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Video: Moto Journal tests the Dainese Tivoli


When it comes to motorcycle jeans, there are two schools: there are those that really look like normal jeans, and the others! The Dainese Tivoli Regular really belongs to the first category. Moto Journal tested it and gives you its opinion on these Kevlar-reinforced pants!

We French bikers are less equipped than our German neighbors for example, and we tend to forget to protect our legs. THE motorcycle jeans has a role to play in encouraging us to get started without falling into full leather to get the bread…

The regular cut did not convince Julien

With its cut regular, the Dainese Tivoli almost looks like it came out of a ready-to-wear store. Even if a few seams around the knees and under the buttocks will betray to the most discerning its vocation to protect you. Yes, they demarcate the most exposed areas in the event of a bowl. At the knees, you will find a pair of level 1 CE anti-shock reinforcements. Your noble buttocks will be protected by a Kevlar lining. Optional shells are available for the hips. Note that if you are looking for a slimmer cut, you can opt for the Dainese Todi, of a similar design.

However, Julien, who tested the jeans, is not completely thrilled by this cut, which he considers a little weird. It is too flexible which causes it to flap in the wind, and even too short in terms of leg length.

The Dainese Tivoli, motorcycle jeans well designed for riding

On the other hand, it is good suitable for motorcycling. Lots of little points are very practical in use. Like the large pockets at the front, perfect for storing a phone without it getting in the way when you're riding. At the back, the pockets have flaps to prevent what you store from flying away.

Likewise, Julien appreciated thereflective insert sewn on the cuff of the bottom of the pants, discreet and well seen at the same time! And then dainese knee protectors are flexible and ergonomic to wear, it's great. So indeed, it protects less than a leather futal, but it's still better than standard jeans.

Because jeans are nothing more or less than cotton. So how can we make this fragile natural fiber resistant to a possible crash? The most common solution is to line the denim with a layer of Kevlar. Kevlar is a thermoplastic polymer whose chains of molecules are strongly oriented in the axis of the fiber (see our complete file on Kevlar). This specificity allows Kevlar fiber to offer excellent tensile strength: imagine that it is more resistant than a steel cord of equivalent diameter! If we add to that good resistance to shearing, heat and satisfactory flexibility, we understand that it is the perfect fabric to protect your legs from friction with the asphalt.

Live test: The abrasion resistance of Kevlar

To get an idea of ​​the difference in resistance between classic denim jeans and Kevlar jeans, Julien and Auré equipped themselves with their best belt sander and attacked both, stopwatch in hand. When classic jeans last 12 seconds, the Kevlar area of ​​the Dainese Tivoli lasted a minute... before the sander belt gave up the ghost!

Even if this test does not demonstrate real scientific rigor, it still reveals that the Tivoli will have better arguments than cotton in case of friction with bitumen.

Summary: Disappointed for the price

Ok, the Dainese Tivoli has good abrasion resistance, and benefits from a Dainese finish and details. But its launch price (nearly €177.00) puts it at the top of the basket in terms of budget, and certain faults such as the fact that it floats in the wind and that it is unattractive when you are on foot are therefore not not forgivable.

 

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