Why You Need a Motorcycle Touring Roll Bag! 5 Of The Best

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Last updated: 30 October 2022

I want to start this post by saying that I love a motorcycle touring roll bag!

Some people get excited about semi-active suspension or carbon wheels.

Me? I just love a roll bag!

  • They’re cheap to buy
  • Are low maintenance
  • Provide multiple uses
  • Are waterproof
  • Don’t unsettle the bike
  • Have a slim profile

Of course, they have their negatives. For example, they’re not as secure as panniers. Nor do they do much for the aesthetics of your bike.

They can also be a faff to fit and remove every day.

But on balance, roll bags offer great value for money. They offer usability off the bike as well as on it. And they offer a low-maintenance, versatile luggage option.

So here are 5 of the best for all shapes and sizes.

Oxford Aqua T50 Motorcycle Touring Roll Bag

oxford t50 motorcycle touring roll bag

Find the Oxford Aqua T50 here:

If you’re after a cheap and cheerful motorcycle touring roll bag that is waterproof, low-maintenance, and easy to fit, look no further than the Oxford Aqua series.

Here we have the midrange 50-litre roll bag. But it’s also available in 30-litre and 70-litre capacities.

We particularly like the under-seat mounting system with 4-point attachments. The straps can be a little fiddly and time-consuming to fit, so we use ratchet straps for ease.

As always, Oxford does a great job of providing a quality item at a reasonable price.

  • Roll-top closure
  • Fully waterproof with welded seams
  • Small internal and external pockets
  • Wipe-clean
  • Padded shoulder strap for carrying off the bike (included)
  • Under-seat instalment system
  • 4-point strapping system
  • Reflective detailing
  • Compression straps
  • Comes in a range of colours and sizes

Kriega Drypack Tail Bag 30

kriega drypack tail bag 30

Find the Kriega Drypack Tail Bag 30 here:

We love Kriega products. Cheap, they most certainly aren’t. But they produce some of the best soft luggage available today.

This Drypack demonstrates the same high build quality synonymous with Kriega.

It’s 100% waterproof and can be fitted either to the rear seat or directly to the subframe of your bike. And we like that it comes with a shoulder strap so you can use it on and off the bike.

With 4 buckles, the Kriega Drypack attaches quickly and easily. And thanks to the waterproofing capacities and super-secure attachment system, you don’t need a waterproof cover or additional bungees.

  • 30-litre internal capacity
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Hard-waring Cordura construction
  • 100% waterproof
  • Removable liner
  • Rear mesh pockets
  • adjustable shoulder strap included
  • Aircraft-grade alloy hooks for mounting

Givi EA115BK Motorcycle Touring Roll Bag

givi ea115bk motorcycle touring roll-bag

Find the Givi EA115BK here:

Here we have Givi’s version of the classic roll bag. Like the roll bags above, this Givi offering has a 40-litre capacity, is waterproof, and comes with a bungee attachment system.

The only thing we found an issue with was the elastic mounting option. Whilst it works, we added another bungee for a more sturdy attachment.

  • Roll-top closure
  • Waterproof
  • Comes with a shoulder strap for use off the bike
  • Comes with 2 elastic straps for mounting

Enduristan Tornado 2 Pack Sack

enduristan tornado 2

Find the Enduristan Tornado 2 here:

Enduristan isn’t as well-known as some of the more popular brands listed above. But their products are well thought out and functional.

The Tornado series comes in a multitude of sizes. All are waterproof, weather-proof, dust proof, and come with a quality attachment system.

Whilst hard-wearing and flexible, we feel that the straps should be included! This is the 51-litre version.

  • Roll-top closure
  • Waterproof and element-proof
  • Four inside pockets
  • A double row of cargo loops for further luggage attachment
  • Four compression straps
  • 4 attachment points (straps not included)
  • Attachments points for shoulder straps (shoulder strap not included)

SW Motech Drybag 700

sw motech drybag 700 motorcycle touring roll-bag

Find the Enduristan Tornado 2 here:

This is a biggy! For most people, 50 litres is ample. But if you’re the type who likes to take all your kit on every trip, this 70-litre offering from SW Motech is the roll bag for you.

As with most roll bags, it has no real internal structure, so it takes its shape from the stuff you pack within it.

This is a great option if you’re going on a week-long trip or carrying camping equipment as well as clothing.

  • Hard-wearing 500DD polyester construction
  • Waterproof
  • D-ring attachment system
  • Comes with 4 loop straps
  • Comes with a shoulder strap
  • Multiple pockets
  • Reflective details

Why I Love A Motorcycle Touring Roll Bag: Conclusion

I know many people prefer traditional panniers. But for me, a motorcycle touring roll bag beats panniers every day of the week.

Once you lay out the extortionate amount for panniers, you’re stuck with them. You can’t make them bigger or smaller – they are what they are.

But with roll bags, you’re offered more options, more colours, more sizes, and more features. Not only that, but you can use them off the bike, which makes their value for money incredible.

And best of all? They cost infinitely less than panniers!

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Top image: Rohit Kumar


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