Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Ontario, CANADA
All about Trousers: Street & Track
Every rider should have a pair of riding pants in their closet. Whether your riding a Panigale, Adv bike, Cruiser or even a Scooter, you should have a pair. Any type of riding pants is better than normal jeans or heaven forbid, cut-offs and flip-flops.
Although this thread is about all types of riding trousers, I'm starting things off with leathers but it would be interesting and beneficial to read further comments about textile gear going forward. More specifically, I'm initially focusing on a cursory comparison between Street vs Track pants.
We ride a Panigale but does that imply that we should buy racing pants? Obviously not! The trousers purchased should be contingent on the riding that we do as opposed to the bike that we own.
IMO, these are some of the Pro's and Con's we should consider when purchasing our first pair of leather trousers:
Street Pants are more comfortable & versatile. Highlights include:
+ Flexibility to add various types of undergarments
+ Some may come with a removable water-proof liner
+ Longer and can accommodate various types of riding shoes and boots
+ High rear waist construction provides greater overlap coverage
+ Pockets (you know those slits you put stuff in)
+ More adjustability: waist straps & zippers
+ More visibility with various reflectors
+ More ventilation features, some even have hybrid mesh
+ Lighter than track pants
+ Badass yet sporty when combined with your favorite race jacket
Track Pants are built to offer the ultimate protection.
+ Better and upgradeable armor
+ Removable and replaceable knee pucks
+ Extreme race look
+/- Very tight (good for the track but not for a long distance riding)
Track Pants also come with a few specific negatives:
- Short length require track boots unless you're trying to start a distinctive fashion statement
- Break-in period can be long
- Generally must be worn with a base layer for comfort
All this to say that if you're not a regular track rider, Street leathers should be your first option. Keep in mind that you can still use your Street leather pants for an occasional track day as long as you can zip those together with your favorite race jacket. Just don't drag your knees. You can always buy a pair of track pants later.
2016 Ducati Panigale 959 (Arctic White)
2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R (Badass Black)
Last edited by DarR; 05-29-2017 at 11:58 AM.