Hi... I'm thinking about getting a bike. I'm 19 and I have my P's for a car, but I think I'd prefer to get a bike for general transportation because it appeals as a cheaper and more fun way to get around - I've never really enjoyed driving my mum's Camry much. The desire to get a bike's always been in the back of my mind, but it wasn't until petrol prices starting rising this high that I got serious about the idea and started doing some research - now I'm quite bitten by the bike bug . I've been reading a lot of the posts on these forums, but I've still got a few questions about using a bike for everyday (or at least a few times a week) use. The impression I've got from the internet is that I should "ride for the slide and not for the ride" - which makes a lot of sense, especially for a newbie like me. Thing is, riding gear seems to consist of an entire wardrobe - helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, and boots. I've got no problem looking like a power ranger or a heavy metal guitarist on a bike, but when I get where I'm going, what do I do with all this stuff? Do everyday riders just wear everything over the top of their normal clothes and then do a strip-show when they arrive where they're going, or buy riding gear that blends in, or simply forgo some of it depending on the situation? Is there usually space on a bike to store all your gear if you take it off, or do you have to lug it around with you? I often see riders who just have a jacket, helmet and gloves, then just wear their jeans and normal shoes - is this safe or are they headed towards an expensive skin graft? I've also read that as a learner I should go for a used naked bike - I quite like the look of naked bikes so that's fine with me. The new rider's sticky says to set aside about $4000 for a first bike, which seems about par with the bike ads I've looked at. However, from looking at bikepoint and bikesales and so on it seems that bikes from the mid-90s go for around $3000, but their equivalents from a few years ago go for only around $4000 - to me $1000 seems like a small price to pay for a bike that's much newer and (I'm assuming) more reliable as a result. Am I missing something here? Should I stop looking at it as $1000 and instead as 25% of the total price? Also, if I buy from a used dealer, should I expect to be able to find a naked, entry level bike (like a Yamaha Scorpio or Honda CBF250) from the last couple of years for around the $4000 mark, or is my view of the market skewed because I'm only looking at the cheapest ads? Moreover, would it better to go for those, or to go for cheaper, older bikes that'll hold their value in the long-term, so if I want to upgrade I'll be better off? Speaking of dealers, the internet says that I should go sit on bikes and see what appeals to me - does anyone know what dealers (around the north of Sydney - I'm in Gordon up on the North Shore) would be good for this? And in terms of bikes, will there be a decent one that I can fit on (I'm about 6'1") that's cheap and good? I keep hearing bikes I'm looking at (like the Honda CB250/CBF250) aren't that good for anyone over 6', but bikes that I'd probably rather avoid - like Hyosung, which seem almost as disastrous as the flame-wars I keep reading over them, and the VTR250, which I really love the look of, but seems a bit expensive when the CB/CBF250 does most of the same things cheaper. That's pretty much it - thanks EDIT: Now I think about it, why not make this thread longer - is getting a naked bike that important? A lot of the classic learner bikes seem to have fairing. Tbh I don't really like the look of the tiny bikes with all the plastic attached, but I wouldn't want to rule out any options based on looks .