Hi there guys n girls! I'm Adam, a near 21 y.o bloke who has finally found the guts to stand up to the parents and tell them I'm buying a bike. Ever since I can remember I've wanted a road bike. Dad has always had a CBX1000, since well before they had us kids. She still sits in the shed with 7800kms on the clock and this awe inspiring way of telling us, 'touch me, even breathe on me, your father will shoot you'... Can't say I blame him though. Whenever I bring up buying my own I hear the same words of wisdom from him, 'I can't trust me on one, so I can't trust you either'. Guess a lad can be too much like his dad huh. Anyways, I've just had my one big break. I've just fallen (through being a pilot no less :-s) into a job in the mines. So I'm off to buy my new toy. Ive got the L plates and Ive decided I'm getting a CB400 with the ABS. That bit is as much for mum as myself, she's wanted a bike of her own for years and having 3 boys who live to burn petrol, 2 of which who were silly enough to want to be pilots, has seen her dream put on the back burner. So I'll be sendin the bike back home for her to ride, and I'll go home to ride it when I can. Anyways, I grew up on a farm in my younger years and rode trail bikes and I have ridden the odd big dirt bike over the years, but I don't mind telling you, I'm no Mick Doohan that's for sure. I've done eight years of sprint kart racing, been waterskiing since I could walk or near enough, and I'm an aerobatics fiend so not much worries me, but big bikes have always made me wary of pain. That said, I still can't wait to see what this opportunity might bring. And that's why I'm here... Being new to this, and having a dad who wants to see nothing more than me stay safe, I've decided to pull my head in and seek the advice of whoever is willing to give it to me. As they say up in the sky, that day you stop learning is the day you die... First up, I would love to know what you suggest I get myself kitted out with. I'm a big bloke, (5'11" and 105kgs) and I'm all about safety. So riding gear and some advice on bags etc to carry gear on would be appreciated. (I am old school for the most part, and I love leather jackets as opposed to the newer style gear). Also, some riding tips wouldn't go astray. I did test ride the 400 yesterday and felt instantly comfortable on the bike. This surprised me as its the first time I've ever ridden on the road, and worried me because I know all about how hidden dangers can kill you, so any advice on how to stay shiny side up would make me forever grateful. So, if you have gotten this far, g'day and I'm pleased to meet you. Thanks for your interest and hopefully I haven't made too many mistakes with the old spelling. Cheers guys, hope to hear from you all soon!