Motorcycle Saddlebags

Saddlebags are a great way to haul your stuff on a motorcycle.

Saddlebags have been around for a long time, and over the years the cost has come down and the quality has improved beyond any of the products we had to use in the good old days. Now that we all seem to have an expanding sense of adventure, we are riding farther into the great unknown than ever before, so we need to carry more stuff and a good set of saddlebags are an excellent way to get the job done. Whether you ride a cruiser, sportbike, or dual sport, we can always find a reason to bring extra riding gear, equipment, provisions, tools, or whatever we need to make our trips that much better. Dual sport and streetbike saddlebags are generally made from soft materials, like formed heavy-denier nylon, while cruiser riders tend to prefer leather or hard plastic. Whichever you prefer, make sure to find a set that fits your needs and budget.

Nelson-Rigg RG-020 Dual Sport Saddlebags

The Nelson-Rigg RG-020 provides 30 liters of storage when fully expanded and they look great on any motorcycle. The rugged construction holds up great against snags and debris as well.Amazon

If you are looking for a tough and inexpensive saddlebag for your dual sport bike, the RG-020 is worth consideration. Constructed of water-resistant 1,680-denier TriMax ballistic nylon, these compact 12- to 15-liter bags are just large enough to carry your basic adventure essentials. They will mount to any bike with its simple strap system and the anti-scratch backing protects your plastic from harm.

Stansport 766 Saddlebag

Stansport 766
The Stansport 766 will work on your cruiser, dual sport, mountain bike, or llama. This timeless design is a cheap and simple way to carry your small loads of gear on almost any two-wheeled vehicle.Amazon

The Stansport 766 saddlebags are constructed from heavy-duty cotton canvas with a reinforced vinyl backing that offers more than 1,000ci of storage space for your various sundries. Think of the 766 as a lightweight, inexpensive way to haul stuff on your bike during a clear weather day ride or commute. Be careful to mount the bags away from the exhaust though; cotton doesn't hold up well to direct heat so be diligent when mounting them to your motorcycle.

Milwaukee Leather Motorcycle PVC Zip-Off Saddlebags

Milwaukee Leather
These Milwaukee Leather saddlebags offer a huge storage area with form-fitted lid for easy access. They also include a concealed pocket for your handgun as well.Amazon

Milwaukee Leather has a great reputation for building innovative, high-quality leather products for motorcycle riders. The PVC Zip-Off Saddlebags are an excellent universal-fit saddlebag that is aimed at riders who know what they want from their gear. The classic design features chrome-studded accents, belt strap-style closure combined with form-fitted design that keeps the bags in shape and in place no matter how much stuff you cram inside them.

Giant Loop MotoTrekk Panniers

Giant Loop
Giant Loop MotoTrekk Panniers are the latest evolution of the saddlebag. They haul a lot of gear, look great, and Giant Loop is a premier brand in the eyes of real adventure riders.Amazon

Technically the Giant Loop MotoTrekk Panniers are more like soft luggage, but let’s not get into the semantics. The MotoTrekks are feature laden, easy to install, tough, durable, waterproof, and battle-proven PVC-style construction. They fit on any full-size dual sport or adventure motorcycle and provide 21 liters of storage in eac4h bag and weigh a mere 5 pounds.