2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Luggage

December 11, 2013
By Motorcycle USA Staff
Whether you’re planning a multi-day ride or just need somewhere to stash your sunglasses, some quality motorcycle luggage can help ensure you’re prepared for whatever comes your way. Motorcycle USA has come across some great pieces of luggage this year that would make perfect gifts for that motorcyclist in your life. Check out the standout pieces in the 2013 Motorcycle Gift Guide: Luggage and be sure to look at all our holiday gift guides for even more ideas.

Cortech Super 2.0 36-liter Saddlebags

Cortech Saddle bags
Cortech Super 2.0 36-liter Saddlebags.

Traveling by sportbike always presents a unique set of challenges. Cargo capacity becomes less of one with Cortech’s excellent Super 2.0 36-liter Saddlebags. The luggage features a simple yet effective Velcro strap that can be mounted beneath the rear passenger seat to securely hold the luggage onto the back of the motorcycle. Each side features a giant main compartment that can accommodate an outfit change or two as well as whatever accessories you need during the course of your travels. The bags also feature heat shields to help prevent them from melting to hot exhaust pipes (if your bike features an undertail exhaust). The bags are constructed out of sturdy polyester that holds up well on the road and also features rain covers to keep your gear dry on wet roads. I’ve used these bags for years now and with semi-regular cleaning they still look and function well. – Adam Waheed

MSRP: $159.99 

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag
Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag

In the world of motorcycle touring few things irritate me more than impractical luggage. So it’s no surprise that I love the Great Basin Saddlebag from Giant Loop – the epitome of practical adventure gear. The Giant Loop bag is made from ballistic nylon, which makes it both rugged and waterproof. I crammed a ton of gear into the crescent-shaped 60-liter interior, which is cordoned off by clever sub-sections that along with the accessory stuff sacks ensure a place for everything on that long adventure. Mounting is idiot simple thanks to durable looped straps that cinch down on passenger footpeg mounts. I also loved that when the riding day is done, in less than a minute I’d simply un-cinch the bag and toss the Great Basin over my shoulder. They function like, you know, actual saddlebags! – Bart Madson

MSRP: $399

MotoCentric Mototrek Backpack

Motocentric Backpack
MotoCentric Mototrek Backpack.

The simple, compact MotoCentric Mototrek Backpack is designed with riders in mind. Constructed of 1680D Maxtura materials, the MotoTrek also comes with reflective logos for increased visibility. It has a side organizer pocket for things like keys, pens, a wallet and other smaller items while inside it fits a 15” laptop in a Velcro-secured compartment. There are additional storage spaces inside so smaller items aren’t jostling around and the Duraflex buckles come around the waist and chest to keep the backpack securely in place. The MotoTrek has an audio compartment for smartphones or MP3 players and underneath is a helmet hood which allows the rider to securely fasten his helmet to the backpack.

MSRP: $89.99

handlebar bag
Willie & Max Revolution Universal Handlebar Bag.

Willie & Max Revolution Universal Handlebar Bag
For commuting, day rides or the like you may not need a hulking set of saddlebags or top-case in order to carry what you need. The Willie & Max Revolution Universal Handlebar Bag measures 7.5 x 3 x 4” and fits any and all handlebars. Simply connect with a zip tie or pipe clamp and you’ll be able to store identification, a wallet, sunglasses, registration papers or whatever small items you might need on the road. Made of black-synthetic leather it comes with a chrome quarter turn fastener to ensure everything stays put while cruising the roads.

MSRP: $24.95

Kuryakyn GranTour Bag

kuryakyn bag
Kuryakyn GranTour Bag.

The Kuryakyn GranTour Bag is an 18x20x14-inch short-trip bag made of Cordura and leather that mounts easily to the luggage rack, sissy bar or passenger seat of your motorcycle. It’s weather resistant on its own, but also comes with a rain cover should the conditions get extreme while out on the road. There is a front storage compartment, side storage, a large main compartment and a top section for smaller items. With a passenger seat, the GranTour Bag connects to a pad placed under the seat via d-ring straps; in the case of a sissy bar or luggage rack the GranTour Bag comes with retractable straps to hold the bag steadily in place. When riding without a passenger, the semi-rigid bag also features detachable lumbar support for the pilot.

MSRP: $189.99

Firstgear Laguna Mini Tank Bag

firstgear tank bag
Firstgear Laguna Mini Tank Bag.

The Firstgear Laguna Mini Tank Bag has a number of features which make it a convenient on- and off-bike carrier. The 1680D nylon and 1200D polyester constructed Laguna features high-strength magnets, suction cups and straps for a variety of mounting options. It comes with a transparent, waterproof map case on top and the main compartment is expandable for more storage room. The bag zips away from the base as well and comes with a shoulder strap for off-bike transportation as well as a soft-grip integrated handle. Side pockets add to the carrying capacity of the Laguna Mini Tank Bag and reflective piping helps to add visibility while on the road. Compressed, the Laguna Mini Tank Bag measures 9.5x12x8 inches and expanded is 9x12x9.5 inches.

MSRP: $109.99 

Ogio Wheeled Rig 9800 Gear Bag

ogio wheel bag
Ogio Wheeled Rig 9800 Gear Bag.

If you need to get all your gear from one place to another the Ogio Wheeled Rig 9800 Gear Bag has you covered. Featuring a SLED (Structural Load Equalizing Deck), the Rig 9800 is durable and easy to maneuver. The large main compartment has a padded helmet chamber and there’s iFOAM (integrated foam) throughout to keep things even more secure. There are a handful of lid compartments to hold smaller items and the bag comes with a secure hold compression strap to keep things from moving around. It has a telescoping handle and heavy-duty oversized wheels to make transportation a breeze and the Rig 9800 comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

MSRP: $249.95-$264.95 


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