This is a great article. Alot of good info for new guys and girls (like me) I am new to street bikes but I did grow up ridding and racing dirt bikes. I just went out and bought my self a 2001 r6 only because it was 500$ and I wanted a project to build and work on. I rebuilt the carb and took it on a quick ride around the block to see how it was running And this bike has more power then any new ridder needs. Dirt bike riding is a great way to learn the basics on a bike but in no means makes u ready for a 600. Not saying u can't learn on one like this post does but I wouldnt recommend it I will more then likely be buying myself a ninja 250 to ride and learn on while I rebuild my r6. As far as gear is concerned DONT RIDE WITH OUT IT. Pants to. If it wasn't for my ridding gear on dirt bikes I wouldn't have the bottom of my left leg and I would more then likely have brain damage and a lot of scaring. And that is on dirt would be 10 times worse on the pavement at higher speeds. Tha is for this post.