I do not have my license yet but will be rectifying this soon. I have done a lot of driving over the last week and have been paying particular attention to the riding gear bike riders have been wearing. Very, very few riders I saw had any sort of protection at all, probably in the order of only %10. Other than a helmet which they have to wear! Of those that had riding gear, riding jackets were often all they had on. No gloves, no riding pants unless the abundance of denim I saw were all dragins. I don't recall seeing a single rider with proper boots. Now I am allowing at least 1200 bucks to cover my riding gear alone as if I come off I want to be as protected as possible. But some of what the riders I spotted wearing was down right idiotic. For instance. I saw a scooter rider wearing short sleeve shirt, shorts and thongs with a helmet. No gloves. I also spotted a young female learner rider, with a crop top on and shorts with nice looking shoes, a helmet of course but nothing else. It just appears that very few riders take their safety seriously at all. Perhaps there needs to be some legislation of minimum riding gear you must have on at all times. Obviously the helmet is mandatory, but should proper gloves and boots be? What about a minimum level of pants and jacket requirement? I'm sure there is a financial impact on third party insurance costs from the medical bills of these riders who are hit by someone.