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The Best Motorcycle Backpacks of 2022

Whether you're planning a cross-country tour or just want to rip trails, one of these backpacks will be perfect for the job.

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By their very nature, Motorcycle backpacks have to be Swiss Army knives. They have to be versatile, able to carry, say, a change to street clothing once you arrive at your destination, perhaps function like a hydration backpack for the sweaty work of riding off-road, and if you're a commuter, probably have to be large enough to carry your helmet and hold more than a Clif Bar and a multi-tool.

We should also mention fit because a good moto backpack must hug your body. The last thing you need while riding is fighting the inertia of an angry Chihuahua on your spine while also weaving through traffic or launching air in the dirt.

In our experience, the best motorcycle backpack actually may be two separate packs: a big gun that can do double duty as a tail bag and a smaller model that will work for cross-town sprints. Still, everyone has their own wants and needs, so feel free to peruse these options and see what's available.

Here's a guide to the best motorcycle backpacks you can buy in 2022, whatever your style and budget.

(Note: some items may be temporarily out of stock.)

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USWE Core 25 Daypack

  • "No Dancing Monkey setup that spreads more weight to the chest
  • Helpful and specialized accessories pockets
  • Includes helmet carrier system

The Best All-Around Motorcycle Backpack

USWE’s unique strap design is simply unbeatable. In our tests, nothing else matches their “No Dancing Monkey” setup, which takes most of the load off the traditional waist harness, and instead spreads more to the chest. Picture this like an X formed by the juncture of both shoulder straps meeting below a classic sternum strap. This also means you don’t have to cinch those straps painfully tight because the weight sits snug against your entire torso.

A nifty accessory pocket anchors to either shoulder strap, which is ideal for your phone and cash/wallet, then the designers at USWE also add a zippered molded tool case, a padded goggle pocket and a sleeve for a hydration reservoir. They include an adjustable backplate, so you can customize the pack to fit your torso length. For good measure, there’s also a helmet carrier system, too.

Velomacchi Hybrid Duffel Pack 50L

  • Large 50-liter capacity
  • Durable 1,000-denier fabric
  • Adjustable for different torso lengths

The Premium Choice for Motorcycle Backpacks

The founders of Velomacchi came from The North Face. They know gear and how to make it capable of getting you to the top of Everest and back. They also keyed in on a hole in the market—too few tail bags look like actual luggage you’d willingly use for straight-up travel.

The Velomacchi is a “triple threat.” At 50 liters, it has the capacity of a weekend hiker’s backpack, and its 1,000-denier fabric will shake off hits from road grit without breaking a sweat. Speaking of which, for hoofing through town, this bag is plenty large enough to swallow your helmet and a few changes of clothing, and it’s highly adjustable to fit both long and short torsos.

Mounting it as a tail bag is a snap, thanks to shoulder straps that tuck away behind the padded back panel. Then run the set of G-Hook straps around the frame rails of your moto and back to the pack, slot the hooks through the bar-tacked webbing on the pack, cinch tight and ride on.

Kriega R15 Backpack

  • Quadloc closure to distribute weight
  • Integrated 3M Scotchlite reflectivity
  • Side and top access to gear pockets
  • Kriega offers a 10-year warranty

The Best Affordable Motorcycle Backpack

Did you blow past that intro where we told you how a moto backpack isn’t like one built for hiking? No worries: The skinny is that the thing has to stay put on your torso while you’re clocking 80mph. So we’ve put the Kreiga R15 in here because it fits so well and has an oversized sternum strap with a Quadloc closure that spreads the weight evenly across your chest. Also, it’s designed with safety in mind, both for your gear and your “assets.” It gets Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite reflectivity at the straps, and 3M Scotchlite reflectivity at the rear, so drivers will see you better at night.

Likewise, Kriega added a 420 D nylon ripstop at the base to prevent wearing through the fabric, even if you’re hard on your gear. There’s space inside for a reservoir, multiple inner organizer pockets, and access from the side or top to quickly dig into the pack for your rain shell or other items without unloading everything inside. The bonus? Kriega makes it, so it gets a 10-year warranty.

Nelson Rigg Hurricane 2.0 Backpack

  • Back panel zips away to avoid loose straps
  • Completely waterproof and can serve as a dry bag
  • Has laptop sleeve for 15-inch laptop

The Best Motorcycle Backpack for Large Loads

Like the Velomacchi in this guide, this Nelson Rigg Hurricane 30-liter pack is designed around working well as a tail bag while on the bike and a backpack when you’re on foot. It uses the RIGG STRAP system to attach to the bike, and the entire back panel zips away, so there are no loose straps.

The Hurricane 2.0 is also designed like a dry bag made for rafting, so it’s waterproof, thanks to heat-welded seams uniting panels of PVC Tarpaulin, as well as an air purge valve. Roll the pack shut, open the purge valve and squeeze out the remaining air. Shut the valve. Even if you ford several streams, the only thing that might get wet will be you.

Inside, there’s a sleeve for up to 15-inch laptops and several organizer slots. On the exterior, a holder can accommodate up to a 30-ounce fuel bottle. And don’t worry about losing that gas can, either, as an elastic anchor is designed to tether through the threaded lid of most camp bottle designs. Bonus! The detachable, multiple-anchor point MOLLE panel is handy as an external lash point and reversible, with a clear map pocket on the backside. That makes route-finding easier when your GPS has run out of juice, and your phone has zero signal.

Kriega Trail18 Adventure Backpack

  • Hypalon net for storing extra clothing layers
  • Waterproof pocket
  • Quadloc harness keeps pack snug at the sternum
  • Kriega offers a 10-year warranty

The Best Motorcycle Backpack for ADV Riders

The whole back of the Trail 18 is designed for the what-if of ADV riding. It’s a giant Hypalon net; the better to stow that extra clothing layer that’s making you bake in the summer heat, to keep that rain shell for when (not if) a deluge hits, or to strap on a half-dozen donuts (ideally in a bag)... okay, yes, we’ve done that.

We dig the roll-top closure to keep the interior contents dry and that you can access a separate waterproof pocket that’s big enough for stuffing a wallet and cell phone, energy bar, etc. Like all Kriega packs, this one uses a Quadloc harness to keep the load snug at your sternum, and we love the grab handle at the top, too, which makes it easier to swing the pack around to your back when you’re wearing bulky riding armor. While it comes with a waist strap — handy! — if you’re not carrying an extra heavy load, that’s also entirely removable, and with its Quadloc system, most of the time, we think you won’t need it.

USWE Raw 12 Backpack With 3L Hydration Bladder

  • No Dancing Monkey harness system to spread the load
  • Dedicated hydration sleeve with a 3-liter bladders

The Best Motorcycle Backpack for Hiking

We know you don’t only ride motorcycles. You’re a fully evolved member of society, which means that even though you need a daypack for moto, you also do other stuff. But whereas an excellent backpack for hiking doesn’t translate well to the moto because it’ll move all over your back and sits too high when you’re crouched over the bars, the USWE Raw 12 Hydration Pack is dandy for ripping on a mountain bike or scrambling up a trail on foot.

The No Dancing Monkey 1.2 harness system spreads the load well across your sternum, and the pack is designed to sit lower on your back, with no waist strap to cut into your gut. Inside, it has a dedicated hydration sleeve (with a 3L bladder) and organizer pockets. The exterior includes a cinch-down set of dual straps at the base, which is an ideal location for strapping on a just-in-case rain jacket.

Klim Tek Pak

  • Internal and external water bottle storage
  • Slot for D30 armor along the spine
  • High-viz panel for easy visibility

The Best Motorcycle Backpack for Touring

The Klim Tek Pak incorporates a lot of functionality into a stealth-looking daypack design. The 21-liter volume accommodates a laptop and a change of clothes. It comes with internal and external water bottle storage slots. Klim includes an internal spine protector slot for their D30 armor (sold separately). The straps themselves act as a chest protector and are designed to cinch closer so the pack stays put as you ride.

Off the bike, a web system attaches the helmet to the rear. You can also use the cable system to lock both pack and helmet directly to your moto if you pop into a coffee shop. The Klim Tek Pak also includes a high-viz panel to help drivers spot you sooner in traffic.

Burly Voyager Back Pack

  • Fashionable
  • Anchoring points for roll-top lid
  • Has a padded laptop sleeve

The More Stylish Rider’s Backpack

You don’t always want to look like a motorcyclist. Carrying a waxed canvas backpack rather than some utile-looking piece of armor is a great way to take your street style to your two-wheeler. But the Burly Voyager is more than good-looking: its roll-top lid has multiple snap-down anchoring points, so it can’t flop around once closed; plus, it features a padded interior laptop sleeve and a wire slot-through to charge it while parked at a coffee shop. Flannel straps and metal zippers add a bit of flair, and a chest strap further secures the load while riding.

Sedici Acqua Hydration Backpack

  • 3-liter reservoir for fluids
  • Padded and reinforced shoulder straps
  • Quick release drink tube for easy refills

A Great Backpack for MX Riders

If you're carrying a pack to stay hydrated, the Sedici Acqua Hydration Backpack should be your go-to. This pack is super tough, with 420-denier nylon and 600-denier polyurethane reinforcing it. Its three-liter reservoir provides more than a day's supply of fluid. And you still have another five liters of storage capacity free for carrying another layer of clothing and some food.

The Acqua is also built to grip MX armor, with silicone grip on the padded, reinforced shoulder straps to keep the pack stable as your ride. An elastic sternum strap helps anchor the load in place as well. We appreciate that the drink tube features a quick release, so you can refill the bladder while keeping the tube threaded through the pack's body.

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