Hi All! Just wanted to share my ideas of what kind of gear I'm planning to get, learn and fine tune my thought processes and get some feedback to make sure I've got the right idea. So - I'm due to go for my learners at the end of the month and I've got the cash for both a 2nd hand 250cc bike and a bit of gear. Now, I've been told "leathers, leathers, leathers!" when it comes to protective gear on the bike. I've also been told that textile stuff is a lot more comfortable. I'm currently of the mind that I want to be safe - but in the odd case that I don't enjoy myself too much ( hah! ) I don't want to throw away too much money at gear I'll never use again. However, my thought process ( after various chats with current rider friends.. ) is as follows: Buy a comfortable leather set. This would serve me for the colder months, and for those longer rides where I really want to make sure I'm covered. Window shopping on the 'net has found me a set - The RJays RS suit ( http://www.rjays.com.au/home/products/leathers-RS-suit.html ). Now, given that I'm intending on a short commute to work a couple of times a week, I'd probably want something a little easier to wear, and less to worry about - so I'd probably grab the jacket from a leather suit and get some Draggin jeans ( http://www.flexegate.com.au/cgi-bin/djstore/m_silverbk.html?id=BCRCAqC8&mv_pc=104 ) just for the 20 or so minutes to and from work. As far as boots are concerned, I've had a look and the Joe Rocket Super Street boots ( http://www.morepowerracing.com.au/u...uper-Street-Boot/c-1-21948-21949-31046-31205/ ) look like they'd fit. I've not had any major thoughts as far as gloves go, and I've tried on one of the Shoei X-Eleven helmets that one of my friend's have, which fit like a glove ( I know it's a pretty top range helmet, but hopefully I can go to the cheaper ranges and have the same sort of fit.. ). Now, I know there's no substitute for just going to try stuff on - with my thin/lanky and tall frame it's even more so the case, but I'm trying to get a good idea of what I'll want, how much it will cost. What I'm wondering is if my thought process is sound, and guidance on what brands I should steer clear of and what have a generally good name ( opening a can of worms here! ) Sorry for the long post, hopefully not question overload!