by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Luggage Reviews |
Owner Comments (Below)
bag with an attached bungee cord net inside
keeps everything nice and tidy.
A bungee cord is a pretty
amazing device when used correctly. Some
motorcyclists swear by them; others swear at
them, but just about everyone carries a couple
of them "just in case".
Bungee cords are right up there
with duct tape as some of the simplest and most
useful products ever designed.
They're not without problems
though -- cheap bungee cords can snap too
easily; the hooks can come flying off, causing
serious injuries (especially to eye injuries)
and the metal in the hooks can scratch the paint
quicker than you can blink.
That's why some motorcyclists
simply won't use them, no matter what. But
stick with good quality bungee cords and use
some common sense and you should be fine.
One of the primary rules is don't over-stretch
the cord. A rule of thumb is to never
stretch it to more than half its length.
Also, there are some pretty good
bungee cords designed specifically for
motorcycling. Check out the "Fat Bungee"
Motorcycle Tips from visitors page; this is
a different style bungee cord with a flat
profile, and it's available in a variety of
lengths and they even make an adjustable
Another product I use quite
often is the
Roadgear Euro Sport Jumbo Hauler (review);
it has bungee cords permanently attached to the
bottom of the bag, hidden underneath a separate
layer that also serves as a paint protection
I've stuffed all sorts of
goodies in this bag -- including a helmet,
cameras, clothing, water bottles, a sweater...
It has a lot of flexibility and it takes no time
at all to throw it on the back of the bike.
When I get to my destination I can pop it off,
stuff the bungees back into the pocket underneath and it works as a
nice piece of soft luggage -- and no one will
ever know it's really a motorcycle bag.
Which brings us to my latest
bungee-enabled device, the Roadgear
"Bungee-in-a-Bag". It looks like a
carrying bag or purse, and it has the standard
reflective Roadgear logo on the outside.
But there's something curious about it -- the zipper is
installed backwards! This is the first
hint that this bag is hiding something unusual.
I thought that the backwards
zipper was some sort of mistake when
I first looked at the bag, but unzip the backwards
zipper, turn the bag inside-out and voilà!
There's an entire bungee net inside, complete
with four bungee cords with adjustable hooks,
and the zipper is now correctly oriented to use
the bag as a separate storage unit!
The Bungee-in-a-Bag is a handy
little devil, and one of the best things about
it is that it manages the rat's nest of bungee
cords that usually results from carrying the
things in a saddlebag. Since the bungee
net is sewn inside the Cordura bag, everything falls
handily into place.
The built-in bungee net has a lot of stretch -- just
for kicks, we bungeed (is that a word?) a helmet
on to the back of the GT1000 to see how it would
work. I probably wouldn't carry a helmet that way,
because there are better and safer methods, but
the Bungee-in-a-Bag has enough stretch to hold
the helmet securely.
Bungee cords are, of course,
very flexible, and that's their advantage.
They can be used to hold all sorts of irregular
shapes. But individual bungee cords can't
really be used to secure a helmet, at least in
any way that I'd ever trust.
That's why a bungee net is
sometimes much more useful for motorcycle use.
The Roadgear Bungee-in-a-Bag takes the net
concept and kicks it up a couple of notches,
making it easy to store and carry the bungee net
and also because of the smart design that turns
the carrying pouch into a useful storage
compartment when the net is deployed.
The Roadgear Bungee-in-a-Bag is a very handy
little product that I'm sure you'll find useful
in numerous ways. It's a bit more
expensive than those cheap bungee cords you
don't want to use anyway, but get this: it has a
10-year warranty and it's made in the U.S.A.!
Check it out...
Suggested Retail Price: $19.90
Yellow/Black, Silver/Black, Blue/Black, all Black
September 2008 Comments: Product was
provided by Roadgear for this review (more).
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From "E" (10/08): "Like "s" said these have
been around for a while, I have one that says Aerostich and
another that says Chase Harper, I believe Chase Harper makes
them as they have other "in a bag" items. One of which is
a totally awesome tailbag that zips up just like the bungee in a
bag, you unzip it, turn the pouch inside out and you have a
decent sized tailbag. I keep this as well as the bungee
buddy\bungee-in-a-bag under the seat of my sports bike which
does not have luggage for those unexpected pickups. It's
one of those nifty little, why the hell didn't I think of that
items that proves itself every time you use it, especially when
seeing your buddy's regular bungee net fraying or ripped to
From "S" (10/08): "Hate to tell you this,
but Roadgear's 'Bungee in a Bag' is nothing new. Aerostich
has been selling their 'Bungee Buddy' for at least a good ten
years. I've owned two of them, the second of which I currently
have and use to this day. They even display it holding a
helmet to a bike seat!
These items are identical in all but price tag.
The RoadGear is about $4 cheaper at $19.90 as compared to the
Aerostich price of $24.00. This leads me to believe that they
both get them from the same distributor, but the RoadGear model,
if you go to their webpage, comes in red, yellow, blue, grey, or
black, whereas the Aerostich only comes in black.
Hey, thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I like saving $4!!!
I can't tell you how many times I have used my
'Bungee Buddy'. It fits under virtually every motorcycle seat.
I've used it for such things as picking up a package at the post
office that wouldn't fit in my hard side cases, holding a small
suitcase for my jaunt across Florida to visit relatives, and
yes, holding a spare helmet on the seat as I go to pick up a
passenger for a weekend ride/picnic where my side cases are
already packed with other gear.
This is a practical accessory."