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More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :)

Discussion in 'Businesses and Service Providers' at netrider.net.au started by I Adore Vic, Jun 2, 2007.

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  1. Hey all. Just looking at my options - as one should when looking at starting a business. :) One of these options brought up in class is to open a 'Budget' riding gear store that caters for Male and Female riders. A place folk can go in and try gear on that they may otherwise have had to purchase online (from interstate or o/seas suppliers). This option also works best for me as it is the 'cheaper option'... has fewer start up costs in terms of getting stock in. :)

    Could you please spare a minute or ten :wink: to answer the following questions: :grin:


    1. What is your location?

    2. Male or Female?

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?

    Not Important
    Somewhat unimportant
    Important
    Somewhat important
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?

    5. Where/How did you purchase?

    Retail outlet - please state (eg. Peter Stevens etc)
    Online - please state (eg. Ebay...online m/c gear store etc)
    Other - please state (Friends...fellow riders )

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    Please answer Yes or No and feel free to comment further :)

    a) Brands
    b) Style
    c) Size
    d) Color/Design
    e) Pricing
    f) Female Riding Gear


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?


    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?

    Feel free to comment on why you chose your answer :)

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?

    eg..
    Concerns about the quality of the garment
    Unable to try product on before purchasing
    etc
    etc


    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!






    11. Would you visit such a store?

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?

    Thanks for your time! Mucho appreciato! I really do appreciate any help you can give...this whole business idea can be a bang the head against the wall situation at times! :)

    :)
     
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  2. 1. What is your location? Broken Hill - NSW/SA border

    2. Male or Female? Female

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?

    Not Important
    Somewhat unimportant
    Important
    Somewhat important
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past? Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?

    Retail outlet - please state (eg. Peter Stevens etc) various outlets interstate
    Online - please state (eg. Ebay...online m/c gear store etc)
    Other - please state (Friends...fellow riders ) some second hand stores locally

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    Please answer Yes or No and feel free to comment further

    a) Brands Y
    b) Style N - no female available
    c) Size N - I am a big girl
    d) Color/Design Y - most had removable liners
    e) Pricing N - can by cheaper elsewhere
    f) Female Riding Gear N/A


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past? No

    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?

    Feel free to comment on why you chose your answer

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past? Quality and wold like to try on garments/helmets first, may be damaged in trasit..

    eg..
    Concerns about the quality of the garment
    Unable to try product on before purchasing
    etc
    etc


    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!

    Y

    11. Would you visit such a store? Depends on location

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store? Within 5-600km

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?

    Y - I like dririder[/b]
     
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  3. 1. What is your location?

    Sydney

    2. Male or Female?

    Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?

    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?

    Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?

    Retail outlet - MCAS, Action, Bike expo
    Online - Ebay, online shop

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    Somewhat happy

    a) Brands- yes
    b) Style- they could stock more variety
    c) Size - yes
    d) Color/Design - More or less
    e) Pricing - The stores are a bit pricey sometimes so I tend to buy online or when they are having sales
    f) Female Riding Gear - It is hard to find a broad variety and the sizes are another problem.


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?


    Yes

    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?

    Not really, I bought some inner gloves and they ripped and also they didn't come in any size bigger than Large. The wet weather gloves are not very well made and they are unconfortable and hard to put on after a few times wearing them.

    Feel free to comment on why you chose your answer :)

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?

    eg..
    Concerns about the quality of the garment
    Unable to try product on before purchasing
    etc
    etc


    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    It would be good if the fact that they are budget items doesn't impact on quality and durability.

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!




    11. Would you visit such a store?

    Yes

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?

    I don't mind jumping on my bike and going to the shops if they are in Sydney.

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?

    Somewhat more inclined.

    Will
     
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  4. Re: More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :

    Okay then

    1. What is your location?
    <-- Ballarat

    2. Male or Female?
    The first one, Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?
    Yup

    5. Where/How did you purchase?
    From proprietors of such goods, using money

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    a) Brands - Yes
    b) Style - Usually
    c) Size - Yes
    d) Color/Design - Yes
    e) Pricing - Not always
    f) Female Riding Gear - N/A


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?

    Yes


    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?
    Given how it fared during crash testing can say I'm very happy with it and would definately buy similar products again.

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear?
    Can definately see a market for it especially for newbies or people just chasing gear for occasional pillioning

    11. Would you visit such a store?
    Absolutely

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?
    Pretty much anywhere in Melbourne - though it'd be nice to be able to check out the range in advance (online catalogue for example).

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?
    Not really, brand name stuff I can try on and order without having to travel.
     
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  5. Re: More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :

    1. What is your location?
    Castlemaine, Central Victoria

    2. Male or Female?
    Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?
    Important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?
    Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?
    Bendigo shops, Melbourne CBD shops, On-line (occasionally other places as needed). Too many to list (or remember!).

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    a) Brands
    Yes
    b) Style
    Yes
    c) Size
    No
    d) Color/Design
    No
    e) Pricing
    Yes
    f) Female Riding Gear
    No need for that.

    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?

    Yes. Generally because it was available in sizes that fitted and colors that suited.

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?
    Some was ok, other gear was not. Some lasted and worked well, other gear either did not last well or did not function well.

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear?
    Not personally.

    11. Would you visit such a store?
    Unlikely unless it also stocked other items or offered something like a coffee shop as a gathering point.

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?
    Not willing to travel specifically for this. I buy motorbike gear when I happen to be passing motorbike shops, I don't make special trips to do so.

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?
    Yes.
     
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  6. 1. What is your location?
    Bentleigh

    2. Male or Female?
    Female

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?

    Not Important
    Somewhat unimportant
    Important
    Somewhat important
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?
    Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?

    Retail outlet - please state (eg. Peter Stevens etc)
    Online - please state (eg. Ebay...online m/c gear store etc)
    Other - please state (Friends...fellow riders )

    All of the above

    Depending on what I am buying, but the big mainline items I buy from ebay US stores. Unfortunately stores in Australia cannot compete with what is available online.

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    Please answer Yes or No and feel free to comment further

    a) Brands - No
    b) Style - No
    c) Size - Yes
    d) Color/Design - Definately NO
    e) Pricing - No
    f) Female Riding Gear - Nowhere near enough


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?

    No

    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?

    Feel free to comment on why you chose your answer

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?

    eg..
    Concerns about the quality of the garment
    Unable to try product on before purchasing
    etc
    etc

    Considering that riding gear is the thing that is going to protect me when I come off, I want to ensure that I am wearing something that is going to have a chance at protecting me.

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!

    I know there are others that would be interested, but it would not be attractive to me.


    11. Would you visit such a store?

    Just for interest sake maybe

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?

    Within 25 kms

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?


    Definately
     
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  7. Re: More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :

    1. What is your location?

    Glen Iris

    2. Male or Female?

    Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?

    Not Important
    Somewhat unimportant
    Important
    Somewhat important
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?

    yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?

    Retail outlet - please state (eg. Peter Stevens etc)

    Online - please state (eg. Ebay...online m/c gear store etc)
    Other - please state (Friends...fellow riders )

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    Please answer Yes or No and feel free to comment further :)

    a) Brands
    No

    b) Style
    Yes

    c) Size
    yes

    d) Color/Design

    yes
    e) Pricing

    Definitely
    f) Female Riding Gear

    No


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?


    yes

    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?

    yes

    Feel free to comment on why you chose your answer :)

    I have an underdog leather jacket and it is a good jacket.


    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?

    eg..
    Concerns about the quality of the garment
    Unable to try product on before purchasing
    etc
    etc


    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!


    Definitely pricing if you call it a budget riding store.
    Next comes style and colour.


    11. Would you visit such a store?

    Maybe

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?

    Depends on the pricing


    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?

    only if the price was right ie half the so called retail ripoff price they charge here in oz
     
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  8. Thanks peeps...try as I might I just can't get excited about this - nowhere near what I was about the all female riding gear store.

    Methinks it's all a bit much (and I mean that literally!) for this chicky - but I wont throw it away until the fat lady sings or however that saying goes.
     
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  9. Just another tyre kicker with no money, nothing to see here people, move along!
     
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  10. Funny, Sergy Brin's university teacher said the same thing.
     
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  11. I'm going to wait for my blood temperature to return to 36 degrees before replying to that.
     
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  12. Sad. So sad. FFS.
     
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  13. Dont worry about what she says Rosie,
    bitter and twisted people will get nowhere in life,
    you however, will go where ever your bright smile desires.

    use her negative comments to fuel your aspiration!
     
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  14. Re: More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :

    1. What is your location? - Box Hill North, Victoria


    2. Male or Female? - Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?

    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past? - Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase? - In Store @ Metro HOnda, Ringwood

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of... - It is extremely difficult for retail stores to stock everything, so they then need to decide what will sell the best/quickest

    Please answer Yes or No and feel free to comment further :)

    a) Brands - Yes, had the best
    b) Style - No not really
    c) Size - Yes
    d) Color/Design - Yes
    e) Pricing - In my opinion, everything is too expensive. WOuld like to pay $1 for everything. :LOL:
    f) Female Riding Gear - Dunno, never tried any on


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?
    - No

    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?

    I know injury/life is at risk and want hte best materials to protect me. Dont want cheap shit that will fall apart on first down.


    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of - Some people dont mind paying peanuts. But you get what you pay for and I wouldn't shop there. I value my life.

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!




    11. Would you visit such a store? - Maybe just ot look see, but wouldn't buy anything.

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store? - 50 Metres

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?
    - Yes. Maybe a setion for good stuff then a section for cheap styuff. Caters for all types of budgets then.
     
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  15. 1. What is your location? - Northern suburbs, melbourne

    2. Male or Female? - Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past? - Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase? - Retail stores - Race replica, brooklyn (VIC). Hawkesbury honda, Windsor (NSW). Bikemart, ringwood (VIC)

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    Please answer Yes or No and feel free to comment further Smile

    a) Brands - Yes
    b) Style - Yes
    c) Size - No
    d) Color/Design - Yes
    e) Pricing - No
    f) Female Riding Gear - (umm bikemart is ok)

    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past? - No

    Budget riding gear in this case means low cost gear usually manufactured o/seas .. eg. Pakistan..China...OR locally by smaller companies)

    (If answer is no, please skip to question 9)

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?

    Feel free to comment on why you chose your answer

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?

    Unable to confirm the quality of construction and safety engineering. Eg; looks like a back protector but the engineering hasn't been done.

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!

    Yes providing the store was able to prove that the gear you were buying was actually going to do it's job. Eg; Unknown brands which have had little to no marketing hype here, but are proven and popular in say, europe.

    11. Would you visit such a store?

    Yes

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?

    30+km

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?

    Yes
     
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  16. Re: More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :

    1. What is your location?
    Adelaide

    2. Male or Female?
    Female

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?
    Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?
    Retail outlet - Adelaide, Bills Motorcycles (Blair Athol) and Adelaide Motorcycle Accessories.


    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...
    No - I had to buy mens shoes instead of womens cause they didn't stock my size, and mens draggins instead of womens cause they just didn't stock the womens cuts. basicly I had to compromise as the amount of womens clothing available to even try on was minimal


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?

    no, but would consider it if it came recommended

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?
    Unable to try product on before purchasing

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear?
    Yes, as many riders starting out can't afford to spend the cash on quality gear.

    11. Would you visit such a store?
    Yes

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?
    interstate (i.e melbourne)

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc? yes - that way I can compare the quality of the cheaper products to the more expensive ones
     
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  17. Re: More brain picking - this one's for the girls AND guys :

    1. What is your location?
    Yarraville

    2. Male or Female?
    Male

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?
    Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?
    Retail shops - BikeMart and PS

    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    a) Brands - Yes
    b) Style - Yes
    c) Size - Yes, never had a problem
    d) Color/Design - Yes
    e) Pricing - Wouldn't complain if it was a bit cheaper :p
    f) Female Riding Gear - N/A


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?

    No, mostly middle of the road stuff when i started and a few of the bigger brands in recent times.

    8. If yes, were you happy with the product and would you buy again?
    N/A

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?
    Unsure about the quality of the gear. Since my safety is riding on the gear functioning as i expect it to i prefer to stick to brands that have a reputation for making good products.

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear? This being a store that stocks on its shelves a large range of gear in terms of

    Brand
    Sizing
    Style
    Color/Design
    Pricing
    Female Riding Gear!

    I reckon there would be a market for it, particularly for cash-strapped newbs and occasional riders/pillions. For a young beginner, say a student, finding the money for both a bike and all the gear can be a stretch. A 'budget' gear store would be ideal for them.


    11. Would you visit such a store?
    If it only stocked the budget lines then more than likely i wouldn't.

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?
    If the weather is good a day trip would be fine :grin:

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc?
    Yes, definitely.
     
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  18. 1. What is your location?
    Adelaide

    2. Male or Female?
    Female

    3. How important is wearing the correct motorcycling gear to you?
    Very important

    4. Have you purchased motorcycling gear in the past?
    Yes

    5. Where/How did you purchase?
    Retail outlet - Adelaide, Bills Motorcycles, Yamaha Pitmans and Adelaide Motorcycle Accessories, Walden Miler. Melbourne, Peter Stevens, Elizabeth St.


    6. RE: Retail stores - Are you happy with the range of products available in terms of...

    a) Brands - Yes, plenty of brands available
    b) Style - No, mostly very small sizes, boots are a whole nother story :shock:
    c) Size - No, I'm not a size 10 - have a men's jacket which is at least a couple of sizes too big to get it over my hips. Pants are men's pants which aren't a fantastic fit but I was able to get changes made when they were put together (walden miller). Leathers off the shelf are virtually not an option with what's available in stores.
    d) Color/Design - No
    e) Pricing - Most things are very expensive and most things that are cheap online I can't just buy because of the size issues .. most stores don't stock them so I can't try them on and then just order online.
    f) Female Riding Gear - as above


    7. Have you purchased 'budget' riding gear in the past?
    no, but would if it was recommended

    9. For those who answered no to Q 7 - Is there a particular reason why you haven't purchased lower cost riding gear in the past?
    size mostly - can't try them on and if I get particular sizes ordered in, there's either the requirement or expectation to buy it

    10. Do you see the need for a store that deals exclusively in 'budget' riding gear?
    Yes, as long as its still good quality

    11. Would you visit such a store?
    Probably

    12. How far would you be willing to travel to visit this store?
    interstate (i.e melbourne) - Melbourne or Sydney

    13. And finally, would you feel more inclined to visit this store if it also offered customers the opportunity to try on and order products from better known brands such as IXON, DriRider, Dainese, Joe Rocket etc etc? yes, absolutely
     
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  19. Youve got it all wrong Rosie!...

    Who needs anymore bike stuff?

    You need to go into business selling personalities...god knows LadyYamahas' in need of a transplant stat!, the bitter and twisted old hag one is wearing a little thin. :roll:

    Best of luck with anything you decide to do...I'm sure you will do it and do it well :)
     
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  20. Yes...I'm kicking tyres. You make it sound like a bad thing - I assure you it's not..especially when considering just how much money is involved in setting up a business such as this. And considering I'm a non-wage earning, non home owning single mum studying a small business management course 4 days a week, the banks don't want to know about me and to be honest, I'm not sure I want to know about them either - no use applying for a business loan or an overdraft in the hope I'll be earning enough $$ from the business to pay it back. Surely you can understand my hesitation.

    In researching whether I can afford to use my own savings to do this, I have to remind myself that the purpose of the store should not be forgotten - Its purpose being:

    To stay true to the store's aim - let's say I open with 5 brands...for example: Ixon..DriRider..Joe Rocket..Laro Leathers and RJays.

    Most of the above brands have more than one product in their female range. Say I'm looking at getting in 3 different styles of Ixon jackets in..3 different styles of Ixon pants ...3 different stles of DriRider jackets ...3 different styles of DriRider pants...etc etc.

    Then there's sizing. Say I order 5 sizes in each of the above styles... XS, S, M, L, XL.

    And then there's color/design. Many of the above products come in different colors/designs. So I also need to consider whether it's beneficial ordering in different colors/designs in the different products.

    And then the fun begins. I need to work out how much all this is going to cost. What makes this difficult is that most of the distributors above (apart from Laro Leather's who have been absolutely fantastic!) will not give out their wholesale prices until I have a shopfront (which is difficult cos I'm not signing a lease until I know I can afford to do this and I wont know that until I know how much the products cost at wholesale)...and one of the distributors I spoke to said they wouldn't be able to give me prices until I've actually placed an order with them. :?

    So I play the guessing game. I imagine how much they would charge at wholesale for their products.

    Tally it all up and the end amount is a rather large sum.

    And that's just stock. Initial start up stock. Other START-UP COSTS include:

    Leasing a store.
    Insurance, legal & accountant fees
    Advertising and promotion
    Fixtures and fittings..equipment hire
    Security
    Shipping and freight
    etc etc etc etc

    Now LadyYamaha can you see why I'm kicking tyres? And why my bank balance suddenly looks inadequate?

    The blood hasn't returned to its normal temp - if you intended for your post to work for me you are mistaken. I already have the determination...even after looking at the figures I still want to do this with a passion, I still want to take the risk, but I've three kids and no house and that money I have in the bank is all I've got. I've been asking myself for some time now whether it's worth my while doing this...whether it's worth the risk and I assure you LadyYamaha, there is a great risk.

    Give me $40000 and I can do this. Otherwise shut up.
     
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