Here I am, a new motorcycle rider. Many thanks to Netrider for helping me make choices and being a great source of information. I haven't even got my learner's yet, but I already have my bike and gear. I found a deal that I thought was very good and hassle-free, so I bought her: She's got registration until Jan 2008. One year old, with 2,700km on the clock. Not a single scratch, looks factory new. Was $4,900. I've got a lot of experience as a car driver, and I'm a fairly experienced cyclist. So, I'm used to going out in heavy traffic on my bicycle. My learner's test is in two weeks from today. I finally found a decent place to buy my riding gear from. The bike shops seemed to be a rip-off, and have a limited range of accessories. I guess that riding gear is just a source of extra profit-margin for them. I also checked out the Gray's online auction (mentioned on Netrider) and other online stores for gear. What a joke! I'm very glad I didn't go near those. But then I noticed "Brian's Bike Mart" in Ringwood. They have a great range of cheaper brands that often aren't found in the bike stores, but still seems as good as the more expensive gear. They also gave me a 10% netrider discount. The service was great, I got personal attention that I didn't get in bike stores, and the salesguy recognised the netrider membership card in an instant. I bought: RXT full-face helmet RXT open-face helmet face-guard for open-face helmet Eyeride goggles Dririder gloves RJays boots Camel Bak hydrator total: $450 I chose to go with Tiger Angel for my clothing. I don't want to compromise on quality for leathers, and they are Australian made and custom-fitted. They also gave me a netrider discount. Jacket and pants for $1,200. I also found some saddlebags and floorboards designed for the Hyosung at an eBay store. So, how am I doing? Bike $4,900 Leathers $1,200 Assorted gear $450 Floorboards & Saddlebags $310 License training & test $280 Vicroads transfer fee $140 $7280 so far. Hopefully other newbies find this info useful for an idea of cost of a total investment that is in great condition and pretty safe, IMO. Could have spent less, could have spent more. But I like the stuff I got. I'm considering an Ezi-trak "Bike Bandit" alarm system/GPS tracker too. Anyone used this system? I'm planning to use this bike mainly for commuting, and also recreational trips to the hills and the coast. The only problem is that bikes can't carry a surfboard! Best wishes to all the netriders out there on the information superhighway roads, with the digital winds flowing through their hair, with their wild style and impeccable sense sending a vibration through their modems not unlike a V-twin in a kindergarten. dishy out.