Hey guys, Next month I am turning 16 and 9 months which is the minimum age required to get a learner riders licence. I want to purchase a bike that I can use to commute to school etc. Right now I'm trying to earn as much money as I can because I will be purchasing the bike on my own without the help of my parents. (Before you say anything, my parents will allow me to buy a bike with my own money but will not help as they dislike motorbikes). The problem is, I have almost no knowledge of what to look for when inspecting a bike. There a bunch of questions I would love to have answered if you could. How are most private sales done? Cash? Bank deposit?. I should have 4 grand to purchase the bike and gear. Thinking a VTR250 or maybe a CBR250RR for around 3 grand and the rest for gear + insurance. I looked online for quotes for third party insurance and found insure my ride which had an extremely low cost at about $270 a year for my age and experience. Gear wise, I was thinking of buying a helmet, gloves, jacket and rainwear. Are boots extremely important? Worth the extra cash? Also about bikes with aftermarket exhausts, are they legal? Should I purchase a bike with the stock exhaust to avoid problems? And should I buy all gear instore or online? Thanks in advance.