Obviously, it’s not possible to drag a rollaway tool chest behind your bike on a long ride. But as we found on our four-day bagger comparison, the Powersport Utility Bag from Stealth Workshop ($130) lets you carry along a large and useful variety of tools to deal with most on-the-road mechanical problems that might crop up.
Though it looks like you might find a bowling ball inside, the Utility Bag flips open to reveal multiple storage locations for tools or other items (camera, GPS, cleaning equipment, your navel lint collection, etc.). The two large outer pocket “wings” can hold lots of tools, even hammers and large wrenches, while two zip-off pouches have little pockets for organizing smaller items. There also are two clear-faced storage pouches, and the base contains a removable plastic tray that can serve as a work surface or small-parts holder during a repair. The bottom of the bag is rubberized so it won’t slide around when placed on a seat while work is in progress.
SWS sells a $30 Travel/Mounting Kit for lashing the bag to a passenger seat or luggage rack, but a couple of bungees did the trick just fine on our ride. Whether for basic maintenance at home or a repair on the road, the Powersports Utility Bag is a handy item to have by your side—or behind you.