Hello! My name is Lee and I'm from Melbourne. I recently returned to Australia from SE Asia. I'd bought the worst motorbike in the world in Laos, and took it across Cambodia and up through Vietnam where I couldn't even resell it due to how badly it was running. I ended up donating it in return for 4 large warmish Vietnamese beers (about two dollars). I had a lot of hits/crashes (mostly due to mechanical failures, and a taxi hitting me), and no real protective gear. I'd sometimes be stuck in the middle of no-where pushing it with my backpack and a flat in 40c heat. Despite these varied experiences, a psychological switch was flipped and I decided I'd get my learners and start riding as soon as I returned to Australia. Two weeks later I've obtained my learner's permit (it's unconscionable that the bar is that low) and today put down a deposit on a great value 2009 KLR650 with useful mods. Test riding it through scenic twists today gave me an uncontrollable grin. My smile has never been that huge--so much that the sides of my face were actually sore. I'd bought an LS2 MX helmet for $100, and a really nice Dririder Apex Sports jacket for $80. I was lucky to find both on clearance. I also had a family friend donate his Harley wet weather pants/top, 2 pairs of thick gloves, and an old disc-lock. I am very lucky to have out-laid so little. That being said, I know that many hold to the mantra ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time), so I'm looking to get some protective pants and boots. I would really appreciate suggestions as to what is the most cost-effective and pragmatic way to protect my legs and feet. I have a couple of pairs of solid boots, and I'm wondering to what degree these will suffice. As far as pants go, I was wondering if there were any cost-effective protective overpants which I could wear over formal pants during a daily commute into the CBD. I've heard that textile and kevlar pants disintegrate pretty quickly and am thinking of getting a pair of leathers. Overpants don't seem to be particularly popular however. I don't need to be super-comfortable or have the latest and greatest. I just want something which does the job for as little economic outlay as possible. My second priority would be for something which allows me to switch into a suit or casual-wear relatively quickly. Nice to meet you all, and if you have suggestions for a new rider, please throw them my way.