Many motorcycle riders
opt not to wear motorcycle-riding pants. Often, riders will ride
with a good pair of jeans. While this is certainly better than getting
on a motorcycle in shorts, denim just isn’t designed to withstand
a crash. The average pair of jeans can endure the European standard
abrasion test for 0.6 seconds, while approved protective pants will
last at least 5 seconds. Motorcycle racers depend on leather riding
suits to protect them but wearing leather pants isn’t everyone’s
idea of fun. Leather chaps are available that slip over regular
pants to add abrasion resistance. Textile motorcycle riding pants
another option and a good pair will offer abrasion resistance, wind
protection and water resistance. These motorcycle pants usually
offer armor and padding in the knees, hips, tail bone and shins.
Motorcycle riding pants fit snugly and the cuffs are not be too
loose and tend to be a little shorter to ensure that the material
will not get caught in the motorcycle’s moving parts. Riders
I’ve talked to have found them to be too hot on summer days
and impractical for use on a regular basis. At the same time, when
motorcycle riders are involved in accidents, leg injuries are very
common. Abrasions from sliding on pavement and burns from being
pinned under a hot exhaust can be pretty severe without proper protection.
Because these injuries are less likely to be life threatening, they
receive less publicity but a safe rider take proper precautions.