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Alpinestars XL Transition Gear Bag Review

Alpinestars XL Transition Gear Bag

Everyone has luggage, and most of us have motorcycle luggage—tankbags, tailbags, etc.—to carry essentials while on the road. Gear bags are designed to carry a helmet, gloves, textile or leather apparel, boots, back protector, you name it. They’re popular among dirt bikers to secure all of their moto kit in the back of their pickup truck during the journey from ...

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Mustang Road Companion Bag Product Review

Mustang Road Companion Bag

[This Mustang Road Companion Bag Product Review was originally published in the November 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Motorcycle luggage has certainly evolved, especially in the direction of versatility. If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough packing space on tour, and then when you’ve packed it—good luck in finding it. Or you’re worried about your bag coming ...

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Hydrapak Big Sur Hydration Backpack Review


You’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to test out the Hydrapak Big Sur hydration backpack than an epic, three-day, 900-mile motorcycle trip with an old friend, up California’s renowned Highway 1 to Big Sur and beyond, on rugged, foggy coastal roads, through dense, mind-bending redwood forests, up, over and along mountain ridges, and across hot, arid valleys and ...

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Givi Trekker Cases Motorcycle Luggage Review

Givi Trekker Cases on a Suzuki V-Strom 650

I’ve been a fan of Givi cases for many years. The first set I used on three bikes—I sold them with the third bike—and the second set is currently on its fourth bike. As much as I like their sturdiness, and the ease with which they can be attached or removed from the bike, I’ve never been completely happy with ...

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Ventura Aerodynamic Bike-Pack Motorcycle Luggage System Review


For sheer versatility, it’s hard to beat the Aerodynamic Bike-Pack System from Ventura Motorcycle Accessories. The mix-n-match system has three basic parts. L-brackets ($159), which are designed specifically for more than 1,800 motorcycle models, provide a mounting point. Next, add a rack: tall Pack-Rack ($90), shorter Sport-Rack ($80) or Grab-Handle ($39). Then pick one or more packs: 56-liter expandable Euro-Rally ...

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Nelson-Rigg CL-135 Tankbag with Mounting Options Review


[This Nelson-Rigg CL-135 Tankbag with Mounting Options gear review was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] I’m always carrying stuff on a motorcycle, whether it is the daily shopping or on a long trip. The easiest way to store smallish stuff, like a chicken and a bottle of wine for dinner, or a camera, maps and extra gloves on ...

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Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Bag

In need of a catch-all bag for a ride-and-camp to eastern Oregon last summer, I picked out the Dry Duffel from Wolfman’s Expedition Dry Line collection. I was impressed by the heft of the bag just lifting it out of the box. Turns our that Wolfman doesn’t mess around with flimsy fabrics for these bags – the small Dry Duffel I chose ...

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Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag Review

In the June issue of Rider, Arden “Knobbie” Kysely gave a rave review to a set of Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags. As luck would have it, a set of those saddlebags showed up at our office along with a Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag. I had just exhausted the possibilities of lashing various non-dual-sport-oriented saddlebags and tank bags to my Kawasaki KLR650 ...

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Giant Loop MoJavi Saddlebag Review

Carrying stuff on a dual-sport day ride is easy, right? You toss it in a backpack or bum bag and head for the hills. Or maybe you bungee it to the back or drop it into saddlebags. These conventional methods have worked for years, so why change? Comfort and performance come immediately to mind. I don’t like a big load ...

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Wolfman Rainier Tankbag Review

Wolfman tankbag done

[This Wolfman Rainier Tankbag Review was originally published in the  July 2010 issue of Rider magazine] When I traded my Kawasaki KLR650 thumper for a BMW F800GS twin, I discovered that my faithful Wolfman Explorer tankbag sprawled across the BMW’s faux gas tank like a teenager on a sofa, hanging off on all sides. Lucky for me,  the Wolfman Rainier ...

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