Luggage for a small bike?
I was wondering if anyone has gotten the Ortlieb 50l soft luggage for a small bike. I have a 2009 KLX250SF and would like to get some waterproof soft bags for it-but will the Ortliebs be too big? Anyone have pics of theirs? They are super affordable and I know Ortlieb is a great brand.
No experience with those but my suggestion wold be Wolfman.
Well the Wolfman setup looks good, but it's small capacity was what made me look to the Ortlieb's. I want to go rackless, as this is my second bike and I don't know how long I will keep it. Just trying to put the least amount of money into it, but still want to carry as much as I need. I am new to motorbike travel, so I will probably be overthinking this for a while.
I'm considering the Kriega set-up, overlander 30, with another 30 liters on the tailbag. Might check it out if 60 is enough.
Check Out Giant Loop
Giant Loop has some offerings that don't require racks if you're looking for a minimalist approach that gets the weight down low and towards the bike's CG. Not totally waterproof though - one of life's many compromises.
Nice thing is the saddle bags stay on the bike, the dry-bag goes into your tent or motel room, contents start clean and dry.
I have both Wolfman Expedition bags, and Coyote Giant Loop. I actually use them at the same time on long trips.
- Bags are waterproof.
- Slightly lower center of weight.
- When strapped properly, rides well.
- Add-on accesories is nice. For items quickly stored and grabbed, like a rain jacket, you can strap them to the top of the bags. I have the add on spray can / MSR container add ons too. Great for extra oil or chain wax.
- Difficult to get at items inside
- Requires rack
- Straps are a pain.
- Removing is a pain.
- Installation is a pain.
- The "soft" design can be a hassle when the circumfrance straps are tight to hold load, but then once you remove items to use, sutffing them in on the now "tight" straps cause issues. I'd almost want to line them with a semi-rigid container that many others do.
- Metal strap peices rust.
GL Coyote Pro:
- Was fairly waterproof after sealing seals. Not fully water/dust proof.
- Mounts or installs reasonably well.
- Removes reasonably quickly.
- No racks required
- Rides awesome. Jumps, whoops, anything. This system will take AGRESSIVE riding.
- Not dust / waterproof.
- Accessing items not overly easy.
- Install and removal could be easier, but it's a trade off for wicked ride capability.
- My zipper is acting up. I need to see if I can improve it or clean it. Once again not that major and I"m sure for a free they would put a new zipper on it. I think it's more of dirty/grit that's preventing proper operation. It is a nice YYK zipper. Just wish it was weather sealed.
Thanks for the input, everyone. I think I am not going to go with the Ortliebs, because the dimensions seem too large for my bike and I can't see them in person, even though the price is right. Maybe used is the best option for now, thanks for that suggestion. I will be keeping an eye out. I still have a couple of months to get it sorted out.
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