Traveling always presents challenges, especially if you’re a motorcycle rider. Ogio helps take the worry out of packing for a big trip with its Ogio Wheeled Rig 9800 Gear Bag
. These rolling suitcases allow motorcyclists and riding enthusiasts to travel like a pro with lightweight and functional piece of luggage.
The bag is built around a sturdy plastic platform Ogio terms as its SLED (Structural Loading Equalizing Deck). It’s designed to support stacks of clothes, riding gear, or whatever you can stuff inside. Not only does it help protect your payload it allows the luggage to retain its shape during travels and makes for easier handling. There are also grab handles stitched onto the exterior and a simple collapsible grab handle that makes it friendly to wheel around.
Two oversize zippers reveal the cavernous main compartment. It’s big enough to hold a complete set of road race track-specific riding gear including leathers, boots, back protector and gloves. It will also accommodate a couple sets of off-road gear including knee braces and motocross boots if you’re riding on dirt.
The main flap houses three zippered pockets inside and one on the outside. The primary pocket runs length-wise and is ideal for keeping street clothes separate from riding gear. Two smaller pouches provide further separation and are great for storing toiletries, knee sliders, camera gear or whatever else you need to lug around during travels.
The bag is fabricated from a thick polyester material that is virtually tear resistant and holds up well to the wear and tear of journeys. In fact we’ve had a 9800 bag that has lasted well over five years and aside from a missing zipper tab (they sometimes break if they are mis-handled by the airline luggage folks) it’s still going strong.
Capacity-wise the Rig can accommodate almost 9800 cubic inches of volume (160 liters). While we have no complaints in terms of outright capacity it would be nice if there were smaller compartments to stash smaller items like keys or ear buds. Empty the bag weighs 14.2 pounds which equates to nearly 36 pounds of capacity before oversize baggage fees apply on most commercial airlines. And with external dimensions of 16" x 17" x 36" it still fits in the truck of many compact cars. Furthermore two exterior straps can be used to cinch down the bag’s body and help mask bulky loads.
- Huge carrying capacity!
- Easy to handle
- Durable and built to last
- Could have more internal stash pockets
- MSRP cotinues to climb ($249.95)
Although the MSRP ($249.95) has crept up over the years the 9800 bag is one of the finest, most durable pieces of luggage you can own and an absolute must for any rider that routinely totes around a bag full of gear.
The Ogio Wheeled Rig 9800 Gear Bag
is available at Motorcycle-Superstore.com
in eight colors (Green Hive pictured).