Stow and Go

The Best Backpacks for Commuting by Motorcycle

Style : Bags By Photo by Knox

Dicing through traffic while caged commuters peer longingly from buses, cars and cabs is a pretty damn satisfying way to spend a morning. Sure, they’re sipping coffee, reading magazines and driving distractedly, but you’ve got your knees in the breeze and a perma-grin behind that helmet. That being said, motorcycle commuting isn’t without its drawbacks.

Lane-splitting isn’t legal outside of California, and the bikes that excel in an urban playground aren’t exactly known for trunk space. That means you need a backpack: a dependable bag that will stand up to elements while keeping your essentials safely stowed and ready for the day ahead. The only problem is that you can’t just pick up any old bag. Traditional backpacks hang their weight from your shoulders and restrict articulation, making quick, reactionary moves a battle in the saddle. These bags, though — they were built specifically for riders, and they represent the best of the breed.


Speedway Roll-Top by Velomacchi $299


R35 by Kriega $249


Studio Rucksack by Knox $67


Nac Pack by Klim $100


No Drag Mach 5 by Ogio $180


Squad 2 Backpack by Icon $160