It’s decided, you go on a road trip on a motorcycle! After the excitement of the choice of destinations, there is usually a logistical problem that every biker has experienced one day: to bring all his belongings in such small baggage! There is the radical solution not to take Madame and to settle for a toothbrush and a few underwear, but the return would be more complicated! Fortunately, OEMs compete with ingenious ideas to allow you to go on a road trip while staying happily in the household!
Side suitcases and top boxes for maximum security
The rigid side cases and the top boxes, it must be said, is the top: it is waterproof, directly attached to the bike and above all can be locked. This last point may seem to be in the detail, but it is very practical in road trip, during which one usually stops often, to stretch the legs or to eat a tip. Hey yes, what do you do with your business the time to go buy your Sodebo at the local grocery store? In addition, these types of luggage are easily unclipd to be lugged around up to your room.
The disadvantages of rigid baggage
Because it needed a “but”… Suitcases and top cases require a specific frame or mounting plates, which are not necessarily universal. They are found quite easily for the most popular bikes, but some difficulties can be encountered for old or uncommon models. In addition, the fixings are usually not supplied with the top case or the suitcase, which therefore generates an additional charge, which can rise to more than €200 (and recreate if you change the frame!).
The Best brands
Among the referent brands, difficult to pass by Givi or Shad who have proven themselves for a long time. There are also rising brands that offer equivalent products in terms of quality and reliability such as SW-Motech. The SW-Motech top boxes are distinguished by a more elegant look that distorts the bike’s lines less. Designed in aluminium for the most part, they are also particularly lightweight, which justifies their price a little higher. Rigid baggage, because of their strength and practicality are therefore particularly suitable for road trips, but they are not necessarily intended for all scholarships. Fortunately there are other quite interesting alternatives.
Flexible baggage: the right compromise!
The soft bags strap on the bike, so they attach themselves to all the models and will be able to be kept after changing vehicles, which for some bikers is an important criterion. Price level, it is very quickly seen that there is no additional frame to buy.
Flexible suitcases: more flexible but less practical
One day, an OEM will find the perfect baggage… One day! In the meantime it will be necessary to deal with the small disadvantages of the flexible suitcases. Since the latter do not have a lock and are not fixed on the motorcycle, it is necessary to remove them if one is absent. In addition, their tethering system imposes a good load distribution so that they do not “stroll” on the bodywork. Finally, even if they have a waterproof coating, it is still better to add a cover in case of rain, a small constraint to be taken into account, especially for a road trip in Brittany!
The Tank bag and backpack: To avoid in road trip
Practical on a daily basis, the tank bag is not always recommended for a long journey. It is true that it is practical because we have everything on hand, however on the winding roads, by waltzing to the right to the left, it can quickly alter the comfort of driving. The backpack itself, if convenient on short trips, can quickly become uncomfortable. The body is already very stressed, no need to add extra weight that fatigues the back. In conclusion, in road trip, when the wallet allows, the ideal is a combo top case + stiff side suitcases by distributing the load to spare its mount. If you miss the backpack, you can opt for a spider net to add a few more things. For tighter budgets and/or trips with the ability to drop baggage at each stop, flexible suitcases are a good compromise.