The plan for a motorcycle tour is coming into form and you as well as your friends are all excited about it. You all have your motorcycles ready for the trip and you have even charted out your course, which includes a range of terrains. However, the one thing that is still pending is your luggage and you are trying to find it hard to decide whether you should go for a regular suitcase or motorcycle saddlebags.
What will probably make your choice even harder is the fact that there is so much variety when it comes to luggage that can be taken on motorbikes. While there are traditional suitcases which you will be able to latch or strap on to your bike, there are also bags that will sit comfortably on either side of your bike and give you much more space to carry essentials. However, whether you choose hardened bags or softer ones will depend on you.
Let’s say you are planning on going through terrains that will be really tough and will test not only you, but also your bike, you will have to look at motorcycle hard bags. Most of the times, these will be made using metal or really thick plastic, which will make it sturdy enough. The sturdiness of the same will ensure that no matter what you keep inside the luggage, it will be safe and not get wet, dirty or destroyed. This kind of luggage is extremely important if you are planning to travel during the rains or into areas where rains are predicted.
However, if you are intending to drive through towns and off the interior roads, then regular motorcycle side bags should be more than enough for you. Similarly, if you are not someone who goes on very long tours at all, then too softer material side bags would be enough. These bags are also a good idea for people who like to take the bags off when they are not travelling, because softer side bags are easier to remove and normally just strapped on.
Perhaps one of the biggest advantage of getting hard side bags is that you can get them customised. This means that the bags can be in the same colour as your bike and you can have decals painted on them to make your bike look stunning. Two bags that have been designed in the same manner, on either side of the bike, will give you all the room you need, while travelling!