With the ever increasing gadgets and necessities that riders have to deal with while on tours of their nearest workplace, the shortage of space seems never ending. Even with a tank bag and side bags, you always need that extra space. Not to mention the drag those tank and side bags induce when all you care about is acceleration and top speed.
To get out this sticky situation, you opt for the back pack. It is small, nice and compact. It does not stick out like an ugly thorn in your aerodynamics, and it has enough capacity to carry a lot of your stuff on top of your unmentionables for the long haul.
Now, for the big question. Which backpack to choose? The entire market, retail as well as online is filled with too many brands and variations. And then you have different makes, sizes and models. But even then you have the tedious task of actually sifting through models.
Fear not, weary rider! Here, we feature Kriega backpacks and a drypack which are making lot of noise and we are there to help you make your choice. Here we go…
Kriega R15 Backpack
When you hear R15, you think the Yamaha R1’s baby sister. That’s fine, but this is Kriega R15, not Yamaha R15.
With a 15 liter capacity, simple and functional design, it will get your job done. Simple and dimple.
Moreover, it has been made with a strong Nylon weave to last you awhile before you need to think about the R20 or other higher end backpacks. So what are the features of this little wonder? Take a look:
A bigger model than the R15, this one has 20 liters of storage space (volume).
You can think of it as the same backpack in a higher capacity with an additional 5 liters. It has the same 420 D Nylon body with a ballistic Nylon bottom and the exact same strap system at the shoulders and the waist, among other things.
What is different however, is the latching system at the outside. There are four mount points, just like the R15. But in the R20, you get to attach a US10 or US20 backpack as an additional storage space on top of the R20. As far as the features are concerned, here they are!
Kriega, known for their prowess in producing luggage items, has not stopped their line up of nice looking rider backpacks at the R20. Introducing the R25. Yep, you guessed it – 5 liter increment in storage capacity. The R25 was already a hit among riders, but Kriega has made some improvements in the new version, in the form of a changed quad lock system which fits at an angle and comes together at the sternum. This reduces some of the stress on the shoulders, neck and the back and is easier to fit it on a riding jacket.
There is a laptop sleeve as well as an expanding external pocket and side pockets for extra space.
With 5 mainstream products in the backpack arena, you’d think Kriega must have a premium bag in their line up. Well, you’re right. The Kriega R30 backpack is the unquestionable el-supremo in the R series of backpacks, and – yes! It has a 100% waterproof main body! You may think the R35 is better, because it is the next in their product catalogue and has bigger capacity than R30. But it’s not at all waterproof.
The body is lightweight and strong as you’d expect from 420 D Nylon rip-stop, ballistic Nylon over the top as well as back for reinforcement and the 1000 D Dupont Cordura base/harness combo. There are lots of buckles and straps to hold everything in place nice and tight. This backpack has been designed to keep the rough and tough in mind.
So what does this premium offering bring to the table? Let’s see!
Not exactly a backpack, the US-10 is a drypack. Is it really dry? We’ll get to know shortly.
It is actually a bag-pack that is used for storage and can be fit on a motorcycle tank, rear seat or even a compatible backpack. It has a capacity of 10 liters (hence the name US-10) for storage in terms of volume.
The bag has four quick release buckles which make it easy to attach it to a suitable surface. Kriega has diligently provided mount points to their R-Series line up of backpacks to make this setup extremely modular. If you do need to use it as a tank bag, a Kriega US Tank Adaptor has to be purchased.