Think, motorcycle. Think, two up riding. Think, a 10-day road trip. And chances are, you’d either go for a 50-litre-plus top box or side-mounted luggage of some sort. The latter could include hard panniers or soft ones, or throw-over soft saddle bags. I am not a fan of top boxes. With the weight sitting high and behind the rear axle, it can get the bike to sway dangerously around fast, sweeping corners. I prefer small tail bags instead; these are handy and limit the amount of stuff I can pack in. However, on a trip we are imagining, these would be near useless.
So, side-mounted luggage it is. Now, hard panniers are a great option. They are waterproof, difficult to break into, and lockable. And they look more purposeful on a bike, especially ADVs. But, these are heavy. And, expensive. And I wouldn’t want heavy metal coming down on my or my pillion’s foot during a fall.
- 373 cc
- 28 kmpl
- 42.3 bhp
- 163 kg ;
Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price
Soft saddlebags then seem to fit my bill. Yes, these are easier to steal from; these can suffer serious damage in a fast low-slide crash; and you need to carry them up to your room at every night halt. But then again, these are easy to carry; so there’s some respite there. More importantly, these aren’t as heavy or expensive as hard panniers, and with the right design, these can be completely waterproof too.
The Viaterra Condor 2up saddlebags seem like one such set.