Really necessary information for many people. Good article. Another mistake buyers often make is failing to realize that proper gear not only contributes to safety, but to comfort. A good riding suit, with a liner, vents, etc. can easily double the miles you can comfortably do in a day, just as a good helmet can make your head feel a lot less like a used soccer ball than it might after a three hour ride. So plan to buy some good gear. Include it in your budget. Without it, motorcycling is much less fun.