It was a big challenge for us to choose bags. Because we didn’t know which one is good for our journey and how much space do we need? After talk with some riders who has a lot of experience on the road they told us SW-Motech.
It was look like SW-Motech doesn’t have a lot of stuff for small bikes. We have a Honda CRF 250L. After search their website we found a lot. 🙂
When we started our world trip we had only side bags. We used them a year. We liked it after that we had all bags from SW-Motech.
First of all, we didn’t want to have hard cases. Our motorcycles are already small we didn’t want to have heavy bags. And we didn’t have any experience to ride off road, gravel road… etc. it means that if we fall down we will easily and give damage to the hard cases and our motorcycles. Therefore, we wanted to have soft bags. And we were looking side-bags shape and size as well.
Which kind of bags we have for our world trip on the motorcycles and how we use them.
EVO Enduro LT strap tank bag
We started with our tank bag. Our motorcycle is small we can’t put a lot of luggage in front. We have 5 lt. tank bags. You can think it is small but not. (You can make 7.5 liters as well if you want.) We carry in what we need easy access like phones, camera, cables to charge, external charge, small first aid…etc.
Sometimes when we go to shopping we carry eggs there as well. 😉
Drybag 80 tail bag
All our soft bags have extra waterproof bags inside except the tail bag. It is one bag, totally waterproof. We use them in front of motorcycle up to the engine protection. What we don’t need to use really or we must protect rain anytime they are in it.
Cargobag tail bag
It is 50 liters bag. We are calling it, clothes bag. Because all our clothes fit in it also it has extra zips left and right. One side for our shampoo, soap, creams… another side sun cream, mosquito sprays, washing powder…
Rearbag tail bag
It is 24 to 38 liters bag. Which size you want to use just open a extra zip. We need to be organized and find everything easy in one place. 🙂 So, It is our kitchen bag. For cook we just need the bag. Our stove, plates, pots, food… etc. it is more than enough for us to use as a kitchen.
Each side bag is 32 liters. All of course has a name. 😉
One is camping bag. Our mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, hammock, chairs and table are in it.
Other one is computer bag. All electronics are in it also our motorcycles pants and jacket extra liners. But still the name is computer bag.
Another one is shoes bag. Shoes, flip-flops and jeans are in it. Therefore still we have space 😉
Last one is extras bag. We put everything in it what we need extra on the road. Like water bag, soft cooler bag, chain oil, extra food, monopod, hammer, extra hook etc.
We said more than enough space we have with SW-Motech bags. General, we don’t take out bags because we sleep next to it in the tent. If we stay in a motel a day we can just take the inside bags. It’s easy to get it in and out. Actually so easy to take bags because each has only four clips to take our ropes and carry. We love their clips because they never get lose and shake when we ride all the bumpy roads.
Just keep in your mind to check bags after a day of heavy rain. Waterproof bags are fine keep dry stuff but water can be between main sides and inside. If the bags can’t see sun a couple of days they cannot get dry.
We have two backpacks from SW-Motech as well. We don’t have anything in them. We carry them under the Cargo bag. Maybe we are traveling around the world by motorcycles but we like to go to hiking or make a backpack trip as well during our travel. We went to Madagascar, climbed Kilimanjaro also Nyiragongo Lava Lake. We put our motorcycles in a garage and took our backpacks to travel.
You can check their website to more info : https://sw-motech.com/en/