Designed primarily as a protective layer, motorcycle trousers are a necessary part of any biker’s wardrobe. This high performance outerwear is usually made from leather but can also be found in textile and textile and leather mixes across racing and sports, cruiser and touring and urban styles.
In-built body armour
Motorcycle trousers should feature in-built body armour, which conforms to European safety standards (marked by the CE logo) and is designed to shock absorb in the event of a collision or fall. These additions are made from modern materials including hard foam, silicone and rigid plastic. How extensive that armour needs to be will depend on your racing style.
Classic race ready
Racing and sports trousers are designed to cope with the rigours of high speed superbiking. Such motorcycle trousers are often cut in the racing crouch position and are usually made from leather or leather mixes, fitting like a second skin but allowing for flexibility of movement.
Many of this type of trouser will have suit-to-boot and jacket-to-trousers fasteners so the accompanying motorcycle boots and jacket can be purchased to suit. These motorcycle trousers offer the highest level of protection, with integrated body armour about the knees, hips and shins.
Motorcycle cruiser trousers and touring trousers are usually looser in fit and designed for the more casual ride. These can be made of leather or leather mixes but are also often made from more lightweight materials such as the highly water resistant cordura.
Often multi-pocketed with hi-vis strips and removable thermal linings, this style of trouser is great to be worn from summer through to winter. Motorcycle cruiser and touring trousers also have other special features for added comfort such as adjustable waist belts, elasticated panels at the knee and Velcro ankle straps to reduce draft and spray.