When it comes to motorcycle pants, most options that break the $500 mark won’t provide you with more benefits than you can find in a more affordable pair. With such a large variety of options under $500, choosing the right pants for your body and riding style can feel quite overwhelming.
That’s why we made this list! Let us help you narrow down your options by showing off what we think are the best motorcycle pants for beginners under $500.
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As always, we’ve made safety our top priority here—but a little style never hurt anyone either, right? Whenever we can, we’ve also included relevant motorcycle pants reviews from our sister site, webBikeWorld. Now, let’s get started—aren’t you ex-seat-ed?
To begin this list, I decided to start with a pant option that can take you anywhere safely in practically any weather.
REV’IT! designed their Commuter Pants with three-season riding in mind, come rain or sun. They’ve been designed for riders seeking a protective and weatherproof option that doesn’t sacrifice comfort or safety.
The Commuter Pants are made of abrasion-resistant PWR shell 3-layer material with hydratex 3L PRO waterproofing. The pants also feature Seeflex CE level 2 armor in the knees and have Tryonic Seesoft CE level 1 type B inserts for hip protection.
The waist is fully adjustable, and they are ready to be paired with Strapper suspenders (sold separately) if you struggle with keeping them up.
Some riders prefer the ‘casual jeans look’ to more traditional protective riding pants, and it’s easy to understand why. Some of us aren’t tracking our bikes or riding through thunderstorms on 1000 mile treks, so if you’re looking for an easy-going alternative that won’t break the bank, look no further.
The Klim K Fifty 2 Jeans are a straight cut heavy-duty riding jean constructed from a blend of Cordura denim and nylon cotton. They also come with adjustable D30 EVO hip and knee armor to keep you safe on your journeys.
The inside of the pant has reinforced DuPont Kevlar panels for added protection, along with a Poron XRDA tailbone pad.
The Alpinestars Raider Drystar V2 pants are a perfect marriage between commuting and sport riding. The multi-material shell provides high resistance to water while maintaining safety via tear-resistant panels.
The pre-curved legs and accordion stretch areas above the knees keep these areas comfortable while the CE-certified knee protectors are fully adjustable to ensure a good fit for all riders.
The removable thermal liner is also a big plus, as it makes these pants semi-dual purpose with two options for heat control. As a result, these pants are perfect for multiple seasons of commuting while maintaining a sporty look.
The feature list for these pants reads like a Tolkien novel, and for $319.95, they’re hard to pass up. Their fairly obvious ADV styling may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a fully weather-resistant pant you can wear in any temperature, the search has ended.
These Kathmandu Overpants come with D30 armor in the hip and knees, removable suspenders, wide leg openings (for going over boots), and a removable insulation liner for cooler rides.
The pants are full of vents too, and Firstgear even went as far as to include chamude suede knee patches to keep the sides of your tank scratch-free.
If you’re looking for a robust pant for your thousands of miles in yearly touring distances, these pretty much hold the gold standard.
It may sound strange to some; a beginner hitting the track in their first year of riding—but if you have high aspirations to be a ‘Street Rossi’ somewhere down the line, you might as well invest in the gear now so you can grow into it later and save yourself from spending the money twice.
The Missle V2 Airflow pants are perfect for any new rider looking for a pair of high-performance pants they’ll still be using several seasons down the road.
The pants feature full 1.3mm bovine leather construction with large stretch panels on the calf and crotch areas (leather doesn’t stretch well, so trust me, this is a good feature). They also come with CE level 1 armor in the knees, and if you’re looking for some added hip protection, Dainese provided pockets so you can add them at a later date.
The Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar Pants are another great looking ADV/touring option for weatherproof comfort.
Alpinestars took the successful V2 Andes design and breathed new life (or air) into the third version by tweaking the design for added comfort and safety. The Andes V3 pants feature Alpinestars-exclusive Drystar poly-fabric textile construction for full waterproofing and a removable liner for warmer rides.
The hip protectors are sold separately, but the knee areas of these pants come equipped with CE-certified armor behind the reinforced polymer printed texture for added abrasion resistance. The entire garment carries a CE Cat II safety certification, so you can count on them to be as tough as they are stylish.
Sometimes you just need something a little more protective than traditional jeans and don’t feel like spending half a month’s rent on a pair of shiny new motorcycle pants. I get it, and so do the folks at Scorpion EXO.
The Scorpion EXO Covert Jeans remedy that predicament by providing a 165GSM DuPont™ Kevlar-lined jean option. They also come with pockets ready for you to drop in your own knee and hip armor.
They look great and offer far more protection than regular jeans. At $100 and with over 250+ reviews on Revzilla, you really can’t lose with these.
I’m topping this list off with a pair of purely performance-oriented race pants. Mainly because I can, but also because there are still many new riders who want the best-of-the-best when it comes to protection and safety features.
I started on a 900cc motorcycle myself, and I know more than a few riders who began on 1000cc race bikes. I’m not saying I recommend it (I did get into my first accident a week after passing my skills test)—but if you’re going down that road, you’re going to want the best leg protection you can get.
The Delta 3 pants are designed with agility in mind and constructed with the same S1 Bielastic fabric and Nanofeel Silver Iron liner you can find in Dainese’s MotoGP race suits. Overkill? I guess that depends on what you’re willing to do for safety.
The body of these pants features Tutu cowhide leather, and they come complete with CE-certified protectors in the knees and hips.
Once you get the hang of dragging the knee, you will begin to experience the full performance nature of these pants and their interchangeable knee sliding pucks. But that’s probably going to take a while, hotshot—so slow down and ride safe for now.