Hi all, I am going to start riding in the next couple of months and have a few questions on gear before I start looking in shops. What is the best brand for good quality leather jacket and pants (this is one of the conditions on riding from the other half, so no textile jackets/pants). Helmet - I'm planning on spending $600+, do you basically get the best fitting one Boots - $$$ ??? , i've heard that 3/4 ones are best ??, so they protect your ankles. Armour - Back protector, whats better one that fits in the jacket or one that straps to you ?? Thanks for your help/ comments. suggestions ??