Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tank Bags | Gear Review

Those who use their motorcycles for more than the occasional leisurely cruise know the importance of quality luggage. When faced with the predicament of rush-hour traffic or a Sunday morning blast up your favorite road, having a convenient way to pack your daily essentials saves time and your sanity. Nelson-Rigg’s Commuter Tank Bags are a quick and easy way to get a little more utility out of your steed.

Available in two sizes — Lite (5.8 liters, or 8.4 liters expanded) and Sport (10 liters, or 14.5 liters expanded) — Commuter Tank Bags can be mounted to nearly any motorcycle under the sun, thanks to their four shielded magnets and four-point quick-release strap system. On motorcycles like our 2021 Benelli Leoncino that have a steel fuel tank, a Commuter bag can be securely installed in seconds with the foldout magnet tabs, and its soft underside protects paint. The magnets hold firm at freeway speeds and when getting bounced around the concrete jungle. Composite and aluminum fuel tanks call for the adjustable quick-release straps, which can be mounted in just a few minutes and use nonslip pads to ensure the bag stays put. 

I tested the Commuter Lite tank bag on our Benelli, and its smaller size is perfect for storing my phone, a water bottle and a few other necessities to get through a day at the office or a Sunday ride. There are smart features like a touch-screen-friendly map panel that allows you to check your device or paper map quickly and a charging cable pass-through. 

Like other Nelson-Rigg luggage, Commuter Tank Bags are made of durable UltraMax fabric that’s guaranteed not to fade due to UV exposure, and molded EVA panels help the bags maintain their shape. Circumferential zippers quickly transform the bags from compact to expanded, which is great if you need to shed a layer. They also feature reflective piping, a light gray interior, an adjustable divider, a mesh pocket under the lid and compatibility with Nelson-Rigg’s optional one-liter hydration bladder ($19.95). A removable waterproof rain cover is included.

Priced at $104.95 for the Lite and $124.95 for Sport with a lifetime warranty, Nelson-Rigg has hit a home run with these affordable, versatile tank bags.

For more information, visit Nelson-Rigg.


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