Buyers’ Guide – Soft Luggage

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

Every touring enthusiast needs storage space for a multiple-day trip, but not every motorcycle comes with side cases or topcase standard. One option is hard cases, but they always require some sort of mounting system, thus altering the bike’s appearance. If the rider wants an easy-on, easy-off solution, then a soft luggage system is the way to go. Depending on the type of motorcycle, several options are available: a dry duffel, a tail pack, saddlebags and sissy bar bags.

A dry duffel is universal and can be strapped to any motorcycle. The advantage of such a bag is easy mounting and durability. The next generation duffel even contours around the seat, providing extra capacity and stability. The dry duffel is the most waterproof solution.

A tail pack is great if the motorcycle has a luggage rack or if the back seat is vacant. Most come with rain covers to keep your belongings dry. Tail packs make it convenient to access stuff while on tour.

Throw-over saddlebags work best on sport and sport touring bikes, but can also work on cruisers and adventure bikes. Saddlebags allow enough room to accommodate a passenger, but can also be combined with a dry duffel or tail pack for increased luggage capacity.

Cruisers have their own look and feel, and thus a black leather sissy bar bag looks the best. Often these bags also make a great backrest for the rider.

A wide variety of soft luggage is available to offer riders the best solution for longer trips.

Mustang Road Companion Bag (no studs)

Capacity: 86.5 liters
Material: expanded black vinyl
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: hook and loop straps included
Colors: black
Price: $149.99
www.mustangseats.com

T-Bags Sport Touring Bag

Capacity: 30 liters
Material: 1680D ballistic nylon
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: straps included
Colors: black
Price: $149.95
www.tbags.com

Tour Master Cruiser II Sissybar Bag XL

Capacity: 60 liters
Material: synthetic leather
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: universal system fits most sissy bars
Colors: black
Price: $259.99
www.tourmaster.com

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag

Capacity: 50 liters
Material: 22 oz vinyl
Waterproof: 100 percent
Mounting: straps included
Colors: black, yellow, orange, gray, white
Price: $439
www.giantloopmoto.com

Ortlieb Speed Bag Pair

Capacity: 46 liters
Material: TPU coated nylon
Waterproof: 100 percent
Mounting: Velcro and compression straps included
Colors: black with reflective sides
Price: $240
www.ortliebusa.com

Roadgear Hi-Adventure Xtreme Packer

Capacity: 107 liters
Material: DuPont 1000-denier Cordura Plus
Waterproof: yellow rain cover $32 extra
Mounting: retractable bungee cords
Colors: black, silver, yellow, blue, red
Price: $269.90
www.roadgear.com

Twisted Throttle DrySpec D66 Rigid Dry Bag

Capacity: 66 liters
Material: 18 oz vinyl, coated Cordura
Waterproof: 100 percent
Mounting: straps included
Colors: black
Price: $179.99
www.twistedthrottle.com

Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Medium

Capacity: 40 liters
Material: 22 oz vinyl for body, 34 oz on sides
Waterproof: 100 percent
Mounting: straps included
Colors: yellow, black
Price: $114.99
www.wolfmanluggage.com

Givi T469 Silver Saddlebags

Capacity: 64 liters
Materials: 1680D polyester and Lorica trim
Waterproof: waterproof zippers, additional rain covers supplied
Mounting: throw-over with Velcro
Colors: black
Price: $120
www.giviusa.com

Nelson Rigg CL-850 Touring Saddlebags

Capacity: 70 liters
Material: UV-treated Tri-Max® ballistic nylon
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: Velcro straps and quick release buckles included
Colors: black
Price: $159.95
www.nelsonrigg.com

Rapid Transit Recon 77 Saddlebags

Capacity: 77 liters
Material: 1000D nylon construction
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: integrated quad-adjusting straps
Colors: black
Price: $149.99
www.rapid-transit.com

Eclipse Rumble Pack Seatpack

Capacity: 20 liters
Material: 1000-denier Cordura
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: integrated hook and bungee
Colors: black
Price: $89.95
www.eclipseluggage.com

Joe Rocket Space Pak 2.0

Capacity: 23.9 liters
Material: 1000-denier nylon
Waterproof: water resistant
Mounting: hook and loop straps included
Colors: black
Price: $79.99
www.joerocket.com

Rev-Pack Standard Tour Pack

Capacity: 71 liters
Material: urethane-coated Cordura nylon
Waterproof: rain cover $14.95 extra
Mounting: straps included
Colors: black
Price: $94.95
www.revpack.com

RKA 36 Liter Rackbag Sonoma

Capacity: 36 liters
Material: polyester, vinyl
Waterproof: rain cover $20 extra
Mounting: integrated straps
Colors: black, other colors $30 extra
Price: $150
www.rka-luggage.com

RPW Marsee 50L Zipp Bag

Capacity: 50 liters
Material: 1050-denier ballistics nylon with waterproof coating
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: straps included
Colors: black
Price: $189
www.racerpartswholesale.com

Ventura Motorcycle Accessories Imola Seat Bag

Capacity: 22 liters
Material: PVC-laminated ballistic fabric
Waterproof: water resistant
Mounting: seat bra with 4 clips
Colors: black
Price: $99
www.ventura-mca.com

BDM Touring Tail Bag with Top Roll

Capacity: 51 liters
Material: 1680-denier Nylon
Waterproof: rain cover included
Mounting: quick-release nylon adjustable straps
Colors: black
Price: $219.95
www.bdmperformanceproducts.com

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