Motorcycle Jeans Project

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by j, Mar 28, 2008.

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    they already have a fabric that blends denim and kevlar .
     
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    Those Kushitanis look really nice. Waterproof and washable leather? I'd love to see one in person ....
     
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    Why don't they have any armor around the knees? That would seem kind of important to me.
     
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    Not sure, but you can wear separate armor under any of these, like the Forcefield pants or knee tubes, so it's up to the wearer. A lot of people don't worry too much about armor and getting them to upgrade from cotton jeans is hard enough.
     
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    I called Kushitani in CA and the nice lady said the Japanese model of the leather jeans (next model year) has at least knee armor pockets in it and they will get a pair of those if you want and sell them for the same $400. She also said to size up one since they run a little tight and size up two if you want to wear that Bohn or T-pro/Forcefield under-armor stuff underneath, because of the hip armor. The inseam is 35" unhemmed and they are machine washable.
     
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    I've always thought that the motorcycle industry needed some help with clothing. IIRC, Harley sells more in merchandise than clothing. Honda, Yamaha, and other companies don't have crap and could do so much better. I thought about designing a line and then presenting it to a company with no clothing and seeing what they think. BMW always has the sharpest and smartest clothing. I wish all of the big Moto companies were similar. The old Chairman of my Design Department at college became a fashion design consultant for BMW. Makes sense as he WAS from Germany. Link to article
     
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    I'm bumping this because I'm considering modifying a pair of jeans for myself with kevlar. I have no idea where to buy it or what kind. Also, what thread were you going to sew with, Kevlar thread? Would you reinforce the existing seams in the denim too? Here are some options I didn't see posted: The Draggin jeans they sell in Australia aren't bad, they even have a pair in Raw denim, look a little baggy, but you could def stuff some armor under there. The classics look a lot slimmer, remind of me Wranglers farmers wear. I've also read that Draggin USA and Draggin Australia are different companies & quality, Australia being better quality. Draggin au raw: [​IMG] [​IMG] Draggin au classic: [​IMG] [​IMG] Also, there is Esquad from France, they have the kevlar blended into the fabric called "Armalith." The classic model might be ok, theyre about 2x more expensive than the Draggins from AU, and no US distributers yet. [​IMG]
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    Just out of curiosity, why don't you just wear leathers over your denim, and take them off when you get to your destination?

    Admittedly, I ride a cruiser with hard-side saddlebags, so my chaps or pants (whatever I'm wearing that day) stay with my bike when I am not riding, as does the jacket on the rare instance when I don't want to wear it. But even if you ride a crotch rocket, you can find a on-bike storage solution, I'm sure.

    And, really, in terms of protection, there's simply no substitution for a set of leathers, armored or otherwise.
     
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    ^ That's the reason I bought a pair of leather chaps. I knew I wouldn't wear leather pants, but chaps are easier to put on and realistically I would be more likely to wear them all the time. They're not as heavy of leather as I would like, but they are much better than just riding in a pair of jeans.
     
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    ^ That's the reason I bought a pair of leather chaps. I knew I wouldn't wear leather pants, but chaps are easier to put on and realistically I would be more likely to wear them all the time. They're not as heavy of leather as I would like, but they are much better than just riding in a pair of jeans.
    Originally I thought the same way, and so picked up a beautiful pair of horsehide chaps. But then a buddy of mine wiped out after some woman putting on her make-up (no, no shit) pulled out in front of him at an intersection. He ended up skidding across the pavement on his ass. He didn't break anything, thankfully, but his jeans got ground away, immediately followed by various layers of his ass. It was pretty gnarly. Anyway, I bought a pair of zip-off leather pants that are big enough to fit over my jeans comfortably. Sure they do take a bit longer to put on, and they are a bit bulkier, but I am much more comfortable knowing that if my ass ever meets the road, I'll have a better chance of escaping with it in tact. Imagine not being able to sit for several weeks. For anything. And I do mean, *ahem*, anything. [​IMG] PS: What do you ride?
     
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    At the moment my #1 option is the Kushitani (probably the perfed) leather jeans. I am considering ordering a pair to see what they look like IRL. If they could pass for regular-ish jeans (i.e. not look like I'm trolling) I would probably keep them, assuming they fit and all. Leather chaps (haha no.)/overpants/whatever seem like WAY too much to wear along with jeans in the summertime and that's kind of the whole point. I'd rather have something I can get off the bike and just walk away instead of disrobing on the sidewalk or walking around looking like an astronaut.
     
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    Please keep us posted, J. I'm very interested as well.
     
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    Did you guys watch that ESquad video? That's crazy. That's the only time I've seen someone take a real-ish fall in a product to prove it. (The draggin jeans guy had himself towed behind a truck, but there was no impact and it was pretty controlled.) According to the speedo shown on the screen he was going 140 (I assume km/hr) which would be 80 MPH.

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    that esquad video is pretty crazy. I cant imagine crashing a bike at that speed on purpose. they also look the most like regular jeans, but $400 is a pretty serious price.

    somewhat unrelated aside: I ride a road bicycle and would be interested in a pair of bike shorts with some of that fabric in them. I can deal with bloody elbow or knees, but road rash on hips is the worst. I am surprised that none of the major bike clothing companies put out something like this.
     

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