Welcome.. I only have a few months of riding experience myself...I'm here to learn all the tricks to becoming a better rider from these fine group of riders....
I will be happy to school you in the dez in the near future
I'm looking forward to it....
I think what these guys are trying to say is Welcome to DBA ladysuzukirider.
Yes, Welcome to DBA Don't mind CDA he talks alot of smack and posts pics of some old dude racing. Claims the pics to be of him but who really knows
And yeah it is getting a little "deep" in here.
Ouch, I'm guessing that isn't from bikes though? Yes you're right a neck brace that costs $400-600 is a very small price to pay, especially when you have the misfortune of actually using it for its intended purpose. I currently wear the Leatt but I've heard that the Alphinestars one isn't as restrictive, might serve you better for trail riding.
Besides the 2 givens (Helmet & boots), you might also want to check into knee pads (or braces if your budget allows), chest protector, and some MX pants as they'll over more protection then jeans. And of course the neck brace.
If you need help with adjusting the shifter just create a thread and we'll help you out.