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Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box Review

Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box

Greg Drevenstedt
October 6, 2015

In the 1990 film Crazy People, the late, great Dudley Moore plays an ad executive who, following a nervous breakdown, creates a series of blunt, truthful advertisements. The movie was terrible, but the tagline for a Volvo ad was unforgettable: “They’re boxy but they’re good.” The same can be... Read more »

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
October 2, 2015

Aren’t tank bags about the handiest piece of luggage you can put on a bike? They sit there, out of the way but within immediate reach, holding all the things you need to keep at hand. Dowco’s tank bag from its Fastrax brand’s Backroads collection did just that for me on a three-day, 1,600-mile... Read more »

Tour Master Elite Luggage

Tour Master Elite Tank Bag

Rider Magazine Staff
September 23, 2015

Elite Luggage Tour Master Elite luggage includes a tank bag, tail bag and saddlebags. All are made of 1680 denier ballistic polyester and 1800 denier patterned polyester. The tank bag has a built-in, adjustable GPS pocket, removable map pocket, a hinged lid with underside pockets and includes a face-shield... Read more »

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
August 10, 2015

Cortech provided the on-bike storage for our long-term Honda CB1100 from its Super 2.0 line of luggage. The 18-liter tank bag with magnetic attachment sits atop the bike’s steel fuel cell, while a 24-liter tail bag rides pillion. Together, they provide enough hauling capacity for grocery stops or day... Read more »

Bilt Explorer Dry Bag Review

Bilt Explorer Dry Bag

James Parchman
June 2, 2015

Maybe it’s a bit of literary stretch to claim that Jim Bronson was a famous motorcycle explorer. But after chucking a newspaper job, then duffeling his earthly possessions to his Sportster, Bronson’s stoplight conversation with a traditionally suited motorist resonated with an entire late 1960s generation... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review

Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag

Jerry Smith
March 4, 2015

Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few miles. For years, tankbags filled that role, but the time is long past when you could just toss all your stuff in a big open compartment and rummage around for items when you needed... Read more »

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags Review

Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags

Clement Salvadori
February 3, 2015

A lot of aftermarket companies make saddlebags and panniers for dual-purpose motorcycles. I’m a proponent of simplicity and softness—simple mounting and soft bags. I needed to give the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition some luggage capacity for the Lost Coast story on page 36, and DBz Products has what... Read more »

Sedici Distanza Slant Saddlebags Review

Sedici Distanza Slant Saddlebags

James Parchman
November 11, 2014

Riders who want to mount the same luggage on several motorcycles or leave it off entirely can go with hard-sided bags at great expense, or take the inexpensive way out and use soft luggage. The Sedici Distanza Slant soft saddlebags from Cycle Gear ring the register at just $149.99 but are quite fully... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg Sport Tank Bag and Expandable Sport Tail Pack Review

Nelson-Rigg Sport Tank Bag and Expandable Sport Tail Pack.

Clement Salvadori
April 3, 2014

Nelson-Rigg has been making soft touring luggage for more than 30 years, so it pretty much has the art of making tankbags, seatbags, saddlebags, etc., figured out. Including ease of use. Take its CL-1025 Sport Tank Bag. It is about a foot long and 9 inches wide, with an average height of 6 inches, for... Read more »

Happy Trails Gen 5 SU Luggage Rack

Happy Trails Gen 5 SU Rack

Heather Reinhart
March 13, 2014

The new “Gen 5” version of SU Luggage Racks from Happy Trails Products take advantage of fabrication equipment upgrades by cutting custom-shape plates to secure their universal Point1 mounting loops to the motorcycle. The new plate mounting system increases the strength and rigidity of the luggage... Read more »

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