Hey guys. Well Ive decided to buy a bike. I want to get a gs500f. Would of liked to get the new 2006 model, but being new, I thought it would be better to get a second hand one. Just want to know if you guys know any good places where I can go and learn to ride a motorbike. I live in the inner west suburbs (canterbury area). Also need to decide what type of helmet and clothing to get. A friend recommended me to spend $700 on some SHOEI helmet. Wanted to get the All weather leather jacket and pants from (tigerangel) the one with gore-tex. They are expensive though, so might not get them. Ok, Ill tell you what I'm willing to spend on gear and if u like, can u guys please advise me of what to get. Total willing to spend on gear is about $2000-$2500 absolute max is $3000. This includes: Jacket, pants, gloves, helmet, boots and mayb a disk lock or some other security device. I've rang up AAMI, and NRMA insurance. They both gave me a quote for the gs500f to be around the $600 dollar mark. I thought that semi-sport/touring bikes would have a lower CTP value than a bike like the cbr250rr, which I was quoted for around $250. So I dunno where else to ask. Ok I have so many things to ask, but I think I should wait to see what you guys say, Ill ask the other questions later. So let me know what you guys think. Thank you.