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Old 16 Aug 2011
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Motorcycle rucksacks ?


Do any of you use motorcycle rucksacks for foreign trips, I notice that Kappa make a 30 litre version that gets very good reviews. I haven't heard of anyone using one apart from a trip down to the shops or maybe a weekend away in this country. Any advice on this would be greatly received.( I 'm thinking security wise having it attached to your back has to be a bonus )

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Old 16 Aug 2011
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Very much a personal choice, but I don't like them. They make me feel more retricted on the bike and I find them uncomfortable over any distance. For me, a tank bag carries the important stuff and follows me off the bike.
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Couple of major issues with them....
1. If the base of the rucksack is not resting on the rear seat then you are carrying all the weight on your shoulders, very uncomfortable over any distance.
2. If you come off the bike while wearing one, you're more likely to do yourself more damage.
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Other than a quick trip as you say I always found them that little too small but anything bigger and its uncomfortable. Not used the Kappa model you mentioned.
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For security ?? I don't get it !!

You can get large tank bags which double up as a tank bag...

If you're travelling very light and you want just one bag, why not just use a waterproof rucksack strapped onto the back seat.

Forget carrying anything on your shoulders for long periods of time. You will hate it in no time. It's horrible for many reasons.
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Thanks for the advice folks Sorry Ted I meant that if it's on your back as opposed to the bike it 'should ' be safer ( when you're off the bike I meant ).
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If you were to take a rucksack I'd have to recommend the Kriega lineup. They make 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 litre options. I personally own the 15 and 25, and have used the 20 a lot previously. They are all super comfy, even over long distances. I wore my 15 litre pack around Europe for a week earlier this summer without issue, but it was mostly just to carry my laptop (very light). I also use it as a Camelbak as it has a built in water reservoir.

There are a couple of things though. Firstly, crashing means you'd likely hurt yourself more with something attached to your back as mentioned before. Also, if it's a full pack and you have a tailback of any kind you will likely find the two touch and it can force you into uncomfortable positions on the bike. Thirdly, no matter how amazing the Kriega packs are at making the weight disappear, eventually it will get to most people.

Each to their own, but I try to avoid it whenever I can for long distances.

In terms of security, I like packs I can strap to the bike so well people look at them and go "I don't get how to steal it, so it's not worth it". I've left all my stuff on my bike all over Europe and the UK (cities, countryside, all over) without issue so far.
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Have a look at www.kriega.com

Top quality, waterproof and modular. US10's and US20's come with straps to clip them together with and can be used as bike luggage/hand luggage. Good for carting everything about, either on or off the bike. From clothes and camping stuff to cameras and a laptop. I use it more than the Vario's on the GS12.
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I'm with the vote for Kreiga here.
A friend of mine has used one of their rucksack on a bike extensively and rates them.
I have a waist pack made by them and the thought that has gone into it is impressive.
The rucksacks fit in a slightly different way to a normal walking pack which suits motorcycling as well as walking.
I tried one briefly and it felt very comfortable on a bike.
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I wear a Kreiga rucksac all the time. Carries weight really well and has just the right number of compression straps and pockets.
It's a personal thing, I don't have any trouble at all carrying quite a bit of weight on my back but one of my buddies won't even wear a little camelbac; says it's too restictive.
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another vote for Kriega products; I have the R20 and it is all day comfy and seemingly bombproof.

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I drove from Belgium to Cape Town at the west side and for the moment I drive back home at the east side. I have already made 32500km and I use a Camelbak HAWG NV. Never had any problems with it (even not in the many falls) and I would use the same again.

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Kriega R35. Actually I´d rate all their products as top notch!
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I use a small backpack that holds my camelback and some snacks etc. I never had a problem with a small bag in terms of shoulders but did have a few nasty moments when I needed to stand on the pegs and found out that my rucksack straps had tied me onto my spare tyres, yanking me back down and over to one side.

Look out for spare straps flying around in the wind!
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