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Apr 27th 2017, 08:44 AM   #16
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

This is what I have for commuting. Nothing is going to hurt that beast. I've carried far too much crap in it, and never busted a seam or zipper like I have in other backpacks. Never got wet inside either.

I used to wear it on my back from Philly to Baltimore and back. If it got too heavy when I overloaded it with tools - two laptops, wrenches, screwdrivers, shit-ton of interface cables, flashlights, notebooks, spare parts and wiring, gatorade, on and on, I would just strap it to the passenger grab rails. In addition to cramming a lot of stuff in it, I've hooked a lot on it also. That webbing is great not just for MOLLE, but for carabiners and bungee cord hooks as well.

I have the Cortech Sport Tribag for longer trips. I could easily pack for a two week long work trip in Norfolk with them, and then strap my 5.11 bag on top. The version I have may not be available anymore, but there are plenty like it. Even without the shitty trashbag rain covers, my stuff never got too wet inside. The tailbag on its own has room for a laptop, but it's kind of an awkward fit, and not nearly as convenient as a backpack for short rides to work.
Apr 27th 2017, 08:47 AM   #17
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja EX300 CRF250x, CRF150RB. XR100
Thanks Everyone!
I have a relativity short commute, so saddle bags will be overkill and not fit will on a supersport.
Apr 27th 2017, 08:58 AM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  The spunk-filled wanksock formerly known as Portland

  R1200ST, CB350
Just to belabor the tailbag approach one more time, I'm considering this one:

Viking Sport Tail Bag

It looks about right for strapping quickly to the pillion seat, and taking away as a shoulder bag. And unlike a topcase it can move between motorcycles without preparation.
Apr 27th 2017, 10:26 AM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  McMinnville, OR

  Sport1000, CB160/CL175, CB550
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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
No one has yet mentioned how the shoulder straps fit differently than a regular backpack. They're tailored so they don't pull your shoulders back like a regular backpack does.
This, and the way they distribute the weight compared to backpacks designed for other activities. It makes a tremendous difference, especially on long rides and/or with heavier loads.

Other things you're more likely to get in a backpack that is specifically designed for motorcycling: waterproofiness (at speed), aerodynamics, ventilation, durability, retro-reflectivity, a design that fits properly over leathers, and features that are easier to operate while wearing gloves.

However, there may be drawbacks. My Kriega is fantastic on a sportbike, but horrible for walking around. It's not easily adjustable and the weight distribution is all worng for hiking. There's no hip belt. There's no good way of attaching anything on the outside. No pockets are readily accessible while wearing the backpack (except for the Cube accessory, which is a pouch that attaches to the front harness).
Apr 27th 2017, 02:42 PM   #20
 wooden's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
I use two backpacks for commuting:
1. Nice weather - some random Mountain Hardware backpack with a laptop sleeve. Fits either of my 15" laptops without issue, and has enough storage for other basic things without being bulky. It's a very slim backpack (I think it's a 21L backpack? Not sure) so it won't hold a sweater or shoes. Very comfortable bag, would wear it more if I hadn't crashed with it on last year and ripped a hole in the front pocket, rendering that pocket largely useless.

2. Wet weather - Timbuk2 waterproof bag, bought at REI a little more than a year ago. Again, not sure on the exact model... Slightly larger than the Mountain Hardware bag, everything slides in from the top and the top rolls up like a waterproof pannier. I keep a spare set of shoes at my desk at work so I don't need to carry them in, but it has enough space for a thin sweater. It also has a hood that can be popped over your head in a pinch but I've never needed it - it's the NW, if it's going to be raining, I already have a hood of some kind.

Same bag, mine is a dark grey with blue trim:


It's important to me that the backpack is light and minimal - the larger the bag, the more inclined you will be to stuff more shit into it and eventually it'll get too heavy/uncomfortable. With a smaller bag you may find yourself wishing you could jam one more thing occasionally, but such is the life of a motorcyclist anyway.

It's also important to me that the bag is comfortable. Some bags work well in the position you'll be on your bikes, some don't. Both of the ones I have don't bother me at all unless I'm riding for hours on end - but then again, any bag would be annoying at that point. Timbuk2 bags are designed with bicyclists in mind so they work well on motorcycles, too.

I haven't seen a motorcycle specific backpack with features that make me say "oh damn gotta have that" - most modern backpacks have laptop sleeves, several smaller pouches for mouse, charger, phone battery, etc. and one or two larger pockets for notebooks, books, light clothing...

Edited by wooden on Apr 27th 2017 at 02:50 PM
Apr 28th 2017, 09:43 AM   #21
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

May 1st 2017, 09:03 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
I have an Osprey Momentum bag I use for commuting on my motorcycle and bicycle rain or shine. It is taller than a normal backpack and has a padded pocket for laptops. It is very water resistant and includes an attached bag that covers the pack for downpours. It has many pockets, zippers, compartments, clips and is strategically padded to be comfortable and protect your goods. It can be a compromise between a standard pack and a bike pack.

I also have a large, waterproof Chrome bag that holds a lot and is rugged (lifetime guarantee, I believe) but not well padded and has minimal pockets and compartments. I bought it because I had an enormous graphics portable workstation to carry and it was one of the few bags big enough to carry it and still had enough room for a change of clothes and lunch.
May 2nd 2017, 06:41 AM   #23
 Candiya's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
I have an older Ogio that I inherited from Mike. It's never been comfy for me - feels like it's made for someone taller (and I'm not short, at 5'10").

I've tried Kriegas and messenger bags, and off the bike they place all the weight on the chest - not so comfy for female riders.

A couple years ago, I found a Boblbee used in the ADVrider classifieds, and I have to say that I love it. It's adjustable so that it's comfy walking as well as riding. Waterproof, expandable, and has little pod bags as well as a stretchy net that you can fit to the hard shell. Great lumbar support. The best part is that it acts as an level 2 back protector. The guy I bought it from lived in SE Asia and used it for commuting because it helped him feel safer in the crazy traffic.

The only downside is the cost. The things are durable so if you can find one used, I recommend going that route: https://packs.point65.com/

Edited by Candiya on May 2nd 2017 at 06:43 AM Reason: Switched out the link because the Revzilla link didn't work right.
May 2nd 2017, 01:50 PM   #24
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2011 ZX-6R; 2009 F800GS
A Chrome motorcycle courier bag will serve you well. Mine's still weather-tight, about 10 years old, and the ergonomic foam shoulder strap is just fine. If you adjust it, it won't move as you travel. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Also, I have a ZX-6R, and the Kawasaki accessory catalog has a tail pack that fits really nicely on the passenger seat pad. It won't hold a 15" laptop, but definitely a couple of days of clothes.... Or a luxuriant lunch with a couple of tallboys, bong, sunglasses, and a funny hat for downtown strolls on weekend afternoons, if you're into that.
May 4th 2017, 10:02 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  Monsters
Quote:
Originally Posted by Candiya
I have an older Ogio that I inherited from Mike. It's never been comfy for me - feels like it's made for someone taller (and I'm not short, at 5'10").

I've tried Kriegas and messenger bags, and off the bike they place all the weight on the chest - not so comfy for female riders.

A couple years ago, I found a Boblbee used in the ADVrider classifieds, and I have to say that I love it. It's adjustable so that it's comfy walking as well as riding. Waterproof, expandable, and has little pod bags as well as a stretchy net that you can fit to the hard shell. Great lumbar support. The best part is that it acts as an level 2 back protector. The guy I bought it from lived in SE Asia and used it for commuting because it helped him feel safer in the crazy traffic.

The only downside is the cost. The things are durable so if you can find one used, I recommend going that route: https://packs.point65.com/
I have always wondered how good those are. How well must it be attached to you to act as a back protector? Also - it looks small, what's the size in liters maybe?
May 5th 2017, 06:07 AM   #26
 Tombraider2's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Arlington

I went with the - Kriega R25 Backpack - Well worth it, a comfy back pack is a must if you need one. Don't know it's there, and at speed it don't flop around @ all.

RevZilla

Edited by Tombraider2 on May 5th 2017 at 06:20 AM
May 5th 2017, 03:49 PM   #27
 Candiya's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lena
I have always wondered how good those are. How well must it be attached to you to act as a back protector? Also - it looks small, what's the size in liters maybe?
Hi Lena!

It looks like it comes in 20 and 25 liter options. Mine is 25 liters, I belive: https://packs.point65.com/shop/hardshell/backpacks

And that's a good point about making sure it's securely attached for the back protector to do any good. Mine has chest straps, plus the optional waist pack/strap. Of course, no gear is guaranteed to work in an off, but as long as I'm wearing a backpack, I figure it can't hurt to have the back protector too.
May 13th 2017, 03:17 PM   #28
 take risks's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

Alright so some might say I have a back pack obsession. Although only having bought 3-4 in the last 15 years, I probably have owned 50+ and still have at least 10. And those 10 have moved with me at least twice.

Best backpack I've acquired was the geigerrig 1200. It has been awesome. My wife has it as she needs a good pack, but i'll buy another one. It is amazingly comfortable and the hydration system is great!

Keep in mind that I have north face and osprey bags as well as skateboard bags and regular ones.
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May 18th 2017, 03:17 PM   #29
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

found it for ya......

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/mpo/6129817891.html

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May 18th 2017, 04:52 PM   #30
 Longrides's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Skagit Valley

  2007 Ducati Multistrada
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That's purfect!
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