Of all the compromises in motorcycle riding, how to load up a motorcycle is one of them. Some people are trying to get away from it all and only carry what they can fit into their pockets. Others are trying to take it all with them and roll heavily loaded with saddlebags, tank bag, tail pack or trunk and may also have tank panniers and a Bronson bag on the front fork. Luggage falls basically into two categories -- hard or soft.
Hard luggage is usually a form of molded plastic, fiberglass or aluminum. LeatherLyke uses ABS plastic for popular cruisers while GIVI and others offer hard plastic saddlebags and trunks for commuters and touring. Harley-Davidson OE saddlebags and some aftermarket saddlebags for cruisers are fiberglass. Jesse, Touratech and others make the aluminum saddlebags popular for adventure touring.
Soft luggage is typically leather, synthetic leather such as Willie & Max or fabric such as Chase Harper and TourMaster. Each has its advantages.
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