I checked a couple shops in my area - they all carry the low price HJC helmets, but not the ~$300 retail RPHA carbon ones.
They sell Shoei and ... I want to say Arai, but not RPHAs.
I got all my original gear 5 years ago from a local bike dealer. Sales guy helped me pick out jacket, gloves, helmet, and I went back for boots. Bought everything from him the first time.
Since then my boots have worn through on the bottom on the left boot, and I have bought the same boots online (local shop stopped selling them?! ) and gotten a couple different pairs of gloves from other places.
I took a chance replacing my original HJC modular helmet with the RPHA from an online shop. I would never get a deal like that from a local MC shop - but I would feel bad trying on helmets from a local guy, then buying it online.
I really do appreciate having a local MC shop where I can get my bike inspected, tires mounted on my wheels, maintenance parts when I need them in a fix, and I don't mind paying them more for the convenience. But I'm not paying hundreds of dollars more for something I can get online.
One example: the local dealer only had $240 "high performance" batteries for my 650. I got a standard glass mat MC battery online for $25 with free shipping - 3 years ago, no issues.
Last edited by KCW; 04-04-2018 at 06:11 PM.