Jump to content
House Price Crash Forum

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

ken_ichikawa

Big Backpacks

Recommended Posts

I've never been a backpacker, I travel ultra light....... so light I sometimes don't even have a spare pair of undies.

However lately I've been travelling around on motorbike a lot more and have been carrying a lot of stuff. And tbh I don't like paniers (they fall off) and my ruck sack simply isn't cutting it in terms of carrying capacity.

So can anybody recommend a slightly bigger capacity backpack.

Seriously I'm not going backpacking though.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not a motorcyclist, so I don't have first-hand experience of motorcycling with a rucksack.

However, I do walk/cycle/climb with rucksacks quite a lot. I reckon you might want an "alpine" or climbing rucksack, which tend to be simple, narrow, and don't have exterior pockets which catch the wind. Something like a Karrimor Hot Rock 40 perhaps?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Black Diamond do some decent sacks designed for ice-climbing and hence built a little more sturdily and more importantly waterproofed internals, zips etc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never been a backpacker, I travel ultra light....... so light I sometimes don't even have a spare pair of undies.

However lately I've been travelling around on motorbike a lot more and have been carrying a lot of stuff. And tbh I don't like paniers (they fall off) and my ruck sack simply isn't cutting it in terms of carrying capacity.

So can anybody recommend a slightly bigger capacity backpack.

Seriously I'm not going backpacking though.

Thanks

First of all I agree with Sarah Bell but...sometimes they seem the only practical solution. These are superb and I have had a number of different models they come in all shapes and sizes http://www.kriega.com/pages/Home.html especially designed for motorcycles.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never been a backpacker, I travel ultra light....... so light I sometimes don't even have a spare pair of undies.

However lately I've been travelling around on motorbike a lot more and have been carrying a lot of stuff. And tbh I don't like paniers (they fall off) and my ruck sack simply isn't cutting it in terms of carrying capacity.

So can anybody recommend a slightly bigger capacity backpack.

Seriously I'm not going backpacking though.

Thanks

Is it an upright riding position? If it's one of those that makes you lean forward, I'd think twice.

Since weight is not (much of) an issue, go for what's comfortable and big enough. Robustness won't be an issue as your usage isn't demanding on the bag, though a better sack will be more durable.

It's many years since I had a motorbike, but I used a 70-litre karrimor jaguar bag very comfortably on it. That's middling-large: you can probably get that size for sub-£100 if you're not planning to abuse it. Beware of bags that puts weight on the shoulders: that gets very tiring (and is pretty-much inevitable in anything below about 40 litres).

Black Diamond do some decent sacks designed for ice-climbing and hence built a little more sturdily and more importantly waterproofed internals, zips etc

Anything technical, like ice or rock climbing, is specialist equipment. You'll pay a hefty premium for something that is not well-suited to the task. At the top end, an expedition or military grade pack will be hugely robust and durable without the unwanted specialisation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it an upright riding position? If it's one of those that makes you lean forward, I'd think twice.

It's many years since I had a motorbike, but I used a 70-litre karrimor jaguar bag very comfortably on it. That's middling-large: you can probably get that size for sub-£100 if you're not planning to abuse it. Beware of bags that puts weight on the shoulders: that gets very tiring (and is pretty-much inevitable in anything below about 40 litres).

Anything technical, like ice or rock climbing, is specialist equipment. You'll pay a hefty premium for something that is not well-suited to the task. At the top end, an expedition or military grade pack will be hugely robust and durable without the unwanted specialisation.

Yeah its a CBR600, the thing about my current ruck sack is that when I lean forward a bit to get under the screen I'm lifting the whole thing off the bike and it balances on my back.

While I'm thinking if i have a longer back pack part of it will be on my back while the rest leaning on the pillion portion of the seat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah its a CBR600, the thing about my current ruck sack is that when I lean forward a bit to get under the screen I'm lifting the whole thing off the bike and it balances on my back.

While I'm thinking if i have a longer back pack part of it will be on my back while the rest leaning on the pillion portion of the seat.

I used a craghopper for years (Not for biking) and still have it. Solid solid piece of kit. Only about 50 litres and very low profile (Wider and flatter rather than sticking out from your back too much) compared to most other ones.

No idea if it would be good for a bike or not though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get an expandable tail-pack with back-pack style straps and a waterproof cover. I have had 2, made by Oxford - bungee them to the pillion seat, take them off and carry them when parked up, job's a good 'un. They are Tardis-like in their capacity, too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get an expandable tail-pack with back-pack style straps and a waterproof cover. I have had 2, made by Oxford - bungee them to the pillion seat, take them off and carry them when parked up, job's a good 'un. They are Tardis-like in their capacity, too.

They carry 28 litres tops I'm struggling with a 35 liter rucksack right now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ken,

Have a look at the Karrimor Sabre range of rucksacks they come in many different capacities and are very very tough and durable and are very comfy too.

I can fit a house in my 35L sabre i think they go up to 80L

Spiney.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

vintage-1970s-1980s-blue-adidas-sports-bag.JPG

I'll get my coat :unsure:

Awesome!

I've personally always liked the word bergen. Conjures up images of wondering across Salisbury Plain or assaulting Tora Bora.

bergen_fullsize_olive.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never been a backpacker, I travel ultra light....... so light I sometimes don't even have a spare pair of undies.

However lately I've been travelling around on motorbike a lot more and have been carrying a lot of stuff. And tbh I don't like paniers (they fall off) and my ruck sack simply isn't cutting it in terms of carrying capacity.

So can anybody recommend a slightly bigger capacity backpack.

Seriously I'm not going backpacking though.

Thanks

Just from experience of cycling, a big backpack can be dangerous, because if you've got 20-30kilos of stuff in there, it'll try to carry on when you make a turn. If it's a problem for a pushbike at 15-20mph goodness knows what it'll be like for a motorbike at 50+..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just from experience of cycling, a big backpack can be dangerous, because if you've got 20-30kilos of stuff in there, it'll try to carry on when you make a turn. If it's a problem for a pushbike at 15-20mph goodness knows what it'll be like for a motorbike at 50+..

Not at all the same.

Cycling with a backpack is nasty: it completely changes your dynamics and leaves you with a much-changed centre of gravity. Just mounting would be hard with that kind of weight. Though as for steering ... if you think a backpack is a challenge, you haven't tried piloting a tandem with someone who doesn't grok cycling dynamics on the back!

Motorcycling is completely different. You're on a great big heavy lump of metal that puts your centre of gravity much lower and provides most of your stability in its own weight. A backpack makes little difference to your dynamics even on a small machine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a GSXR600 and riding with backpacks is soooo uncomfortable - sit-up bikes are very comfortable (experience is with a paraglider that packs up huge) upto 80mph (cb500).

Get yourself a paraglider and you've got yourself a bag - sorted ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never been a backpacker, I travel ultra light....... so light I sometimes don't even have a spare pair of undies.

However lately I've been travelling around on motorbike a lot more and have been carrying a lot of stuff. And tbh I don't like paniers (they fall off) and my ruck sack simply isn't cutting it in terms of carrying capacity.

So can anybody recommend a slightly bigger capacity backpack.

Seriously I'm not going backpacking though.

Thanks

tank bag ken ?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've got a GSXR600 and riding with backpacks is soooo uncomfortable - sit-up bikes are very comfortable (experience is with a paraglider that packs up huge) upto 80mph (cb500).

Get yourself a paraglider and you've got yourself a bag - sorted ;)

I don't like sit up bikes. I prefer crouch in bikes. On my CBR I can pretty much completely disappear behind the fairing ducking down. Gives excellent MPG combined wiht <60mph riding. I can get 68mpg out of a CBR6.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't like sit up bikes. I prefer crouch in bikes. On my CBR I can pretty much completely disappear behind the fairing ducking down. Gives excellent MPG combined wiht <60mph riding. I can get 68mpg out of a CBR6.

Ducking down makes you look really cool too. Bonus.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • 338 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.