Research from Deakin University has showed a standard pair of denim jeans will last between 0.5 – 1 second if you hit the road at 50km/h. Ouch!

In Western Australia we have a multi-agency group administered by the RAC called the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Group.  We collectively urge motorcyclists to be aware of the type of protective clothing they buy.

motorcycle advistory group western australia

Dr Christopher Hurren of Deakin University’s’ Institute tested ten pairs of reinforced jeans that were sold as ‘motorcycle protective clothing’, using a belt abrasion.

Only three pairs of pants out of 10 pairs tested met the minimum requirements for the European standards. Dr Hurren said that while there is an Australian Standard for helmets, there is nothing to show the protection levels of motorcycle clothing in Australia.

The members of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Group would like to see an independent star rating system displaying the protection levels of motorcycle apparel.  This would provide a driving mechanism for improved clothing and rider safety, potentially saving many lives.

Want some more information on this research?

Dr Christopher Hurren

Research Fellow

Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre

Institute for Frontier Materials

Deakin University

Ph + 61 5227330