Hi guys, Got my L's today from ride-tek and now im researching how to get started. firstly, my situation. I'm only getting my licence so I am able to ride when I travel overseas (soon in asia and south america in the future) I don't have a big desire to ride on Australian roads, so i guess that means i don't want to shell out on pro gear. My budget is less than $3k to get everything. so regarding gear; I've look around online and aside from buying second hand leathers it seems that to get decent gear i should head to AMX/peter stevens clearance or something of that ilk, but are there brands i should steer clear of from these places? for instance AMX july sale catalogue has 'racer x' jackets from $289 to $99. are they junk? I've also read some mixed reviews of bikers gear australia who seem to have cheap stuff, but will it keep my safe if i step off? keeping in mind im on a students budget so getting alpine star everything isn't really an option. Do i go leather? or mesh? i don't really know. So any help/advice here would be great. All i'm 100% certain on is buying a brand new helmet. Looking to spend around $1k on gear Re: Bike. That leaves about $2k for a bike. I've seen some cb250s for around that and some mid 2000s cbr125s (which i did some of my L's on a like to ride) Any tips here? I'm fairly mechanically minded and have bought used cars before, i've read one of the massive articles here on netrider about things to check before hand but without being familiar with bikes its a bit difficult to know what is being referred to all the time. Is 125cc too small? It doesn't really accelerate super quickly. Sorry for the long post but you could probably tell i'm a bit lost and any help would be totally helpful!