It may seem like you need a big adventure bike to carry saddlebags or luggage on a long on- and off-road ride, or at least some sort of side racks to support and keep the bags out of the rear wheel. Fortunately for fans of smaller, more dirt-worthy machines, the clever souls at Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage have figured out how to secure soft luggage to the slim, Spartan tailsections of enduro and dual-sport bikes without mounting heavy and undesirable metal side racks.
In addition to a wide selection of soft luggage for all types of motorcycles, Wolfman offers the E-Base WP “Unrack” system as a starting point for mounting many of its different bag options. Constructed of two layers of custom 840d TPU with hard flexible plastic in between, the E-Base is waterproof and durable enough for sustained abuse off-road, and its simple three-point mounting system fastens it securely over the rear fender and side panels of enduros and dual-sports and makes it very stable. Multiple D-rings and quick-release straps on the E-Base let you attach Wolfman’s various bag options — I tried the waterproof small 303 WP and medium Rolie WP bags in various combinations depending upon the length of the ride.
Roll-down tops with quick release buckles and radio-frequency welded seams make the tough 840d TPU Rolie WP bags 100% waterproof, and the outside layer is laser cut with slots for nylon webbing straps that secure to the E-Base or to crash bars and tail racks. The 303 WP bag (named after Colorado’s original area code) holds six liters, and two or three of these are perfect for day trips on my Yamaha WR250R. For longer overnighters and camping I use the 12-liter medium Rolie WPs for more space. Large 20-liter Rolie bags are available for use with Wolfman’s larger B-Base WP and bigger ADV machines. All have bright yellow liners to make items easy to find within, and ask Wolfman about stuff sacks for the Rolie Bags WP — they were working on some at this writing.
Once you figure out how everything mounts and cut the straps to length (replacements are readily available), the E-Base WP and three Rolie bags filled to capacity simply won’t budge on my dual-sport, even after hours of riding on rocky, bumpy trails. The beauty of the system is that the bags can stay on the E-Base when you whisk it off the bike by simply undoing two straps. If you’re concerned about scuffing, I recommend applying some clear shelf liner or 3M paint protection film to finished parts under the E-Base, like the plastic muffler heat shield on my WR. Wolfman also sells accessory heat shields.
The $149.99 E-Base will fit most enduro bikes and smaller dual-sport bikes, like the KTM EXC, EXC-W, Husky FE and TE Series, Yamaha WR and WR250R, Honda CRF series, Suzuki DRZ400 and Kawasaki KLX250. Rolie bags sell for $69.99 to $99.99.
For more information:
Call (855) 384-8902 or visit wolfmanluggage.com