Thursday, March 4, 2010

I was approached in late January by Riders Discount, an online motorcycle gear supplier offering gear in exchange for a link on my blog. I know other bloggers have been offered this same opportunity and have declined.

I thought about it for quite sometime, going back and forth trying to decide whether or not to accept the offer. What I came up with was after answering the email and corresponding with Marjorie, she answered my questions and never hassled me or sent me emails, newsletters or updates. She left me alone to peruse the website at my leisure, it has been well over a month in fact.

Tonight I ordered a pair of Tourmaster waterproof boots, we are approaching Spring in Oregon and with me being a year round rider this should provide a pretty good test. I was reluctant about ordering boots online without being able to try them on first, but I thought this is what they do and worst case scenario if they don't fit is I'll get to experience their customer service and exchange policy first hand.

The other item I ordered was a helmet liner. I've been considering purchasing a new helmet, but my current bucket is just over 2 years old so the shell is still in great shape. I figure with a new liner I can extend the use of my bucket another 1 to 2 years and save a couple hundred bucks at a time when we are all watching our pennies.

So I put their link in the menu bar on the right of my blog, no pop ups or flashing text, just a subtle link under the header RIDERS DISCOUNT. I will let you know how this relationship develops and I will write a review on the gear and service in the near future.


  1. I'd be interested in finding out how your shopping experience went and whether you were satisfied with your online purchase..quality of goods and if need be, as yoou put it, customer service experience.

  2. Troub, I got one of those e-mails, too. As my blog is on (which has very strict prohibitions on anything even remotely resembling advertising), I politely declined, and explained why.

    But there's the matter of conflict of interest. It's one thing to receive stuff on loan for the purposes of writing a review, but another thing entirely to be getting the stuff in return for writing a review and having a link. Advertising (which includes linkage to outside Web sites) is a valuable consideration. The value, of course, is something for you and others to determine.

    I'll be interested in how it works out for you, too.

    Scootin' Old Skool


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