Can you ride a motorcycle with a backpack?

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When motorcyclists are traveling with luggage, their motorcycles are often equipped with side cases and a tank bag. A lot already fits in there.

But if that’s not enough, one or the other might ask themselves whether you can ride a motorcycle with a backpack?

Short answer: Yes, you can ride a motorcycle with a backpack.

What you should consider when riding a motorcycle with a backpack

Nevertheless, there are a number of things that should be taken into account, as various problems can arise when riding a motorcycle with a backpack.

No hard or sharp objects

A backpack can be very dangerous in the event of a fall. Namely when there are hard objects in the backpack and you land on your back. Hard or pointed objects should therefore not be in the backpack when riding a motorcycle.

Firm seat

When riding a motorcycle, a backpack must sit firmly on your back. Because a backpack that is too loose quickly becomes a burden when the wind blows. Therefore, a hip and chest strap should be available to ensure a secure fit. 

Avoid backpacks that are too big

A backpack that is too big can be uncomfortable and exhausting in gusty winds. In addition, this can cause a lot of restlessness when driving. 

If the backpack is too wide and high, rear view over the shoulder can also be restricted.

Smaller backpacks are recommended, especially for longer tours. 

Straps should not flap

It is also important that straps and belts are not too long so that they flap around in the wind. It is therefore ideal if loose straps and straps can be attached to the backpack.

As little weight as possible

A backpack that is too heavy is not only uncomfortable when hiking. Even when riding a motorcycle, a heavy backpack can quickly put a strain on your back and make the ride unnecessarily exhausting.

Therefore, not only should the backpack itself be as light as possible, but the weight of the contents should also be taken into account.

reflectors

Motorcycle backpacks should have reflectors so that motorcyclists can always be recognized in the dark. If these have not already been attached by the manufacturer, reflectors can also be easily retrofitted yourself.

Waterproof material

On longer tours, unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid having to ride in the rain. But even on shorter journeys it can happen that you are surprised by a rain shower.

Therefore, it makes sense to use a waterproof backpack.

Sturdy seams and zippers

In particular, at higher speeds and in strong winds, considerable forces can act on the backpack. 

This can lead to seams coming loose or zippers opening. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to excellent quality.

Otherwise, poorly made backpacks can quickly become a big problem if they open while driving, seams come undone or even a shoulder strap tears.

back ventilation

If a backpack rests against the back over a large area, the heat can accumulate there. It may therefore make sense to opt for a backpack without sweating on the back . Mesh or netting is used in such models.

Use special motorcycle backpacks

Many of these problems are addressed by dedicated motorcycle backpacks. These are often particularly aerodynamic, tight-fitting, robust and equipped with reflectors.

Some models also have a helmet holder to transport an additional helmet.

You can find some examples of motorcycle backpacks here:

JDC motorcycle backpack waterproof with helmet mount/carrier 24L expandable to 36L - Frontier
JDC motorcycle backpack waterproof with helmet mount/carrier 24L expandable to 36L – Frontier*

  • Color – Dark Gray and Black. For laptops up to 17″ even when carrying a helmet.
  • New internal storage pockets. Durable material with 3 reinforced front straps.
  • Made from durable, waterproof, rubberized and lined material. Can carry a helmet and luggage.
  • Drinking compartment with drinking tube connection, high-visibility stripes on the back
  • Size: width 30cm, height 53cm, depth 15-30cm
OG Original CityRunner Motorcycle Backpack Waterproof Expandable 30-35L Helmet Bag Motorcyclist Helmet Strap High Capacity Laptop Reflective USB
OG Original CityRunner Motorcycle Backpack, Waterproof Expandable 30-35L, Helmet Bag, Motorcyclist, Helmet Strap, High Capacity, Laptop, Reflective, USB*

  • MOTORCYCLE BACKPACK: Equipped with the pioneering DHT system, this backpack offers three different ways of transporting motorcycle helmets, even two at the same time. On the one hand in the elastic adjustable integrated net, in its spacious expandable interior – the capacity is increased up to 35 liters! – and/or on the side strap of the motorcycle helmet with a quick and easy fastener.
  • RELIABLE AND SECURE: Equipped with adjustable chest and waist straps. Spacious and padded laptop compartment for up to 17 inches. USB/AUX port. Numerous inner compartments and additional outer pockets. Reflective stripes for more safety when driving at night.
  • VERSATILE AND ELEGANT: A perfect fashion addition with its urban casual style and its expandable size – an ideal accessory for everyday use as well as hand luggage on the plane, at work and/or school, etc…
  • RESISTANT AND COMFORTABLE: Made of 900D Oxford Polyester, high-quality and detailed workmanship, waterproof and durable, as well as resistant to abrasion. Equipped with waterproof removable case for extreme rain, reinforced handle and back panel with EVA plate plus ergonomic design.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – If you’re not satisfied with the product, we’ll replace or exchange it hassle-free. FIVE YEARS WARRANTY but only when purchased through authorized dealers.
OG Original Motorcycle Backpack GO Black Waterproof 20L Motorcycle Helmet Bag Helmet Strap Biking Man Laptop Compartment Reflective Anti-Theft
OG Original Motorcycle Backpack GO Black Waterproof, 20L, Motorcycle Helmet Bag, Helmet Carrying Strap, Biking, Man, Laptop Compartment, Reflective, Anti-Theft*

  • MOTORCYCLE BACKPACK: Equipped with the pioneering DHT system, this backpack offers two different ways of transporting motorcycle helmets, even at the same time. With this elegant backpack you can take two helmets with you at the same time, either in the elastic adjustable net integrated and/or on its smart side helmet strap with quick and easy closure, specially designed for this purpose.
  • WATERPROOF AND DURABLE: Made from high quality 1680D polyester that is water and abrasion resistant. Zippers with easy-to-use loops. In case of extreme rain, the backpack includes a waterproof removable cover as a double layer of protection. Reflective strips for more safety when driving at night.
  • COMFORTABLE AND PRACTICAL: A compact and practical design with a breathable and padded back panel. Equipped with adjustable chest and waist straps that guarantee an optimal and ergonomic fit. The perfect backpack for bikers, with an integrated opening for hydration (hydration pack not included).
  • VERSATILE: Padded inner compartment for laptops/tablets up to 13 inches. Several additional inner and outer compartments to store your phone and work materials. It can also be used as hand luggage when travelling, as a sports bag or for any outdoor activity.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: If you are not satisfied with the product, we will replace it or exchange it hassle-free. FIVE YEARS WARRANTY but only when purchased through authorized dealers.

Conclusion

Yes, you can ride a motorcycle with a backpack. Nevertheless, some problems can arise, which can be largely avoided by choosing a suitable backpack and the right behavior.

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