About to do my learners and am set on getting a CBR250RR, but will give up on it if I can't find one for a reasonable price. I'm budgeting a max spend of $6000 on the actual bike and initially I budgeted about $1500 on gear, but now I'm kind of unsure having had a look at prices of various gear. I feel its more important to spend on myself (safety) then it is on the bike. So I've upped the budget to about $2500 on gear (which means I'll spend less on the bike) - do you guys think this is reasonable? I was looking at trying on various helmets, suits etc and then ordering online. Dainese delmar (with wave back protector), delta pants, alpinestar SMX-5 boots (I'll be walking around in these at uni) & SP 2 gloves are what I'm considering. As of yet I still have to try on hemlets with my glasses to see which fits best. How long does your gear last? How often do you guys replace/upgrade? When buying Dainese or Alpinestar am I paying an excess for gear that isn't really needed for someone commuting daily? I'm trying to justify to myself spending, what seems to me, such a huge amount on gear. Advice is appreciated. Cannot wait till I starting riding!