Motorcycle-Friendly Backpacks

Portable cargo carriers are designed for riding convenience and comfort.

Kriega backpacks
Backpacks specifically designed for motorcycle riding offer features like adjustable fit, better weight distribution, and bike-friendly attachment points as well as handy storage.Courtesy Kriega

Whether it’s ferrying your gear out to a track day, transporting a pile of groceries for the week, stashing your office wear for the commute, or even packing along some touring essentials, backpacks serve a myriad of purposes for active riders. Let’s face it, two wheels don’t offer the same load-hauling capacity as a car, so you need to get creative in the cargo department. And nothing adds the freedom and low profile a backpack does, especially for commuters.

Backpacks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices, depending on your needs and their feature set. The best motorcycle-specific units have a compact, aerodynamic design to keep drag at a minimum and the load close to your body. Sternum straps and waist belts work to stabilize the pack and put the weight where you want it, while compression straps can help compress the contents to keep your load less bulky. However the harness is configured, it should allow you to move your arms freely, and if you can tailor the fit, all the better. Padded shoulder straps and a ventilated back panel are also a must.

Ogio No Drag Mach 3

A hard-shell pack with a compact shape that can hold the basics for your commute.Ogio

Plenty of sportbike and naked bike riders reference Ogio's No Drag series as their go-to packs, and why not? With a sleek aerodynamic molded exterior that fits an aggressive riding position, a rubberized coating, and shoulder straps with a quick-release buckle, the Ogio No Drag (the newest is the Mach 5, but this one's on sale) is made for short, fast trips and for professional commuters. The removable and adjustable hip and sternum straps seal the deal. The No Drags generally fit a pair of shoes, jeans, and a shirt, but then that's all you need, right?

Velomacchi 40L Speedway Pack

Speedway Pack
This watertight carryall can pack enough for a weekend, a commute, or a camp trip.Velomacchi

The Velomacchi Speedway pack brings an enviable feature set that includes waterproof and abrasion-resistant Aquaforte fabric, a patent-pending three-point rotating harness system, and even tie-down anchor points to help secure it to your bike. You can adjust the pack to different torso sizes, and the 40-liter capacity is plenty for a weekend jaunt, a short camping trip, or a long slog to the office. Did we mention the accessory camera mount as well as a separate clip that'll hold a spare helmet?

Kriega R30

R30 backpack
Designed to let shoulders move freely, the Kriega R30 helps riders focus on the road.Kriega

Kriega's Quadloc harness system is the main attraction here, letting riders tweak the 30-liter R30's fit and allowing for more freedom of movement on the bike. The basic but cavernous and totally waterproof main compartment sports a roll-top closure and a white inner liner so you can easily spot your stuff inside, and pack construction tips to the burly side of the equation: 420-denier nylon rip-stop with 1,000-denier Cordura on the base and harness and a 10-year build guarantee ensure this hard-wearing carrier will serve for many rides to come.

Klim Krew Pak

Riding pack
Klim’s largest-capacity riding pack is made especially for backcountry excursions.Klim

With a thoughtfully designed pocket layout that will offer you all kinds of access to all your tools, gadgets, and supplies when you need them, the Krew Pak also sports a removable tool pouch, hydration storage, shovel storage zones (!), and even a good ol' laptop compartment for when you finally find a Wi-Fi signal. Sternum straps and a multi-pocket waist belt cinch the load, while beefy padded shoulder straps carry the mass. There's a goggle storage area too, and room for an avalanche probe, naturally.