There’s something to be said for the thrill of the road. Motorcycles have often called out to those who seek out adventure, whether it’s in the form of a daily drive or an extended road trip across parts unknown. Yet, there’s more to getting on the road for an epic journey than just having the bike to do it.
When it comes to all the stuff you’ll need for long-term freedom, there are a variety of cases out there on the market that can appease your motorcycle needs. From top boxes and Givi bags to luggage plates and B&B carry racks, there’s no shortage of items to hold your stuff. And, since you’ll need your wicking gear, your toolkit, your cell phone and your rotopax, you’ll definitely need plenty of space for storage.
Whether you’re looking for a place to stash all the stuff you need or you require extra space for an extended road vacation, there are a few types of cases you’ll want to consider. But, whether you’re motoring along on a CRF1000L Africa Twin or a Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883, there are a few sure-fire tips for how each case can benefit you. When just your rok straps won’t do, here’s some cases you might want to spring for.
Take Out the Top Case
A top case is often purchased at the same time as the side cases, but this case is actually the more durable version of the tail bag. While this item can be attached to your motorcycle behind your passenger seat, it’s perfect for stowing those items that you need to be handy in a pinch. Fortunately, top cases are pretty easy to attach and detach from your motorcycle. The only drawback to a top case is that, because of their hard shell, they can be more expensive and they can also cause issues with the balance of your bike. Fortunately, if you’re a lone rider, you might not mind having the passenger seat out of commission for the ideal top case. Whether you go for the Givi Monokey Top Case or an Xstream sports bag, these will manage your materials.
Side Cases for Every Kind of Weather
When it comes to a road trip that’s a little more long term, side cases can be a great way to go for getting everything you need along for the ride. They can also take a lot of bumps and scrapes without caving to the pressures of the road! And, when it comes to the kind of trip where you may encounter every kind of weather imaginable, these types of all-weather sidecases won’t derail the journey. Given their waterproofing ability and easy access, they’re perfect for fitting in everything from your toolkit to your rainsuit to that extra pair of mechanical gloves. Whether you opt for the Dryspec H-36 with a 36-liter capacity or the top-opening Givi Trekker Outback series available in 37 and 48-liter, these are a must when it comes to enduring any weather system out there.
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A Sleeker, Softer Side Case
A hard-shelled side case might be great when it comes to stormy weather conditions. However, when it comes to a slightly sleeker bike, you’ll want to invest in smaller side cases that will avoid adding too much bulk to your bike. Instead of going with the hard, all-weather variety, test out plastic side cases that will provide a lighter feel and still keep your bike looking its best. If you’re concerned about how much a smaller side case can hold, look no further than the Givi V35 PLX cases. They may provide a sharper look, but the carry capacity is pretty close to what you’ll get with a bulkier side case.
Simplify with Saddle Bags
There’s something to be said for the types of side cases that will manage to hold nearly all of your worldly goods. However, if you’re bike-carrying needs are a little more minimal, saddle bags are a good way to keep tabs on all the extra bike weight. While there are soft side tool bags like the Givi Gravel T Range -Soft Tool Bag that can carry all your tools comfortably, so you can balance out the weight and still keep the look of your bike in line. You can even consider a heavier saddlebag on one side for asymmetric mounting; it’s just a matter of using a kit that will enable you to balance out your bike.
It can be hard to know what kind of case works the best for your bike. However, there are a multitude of options out for all the things to keep in your tank bag. Whether you opt for asymmetric saddlebags or a hard-shelled top-case, these items will have you prepped for the road and ready for the next adventure in no time.