Sorry about my comment above. I think it was misconstrued. Maybe it was my envy of that fancy gear that made me comment to begin with. Nothing is farther from the truth that I don't care about safety. I'm the kind of guy who always wears ear and eye protection when using any sort of power tool. I have a pretty varied employment history through the years, where safety was drummed into me because of the inherent dangers of the jobs. I am a newby to the motorcycle world. A lot has changed in the 40 some years since I rode a little enduro bike sporting an open face bell helmet, a wrangler denim jacket, and a pair of leather boondockers. No doubt good gear, the best gear, the safest is what we all would prefer. But personally I can't budget the best of the best. Not $350 riding boots or a $350 helmet. No doubt those high dollar gear items have saved plenty of folks lives. And no doubt that some good riders have been killed wearing some very fancy gear. I'm just wanting to be as safe as I can within my budget constraints and will have to remember that if I wanted to be REALLY safe, I'd do all my traveling in my F 150.