I suppose that in the realm of fashionable clothing, leather pants can be pretty tough to pull off. Just ask Ross from Friends. Within the motorcycle world though, the same rules don’t really apply. Protection, not fashion is the name of the game. Sure, lots of folks are riding around in helmets with leather jackets, gloves and boots and the outfit finally rounded out with a pair of jeans. Hell, I’ve worn that very getup too many times to count when staying close to home or running errands. But over the last year or so I just can’t feel good about even riding around locally without having a proper pair of motorcycle pants on.
Outside of the obvious abrasion protection that leather offers in the unfortunate event of an accident, armored or padded knees and hips are a beautiful thing! What is it about their sittin’ muscle, their kneecaps and their hips that people are so willing to sacrifice to Tarmac the Destroyer? Have you banged your knee on a coffee table lately? That smarts, doesn’t it? Now add 40mph to it.
ATGATT: All the gear, all the time.
Life doesn’t check your availability calendar before penciling in an accident which is precisely why we should dress for the crash each time we head out. If a rider didn’t come out of the gate fully dressed in protective clothing at the start of their riding career, it usually only takes one ass-grating slide down the blacktop to get a full understanding of how appealing minimizing the risk can be.
Top 3 annoying questions that I’ve been asked about my leather riding pants:
1. Aren’t you hot in those things?
Well, let’s just go ahead and think about this, shall we? If it is 90 degrees and sunny outside and I’m wearing a black cow on my rump then yes, of COURSE I’m hot!
2. Do you plan on crashing today?
3. Aren’t they only for people who race?