Motorbike trousers are essential for the safety conscious rider. They
offer protection in the event of an accident and of course fare off
whatever weather conditions you may come across, sun, wind or rain. Much better than your jeans ever will be at protecting you.
Motorbike trousers are most commonly (and traditionally) available in leather material, however more breathable advanced fabrics such as polymide which offer a lightweight alternative and they are more flexible in design, allowing padding to be added or removed as desired and protective pads in choice areas such as the knees. This also makes cleaning easier.
Many riders have multiple trousers for different weather conditions and seasons of the year. In the winter thicker coats with lining in is preferred for warmth, and the summer months it is better to go for a more breathable lightweight option.
What Motorbike Trousers to Choose
Choosing the right motorbike trousers can be a time consuming process. You don't want to rush into it and find it is badly fitting or cheap feeling or even worse, have an accident and find you needed motorcycle pants with armour in.
I'd always advise armoured trousers as they are well
designed and researched now, these companies know where motorcyclists
land when they come off and have protected those areas accordingly.
Don't be afraid to spend some money, like buying a helmet - get the best
you can afford, how much are your legs worth to you? You can usually get matching motorbike jackets too
Be sure to measure yourself and check fitting sizes too. Clothing is extra important on motorbikes and if you get too small you will be uncomfortable and sweat more than necessary. If you get too large you will find it flapping in the wind, effecting your concentration and increasing aerodynamic drag (makes your bike slower!).
Both Leather and non-leather trousers are good choices, it is a matter of preference. Leather tends to look better for longer and is more easily wiped clean after a tour through the local fly population. It also doesn't fray, aged non-leather jackets tend to fray around the edges and look more tatty than their leather counterparts.
Non-leather jackets usually come with more options such as interior pockets and straps to tighten bits up that are flapping so they make up for their downfall in that way.
You can get jeans with armor pockets in for inserting the crash pads when riding, and take them out when socializing, this makes it a lot more flexible, but after the impact they do not offer much protection if you are sliding like a leather pair of trousers will.
not to pick a pair of trousers with viewable zips everywhere, they are handy for
quick access and a bit of security when riding, but they can interrupt
during a accident, get ones with flaps over or open pockets - if you use
a music player when riding considering buying a motorcycle radio kit.