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Review: Vikingbags Large Motorcycle Back Pack

29
May
2014
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Product Review
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

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Despite riding usually on my Honda Gold Wing, which in theory has plenty of storage space, it's a bit like a garage: no matter how big the garage, you always end up with not enough space. The same with riding a bike. I always need more space. Cameras, computers, papers etc. So I am always interested in getting a good, if not great, back pack, my normal form of transporting things.

Well, I was well served, since Vikingbags Open Vikingbags in a new window offered to send me one of their hot selling back packs for review. The Large Motorcycle Back Pack is big, but feels small, and I mean that in a good sense. It's light despite made out of heavy duty Cordura. The total storage capacity of 27 liters.

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I placed an orange next to the bag so you can get a feeling how big the bag is. The first thing I noticed is the aerodynamic form of the back pack. The shape is exactly that of the back when you bend over (not that I need to do the Gold Wing, but on the Ducati it's another story).

The Vikingbag has three main compartments;

#1 - Grab handle
#2 - the main one in the center, which can hold a 15" computer
#3 - The top one, for papers
#4 - An audio pocket, usable to place an iPhone or even a CD player (remember those?).

There are 3 buckles (#5), which are used to place the onboard helmet bag. The helmet bag itself is hidden in the back, and placed over your helmet and clipped into place in these three buckles. More on that below.

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The compartments are opened with very sturdy zippers. Oh, I forgot to mention that the whole thing is pretty much rain-proof, just don't go swimming with it. Once you open the zipper, there is plenty of space to store computer and other gear.

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The top compartment is nicely divided into several sections for easy storage & retrieval. Plenty of space for things like your wallet, credit card and keys.

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The top little comportment has a velvet-like interior, in other words a soft padding. This can be used to place a music or phone device. You can rig your ear-bud wires through the end of the zipper line, or you can go wireless if your helmet is equipped with a wireless communication device.

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Helmet Carrying
This is usually the part I never like when traveling on my motorcycle. I end up carrying my back pack and my helmet, leaving very little space to make photos. The Vikingbags Motorcycle Back Pack has an integrated helmet storage bag. You unzip the compartment that holds it, situated at the bottom on the inner part (the part that sits on your back), place your helmet on the outer part of the bag and cover it with the helmet bag. You fasten the helmet bag on the three buckles (which recede when not in use).

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Very handy.

Wearing The Vikingbags Back Pack

The real test is wearing the bag. I placed my Apple MacBook Pro 13" computer, power supply, iPad, Nikon D800E body and two lenses (it fit .. just) and placed the back pack on my shoulders.

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The straps work fine, you can easily adjust them in width and height. There are no thousands of straps, likely to hit you in the face when riding. Just the ones to adjust and clip into place.

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The straps take and distribute the load perfectly. I went on location and carried the back pack for four hours straight, with no bother. At the end I started tiring from the load, but that's normal. A top load-sharing-strap could have made it a bit easier, but that would mean if you don't use it, it'll be flapping in the wind when riding. Trade-off.

Riding With The Vikingbags Back Pack

First I went on the Gold Wing, but that is senseless for tests since the windshield is so enormous that I can ride naked behind it and never feel any wind. I switched to the Ducati Multistrada, that despite the smaller windshield can stir up a lot turbulence. Even when flat on the tank, I could not feel any drag coming from back pack. So aerodynamically the bag is very sound.

Despite the fact that there were a few rain drops, it wasn't enough to test the rain-proofing, but I'll watch it and report on it later if I get caught in a rain storm.

Conclusion

The Vikingbags Motorcycle Large Back Pack is an excellent product. It's well made, sturdy but not heavy. It has smart features, it's aerodynamic, rain proof and can carry a lot while still remaining comfortable.

The best part is that it's not expensive. The price used to be US$119.99 but on sale now for US$70.99.

Click here to read more about the Motorcycle Large Back Pack from Vikingbags or to buy it Open Vikingbags link in a new window.
Click here to access the Vikingbags web site Open Vikingbags link in a new window.
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You can buy the back pack in the UK (UK£75.00), click here to buy it Open Motorcyclehouse.Co link in a new window.





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