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I have a question regarding riding pants. All I can seem to find are the jeans type and then motocross pants. I like the look of the motocross style pants but wasn't sure if those really don't help for street riding? Don't know much about gear as I am really new to riding so didn't know if motocross pants wouldn't really provide any protection for street riding. Or if they are fine for sport bikes as well - protection-wise I mean?

Thanks for any info/advice all - I appreciate it!
 

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You have limited options. Its either jeans type or leathers. The motocross style are a no go. Thats like wearing shorts in terms of protection
Actually, it depends on if he is referring to Dual Sport offroading clothing. Textile maybe?
 

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Actually, it depends on if he is referring to Dual Sport offroading clothing. Textile maybe?
possible but would you want textile pants on when you wreck. Ive seen what textile jackets do in a wreck and no way would i wear them and think i was protected. However I think he was talking about dirtbike gear since most places sell them right next to each other
 

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Jeans alone offer little protection. If you are going to wear jeans, wear some with some kevlar/aramid protection and optional hip or knee pads. Even some type of impact short/pant and knee shin guards are important to wear underneath.

A good pair of padded/armoured riding pants will offer much better protection than plain jeans. Although leather is the best protection, other materials such as Codura, Ballistic Nylon, Kevlar/Aramid Fiber and Suede are being used in motorcycle apparel and as technology evolves so will the level of material durability and protection.

Motocross/offroad pants offer more protection from abrasion (caused by soft surfaces other than pavement) than impact. Impact protection gear/pads are usually worn underneath. However some higher end motocross/offroad style pants do have impact protection as well as areas protected by leather (especially areas subjected to exhaust burns and knee abrasions).

One of the most disregarded pieces of armor you can have is one that protects your shins knees and hips. Lower extremity injuries are the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclist involved in a crash. An estimated 97 percent of injured motorcyclists sustain more leg injuries below the thigh than any other type of lower-extremity injury, with bone fractures being more common than soft-tissue injuries.

Armor can be relatively cheap to expensive, But even a proper fitting cheap pair of leg protectors can prevent a nasty burn, bruise, scrap, cut or abrasion. Remember when you were little and you scraped your knee after a fall from running? Now imagine that fall at 15-60 mph.

Even a simple lay down can result in an injury. Knee injuries can be very serious and you not even know it.

If you can afford leather, get it. If you are a bit budget minded and ride at relatively slow street speeds, consider some other decent alternatives.

Here is an excerpt from an article on abrasion testing in Cycle Magazine...

..."Finally, protection from road abrasion cannot be guaranteed by a materials abrasion resistance alone. A jacket may have panels of highly abrasion-resistant materials, yet if low-quality stitching joins those panels and the seams come apart upon impact or during a slide, then the abrasion resistance of the panels could count for nothing. Furthermore, an ill-fitting garment may ride up in a slide, contorting the body and exposing the skin. And the best jacket in the world, left unzipped and/or unsnapped, won't give riders the protection they pay for. When it comes to safety, the issues are more complex than just the abrasion resistance of materials."
 

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Jeans alone offer little protection. If you are going to wear jeans, wear some with some kevlar/aramid protection and optional hip or knee pads. Even some type of impact short/pant and knee shin guards are important to wear underneath. A good pair of padded/armoured riding pants will offer much better protection than plain jeans. Although leather is the best protection, other materials such as Codura, Ballistic Nylon, Kevlar/Aramid Fiber and Suede are being used in motorcycle apparel and as technology evolves so will the level of material durability and protection. Motocross/offroad pants offer more protection from abrasion (caused by soft surfaces other than pavement) than impact. Impact protection gear/pads are usually worn underneath. However some higher end motocross/offroad style pants do have impact protection as well as areas protected by leather (especially areas subjected to exhaust burns and knee abrasions). One of the most disregarded pieces of armor you can have is one that protects your shins knees and hips. Lower extremity injuries are the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclist involved in a crash. An estimated 97 percent of injured motorcyclists sustain more leg injuries below the thigh than any other type of lower-extremity injury, with bone fractures being more common than soft-tissue injuries. Armor can be relatively cheap to expensive, But even a proper fitting cheap pair of leg protectors can prevent a nasty burn, bruise, scrap, cut or abrasion. Remember when you were little and you scraped your knee after a fall from running? Now imagine that fall at 15-60 mph. Even a simple lay down can result in an injury. Knee injuries can be very serious and you not even know it. If you can afford leather, get it. If you are a budget minded and ride at relatively slow street speeds, consider some other decent alternatives. Here is an excerpt from an article on abrasion testing in Cycle Magazine... ..."Finally, protection from road abrasion cannot be guaranteed by a materials abrasion resistance alone. A jacket may have panels of highly abrasion-resistant materials, yet if low-quality stitching joins those panels and the seams come apart upon impact or during a slide, then the abrasion resistance of the panels could count for nothing. Furthermore, an ill-fitting garment may ride up in a slide, contorting the body and exposing the skin. And the best jacket in the world, left unzipped and/or unsnapped, won't give riders the protection they pay for. When it comes to safety, the issues are more complex than just the abrasion resistance of materials."
agreed. Jean type riding pants with kevlar or an equivalent are recommended if not wearing leather but leather is the way to go Good read ghost
 

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Okay, sounds like what I was afraid of.....shelling out big money if I want pants (whether its jeans or leathers). :) Glad I asked everyone before making the mistake with the MX type pants, kinda figured they wouldn't work but wanted to be sure.

Thanks a million for all the help and info guys - the community is a big help as always!! I do appreciate it!
 

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....Okay, sounds like what I was afraid of.....shelling out big money if I want pants (whether its jeans or leathers).
Riding jeans with armor can be had for under $100 @ Cycle Gear or Competition Accessories (if you are not looking to spend a lot of money). Pair them up with some impact shorts/pants and shin/leg guards you should be good.
Another alternative to motorcycle specific pants are pants most wouldn't even think of. Check the review on webBikeWorld.
 

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Thanks everybody! Much appreciated for all the info. And thanks Ghost - I never would've thought about other pant types like your link had! Those are some interesting ideas I might look more into.

Appreciate the help as always fellas! :thumb:
 
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