Gday, Been hovering over the forum for a couple of weeks now, while getting finances organised for a bike + all related; and, of course - doing my research. Bike - I will most likely be going with the Hyosung GT250R, just need to make sure Im comfortable on it, and feels like the right bike for me; this whole thing started when a white one caught my eye walking through the CBD. Looked awesome; obviously a recent model GT250R EFI, though I may just be going with a 2007'ish black/red model as they are more common and $ has to be factored (looking to spend about 3.5k on the bike itself), and it appears I'm likely to damage it in some way in the first few months learning, anyway. I'm actually buying it for a commute, to cut down the ridiculous time (3-4 hrs return) it takes me to get to work, and I refuse to swap public transport for a just-as-slow-if-not-slower car commute to the city from outer suburbs (Melb) + parking. Which brings me to the reason I'm posting.. Gear - Having a really hard time isolating gear. There are many many items out there, and from looking around the forums I've found boots/gloves that seem good, but the main event - jacket and pants - is confounding me. I realise winter's coming, but I really feel buying summer/meshier gear and supplementing with a jumper would be a preferable way for me to go. I don't really feel the cold (Im sure it will be much harsher on a bike travelling along), so I was hoping to find a good well ventilated jacket + pants that offer great support/"resistance to death", that I can just throw waterproofing over (which seems to be ~$30, as long as you dont mind looking like a git for a bit). Am I on the right track here.... Which brings me to the pricing/sourcing dillema. Wtf is going on here.. I at least feel the boots and gloves Im looking at are decent, but the price differences are crazy, here's an example - AlpineStars GP Plus Jacket From Peter Stevens, $450 "On special clearance". [ Here ] From RevZilla, $300, regular. [ Here ] Now I realise RevZilla aren't in AU, but that's a huge difference, assuming I can just go try one on, and order it from there, is there any reason not to? Im finding similar discrepancies on gear pricing for pants, gloves etc. Finally.... Could someone recommend a good set of gear ? The only things Im happy with at the moment are the boots (AlpineStars SMX5) and gloves (AlpineStars SP1), so I figure getting some complimenting AS jacket + pants would round it off, bearing in mind Im looking at summer gear (+supplementing for heat). Any advice, greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post, just trying to pass on all the information I have, and confusion that Im going through! Cheers.