What better way to show love for that special motorcyclist in your life than with some luggage…. for travel, of course. Featuring some of the top gear from brands like Moose, Klim, MotoCentric, O’Neal and Fox, MCUSA helps make that next trip a little easier with a breakdown of the top bags in the 2011 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide to Luggage.
Moose Racing Tuff Jug Tool Caddy
Pitting for a race is a lot of boring with a little exciting tossed in, but it’s those few exciting moments that can make or break a race and there aren’t second chances. The Moose Racing Tuff Jug Tool Caddy is the pit crew’s best friend. Never get caught searching for that spare set of goggles or a water bottle when your racer comes screaming into the pit with a win on the line. For only 40 bucks this easily stores the essential tools, gloves, rags and other items needed during race and has a customizable number plate. – JC Hilderbrand
MotoCentric Mototrek 7 Tank Bag
For those who like to travel light a tank bag is a great accessory. MotoCentric’s Mototrek 7 Tank Bag is small but offers plenty of storage space in strategic areas for small items like your keys or wallet. It is made of 1680D Maxtura ballistic material designed for durability, and comes in your choice of a magnetic or strap mounting base. It is audio ready and features a removable snap map pocket with zipper entry. This is a great bag without the clutter of larger touring accessories.
MSRP: $59.99 – $64.99
Chrome Yalta Backpack
MotoUSA first got introduced to Chrome Bags last year, when the San Francisco-based company sent us its Boris backpack for testing duties. We appreciated Chrome’s super-sturdy build quality and utilitarian aesthetics. Same praise goes for our second sampling of the Chrome lineup, its Yalta Backpack. Where the bulky Boris is a large rucksack ideal for travelers, the slimmer Yalta caters more to daily commuters. A weather-proof exterior encases the thin laptop/document pocket, while a clever roll-top enclosure expands storage space when needed and does an admirable job keeping out the wet stuff. Hipster-ish styling is cool and all, but the bulletproof durability is what makes us Chrome disciples. Our bags still look pristine – no blown stitches or frays – after hundreds of miles of touring and commuting duties during the 2011 riding season. – Bart Madson
Klim Team Gearbag
For those not traveling lightly there’s the Klim Team Gearbag. Featuring a super large capacity (18” x 36” x 16”), the Klim Team Gearbag has four zippered compartments in addition to a boot compartment. The bag also has a partition for a helmet with a removable helmet sleeve next to the main gear compartment. Other features include a front accessory pocket, side and front handles, a quilted hip panel and multiple venting ports. An auto-compression shoulder strap carry system makes the bag more comfortable to haul, and a reinforced base helps protect its contents. You can’t ask for more out of a travel bag.
MotoCentric Cruiser Slanted Saddlebags
Featuring a lifetime warranty and industry leading technology, the MotoCentric Cruiser Slanted Saddlebags offer an efficient storage solution for longer trips. Made of 1680 Maxtura water resistant material, the bags have removable rubberized mounting pads to prevent scratching. Each bag includes an internal organizer as well as convenient outside pockets for easy access. Rain covers are included, and heat shields on the bottom prevent exhaust burns. The design also features Duraflex buckles for more strength. Bags can be removed individually from the mounting system by zipper, and reflective piping on the outside helps increase visibility at night.
Quadboss Rear Wrap Trunk
Quad riders looking for extra storage space have a few more options than two-wheeled enthusiasts. The Quadboss Rear Wrap Trunk adds 4.3 cu. ft. of storage to the back of the ATV, mounting directly to tubular or composite racks with supplied hardware. The design is made using a special rotisserie molding process which creates a uniform thickness of the foam for more durability. It features a large capacity dry storage box with tongue and groove lid system, and a lockable trunk with foam backrest. The design
also includes molded carrying handles for easy installation and removal.
MotoCentric Mototrek Backpack
The MotoCentric Mototrek Backpack is designed with riders in mind. Made of 1680D Maxtura ballistic material for durability, it features reflective logos for more visibility and a built-in helmet hood. It fits most 15” laptops within a padded compartment, and is audio ready with a neoprene pocket providing easy access to cell phones, mp3 players or a Bluetooth headset. The bag also has a detailed organizer for your keys or wallet.
Fly Racing Tour Roller Bag
Fly Racing’s Tour Roller Bag is an ideal mid-sized suitcase. Offering a durable construction with rollerblade-style wheels and telescoping handle, the Tour Roller Bag features fleece-lined pockets for goggles or other scratchable items. A mud mat is accessible from the side of the bag to help keep you clean, and multiple vents allow dirty gear to breathe and dry. It includes an adjustable shoulder strap along with a clear exterior business card sleeve for bag identification.
O’Neal Racing Track Wheelie Bag
Another large touring bag being offered is the O’Neal Racing Track Wheelie Bag. The main compartment includes inner vented pockets, with two large boot compartments. The bag features wheels and multiple retractable handles for easy transport. There are two additional pockets to store additional track accessories. Measuring 18” x 33” x 15”, this is a quality piece of luggage for under $100.