– Uncomfortable. No matter how organized you are, it will be a pain in the ass to find something on the go. While you can choose a $50 no-name bargain, if you want waterproof and adventure-proof soft-bags, you should buy a quality product. Also, we recommend you to use a mounting frame instead of just putting the bags on the passenger’s saddle. Else, you risk breaking them or melting the one next to the exhaust. Plastic luggage – best looking on new bikes. Perfect for street-touring Advantages – The look & aerodynamics: unlike the aluminum cases, the plastic cases have an aerodynamic shape, and they can match your bike’s color. Moreover, the new motorcycles feature a frameless mounting system. Your bike will look clean with or without the luggage.
– Safer than the soft bags
– 100% waterproof Disadvantages – Heavier than soft bags
– Not so resistant as aluminum panniers. If planning an adventure expedition on unbeaten paths, you should go for aluminum panniers or soft saddlebags. In the case of falling on some rocky terrain, the plastic can break.
– More expensive than soft bags Standard plastic cases found on the latest generation adventure motorcycles look more solid than those ones on street bikes and feature some aluminum side-panels. Aluminum panniers Advantages – Resistant and easy to repair. When falling, the 1.5 mm aluminum side might deform, but all you need it a hammer or a stone to put it back
– Proper adventure look. Even when visiting your grandmother, it will look like leaving to Mongolia
– 100% waterproof
– top-loading Disadvantages – Expensive – A Touratech Zega Pro set starts from $1,200
– Heavier than soft bags
– Ugly Frame – Unlike the plastic panniers, you need a custom frame to mount the aluminum sidecars on the bike. Leather luggage – only if you ride a chopper If you own a cruiser, there’s nothing classier than some luggage panniers. Maybe it’s not the most versatile luggage set-up, but it’s all about style.