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Old 10-26-2012, 04:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Riding with a backpack

How many of you ride wearing a backpack (presumably to store things in rather than carry books to an from class)?

I was thinking about this option because I'm also considering removing my panniers.

The only reason why I would even ponder it rather than just doing it - is that wearing a backpack while also wearing gear is REALLY uncomfortable. At least a traditional backpack.

Are there motorcycle specific packs that a person can wear that won't make a motorcycle jacket feel like a straightjacket?
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I find backpacks incredibly uncomfortable. I'm currently using a bungee net on the passenger portion of the seat. Thinking of a tail bag next - there seem to be some nice small ones.

On my bicycle, I put panniers on specifically to avoid having to wear a backpack for my commute on the days I ride it (instead of the motorcycle) - I dislike backpacks that much.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I might look into a tailpack too.

I loved my KLR, I simply bought a $20 plastic toolbox and drilled it and bolted it to the back deck. I could carry a weeks worth of groceries in it. The panniers on the Tiger - I can barely fit my riding boots in BOTH of them.

But I was hoping there were backpacks made for bikers - hiking packs just don't seem to have enough room in the straps to accomodate the shoulder pads on a jacket.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use this Chrome Berlin Bag daily. It has an extra strap that keeps it from shifting on my back. It is confortable and allows easy access by easily sliding to the front when I want to open the flap. The seatbelt type buckle allows an easy and fast buckling up. The bag holds as much stuff I need/want to carry including some quick groceries, 6 pack of beer, work related stuff, etc. Great bag, guaranteed for life. Durable, waterproof. It actually massages my lower back when I ride.

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Now that's more like it - thanks.
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But I was hoping there were backpacks made for bikers - hiking packs just don't seem to have enough room in the straps to accomodate the shoulder pads on a jacket.
Not trying to be a jackas$... I just did a google image search for "motorcycle backpacks" and got About 3,310,000 results (0.34 seconds)...
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Fine, I won't ask next time.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use a Kriega and it's amazing and it's DESIGNED for riding. Less so for walking. It's really a bike pack rather than a hiking pack. It's harness has a solid feel more similar to a scuba diver's BCD or a skydivers chute. You're not going to sling it over your shoulder with one strap and be comfortable. You always have to buckle it properly and it becomes instantly awesome. I was so impressed I went and bought the 20 and two 10 liter tail bags (a modular system) for both my GF and my bikes as well. The stuff is not cheap, but with it I probably solved my motorcycle packing/carrying problems for the rest of my riding life and will never need another bungie cord!
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I said I wasnt trying to be an as$...

I use a three day assault pack...and it almost has too much room...yet still fits snug...
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