tag… Gulp! Gulp, gulp!! $100 for a pair of gloves??! I really wasn’t used to this sort of price point for gloves. I had budgeted for $50 to $80 tops. So I had to think real hard about it before making the purchase decision. Should I buy? Or should I just tahan with my existing gloves? Meanwhile, I went shopping around…
So, out of curiosity, I went trying on riding jackets. And oh, oh. I think you probably know where this would go.
So there was a fellow Pulsarian Singapore member, Fazli SamHain, whom I’ve never met before, and who had a great eye and took fancy to a particular RS Taichi Crossover Mesh Jacket (RSJ305). It was in a beautiful gunmetal / black colour. He asked to try the mesh jacket. I think the sales girl took out the 2XL one first. Didn’t fit right, and then he asked for the 3XL one. So the 2XL one was lying there – kinda staring at me. I got curious and tried it on. OMG! It was so comfortable! And I really liked the adjustment straps around the forearm and biceps area. The issue I have with my current riding jacket is that the forearm and biceps area are too large (or maybe I have small muscles… hahah) and they tend to flap in the wind. This RS Taichi crossover mesh was one of the few that had these adjustment straps – BOTH at the forearm and at the biceps area. Many other jackets only have either or, or none. So I kinda just fell in love with it when I tried it on…
So Fazli bro, IF YOU HADN’T ASKED FOR THE WRONG SIZE, I WOULDN’T TRIED THAT JACKET AND WOULDN’T HAVE SPENT THAT MONEY!!!
Hahah…. Just kidding… But what a small world to meet him twice in a day! Once at MotoWorld, and the other here on Facebook.
And eventually, I ended up buying the pair of gloves ($100), the mesh riding jacket ($210) and a complementing chest protector ($45), and spent over $300 today. Luckily Safra members were given a 10% discount. So that saved me some $$$.
Grabbed my shopping bag and headed to the lift. I dashed straight out of the store. I didn’t dare head to the basement were they sold accessories and other motorcycle related stuff. I didn’t dare look or turn back as I mounted my steed and rode out of the place…
That’s enough retail therapy for today.