We spend some time with the Kriega R25 backpack
For those of us who ride motorcycles on the daily, a backpack becomes a relatively essential part of our riding gear. In general, we like our bikes naked – like this Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 – and uncluttered with the visually obstructive, albiet convenient, things like panniers or a top case. Just about every ride requires us to wear a backpack, and that’s pretty ok with us. It’s just a matter of finding a pack that ticks all the right boxes. We’ve been spending some time with the Kriega R25 backpack and have been digging it.
Kriega touts their R25 pack to offer “all-round performance for short tours or every-day carry”. We’d have to agree.
Incorporating Kriega’s renowned Quadloc™ harness system, designed specifically for motorcyclists to give unrestricted arm movement and all-day comfort while riding. Once adjusted to fit, the harness opens fully making it easy to put on even with bulky riding gear. Best of all, pack weight is transferred to the chest and body reducing fatigue to the shoulders and back.
Kriega’s signature alloy adjusters set the waist tension in seconds and eradicate loose strap ends giving a clean, uncluttered harness design. A quick-access side pocket provides space for the gear you need fast, with an oversize YKK® zip securing the main compartment. Large reflective panels front and rear add a level of safety for night riding. Four compression straps hold the load in place and a tough Hypalon carry handle make for a no-fuss pack for every day use.
One small gripe we found was that the pack only has a single zip. Having a double zip, so you can close it at the top would be preferred, but we got over it pretty quickly. You can fit a whole lot of stuff into this backpack, and still never feel weighed down. It has the looks, functionality and pricepoint ($189) we can get down with. Definitely Bullitt approved.