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Leathers Really Are Worth The Price
20+ times more effective than your jeans

By: James R. Davis

And, with the colder weather the odds are that many of you have begun wearing leather chaps and heavier jackets. Though pretty expensive, there's ample proof that these provide far more than protection from the cold.

In studies of 'survivability' of various garment materials to a 50 MPH ride on asphalt, for example, denim lasted no more than FOUR FEET before wearing through. Kevlar, on the other hand, lasted EIGHTEEN FEET. But standard motorcycle quality (about three times heavier than fashion jacket material) lasted EIGHTY-SIX FEET. That's more than 20 times as effective as your jeans in protecting your hide.

[The tests were reported in the September 1988 issue of Cycle magazine.]

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(James R. Davis is a recognized expert witness in the fields of Motorcycle Safety/Dynamics.)

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