The best motorcycle rucksacks

Carry even more on the move with a proper motorcycle rucksack.

A rucksack on a motorcyclist

by Jim Blackstock |

From time to time, you will need to carry some stuff with you on your bike, and one of the most convenient ways to do that is in a motorcycle rucksack. It’s easy to get on and off, you can tailor the fit to get it just right for you, and you can get a huge range of bags, from cheap to expensive and everything in between.

What to consider when buying a motorcycle rucksack

There are several factors to consider when you’re looking at a motorcycle rucksack or backpack. One is the design of the section that sits against your back; more expensive rucksacks may have engineered sections here to help your back breathe when you’re wearing it.

Similarly, look at the straps and consider how they will fit you and your jacket. Broad-chested riders may find shoulder straps splay, so at least a small strap linking them, or a different design, may be better suited.

You may want a series of compartments in your rucksack, for say, a laptop computer or other bits and pieces to keep them organised and if so, there are plenty of options for you. Similarly, consider the size – if you’re heading off for a weekend, you may want 25 litres or so for a night-away kit.

Also, consider weatherproofing; you probably want a waterproof bag, so think about the construction, the closure and any external zips. Consider whether you might want to mount the rucksack to the bike at some point (some have mounting straps available) and whether you might want to carry a helmet – some have expandable sections to allow this, though they can get a bit ungainly.

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