Finally.. I am picking up my 1st bike tomorrow - a 1989 Spada, $3500, 26,000km. I have been planning this point in time for about 16 years, and seriously planning for about 6 months. The wife won't be happy, but I am sure she will come around when she doesn't have to drive me to work on a Saturday morning with a hangover! Thanks everyone for your advice on helmets, jackets, boots, bikes, etc. See you on the road. Cam.