Well, after months and months of waiting, I'm finally in Melbourne, I've finally got my L's, and I'm so very close to getting a bike. HoooAhhhH!! To make this post less gushy and more helpful, I'd like to make my own personal recommendations to people who may otherwise be unaware. GEAR: There was only two place I was going to head to for all my gear. The first place was Peter Stevens clearance center. First impression was that the seemed to have a reasonable amount of stuff, but after looking around, there didn't seem to be much in the way of variety, brandwise. Still, the bloke was reasonably helpful, which is why I went back there to buy a helmet. The second place was Bike Mart. All the way out in Ringwood, it was a bit of a trek on the train, from St Kilda, mind. But worth it. I think it was Cam(?) who looked after me, did a great job, humored me, let me try everything on, didn't rush me and made me feel completely comfortable about knowing next to nothing. I walked out of there with a jacket, draggin's, gloves and rossi boots for $900. I felt like I'd gotten a great deal, because he knocked money off everything. I'll be back there for sure. The only reason I didn't get the helmet there, was that PS had one slightly cheaper, but more importantly, it fit so much better. Next? The L's. After a little research, I decided to go with HART. Bloody glad I did too, they were great. All the guys were relaxed, pretty patient, and got me through no sweat. That said, only 4 out of the 11 of us passed. My advice...if you stress about the test, you'll probably end up failing. Relax and remember that everything that you have to do for the test you've already done successfully in the training. Now all I need is a bike, and I'm very close to hitting the Tuesday night learner ride. Can't wait!!!