When I started riding I would wear anything. For gloves in cold weather I'd wear ski mittens. For a rain suit, I'd go to Wal-Mart's camping department and buy a two piece nylon raint suit - which works fine! Now I can afford "real" motorcycle clothing. I like Tourmaster and Joe Rocket jackets/pants/gloves. But that doesn't mean other companies aren't good too. Givi seems to make good luggage. JT good sprockets (they are the brand used from the factory on your new 250r (mine is green too!). Oil, I use Kawasaki oil for now, it's JASO MA certifide (as are all the factory oils). I may switch to Shell Rotella T synthetic 5w-40 later. For clothes, read the reviews posted and make up you own mind, I'm sure you'll pick something out that you like.