I have a way to best prevent any motorcycle related injuries. Go and buy safety gear before you buy your bike... Simple. Too many a time the attitude is that you have taken out a $6000 loan, to cover bike and gear. You see an appealing bike for $4000 on road leaving you $2000 to spend on gear. So what happens when you see a better one for $5500, and you just have to have it? you dont have enough for decent gear... The attitude is usually: "Oh, its ok, I'll save up and get gear soon, I'll just be careful and ride my new shiny bike until i get the cash..." Unfortunately, the most important time to have gear is when your new to riding. So do yourself a favour... Heres a good price allowance for gear, before you look at bikes: Helmet (must have, duh) You can get cheap ones for under $100 new, but its your head, your gunna need it. DONT EVER buy second hand helmets, unless your going to send it away to be checked. One drop and it could be stuffed. Get your dealer to help fit you out, they know what theyre doing. Spend at least $180. Gloves. One of the most common surgical procedures for motorcyclists is amputated fingers/toes. A decent pair of gloves is going to cost you between $70 to $200. Just becouse their leather, doesnt mean its bulletproof. Go for the ones with kevlar inserts in high stress areas, such as the palm and areas along the side of the hand under your little finger, down to your wrist. Armour is great as well. Pretty much any crash, on the freeway or in your garage is going to have you make contact with the ground with your hands, so its very important. Motorcross gloves are no good for the road, unless you think its cool to have "FOX" melted into your hand for the rest of your life. Make sure the glove is comfortable and cant be pulled off your hand. Jacket. You cant go past leather. But oils aint oils. Your Gucci jacket wont do anything but look nice sliding down the road, so go for a proper riding jacket. You can get jackets in all sorts of synthetic materials, for summer and winter. Make sure a jacket has armour inserts in the shoulder and elbows, and even better if it has a back protector (which alternatively can be purchased seperately.) A good jacket for street use will be as little as $250, but look around. Second hand is OK, but thouroughly check it over for weak/torn stitching/zippers. Pants. Gone are the days of leather chaps, unless you ride a harley. You probably wont be sliding your knees yet, so a race suit or pants might be expensive, however a great investment. You can now get a large range of caual bike pants with kevlar inserts in stress areas, from companies like Draggin Jeans. These look like normal jeans, but offer protection from painful road rash. Your normal jeans, though better than shorts and trackies, dont really do much. You can get a whole suit that zips to your jacket as well. Kevlar inserted jeans are about $190. Boots. Most work boots are ok, so long as theyre leather and cover the ankle. Steel toe is good and bad, given that it can heat up really quick. Motorcycle boots allow the rider neccisary movement to operate the bike, but restrict unnatural movement experienced in a crash. Boots can cost as little as $100. Make sure they wont come off no matter how hard you pull on them. Thats easily under $1000 to save yourself alot of greif. You will find that having decent gear will also allow you to ride more confidently. Hopefully you will never have to need protective gear, but be prepared. Even a trip to the shops for milk can be enexpectadly dangerous. Ride Safely, watch out for Taxi's.