Roadgear MultiTasker Briefcase
by Glenn W. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Commuting to work or school on a
motorcycle or scooter sounds like a lot of fun, but
reality often leavens the thrill.
There aren't many places with a perfect
dry and sunny climate that encourages carefree two-wheel
Most of us have to consider things like
the type of outerwear that will work over street
clothes, where to store the helmet, what to do if it
rains and where to park.
And finally, will the bike or scoot
still be where we left it? In some high-theft
areas, that's definitely a question.
The theft problem will always be with
us, and there's a veritable cornucopia of motorcycle
products to help with the rest.
But in dry weather
or wet, motorcycle commuting also requires some type of
conveyance for a laptop, a lunch, tunes and the sheaf of
papers that you carry back and forth to the office so
the boss thinks you actually care about the job.
There are all sorts of motorcycle
luggage choices, ranging from tank bags to backpacks.
Each commuter has a personal preference, but the best
styles are the chameleons that can hide their motorcycle
roots when necessary and show an appropriate office
We've reviewed courier bags, backpacks
and even tank bags that serve double-duty, and the
Roadgear MultiTasker is one more option to consider.
The MultiTasker is, for all practical
purposes, a briefcase made by a company famous for its
motorcycle luggage. It has the same look and feel
as most of the Roadgear luggage line, right down to the
use of 1000 denier du Pont Cordura Plus and YKK zippers.
The briefcase carries a 10 year warranty from Roadgear,
so they must be pretty confident that it will last that
Like most of Roadgear's luggage, it's
also made in the U.S.A., which is a rarity these days.
One of the first things I noticed about the
MultiTasker is the big rubberized handle on top.
It's nice and thick and it makes it much easier to carry
the bag than the simple nylon webbed straps that many of
the other briefcases of this type use.
The colored fabric on the outer flap draws the eye as
the major styling touch and Roadgear signature. In
addition to the yellow shown here, the MultiTasker is
available in red, black, silver and blue.
That outer flap also includes a pocket,
accessible via a full-length zipper across the top.
The zipper has two big zipper pulls that make it easy to
grab, and these pulls are repeated on the other zippers
The flap also includes the standard Roadgear
logo, which is embossed on a strip of 3M Scotchlite
reflective tape. Two heavy-duty Nylon "Rock Lockster"
brand snap connectors keep the flap secured to the bag.
Open the flap and inside is everything you'd expect
in a professional briefcase. Three vertical pen
holder pockets and three larger vertical pockets hold
anything from pens to felt-tipped markers or a USB
Stacked in back of these pockets are
three more 3.5" wide (90 mm) vertical pockets also
measuring about 3.5" deep. There's a snap hook
that can hold a key chain and a tiny zippered pocket
that can hold coins, batteries or maybe a small
These are backed up by another zippered pocket,
measuring 6" by 9" (150 mm by 230 mm). Behind this
battery of pockets are two vertical dividers, which can
hold papers, books, laptop batteries, an MP3 or CD
player or the like for quick access.
The main body of the MultiTasker is a zippered and
expandable compartment that can hold a laptop and more.
This compartment runs the full length and breadth of the
briefcase at 16" wide by 12" deep (41 by 31 cm)
and expandable to about 5" thick.
Finally, the back side of the briefcase includes a
full-length zipper at the top that opens to reveal a
single pocket the size of the entire bag. This
pocket can be accessed without lifting the flap on the
briefcase, making it easily accessible and very handy
for carrying a newspaper, book or other reading
Remember when Dad used to carry a hard briefcase?
I haven't seen one of those in probably 20 years.
I've been using a soft luggage briefcase of one type or
another almost forever, because they're more suited to
the "stuff it and run", shoulder-carry favored by
commuters who milk every last Z.
Most of the time I'm carrying my MultiTasker over the
shoulder by its adjustable strap, but it can also be
worn as a backpack with the supplied straps. The
straps have an upside-down "Y" shape, with the single
branch of the "Y" connecting to the top of the bag.
The two shoulder straps can be threaded through a
permanently attached webbed strap located at each lower
corner on the back of the bag to form the arm loops.
Unfortunately, the shoulder strap design isn't quite
as robust as it could be; the straps on our example
slide out of their friction keepers too easily.
Since I wear the bag over my shoulder "courier style"
anyway, this isn't really a bother.
The MultiTasker weighs a scant 2 lbs. empty (about
907 grams). This helps reduce the burden carried
by the user; my previous soft briefcase weighed almost
twice as much when empty.
If you're looking for purpose-built motorcycle luggage,
Roadgear has dozens of choices. We originally were
a bit puzzled at how the MultiTasker fit into Roadgear's
product line, but when you consider it as a standard
briefcase with an added touch of motorcycle style, it
We're starting the webBikeWorld Christmas shopping list,
and this will be right up there as an excellent gift for
a friend or significant other.
Review: Roadgear MultiTasker Briefcase
Retail Price: $89.90
|Colors: Black with Yellow, Red,
Black, Silver and Blue cover.
Comments: Light weight briefcase has all the features
necessary for an office blitz.
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