Looking to get my motorbike license and a bike very soon. I live in the Menai area in the Sutherland Shire. I have been doing a lot of research on what bike I'd like and what gear I'd like. I have my heart set on the Ninja 250r. I love the look of it and it seems to be the best noob-friendly bike around for a great price, especially since the price drop. I'll start off just doing weekend rides but I'd soon like to be commuting to work as it would save me a lot of petrol and hopefully time if I'm lane splitting. At the moment I'm leaning towards a used one but I'm waiting for the private seller prices to come down as most of them are still around 5900 whereas the RRP is 6000. I will definitely be haggling and won't be paying a cent over 5000 which I think seems fair. Don't really want one over 10,000kms. As for gear, I'm looking at Dainese and Alpine Stars gear. Still haven't made my mind up yet as I haven't tried them on. I'll probably go to The Helmet Warehouse to buy a helmet and while I'm there I'll try all the gear on and then I'll probably buy it off the internet for much cheaper. Anyone got any tips on a newbie looking at gear? I love the Dainese Cage Jacket. I have a lot of options for gloves but I'll wait to see which feels the best. I would love some opinions on boots. I don't really want to pay $400+ for boots but I definitely want protective boots. The cheapest I could find was Dainese Giro-ST Boots from ebay at about $250. My girlfriend is fuming at the idea of me getting a bike but I've spent a few months trying to ease her into it haha. Anyone got tips? I'm dying to get my licence but the next pre-learners available on a weekend (I work full time) isn't for over a month! There aren't any courses for the next 12months+.. Is this a glitch or have they stopped doing them there? I'm gonna have to go to Clyde. I used to ride a bicycle when I was younger but haven't ridden for a long time. I've never driven a manual car. Should I get someone to teach me to drive manual in a car before I go to the pre learners? I'm not sure if it'll be a lot to take in at once and I don't want to fail it because it will set me back even longer.. I wanna get on a bike ASAP! Can't wait. I've been looking through these forums for a few weeks now and decided to sign up today Great forums!