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

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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
  • They’re waterproof
  • They don’t unsettle the bike
  • They 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 take off 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 6 of the best in size order from small to large.

Oxford Aqua T30 Motorcycle Touring Roll-Bag

Around £45

oxford aqua t30 motorcycle touring roll-bag
Oxford Aqua T30 (image via Oxford)

If you’re after a cheap and cheerful motorcycle touring roll-bag that’s waterproof, low-maintenance, and easy to fit, look no further than the Oxford Aqua T30 series.

Here we have the smaller 30-litre roll bag. But it’s also available in 50 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 on ours for ease.

As always, Oxford does a great job here at providing a great 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 installment system
  • 4-point strapping system
  • Reflective detailing
  • Compression straps
  • Comes in a range of colours and sizes

SW Motech Drybag 350 Motorcycle Touring Roll-Bag

Around £60

sw motech drybag 350
SW Motech Drybag 350 (image via SW Motech)

As with the Oxford roll-bag above, the Drybag 350 from SW Motech has a 35-litre capacity, is waterproof, easy to fit, and stores a lot of stuff!

Available in varying sizes and colours, this motorcycle touring roll-bag comes with an integrated shoulder strap and 4-point attachments.

  • Roll-top closure
  • Fully waterproof
  • Lightweight construction
  • 4-point strapping system
  • Included shoulder strap
  • Reflective details

Givi EA115BK Motorcycle Touring Roll-Bag

Around £50

Givi EA115BK motorcycle touring roll-bag
Givi EA115BK (image via Givi)

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

Around £85

Enduristan Tornado 2
Enduristan Tornado 2 (image via Enduristan)

Enduristan aren’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 felt 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

Around £100

sw motech drybag 700 motorcycle touring roll-bag
SW Motech Drybag 750 (image via SW Motech)

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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