I have to confess I almost never buy consumables at the motorcycle shop anymore. I have two of the largest multi-line dealers in the nation in my town and they stock next to nothing. So I make a trip to the shop. They don’t have what I need. I have to explain to the newbie behind the counter what I need. He asks, “what year bike”? I say it is not a model specific part, he looks confused, etc. So the dealer wants me to order the part and then make another trip back to pick it up.
When I visit the wonderful world of Ebay, I find 5 different ways to buy the part I want. I usually find an alternative part that I didn’t even know existed. Buy, click Pay Pal, and part ships. Last week I was looking for a Mousse. I found it for less than dealer cost at Bike Bandit with free shipping. It showed up at my house the next morning! Can it get any better than that?
So here is another one I thought I would share. My dual sport bike needs front turn signals. These are definitely a perishable item. I don’t really expect them to last forever, so I don’t want to pay very much money for new ones. Looking on Ebay I find some LED ones that match what I am looking for. They come in a package of 4 for $14.75 and include free shipping. Now that sounds like quite a deal. Then I look closer and realize they ship from China. Initially I was going to pass on them, but then my curiosity got the better of me. Not much money, maybe I should give them a go?
So point, click and ship and they are on the way. I received an order confirm and shipping notice the same day. Well guess what showed in the mail this morning? My order has just arrived from China. Thirteen days from placing the order to arrival via US mail. Not bad.
The turn signals are well packaged, so no damage. They are just what I expected, so I have already mounted one set up and will stash the others away as spares. I am headed to Baja today for 5 days of riding, so I will give an update on durability when I get back. Got to love Ebay.