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Old 08-31-2008, 10:07 AM   #21
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I've had a low side around 25 mph in jeans and didn't have any issues. I also have hit the ground at 50 plus in jeans, but it was in the dirt. No damage. I have hit the ground more than a couple times with TMGP and other than a sore shoulder, no damage.

I think jeans do offer some protection at low speeds or if you are off road (over shooting a turn for example). It will depend on the situation as mentioned above.

I usually will wear jeans and a leather jacket plus gloves, helmet etc. around town and on some Sunday morning rides if I don't plan on pushing it too much. Other than that I do wear either leathers or a Fieldsheer riding suit (like an Aerostitch, but a whole lot cheaper).

So yes, I think jeans offer some level of protection over shorts.

I just re-read that first paragraph, maybe I ought a quit riding.....nah.

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Old 08-31-2008, 10:41 AM   #22
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I lowsided going about 30 wearing khaki dress pants and a leather jacket gloves and helmet. I rolled about 10 -15 feet and got up ran after my bike.

my helmet had a big chip out of it, my jacket only got dirty, my gloves had a small hole in the left hand. my pants didnt even have a hole in them somehow even after hitting the ground and rolling in them. I did however get cut through my pants on my knee but only the size of a dime.

Im sure if I would have been wearing shorts it would have been MUCH worse.
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i stunt ride, and when i've wrecked in jeans i've got caught on things and ended up with more cuts and bruises than when in shorts...of course these are 5-10 mph crashes.
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i have been unfortunite to have gone down in shorts and jeans

shorts (left side) rash all down leg and major scar from big wound on side of knee

jeans (right side) small scratch on right hip - old navy jeans held up but were covered in oil from the beaner-mobile that let go of the motor and spewed all its oil over the road
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maybe the jeans aren't much more when you initially hit the pavement, but if you get dragged/slide around/roll over anything, the jeans are definitely gonna protect you more than shorts.
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A layer of heavy denim vs bare skin...

Yeah, I have to go with, something is better than nothing.

I lowsided at about 40-45mph slid approx 70ft, on concrete. Ruined a new pair of jeans, they twisted around my leg, then wore through in several places. Because the fabric was bunched up it never got to skin.

Had I been wearing shorts... bare skin for 70 ft on concrete... what that would look like makes my skin crawl.
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Jeans these days aren't as thick as ones made in the past. They are more 'breathable.' I have three pairs I wore for a short while when I was in middle school and stowed away for a while. I like wearing them since they are form fitting, dont flap around etc.

Will they protect? Not much. If you put weight into them as you go down, the stitching is the strongest part of the jeans so first to tear is the furthest portion from the stitching... the centers.

Riding jeans aren't too expensive... 45?55? w kevlar reinforcement. Knee/shin pads that price or lower. Its a personal choice we make before jumping on the bike. Usually people only complain about being 'hot' w gear on, where as result of not wearing gear comes w a life lesson that wont be forgotten.
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Usually people only complain about being 'hot' w gear on, where as result of not wearing gear comes w a life lesson that wont be forgotten.
I like to say that I can cool off, faster than you can heal up.
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Engine is too hot on my legs to wear shorts. Usually wear jeans with knee pads and full boots
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good point. and shorts don't cover that. the shorts i was wearing in my accident aren't torn up on the knees, instead i've got some nice big scar tissue colored patches on my knees, not that jeans would have held up much better on asphalt at ~35 miles either, but who knows..
my jeans held up great in my 35 mph wreck. but they weren't cheap jeans. they were a little thicker than some.
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I lowsided in jeans at @ 20 mph. Was just fine. I will argree at anything freeway speeds they will be toast tho.
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Old 09-01-2008, 07:33 PM   #32
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I have been down in jeans, tee shirt, gloves and a helmet and I must say, the gloves wore all the way through to my palms and all of my finger tips were worn down as well as rash on the palms. I also had rash all the way around my arms up to my shoulders. The rash even went on the inside bend of my arms. It was painful. But the worse part was that my knee had a hole in it all the way down to the bone. It could not me stitched up and it took over 6 months to close up. I still have a massive scar from it.


And with leathers on, I never have had a scratch. I have gone down at least 10-20 times and some were at very high speeds on the track. Never a scratch or a broken bone. That was until the life altering car/bike accident. Even then I didn't even have a scratch on me.

So would I ever wanna go down in shorts or jeans again? no. I do think that jeans do protect more from road debries and such better than shorts though. Imagine a 100mph rock hitting you in jeans vs shorts. There is a difference. one time on the way to work one morning I hit 2 doves, one on each thigh and it hurt like ...lol I couldn't imagine hitting one in shorts.
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I had a friend wreck at a high rate of speed; she was wearing jeans, her jacket, boots and helmet. She had a little rash on her knees, her hands, and her back where her jacket came up. If she was wearing shorts, she would have been A LOT worse.
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Well first, shorts look way better

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I highsided in jeans at around 40mph. . . . not a scratch on me.
You must have been wearing Levis or Wrangler jeans correct me if im wrong..


Also while this thread is open, lets post some good jeans to wear for street riding. I know Old Navy jeans suck a**!!
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I want to thank everyone for a good thread.... good informative stuff here.
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I'll contribute to this... I rode out to webster for dinner last night in jeans (yes I had my newly aquired street jacket, boots, gloves and helmet) for the first time in almost 4 years and I have to say I was very uncomfortable. As most of you all know I always wear full leathers and am always very comfortable in them. I was blistering hot with jeans on. there was no insulation to keep me cool so I was very hot and sweaty and needless to say sweaty jeans are not condusive to feeling comfortable if ya know what I mean. I will definetly be keeping the whole jean thing down to a very minimum. Shorts are a absolute NOT!
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You must have been wearing Levis or Wrangler jeans correct me if im wrong..


Also while this thread is open, lets post some good jeans to wear for street riding. I know Old Navy jeans suck a**!!


If I remember right, they're Aeropostale(I think) But I bought them because they were a lot thicker than other jeans I've seen. Only $20 too. I still wear them also, they didn't have a single mark on them.

I did 149 and 3090 today in Levi 527's and kneeguards though.
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You must have been wearing Levis or Wrangler jeans correct me if im wrong..


Also while this thread is open, lets post some good jeans to wear for street riding. I know Old Navy jeans suck a**!!


Since your edit. . . do you know(or anybody) know how much better the Draggin' Jeans work? I know Icon makes riding jeans as well, but I don't really trust anything they make, no matter how good it looks.
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I've gone down at 80mph when I was hit by a car on 59. I was wearing jeans, textile jacket, gloves, and a helmet. Leather gloves wore down and slightly through. Jacket wore through in many places. Jeans were ripped here and there. Walked away with some rash on my elbow and one on my hip above the jeans. Moral of the story... Gap Jeans FTW!!
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