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There’s a lot that goes into riding a motorcycle and a lot of that includes the apparel you wear. Safety is paramount when you ride a motorcycle.
Although most people are aware that helmets are an essential part of riding a bike, they don’t know what to do with the other gear. Why are they so important? The right type of pants is one of the most misunderstood pieces of gear.
Can I ride my motorcycle in shorts Although there are no laws that prohibit you from wearing shorts while riding a motorcycle on a road, it is highly recommended. Shorts can expose your legs to the exhaust pipes and motorcycle engine, making them more vulnerable in case of an accident.
You’ll see a handful of motorcyclists throughout the year wear shorts while riding. And I’ll admit, I’ve done it myself before (which was stupid of me). While wearing shorts can make a ride more comfortable, there’s a lot more that can happen to your legs and this article can explain the importance of wearing the right type of pants.
It’s dangerous to ride with shorts
Long pants can be both uncomfortable and less fashionable while riding a motorcycle. But there’s a lot more to riding a motorcycle than looking fashionable.
There’s a reason motorcyclists need to wear long pants while riding: safety. Shorts make your legs more vulnerable to the many elements while you’re out on a bike ride.
You need to remember that while you’re riding a motorcycle, Your legs are directly next to extremely hot exhaust pipes. It’s not uncommon for a motorcyclist to occasionally get burned from either of these components and any seasoned rider will tell you it’ll happen eventually if it hasn’t already happened to you. This happens even if you are just riding.
You may also be exposed to more serious burns if the motorcycle is pushed over onto one of your legs.
Shorts also won’t protect your legs from the debris the road has to offer. Though good riding pants won’t completely protect your from projectile objects, they’ll help with some damage control. Shorts won’t protect you from the many objects like rocks, glass, or shrapnel which can easily strike your legs.
If you aren’t properly maintaining your motorcycle, specifically the chain, you’ve put yourself in more danger by wearing shorts on top of that. It’s possible for a motorcycle chain to break and whip up against your leg. It’s never happened to me, but you can imagine how much that would hurt with zero protection.
Let’s not forget how much shorts won’t protect you during a motorcycle accident. Your legs are completely exposed so there’s nothing between you and the asphalt. A lot of people will argue that jeans or even motorcycle pants don’t do much good for you either and will only save you about two seconds before they rip and expose your legs.
But, two whole seconds can make a big difference. I’d rather have two less seconds of asphalt impact than to have completely exposed legs from the start.
Conversely, people who wear shorts while riding on a motorcycle are more inclined to wear comfortable shoes like sandals. You don’t very often see someone wearing shorts and boots at the same time while on a motorcycle. Because your feet are now exposed to all the components and elements that we have discussed, this increases the risk of injury.
What to Wear Instead
Aside from knowing that you shouldn’t wear shorts while riding a motorcycle, some motorcyclists out there know they need to wear long pants but aren’t sure about the type of long pants they should wear.
In truth, any length of pants is better than wearing shorts. Again, though it may only protect your skin a few seconds longer, that’s much better than having to feel those few seconds on completely exposed skin. Always wear long pants and boots when you are riding a motorcycle.
Denim should be the minimum that’s covering your legs. I’ve had great success with denim in helping me prevent burns caused by parts on my motorcycle. Though I’ve been slightly burned while still wearing denim, I would have had significantly more injury had I not been wearing denim in the first place.
Denim can also help prevent the amount of injury caused by debris thrown at you from the road you’re riding on. Denim, a durable cotton textile, tends to be more resilient than other common materials. That’s why it’s recommended to use as a minimal type of coverage while riding a motorcycle.
If you really want to motorbike right, and have the right gear, The best pants for riding are kevlar, leather, and other synthetic materials made specifically for riding. These materials are made to withstand the impact of a motorcycle accident. Although it cannot prevent broken bones from happening, it can help reduce any skin-to-tarmac contact that a rider might experience.
How to counter the heat
The heat is probably the main reason a motorcyclist wears shorts while riding. That’s a valid point. Wearing long pants in hot weather can make it uncomfortable and could even affect your ability to drive.
Engineers and manufacturers are far ahead of us in this area. There are many options for summer clothing for motorcyclists that can be made to fit the needs of their body.
Many motorcycle pants are made from mesh or another high-ventilation material. These materials are very popular with motorcycle enthusiasts who love to ride in the summer heat. These are actually more comfortable than shorts, as they allow for ventilation all over.Regular shorts may still be too warm around the butt or crotch.
When you’re looking for gear to wear during the summer, make sure you read the description and understand what type of material it’s made out of. Winter riding pants are very different from summer riding pants and you don’t want to accidentally wear the wrong type on a hot day.
Cooling ventilation systems can be added to other gear to keep you comfortable while riding a motorcycle. These gear include gloves, jackets, helmets, and jackets. If you’re wanting to keep yourself as protected as possible while still riding in the summer, invest in ventilated gear altogether instead of wearing shorts.
There are other things you can do to keep yourself cool on a ride that doesn’t involve gear. These ideas include staying hydrated before, throughout, and after your ride. You should take frequent breaks if you ride in heat. Without realizing it, you could easily become dehydrated.
If you feel the heat enough to make shorts your go-to attire, Take note of the speed and position of your motorcycle throughout the day. Motorcycle engine heat can be increased by hotter weather. An overheating engine can make it very hot for you since you’re literally a few inches away from it.
Wearing shorts can be incredibly tempting when riding a motorcycle, especially when you’re going down the street a few blocks or don’t plan on riding for too long. An accident or a minor burn from the bike can happen in a matter of seconds. It takes many seconds to walk in these clothes.