I wish that someone had told me to first decide on what helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and pants to buy, and then, knowing the budget for riding gear, decide on what bike to buy. I was in shock when I found out what it was going to cost to outfit me for the level of protection I wanted. If I had less disposable income, it would have affected the amount that I could afford to spend on a bike. I wonder how many people buy the bike first, without a clear understanding of what the gear, motorcycle course and insurance are going to cost, and wind up short changing themselves on protection because they've spent just about all they have on the bike.
Having just gone through this, I can tell you that it is very easy to spend upwards of $3,000 on protective gear (if you buy new) and a course, with insurance on top of that.
redge screwed with this post 04-03-2010 at 04:57 PM