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Motorcycle Handlebar Bag for the BMW GS and BMW Scooters This small handlebar bag is designed to fit the crossbar on the handlebars of some dual-sport bikes. It also makes a handy bag for the BMW C-Series scooters. The bags are made in the U.S.A. (Virginia) by Kathy’s Journey Designs (info in summary table below). …

The Giant Loop Possibles Pouch The Giant Loop Possibles Pouch is a small heavy-duty bag that can carry a variety of gear. It uses a “MOLLE-like” system of straps on the outside that can be used to attach the bag to various points on a motorcycle or scooter. MOLLE is an acronym for “Modular Lightweight …

Rotopax Fuel Pack for the Suzuki DR-Z400S During the planning stages for our assault of the western half of the Trans-America Trail, Glen and I knew that we would be crossing some desolate areas void of fuel stations. This is similar to our Trans-Labrador Highway ride (report) in 2011, when we also needed to carry additional fuel. …

SW-Motech Bags-Connection EVO Rear Bag Why do the manufacturers release new motorcycles in the Fall? Last year, it was the BMW C 650 GT scooter (blog). They had all year to release but dealers didn’t see it until mid-October. This year, it’s the Suzuki GW250 (review). Released under the radar at the 2013 AIMExpo show (report) in October, it …

BMW Scooter Top Case Review The BMW scooter top box (aka top case) is expensive, but it’s naturally a perfect match for the new C-series scooters. The top case is made by SHAD for BMW and the molded plastic is thick and strong. In typical BMW fashion, buying the basic black top case is just the …

SHAD SC20 Scooter Tunnel Bag The SHAD SC20 is a basic but rugged scooter tunnel bag with a unique attachment system. It has a single large pocket that can hold a smaller helmet, plus two narrow side pockets that are easy to access. This is a generic soft bag, without stiffeners. It attaches with provided …

BMW C 650 GT Center Tunnel Bag The BMW scooter tunnel bag is a flawed design that is disappointing in several ways. I’m going to tell this story mostly in photographs (and a video), which I hope will explain why I can’t recommend the BMW scooter tunnel bag. It’s not often that we find a …

SHAD SH37 & SH48 Tp Case Review The SHAD SH37 is a generously-sized top case that can be fitted to a variety of motorcycles and scooters. It’s good-looking and has a variety of accessories available, including snap-on color-matched top panels. The new SHAD SH48 is an even larger, yet still light weight top case for …

Micatech Pack Rack Review and Micatech Top Case Review Like my earlier wBW review of the Micatech Roof Racks (review), this submission is also long overdue… Unless I use the excuse that it was meant to be a long term evaluation of course! Short and sweet: the Micatech Pack Rack, when used alone or with the …

IMMIX Racing Luggage Rack for the Suzuki DR-Z400S The addition of a 2003 Suzuki DRZ-400S to my “stable” was for the sole reason of returning to complete the Trans-America Trail ride. The plan was to locate much smaller dual-sport bikes for the tough terrain we would be encountering through the western half of the U.S.A. …

Good Stuff and Cheap! The Cycle Case Hi-Viz line of soft motorcycle luggage has excellent quality. The luggage is built to a low price. But the availability of the Hi-Viz yellow color and the quality make this an excellent choice. Simply designed and very functional, the four Cycle Case products in this review install quickly …

Nelson-Rigg CL-950 Deluxe Saddlebags Review The Nelson-Rigg CL-950 Deluxe Saddlebags sleek styling and adjustability will fit many different motorcycles. Installation and removal is a “piece of cake” with the efficient included mounting system. Large compartments and the fuss-free ability to attach a Nelson-Rigg tail bag make this the perfect luggage for a week on the …

BMW Adventure Dry Bag Review The BMW Adventure Saddlebag Liner dry bags are big, bold and meant to go the distance, just like the BMW R1200GS Adventure machine that they are designed for. They also fit perfectly in or on the BMW Adventure pannier system. As a soft compressible dry bag, their uses on or …

Givi Luggage for the Kawasaki Z1000 November 19, 2011 – Here’s a quick one, we passed by the Givi Luggage booth with this Kawasaki Z1000SX on display. The luggage looked very nice and well made and it turns the bike into a respectable sport-tourer. I picked up a Givi brochure that I thought described this …

Giant Loop “Coyote” and “Great Basin” Dry Bags Review The Giant Loop Coyote and Great Basin dry bags provide waterproof storage for clothes and gear. The are designed to fit on the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag (review) or the Great Basin saddlebag. While they do the job, both of these bags could use more tie-down …

A High-Visibility Orange Backpack A low-frills, straight-ahead backpack in Hi-Visibility Orange with good water-resistant properties at a bargain-basement price! It’s hard to find motorcycle gear for $20 these days, except maybe for a pair of touring socks. So when my months-long search for a no-frills backpack in a high-visibility color finally turned up this one …

Micatech Roof Racks Review This is a long overdue Quick Look of the Micatech Roof Racks — it has only taken six months or so to complete. But in reality this is OK, as it has been time well spent in validating the functionality and durability of these versatile and attractive additions to my aluminum …

Kriega US-5, US-10 and US-20 Drypack Luggage Keeps Gear Dry A set of Kriega Drypack luggage was a long overdue item on my wish list and I now regret not having acquired it sooner. The products live up to the claims and the set has become an indispensable part of my motorcycle luggage collection. A …

Giant Loop “Coyote” Saddlebag Review My luck with evaluating luggage continues to hold. The Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag may not be the largest capacity piece offered up by Giant Loop. But fitted on the motorcycle it was designed for, it will do just fine, thank-you. For those who have struggled over the years in adapting …

MyTech Accessories Luggage for 2011 EICMA 2010 Report November 18, 2010 – I passed by this small but interesting booth a few times and decided to stop in. I’m glad I did! MyTech Accessories is an Italian firm making what looks to be some very nice, very high-quality and precision-made luggage sets. Their website is currently …

MotoCentric Mototrek Luggage MotoCentric Mototrek soft luggage is thoughtfully designed, uses quality materials and has virtually flawless construction. These facts make the Mototrek line of products a contender right out of the starting gate. Well worth a look – there is a lot of value represented in the three products evaluated here and with some …

JC Whitney Top Case Review It’s difficult to recommend the JC Whitney top case, even if it is on sale. webBikeWorld is fortunate to have contributors and readers from every aspect of the two-wheeled universe. Many of them enjoy the ride but also believe that simple economics is a big factor. My guess is that …

The JC Whitney “Glossy Motorcycle Trunk” Since I will be using the Ninja 1000 for commuting as well as light sport touring, getting luggage installed was a high priority. As such, the very first add-on for this new machine was my Bags Connection Daypack tankbag followed soon after with a top case rack to mount …

Bags-Connection Daypack II Tank Bag It’s a beautiful sunny day and you’re about to head out for your Sunday afternoon ride. The bike is clean, she’s topped up with fuel, and you’ve got your music player loaded with your favorite playlist. Time to throw on your gear and take off. Did you forget anything? Well …

Joe Rocket Manta Tank Bag A compact, durable tank bag for everyday use. The magnetic base holds tight when riding and doesn’t require much effort to attach or detach from the fuel tank. Large enough to hold a couple drinks and other necessities, this bag is a must-have for motorcycle enthusiasts. Tank Bag Selection I …

LEDwear LED Rucksack Cover Review Interesting backpack cover that easily fits over a motorcycle backpack to to greatly increase visibility. The LEDs can be cycled through three different high-visibility modes when desired. See Also: LEDwear Aurora LED Jacket Review Just as we were about to publish the article on the new LEDwear Aurora LED jacket, this …

The Road Sack High Visibility Motorcycle Backpack The Road Sack is a “right-sized” backpack with a unique shape and a (sort of) built-in back protector. The special fabric is designed to be highly visible during both day and night. Backpacks like the brutish and indestructibleChrome Messenger Bag (review), theRoadgear Commuter Max (review) and others are fine. …

The Chrome “Pawn” Messenger Bag Backpack Review Very heavy-duty, no-compromises backpack is waterproof and versatile but comfortable to wear. I’m a fairly new webBikeWorld contributor, but I guess I’ve become the go-to guy for messenger bags and motorcycle backpacks. Some riders don’t like to wear a backpack, but I have yet to find any type …

SHAD Motorcycle Luggage Review Quality motorcycle luggage with attractive styling and real storage efficiencies no matter the size. Mounting kits are lightweight and modular, extremely easy to use and provide a stylish look to any motorcycle. Cases are easily mounted and dismounted, locks and latches work very well – everything is a one-hand operation. I …

Roadgear Bungee-in-a-Bag Reversible 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 …

Roadgear “Commuter Max” Motorcycle Backpack There are pros and cons to using a motorcycle backpack. But one thing’s for sure: if you need a backpack bigger than this Roadgear “Commuter Max” version, buy a trailer! The recent upswing in fuel prices has created somewhat of a boom in motorcycle commuting. There are also many new …

Stealth Workshop Powersport Utility Bag Review Here’s an interesting piece of luggage that’s hard to characterize.  Is it a tail bag?  A tool bag?  Or how about a camera bag, a travel bag or…a lunch box? All of the above actually, although a look at the manufacturer’s website — and a peek inside the bag …

If It Fits, It’s Good The Hepco & Becker Sport Star is a basic expandable waterproof tail bag But it might be slightly too large to fit on some motorcycles. I’m giving this nice Hepco & Becker “SportStar” tail bag the “Quick Look” treatment. That’s because, unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get it to fit either …

An Integrated Soft Luggage System The FAMSA 260 is a well integrated system of tank pad, tank-bag and two side tank-pannier assemblies. The tank panniers mount and are removed quickly without disturbing the main tank bag fitting. The FAMSA motorcycle-specific systems (260 series) fit perfectly. And the overall design reflects an understanding of user needs. …

Luggage Locker Motorcycle Tail Bag High-quality, custom designed luggage that can be secured to the motorcycle. This is a review of the Luggage Locker Elite Seat Sack. First off, let me say I have been strapping things to motorcycles since 1992 and this is one of the finest pieces of luggage I have purchased. These …

Rapid Transit Recon 23 Tail Bag Review The Recon 23 is an easy-to-use and inexpensive padded tail bag that goes on and off in seconds. Away from the road it looks like an overnight bag, and the shoulder strap makes it easy to tote. Comes with a waterproof rain cover that has its own pocket. …

Ixon X-Pand Motorcycle Tank Bag The Ixon X Pand Tank Bag is a low-frills magnetically-attached bag. In its smallest configuration it’s one step up from a map holder, but it expands to provide loads of space. The X Pand easily converts to a backpack, and comes with a rain cover. Editor’s Note: Ixon manufactures and sells …

Soft luggage with self-supporting main compartment for shape.  Works well on larger sport touring and on/off road motorcycles with excellent ability to serve as main travel bag for other ground or air travel. Depending on mounting technique, can be removed quickly (one to two minutes typically). Water-proof exterior, full rain cover included for extended periods …

Mobile Edge Backpack Review Mobile Edge may not be a familiar name to motorcyclists. But they’ve been a popular manufacturer of laptop backpacks, laptop slip cases, briefcases, messenger bags and all sorts of other carrying devices. I first became aware of Mobile Edge products when I purchased a laptop sleeve for my brand new laptop …

The Givi E52 Maxia Top Box Looking for more space on your ride?  How about adding a top case? Givi has the solution if you have a space issue – or if you just want to dress up your bike! They’ve created the “Mother Of All Cases” at 52 liters in capacity: the Givi E52 …