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A purpose-built motorcycle backpack delivers improved fit and functionality for all riders, from everyday commutes to extended weekend jaunts.
A purpose-built motorcycle backpack delivers improved fit and functionality for all riders, from everyday commutes to extended weekend jaunts. (Miguel Perales/)

A high-quality motorcycle backpack makes for a trusty addition to any rider’s gear stash. And while you can toss any old bag over your shoulder, a purpose-built motorcycle backpack provides enhanced fit and functionality. Designed for the real-world needs of riders, a good motorcycle backpack delivers ergonomics tailored for a riding position, with secure strapping that anchors the pack in place without encumbering movement. Durable construction, with resilient zippers and reinforced stitching, helps withstand the constant battering of high-mph airflow, while weather-resistant (often waterproof) materials offer protection rain or shine. Commuters will appreciate work-friendly features like integrated laptop/tablet storage, while larger compartments stow away extra clothes and equipment—or anything else you need to tote along for the ride. Here are some solid options for motorcycle backpacks from the world’s most trusted motorcycle brands.

Ogio No Drag Mach 3 Backpack

The Ogio No Drag Mach 3 delivers a form-fitting aerodynamic fit, with commuter-friendly features that include dedicated shoe storage and compartments for electronics.
The Ogio No Drag Mach 3 delivers a form-fitting aerodynamic fit, with commuter-friendly features that include dedicated shoe storage and compartments for electronics. (Amazon/)

A sleek, sporty design, the No Drag Mach 3 from Ogio features an aerodynamic outer shell and shoulder-hugging lines, with removable sternum and hip straps to further dial in fit. The contoured back foam helps keep cooling airflow circulating. Interior storage includes multiple pockets for a laptop and electronics, as well as two shoe storage compartments for commuters. Other motorcycle-specific features include an off-center hip belt to keep from scratching the tank as well as quick-release buckles.

Kriega R35 Backpack

The Kriega R35 offers the roomiest storage of the R-series, with optional storage for a hydration reservoir or back protector.
The Kriega R35 offers the roomiest storage of the R-series, with optional storage for a hydration reservoir or back protector. (Amazon/)

Founded by riders who saw the need for motorcycle-specific luggage, Kriega has been producing durable gear for almost 20 years. The Kriega R35 is the largest of the brand’s R-series backpacks, all of which feature the Quadloc-lite harness that alleviates weight from the shoulders to the chest and body straps. Storage pockets include an inner sleeve to fit a hydration pouch or back protector. Buyers can rest assured knowing Kriega products are backed with a 10-year guarantee against defects in materials and manufacture.

Shoei 2.0 Adult Backpack

The Shoei 2.0 Backpack offers helmet-friendly features like a removable shield holder and three-point buckle system to securely stow your helmet.
The Shoei 2.0 Backpack offers helmet-friendly features like a removable shield holder and three-point buckle system to securely stow your helmet. (Amazon/)

It should come as no surprise that Shoei designed a backpack with helmet-friendly features. The Japanese firm has long been manufacturing elite top-shelf motorcycle helmets, with this Shoei 2.0 backpack offering helmet-specific accessories like a removable shield holder (that fits most Shoei visors) and a hidden three-point buckle and flap system to securely snap your helmet onto the back. Padded straps and back panels promise comfort, with interior compartments for standard commuter storage.

Alpinestars City Hunter Backpack

The Alpinestars City Hunter weighs in at a scant 2.2 pounds, with a lightweight, nylon construction and cooling ventilation panels.
The Alpinestars City Hunter weighs in at a scant 2.2 pounds, with a lightweight, nylon construction and cooling ventilation panels. (Amazon/)

One of the most trusted brands in motorcycle gear, Alpinestars offers a stylish, sporty design with its City Hunter Backpack. Featuring an aerodynamic profile and lightweight nylon construction, the City Hunder Backpack utilizes perforated foam padding and mesh panels for cooling ventilation. Alpinestars claims 25 liters of storage space, including a zippable computer pocket large enough for a 15-inch laptop. Users will appreciate the easy-to-adjust straps and quick-release system. The City Hunder also incorporates reflective panels for improved visibility.

Chrome Echo Bravo Laptop Backpack

The Echo Bravo Backpack from Chrome delivers all-weather performance for two-wheeled riders, pedal-powered or otherwise.
The Echo Bravo Backpack from Chrome delivers all-weather performance for two-wheeled riders, pedal-powered or otherwise. (Amazon/)

Chrome Industries made its name mostly in the pedal-driven two-wheeled world with its backpacks and bike messenger bags, but the same benefits of all-weather durability and high-visibility material transfer to motorcycles. The Echo Bravo Laptop Backpack can accommodate up to a 17-inch laptop, with internal storage accessed via roll-top and waterproof zipper. A versatile, lightweight design that’s good on and off the bike, with extra durable construction for use in any weather conditions.



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