European Vendors

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Fast_Boy_Slim, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Fast_Boy_Slim

    Fast_Boy_Slim Don't call me Wighty

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    Any European vendors please post here. It was suggested by someone in a thread that a European vendors thread might be a good idea. I would hope that if you are going to add to the list that if shipping is involved you include costs or locations that you cannot ship to. Phil has agreed to Sticky this for us so thanks Phil.

    Normal rules apply. Please see below a copy and paste from the general vendors page written by Kurt.

    The motorcycling experience is aided and abetted by vendors -- craftsmen and corporate titans and everything in between. Today, because of the internet, we have the opportunity to enhance our experience by using one of the most powerful information tools ever imagined to share information about the vendors who help make our rides a blessing or a curse.

    We hope that unknown products of utter genius will be plucked from obscurity and revealed to Advriders here, that noble technicians and mechanics who solve our problems or go the extra mile to get us back on the road will receive well-earned recognition, and, conversely, that the bastards who cheat us, screw up our bikes out of gross negligence and otherwise make our rides more dangerous or frustrating will be exposed and driven to more suitable professions, like shoveling coal in the furnaces of hell.

    Unlike the Equipment Forum, the Vendor Forum welcomes helpful, intelligent, insightful submissions from vendors who want to update or introduce their products to Advriders. This is a discussion forum where vendors who post will be expected to discuss their products and answer questions.But be warned, spamming* will not be tolerated; this is not a place to post advertisements or the latest $19.99 special. It is a place to inform and discuss, not advertise and promote. I realize that the distinction can be subtle at times, but I think most people "get it" most of the time.

    This is a somewhat new concept for Advrider, and we will be walking a fine line that reflects our respect for the Advrider community and our recognition that vendors are an important part of the motorcycling experience. No doubt our MO will evolve as experience (and Baldy) dictates.

    Welcome.


    * For the purposes of this forum, spamming will be defined as anything the moderators consider to be spamming. :evil
    Last edited by Kurt : 12-08-2002 at 07:24 PM.
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  2. Ming the Merciless

    Ming the Merciless Adventurer

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    So - does that mean that my previous posting in the general Vendors section ( as okay-ed by the admins) can go in here?
    We operate in Spain but people can come from wherever they like as long as they have a licence!

    At the risk of instigating being struck down by lightning...here's the company link:

    www.andaluciantrailtours.com - the Spanish side of the company and...

    www.trailworld.co.uk - the parent company and operating in 5 locations in the UK.

    10% discount to any active ADVers booking with either company - mail me first at the info@ address on the ATT site stating who you are.....:norton

    Other tour companies are available of course.....I'll be happy to answer any queries you may have as well.
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  3. Autostream

    Autostream Long timer

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    If I may make a suggestion from experience with similar threads in the Australian forum...

    If you make this thread a listing, that is one post per vendor with the basic details of what they do, where they service or whatever, but then with a link to their own thread in the vendors forum.

    That way this thread remains concise and easy to find things in, while the vendors specific threads in the Vendors forum are where all the discussions, Q&A's, etc go, which would just clutter things up if they were here.

    Once you guys pick up the idea and run with it or Pooh Pooh it I will delete this post back out.

    Just a suggestion to consider.
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  4. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    :thumb Grand idea
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  5. Bill@Mission

    Bill@Mission Been here awhile

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    Based near Toulouse, France. (SW - mid-point of the Pyrenees.)

    Pay Services we offer:

    Motorcycle Rentals - www.MissionMotos.Biz we offer discounts to ADV subscribers but they clearly have to be on this site.

    Long Term Rentals and Buy Back schemes - contact us directly. :deal

    Adventure 'a ton mesure' - custom built tours from a half day ride out to the full blown tour - contact us directly. :clap

    We sell some kit - like secure baggage and heated gear. Please note: If you are coming from out of the EEC we can so this on a tax free basis!

    Plus we are a 2-4 hour ride from Andorra - duty free shopping capital of Europe. (The 4 hour ride is best :smile6 )

    Vendor Thread Details http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223282

    For free:
    Pitstops in our workshop - Central toulouse - sorting out a bed in our local area - sending you on with a cup of Java, a smile and a quick tssst of chain lube . ..... plus anything else we can give you without taking food out the kids mouths........ our Mission is to keep you rolling! If ou are coming to the south of france/pyrenees - please take a note of our number - we are always ready to help riders in distress when we can.
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  6. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Just posting the barest of details for some good guys in Andorra.

    RiderBob suffered this puncture in the Pyrenees last week:
    [​IMG]

    We limped back to Sort, Spain with the aid of an 18" tube that we stuffed in. There were no local bike shops of any sort & the car repair outfits were'nt interested in helping.

    We rode the 70+km to Andorra the following day but none of the multitude of bike shops actually stocked tyres of any sort, including the BMW dealer :huh . Help was at hand thanks to the Bridgestone Sam tyre guys on the main road of Andorra La Vella. They had a huge stock that included Tourances, knobblies & sports tyres. They immediately provided a Karoo, with fitting on a while you wait basis. The cost was fair & the service first rate. I have no connection to these guys, just posting to advise others in need in the area that they need look no further - they're located across the road & about 200 metres down from the AMR bike shop. If I can get further info, I'll edit the post to include it.
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  7. Bill@Mission

    Bill@Mission Been here awhile

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    Can you give us a front/rear on view please.
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  8. Chrisbarnes1

    Chrisbarnes1 Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to develop a bottom carbon pannier protector for the 1200GS factory pannier (I've made them for the Hepco and Becker Gobis and the idea works on my bike (640A)). So far fit is proving troublesome as its one piece and the factory plastic flexes on assembly . Anyway, first pics are at the link below. I may revise the idea to cover just each corner--easier to fit and replace and just as effective (hopefully) for that odd tumble or scrape. The reason for the post is to gauge interest--its a garage hobby and I don't want to spend too much time on mould development if there isn't much interest--and comments help produce the right design. They will fit snugly and should stay on with silicone--mine have been on the H and Bs for about 10,000 miles and taken a drop and lots of use.

    ps I do tank protectors for the 640A in carbon (plenty of info already on the site).


    vendor site. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=232424
    Regards, Chris
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  9. Bill@Mission

    Bill@Mission Been here awhile

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  10. Cupid Stunt

    Cupid Stunt Been here awhile

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    Thought I'd add myself in here...

    I'm a small trader (honestly I'm only 5'7" :D ), primarily I'm a motorcyclist second to that I'm a retailer

    I try to cater for all year round practical/adventure riders
    My business started out about 8 years ago from trying to find solutions to my own riding needs (heat, convenience and weather mainly)

    I had two main issues...
    Firstly was that of convenience, I hated having to get all kitted out before riding and wanted gear that would allow me to wear it casually but still give a reasonable level of protection, from there it went on to cold weather needs, after trying all the different "windstoppers" and "thermal" clothing and still finding that in sub zero temps I was having to stop due to uncontrollable shivering I started to use heated clothing (Gerbing)

    As a general rule I try and use all the kit I retail though this is becoming a problem now as I have access to more kit than would fit in my garage
    But it still stands that though I list many items in my online shop the mainstay products and those which sell the most are those that have also solved my own issues ie. Draggin Jeans, Gerbing heated clothing and Difi Ventura adventure riding kit
    I have a strict policy that if it doesn't do it's job properly or that quality is inferior then I don't sell it, many times I've seen goods which appear to be good and after trying them found them to be less than adequate, this process has cost me thousands in experimental stock but on the bright side also gives me great confidence in what I do sell, it also keeps my customers happy too and if I ever do make a mistake I always do right by the customer
    Anyway , that's enough boring background, here's a link to my site:

    Riderz Motorcycle Clothing and Accessories
    Red Route Jeans
    Dane Clothing
    Difi Clothing
    Kushitani Clothing
    Full Leathers
    Road Boots
    Misc Clothing
    Off Road Clothing
    Off Road Helmets
    Off-Road/SM Boots
    Goggles and Glasses
    Draggin Jeans
    Gerbing Heated Wear
    Hardas Kevlar Pants
    Body Armour
    Rider Accessories
    Luggage
    Service Parts
    Bodywork
    Tools and Workshop

    Soon to come:
    Moose Racing Products
    Thor goodies
    Icon Motorcycle Clothing
    Keep an eye on the home page for news

    I hope you find stuff there that solves your problems too

    Ironic that since I've started retailing I don't get the opportunity to take on those long adventure rides that I have always wanted to do :huh
    I don't want or intend to expand into having retail premises or staff so it's always going to be just little me stuck here as the tea boy, cleaner, marketing director etc etc :huh
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  11. rocks

    rocks Been here awhile

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    We have recently openned our new website for the business. www.gearpac.com
    We sell camping, travel and mountaineering gear. Being an avid biker myself, I like to feel we have a pretty good understanding of your needs. If your looking for something and don't see it on the site, please drop us a line (+44) 01244 549688 as we may still be able to source it for you.

    We sell everying thing from roll packs, drybags, luggage, water containers through to tents and stoves and there is more is on its way shortly.

    [​IMG]
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  12. foolonastrom

    foolonastrom Fool on a Strom

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    Thought I'd get in early, and hopefully get some feedback.

    I'm in the process of setting up http://www.gofarkle.co.uk, retailer of all things motorcycle related. Hopefully everything from luggage, to tools, to comsumables (such as oil, filters, brake levers :evil )(Yeah, I know I'm the only person for who brake levers are a consumable, but you get the idea.)

    Basically anything Farkley!

    Our aim will be to be honest about what we have in stock, and to offer great customer service with a no quibble returns service. (Two or three times since I started Biking have I had to explain to other web retailers that I have a right to return stuff, and they have to accept it.)

    We aim to stock both mainstream products, but also those hard to find gadgets, gizmos and thingumys that you can't find in your dealer or motorcycle shop. (If there is anything you want us to stock, please let me know.)

    That's enough for now, so instead of reading this Go Farkle :deal

    (I'll update this once we are actually open for business, hopefully by the end of the month, or maybe Early December)
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  13. Berin

    Berin Been here awhile

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    The guys at Bikerland (here) are highly recommended. They do top end kit like Rukka and Daytona.
    I ordered some Rukka trouser and Daytona boots and saved 50% on UK prices including shipping to the UK from Germany (costs €15), ordered on Monday, arrived on Wednesday:clap
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  14. foolonastrom

    foolonastrom Fool on a Strom

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    Just wanted to praise some really good service. :thumb to the dirkbikebook www.dirtbikebook.com. I ordered from them on Monday, had a phone call on Tues as something on my order was not in stock due to a typing error, an alternative was offered. Whole order turned up on Wednesday morning. Compared with most of the service I've had, they were really good, especially as it is the last week before Xmas so I expect they are pretty busy, so worth a look, especially if you like your katooms.:clap
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  15. Chrisbarnes1

    Chrisbarnes1 Been here awhile

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    That would be Jason and Justin at Gear4 (Market Deeping, Lincs)--my local dealer--and I was helping them out at the NEC on the KTM clothing stand.--toasters have sold well! They are both young guns and both ride motocross etc--I've told them not to let Justin try the RC8 when it arrives--he spends enough time on the back wheel as it is. They do try hard--and very convenient for me. I'll pass on the comment in case they don't see it.

    CB:clap

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  16. Cupid Stunt

    Cupid Stunt Been here awhile

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    Got some new jackets in that I'll be testing out and sending off to magazines for review

    Dane Borglum

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    Very impressed with the fit and finish so far but yet to try it out on the road/trails/rain etc
    I'll be out in mine tomorrow :)

    BORGLUM GORE-TEX®

    Those who are always on the road know the importance of a good fitting Jacket, a jacket that doesn"t fit can spoil your fun.
    That"s why the DANE BORGLUM jacket gives you what you need, a jacket that fits with lots of adjustment and flexibility.
    The BORGLUM with its GORE TEX membrane is wind proof, waterproof and breathable has many features and carries out all these functions.



    Special details:
    • Waterproof document pocket
    • Inside pocket
    • Adjustable comfort collar
    • 4 outside pockets
    • Comfort zip cover
    • Polyamide outside layer with rub-proof DYNAX® on the shoulder
    • Dirt-repellent DuPont® Teflon treatment
    • Storm cuffs
    • Luxury, removeable quilted liner
    • Large waist adjustment velcro straps
    • Cuff adjustment
    • Hem adjustment
    • Upper arm adjustment
    • Waterproof zippers on lower outer pockets
    • Scotchlite
    • 4 x Zipped vents
    • Crotch safety belt
    • Short connection zipper for Dane trousers
    http://www.riderz.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=72_73&products_id=277

    Also got in some very tough roll top waterproof luggage/bag rolls
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  17. Cupid Stunt

    Cupid Stunt Been here awhile

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    OK, here's an update after plenty of varied use...

    It really stands up to the weather very well, no water ingress anywhere and very warm, the fit really is very adjustable too, outer shell is tough as old boots and teh Dupont coating works well to prevent the outer shell from soaking up water though of course teh Goretex membrane is the real waterproofing behind it, it's just nice to know that if you're riding two days and it's wet the kit won't be saoking outside for day two

    Downside
    It's too warm for tough off-road terrain, especially if you're as unfit as I am
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  18. rocks

    rocks Been here awhile

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    Good news for those who have been enquiring, the website is now configured to accept orders from europe at last, sorry for the delays. Anyone from further a field are most welcome, please contact me (info(at)gearpac.com) for costs.

    Secondly we have a number of new items in stock including the ortlieb Hip-pack amougst others and further items will be arriving all being well in the next few weeks.

    Safe riding all.

    John
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  19. CLion

    CLion stromtrooper

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    if you are thinking of riding the green hills of Tuscany, the hairpins of the Dolomites or the superb road up the Etna volcano in Sicily contact Central Italy Motorcycle Tours for rentals, tours and advice.

    www.cimt.it :thumb
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  20. Bill@Mission

    Bill@Mission Been here awhile

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    Now we're not .....
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