Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Visiting Revzilla

Today, we made it back to Phildalphia for our flight back to Alaska. We had some time and planned a visit to Revzilla's storefront. They are one of the few moto-gear vendors that have extended free shipping to Alaska. This alone is a great reason to give them business. We came looking for a helmet for my spouse and I ended up picking up a new lid as well. The customer service was second to none and they had a huge selection to choose from. I guess they recently moved to this location from somewhere else in Philly and it was an interesting location to say the least.

I did think that it was interesting to see this at the front door as opposed to the expected motorcycle parking. We did find out later that the area is a recycled shipyard and the entire complex is places recycling high on their list of priorities for the former navy shipyard.
Bridget ended up selecting a Scorpion EXO-1100 full face with lots of graphics. She tried on quite a few including 3/4 face, modular and full face. This one has inflatable cheek pads to adjust the fit. They really had a nice selection of gear to choose from and much better than anything in Alaska.

I ended up selecting a much more subdued Nolan N104 modular helmet. I think the color is wine cherry. I was originally looking for white or silver but this looked pretty nice and would sort of match the bike (as if that really mattered). My old HJC is now five years old and I would be lying to say that it never touched the ground. After reading a Keith's post, I felt that maybe it was time to replace it. Plus, it never really fit very well and it hits my chin when I latch it down. This new one has a lot more room.

We asked the sales clerk for a lunch recommendation and she recommended a really unique location. The company cafeteria for Urban Outfitters. It was only a short drive through the shipyard and we pulled up to these old warehouses. The food was fabulous and they had a huge selection. Plus the prices were pretty modest. This is looking from one end of the refurbished warehouse they use for their office building looking towards the cafeteria. If you look out the window at the end of the building, you can see an aircraft carrier. I'm not sure if it was being refurbished or just being stored. On each side through glass walls are the offices for Urban Outfitters.

Now, I'm sitting in the terminal in the Philadelphia airport waiting for the long flight home and seeing -20°F on the weather report...

14 comments:

Martha said...

I ordered my Shoei from Revzilla and found them to be excellent with customer service, too.

Welcome home north!

Unknown said...

Richard:

that looks like a neat place. We have nothing like that here. Actually our dealers hardly carry anything as most riders cross the border and buy in Seattle or Mt Vernon. If our dealer has to order a special item in, then you are stuck with it, No returns on non-stocked items

at least you managed to get away from the cold for a few days

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Trobairitz said...

Sweet! You got to go to Revzilla too. Fuzzy was just there with her daughter a week or so ago. I am glad you and your misses found nice helmets.

I bought my boots and jacket from Revzilla - great company.

Hope you are heading into nice weather when you get home.

redlegsrides said...

So....carrying the helmets as carry-on baggage or checked baggage? It would make folks wonder, you know.

Have a safe flight.

Keith - Circle Blue said...

Wow, I mentioned in my commuting blog it seemed I had a helmet theme going today. I check on your blog and more helmets.

I have ordered stuff from Revzilla and have found there service great. It was neat to hear about their storefront.

Safe travels,
~Keith

RichardM said...

My customer service experience both online and now in person has been completely satisfactory. Plus I like their video reviews.

RichardM said...

We don't have anyplace like that either though there is a shop in Anchorage that does a wonderful job with customer service as well. Since we were there, this seemed like a great opportunity to try on a lot of helmets instead of ordering.

RichardM said...

Fuzzzy's blog post is where I got the idea and the street address for their storefront. I remember looking before and couldn't fine an address for a storefront. Just the headquarters or warehouse.

RichardM said...

Yep, bringing them back as carry-on baggage. Didn't feel like trusting them in checked juggage. Fortunately, they came with nice liitle helmet bags.

Now sitting in Seattle for a couple of hours before our flight north.

RichardM said...

Yep, thanks for the virtual poke. I was thinking that I should replace my helmet after a couple of "minor" thumps but had a hard time justifying it to myself. My wife had noticed the scratches and suggested replacement in the past...

VStar Lady said...

Great looking helmets - Nice that you got to try them on - I think it would be risky ordering on line since they all fit so differently. (Headed home myself today - drove through a bit of a blizzard, but was clear when I arrived - hope it's clear for you as well.) Welcome home.

RichardM said...

Welcome home! I just looked again and we have -20°F to welcome us back home. Almost makes one want to miss the flight...

I heard that there was another front coming through, glad you made it safely.

Dar said...

Like the helmets! I browse RevZilla's online catalogue all the time. I haven't ordered from them as I don't know what their return policy is on items shipped to Canada. Big fear is to order something, it not fit and then have to sell it on ebay.

RichardM said...

That was one of the reasons for stopping there and trying on the helmets. The selection is slim around here and even if you do find something that you like, it's outrageously priced.