Hi All, I have had a decent read of all the newbie threads not too many questions at the moment. I have been looking at gear & some bikes - Im surprised to see new bikes at 7000 and older ones at 5000, so realistically for a new rider which would you choose (saw at a suzuki dealer in newcastle,nsw) What bike shop would people recommend to get a nice bike from in the future. considering getting all my safety gear first whats your take on dririder textile jacket & pants, joe rocket speedmaster boots & a KBC VR1 helmet.. sorry if this has all been answered before. :roll: By the way Im Paul. from Maryland.