Viking Large Black Tail Bag
I have been commuting to work on my motorcycle for the past 5 years. I have tried many things: backpacks, tail bags, tank bags, nothing at all, stuffing my things in my jacket, etc. I can rank these things from best to worst, but I’m sure you can figure out which ones I like the least! My two favorites are the backpack and the tail bag. I could bring my own lunch, store my wallet and phone, put anything else that I would need. At first my backpack was perfect, and I was a happy camper, of course until I wasn’t. My commute involved some nice “twisties” along the way. Anyone that lives in Southern California has surly heard of Ortega Highway. Imagine trying to negotiate some turns while carrying something on your back, having an extra sweater, Tupper wear, some other miscellaneous stuff I bought while at the motorcycle store (shhh, it’s a problem I’m working on). It’s a lot harder to move around and I felt super bulky. That’s when I decided to alternate between my backpack and a tail bag.
The Viking Tail Bag, like any other tail bag, has the same pros and cons (or so I thought). When I first received the bag it felt sturdy, well put together, it doesn’t collapse on itself like other tail bags. It definitely has more than enough storage for what I needed it for. Their website labels this bag as a “journey” bag (more than 3 days). Also, on their website https://www.vikingbags.com/viking-bags-medium-sport-tail-bag they offer installation pdf instructions, and a video just in case you’re a visual person, like me. I personally wasn’t a fan of the traditional way of mounting the tail bag. I went ahead and strapped it to the subframe inside the fairings with the straps coming out of the rear seat cowl. It’s a little more time consuming but I like the “look” a lot better. My mounting time took approximately 15 minutes to mount. With all this said the only real Con about the Tail Bag is passenger seating, well the thing about this Viking Tail Bag is that it also doubles as a backpack! All and all I definitely recommend the Viking tail bag like this to anyone who commutes on a daily basis or just anyone who needs extra storage on their Motorcycle!