In Rider’s February issue, we shared the results of a survey that offered a fascinating deep dive into our readers’ habits and preferences. One telling statistic was that three-quarters of our readers – yep, we’re looking at you – ride their motorcycles at least 3,000 miles per year, with nearly half of those polled saying they travel at least double that. Along these lines, the top three most popular types of motorcycles our readers own are touring, sport-touring, and adventure bikes. Ergo, we created this motorcycle luggage buyers guide.
With the riding season kicking into high gear, many of you are thinking about your next motorcycle trip. Maybe it will be on paved roads, or maybe you’ll be tackling rougher terrain. Regardless, if you’re already planning your next overnight – or longer – excursion, or even if you’re fortunate enough to be able to drop everything at the last minute and take off for a weekend getaway, how much you can pack and how you will carry it is an important consideration.
With that in mind, this luggage buyers guide provides a variety of great options, from tank bags to panniers to top boxes, to help you take what you need on your next adventure.
Aerostich Tank Panniers
The Aerostich Tank Panniers are semi-rigid bags made in the U.S. and constructed of sturdy, water-resistant urethane-coated 1000-denier Cordura nylon with an adjustable mounting system: two padded, 2-inch-wide hook-and-loop closed webbing straps plus two adjustable bungee shock cords. Neoprene tank pads protect your paint and eliminate slippage, and removable plastic inserts shape the bags. The panniers also feature two exterior pockets. Available in Black or Hi-Viz for $197. Standard: 12 × 9 × 5 in./8.8 liters each, or Competition: 12 × 7.5 × 4.5 in./6.6 liters each.
Cortech Super 2.0 12L Tank Bag
The Cortech Super 2.0 12L Tank Bag is made of 1680-denier ballistic polyester and 1800-denier three-lined twill jacquard. It fits most modern sportbikes and sport-tourers with sloped gas tanks, and it has a single zipper on the main compartment, a removable map pocket, and two built-in sip tube/headphone exit ports. The bag also comes with a rain cover, a shield pouch, a water bladder holder, and hideaway backpack straps. The 12-liter tankbag measures 20 x 7.5 x 11 inches and is priced at $109.99 (strap mount) or $129.99 (magnet mount).
Shad TR40 Terra Adventure Saddlebags
Made of abrasion-resistant material with reinforced stitches, Shad TR40 Terra Adventure Saddlebags have 64 total liters of capacity and hold up to 22 lb in each side, with six Duraflex cam buckles and eight reinforced tiedowns per bag. The Double Locking System locks the bag to the 4P System Side Case Racks (sold separately) and prevents unwanted access to the inside of the bag, while roll closures on the outer and inner bags ensure they’re waterproof. The TR40s include a dry bag, a bag holder, and a bottle harness, and each bag is 15.75 x 9.8 x 14.9 inches. Priced at $578.99.
Givi ALA44 Monokey Alaska Case
The 44-liter Monokey Alaska Case from Givi holds the equivalent of one modular helmet and features the Monokey attachment system, which uses a single lock and key to open the case and release it from the plate. Inside is a series of built-in grips, so loads can be secured to both the lid and the bottom of the case. The waterproof case has rivets fitted with gaskets and sealed using silicone. It measures 13 x 16.6 x 18.3 inches and has four belt-strap loops integrated into the lid. Available in natural or black finish for $464.
Nelson-Rigg Hurricane Dual Sport Saddlebags
The Nelson-Rigg Hurricane Dual Sport Saddlebags are made from heavy duty, UV-treated PVC tarpaulin material. All seams are electronically heat welded. Approximately 14 liters per side, the saddlebags have internal support panels and a removable stiffener to hold the shape when empty. They mount using hook-and-loop straps and tension buckles – no rack needed. They feature quick-release buckles on top and bottom to secure additional gear and an air purge valve for easy compression. Main compartment measures 17 x 7 x 9 inches. Priced at $179.95 with a lifetime warranty.
Joe Rocket Manta II XL Tank Bag
The Joe Rocket Manta II XL Tank Bag is made of improved structural foam and UltraMax fabric with SBS zippers and is resistant to wind, water, and fading. The newly resized phone pocket has mesh backing for better breathability, and an outer side pocket provides additional access to the main pocket. Inside the tankbag is an adjustable divider to keep contents from shifting, as well as a charge cord and headphone port. The bag comes with a rain cover, and it mounts using either magnets or supplied straps. It measures 16 x 10 x 6 inches and is priced at $124.99.
SW-Motech Pro Blaze Saddlebags
Offering an innovative way to mount soft saddlebags on sportbikes, the SW-Motech Pro Blaze Saddlebags feature mounting arms that quickly attach and detach, leaving minimally visible mounting brackets when the arms are removed. The Pro Blaze bags are made of durable, UV-resistant 1680-denier ballistic nylon material, and the expanding zipper increases volume from 14 to 21 liters. The main compartment is top loading, and the bags have a zippered outside pocket and a carrying handle. Dimensions are 5.5 x 11.8 x 17.3 inches. Priced at $499.95.
Giant Loop Mototrekk Panniers
Giant Loop’s MotoTrekk Panniers are dry bag-inspired panniers made of welded 500-denier waterproof fabric and a double-reinforced top and bottom. They feature a roll-top closure that keeps contents dry and dirt free. The integrated mounting system enables them to strap to virtually any side luggage racks. Lash loops provide expanded storage capacity, and quick-connect magnetic buckles facilitate easy mounting and removal. Each bag holds 25 liters, measures 12 x 15 x 7 inches, and includes two shoulder straps for backpack-style carrying. Priced at $479.
Sedici 20L Dry Bag Saddlebags
The Sedici 20-liter Dry Bag Saddlebags’ three-fold roll-top closures and dual-layer 500-denier tarpaulin material with sonic HF-welded seams ensure your gear stays dry. A quick-release air valve and quick-release speed buckles on each side facilitate easy packing and unpacking. External MOLLE loops, pockets, and D-rings, plus included accessory mounting straps, provide a variety of options for mounting and adding additional storage. Removable internal support loops help keep the bags in shape. They measure 17 x 11 x 6 inches and are priced at $149.99.
Wolfman Luggage Enduro Tank Bag WP
Wolfman Luggage redesigned its popular Enduro Tank Bag WP for a more usable shape that fits almost every dual-sport and dirtbike. Made of custom 840-denier nylon TPU laminate with waterproof RF-welded seams, the bag is kept in place by a four-point quick-release mounting system that doesn’t interfere with the gas cap or the vent hose. With a 4-liter capacity, the Enduro Tank Bag has a removable clear pocket, a removable waist belt pouch, and a YKK AquaGuard water-repellant main zipper. The bag is 9 x 6 x 5.5 inches (height in the front). Priced at $151.99.