hi guys/gals i'm new to the game. i don't have a bike or a license yet, but they are both on their way. i've saved up some money and can afford to start looking at gear. my first question is: where is the best place to buy gear in melb? (i've looked in Peter Stevens and AMX where is a good place to look for secondhand gear? (I've looked in the classified on this site and also ebay) i can afford good quality stuff, and its always been the route i've taken with other stuff in the past. its seems to have worked so far - buy well, buy once. i tried on a few jackets in PS and the top of the line MX1 by Alpinestar was the only jacket that felt really good. although it comes with a 900 price tag. safety is my main consideration. what you wear is the only thing between you and the grave. if i came off, i'd wanting to be wearing the best stuff possible, and thats why i've steered away from cruising type gear, so looking more at the street/racing stuff. i know that its not going to be as comfortable, but that might be the price i have to pay. i'm not going to be riding my bike every day, as i will also have a car. so i don't really need to think about comfort so much, or water protection. with the leathers, i want jacket and pants that fit well, look good, provide maximum protection and have a fair bit of colour on them to keep me visiable. i'm thinking at the moment that the MX1 jacket with matching pants is what i want to get. together thats 1500 dollars is the only real dilema. however i think that its a small price to pay to keep your skin and get you out of hospital earlier if you do happen to come off. i would avoid riding in adverse conditions, as i have a car, but if i did get stuck in the rain, my plan would be to carry a plastic over-suit. what do people think about that? i'm looking at only one set of everything at the moment, so i'm wondering if i should get waterproof boots and gloves, or just normal ones. any advice on anything i've mentioned? tips, anything... cheers, Doug.