More than 10.1 million homes in the United States now have a motorcycle in the garage. The majority of these owners focus on buying all of the gear they need to ride safe and look cool.
However, there is one part of the $7.160 million dollar market that many people overlook. Motorcycle bags are one of those items that people don’t think about; until they need one.
We are going to help you get started on the search for your next bag with this list of the top bags on the market today.
1. Wolfman Expedition
So right off the bat, you will notice that this bag is bold and has something to say. It’s bright yellow and shiny. However once you get past these outrageous looks, there is so much more to this bag.
This bag is truly and completely waterproof. This is partially thanks to the simplistic design. The vinyl body will make it durable and strong enough to last for years to come.
The solid construction ensures that every seam is well constructed. Its quality is what makes this bag one of the best on the market.
If you decide to buy more than one, you can easily stack them. That way you and the misses can each have your own bag.
Each bag contains compression straps to help keep everything secure. This will prevent slipping and any other movement while you’re out riding.
The only downside to this bag is that smaller bikes may find this bag overwhelming. It is also one of the most expensive options on the list.
2. Seibertron Hybrid
This bag is a backpack that looks like you are about the head into battle. Its specific design is a result of the makers having us the riders in mind. The company Seibertron is well known for making quality products, and this backpack is no different.
You’ll immediately notice the quality materials and craftsmanship of this backpack. It’s even waterproof so that it will stick with you through rain and shine.
The best part is that you can bring your luggage with you no matter where you go. No more getting limited by the rack on your motorcycle.
Even though it is a backpack, you will still have plenty of room on the inside. It’s big enough to hold a laptop without feeling cramped.
Go ahead and load it up; there are extra straps to help keep it stable. Before you ride, attached the chest and waist straps.
The very small downside to this backpack is that it isn’t completely waterproof. The zippers do let a small amount of water leak in. You’ll also need to contend with a lot of super long straps that can be annoying when not in use.
3. Givi OBK24B Outback
When you think of motorcycles bags, almost everyone immediately thinks of a soft-sided bag of some sort. But this isn’t your only option.
The Outback from Givi is a solid case that can only be described as a reinforced crate. This secure box is large enough to hold a full face helmet.
The outer shell is aluminum. This will give you a weatherproof design that will never break down or wear out.
The makers of this box at Givi know that you’ll probably need more. So there are extra tie downs so you can secure additional items. You’ll find that despite its large size, it isn’t obtrusive or bulky.
One major downside to this case is its price. You need to expect to pay for all of those benefits. It also doesn’t come with the necessary mounting system. Once installed, you’ll quickly find that the plastic keyhole cover isn’t up to quality standards and will struggle to stay in place.
4. Nelson Rigg
This motorcycle bag looks and acts like a modern version of those old-timey trunks people used to travel with. However, this bag makes some huge improvements with its modern interpretation.
You’ll have all of the room you need to pack everything. But it also isn’t overly bulky or intrusive in its size.
It’s sized perfectly to strap onto the back of your back. It’s also durable and sturdy enough to withstand all of your travels. It’s even a dry bag so no worries about inclement weather.
You have plenty of options for securing it to your bike with the six D rings distributed throughout the bag. There is also a security lock to keep your belonging safe when you’re not next to your bike.
The only downside to this bag is that the fasteners may not work as well as you’d hope. It’s also a lot larger than other bags on this list, which might make it difficult to attach to smaller luggage racks.
5. Ogio Mach 5
So far, we’ve focused on motorcycle bags that are meant for longer trips with a larger capacity. But not every trip is a cross country adventure. This Ogio backpack is perfect for carrying all of your items while running across town.
You’ll love how sleek and streamlined this backpack is. That means less material to get caught in the wind and pull on your shoulders.
Unlike standard backpacks, this one has gone through extensive testing to make sure that it can endure use through many motorcycle trips. It will even hold up in the even in the event of an accident.
Don’t be fooled by how thin it looks from the outside. On the inside, this bag is deceptively huge. Though its slim looks give this backpack some sleek good looks. Those looks are enhanced even more by carbon fiber that is woven to create the outer shell.
6. Viking Cruise
This classic duffle style bag is most than just a bag. It is reinforced in every place you can think of to give you the most durable bag possible.
Whether you want to go on a short weekend getaway or a long cross country ride, this bag is perfect. Its reflective piping will help you get seen while out on the road if you plan on riding part of your trip at night.
You’ll love how easy it is to access all of the different compartments. The entire bag has a rigid design to help it hold its shape without making it overly cumbersome.
Attaching the bag to your bike is a breeze with the scratch resistant mounting base. There are also hidden bungee cords to help you secure the bag to the base.
The only downside to this bag is that the bungee cords may not be enough. So prepare to have some extra cords on hand. It also may not store away easily when you’re not using it due to its rigidity.
7. Wolfman Peak Tail
Over the years, Wolfman has built a reputation for creating all around solidly built, reliable, and versatile bags. One area where they tend to do better than other companies is to develop multiple solutions.
This tail bag is a perfect example of that. Those who ride sportbikes don’t have the large luggage rack options that cruisers have. This tail bag is the ideal solution for you to carry the essentials without it getting in the way of your ride.
It has adjustable compression straps to help you keep the bag secure on your bike. You also have a variety of options when it comes to mounting it.
One big downside is that this bag is not waterproof. It is only slightly water resistant. Some riders who like to carry a lot of items may find it to be a bit small.
8. Cortech 8230-0505-18
This bag is perfect for sitting up on your tank and keeping everything within reach. It’s also exceptionally well made, so it will stick with you and your tank for many miles to come. It’s waterproof, so even a bit of rain won’t slow you or this bag down.
Attach it to your tank by either the magnets or the included straps. This way you can ride confidently knowing that your bag isn’t going anywhere.
One nice feature about this bag is that it is expandable. So when not in use it will be a small compact bag. But when you need to hold more, you expand the compartment.
When you get where you are going, you can pull out the hideaway straps and wear it as a backpack. You will also love the oversized top flap that is perfect for organizing your smaller items.
A unique feature of this bag is the integrated water bladder. Now you can hold all of your stuff and stay hydrated while riding.
There are two downsides to this bag. The first is the price; it is more expensive than other tank bags. The second is that given its capacity, it is relatively narrow.
Start Browsing Motorcycle Bags
When it comes to shopping for a new bag, you need to know what your needs and intended use are. This will help you narrow down the sea of motorcycle bags to only the ones that will work.
Remember, you need to find one that not only holds everything, but that is also compatible with your motorcycle. Take your time and try to not limit yourself to finding the cheapest option. When it comes to motorcycle gear, you get what you pay for.
Check out our post on all of the items you’ll need before heading out on the open road. You already have the bag, but what else do you need?