I’m not a fan of backpacks – it’s just a personal preference. The only backpack I ever use while riding my bike is a hydration pack WITHOUT anything other than a water bladder. Why? Well having seen motorcycle crashes and the results of something hard on one’s back can be tragic. That and having friends who are orthopedic surgeons….enough said.
So I have three ways I carry stuff on my bike. I have a water bottle cage attached to the right side of the frame. And for snacks or other small necessary items (LOL) I use a bungee net I’ve attached to the battery cover for those occasions. When I need to carry more things I use my Wolfman Luggage S0303 – Enduro Tank Bag V-1.7. I’ve configured the straps to stay on my bike even when I’m not using the bag for convenience.
And recently when it’s been so dang hot in the Bay Area I wanted to be able to use the ice packs I have for camping in my tank bag. But the Wolfman was just a tad too small for that, so I bought a Nelson-Rigg CL-2014-ST Black Medium Journey Mini Motorcycle Tank Bag Strap Mount. The straps are so easy to use so I wrap one around the head tube and the other around the seat subframe. Easy!
Nope tank bags are NOT cheap, but since they are a specialty item for motorcycles that’s just the way it is. I was hoping to use some from my motorcycles, but alas they are magnetic and would not work for this bike. Plus they were way too big anyway….
I really love both bags, as they serve my needs when the need arises. The Nelson Rigg one comes with a very cool rain cover for those who like to ride in the rain. I use my Wolfman 80% of the time. I like the small netted pocket on the front of the bag which faces the seat.
I want to note that the little side pockets on the Nelson Rigg makes stashing small stuff really convenient. The one design flaw I see in their bags are the zipper pulls. The way they have attached them allowed one of the pulls to separate from the zipper. So I just used small zip ties to restrict the area where the pull can come away from the zipper. No big deal.