SW-Motech just added a set of new tailbags to its PRO luggage lineup, with a quick-attach feature that should streamline life on the road.
For the casual tourer, who’s turning their everyday commuter/pleasure machine into a long-hauler, a tailbag is the starting point. A small bag will hold enough for a weekend’s jaunt staying at hotels, a large tailbag can hold enough to keep you on a camping trip indefinitely, if you’re a light packer.
However, there’s one problem: They’re often a bit finicky to install, requiring you to first attach the tailbag, then tighten it down (this is the problem with soft luggage in general). SW-Motech’s PRO tailbags use mounting straps that are designed to streamline this process—you can see in the marketeer’s video above. Easier attachment, if it really is easier, would definitely be a desirable feature (this also explains the rise in popularity for quick-detach soft saddlebags).
At this point, SW-Motech’s Euro site lists six PRO tailbags, and also a baseplate that riders can attach to their bike’s rear seat, to use it as a mounting point (highly useful for modern sportbikes). The largest-capacity bag is the 50 litre Cargobag; there’s a small 8-14 litre Roadpack, the 32-42 litre Rackpack, and the sporty 22-34 litre Rearbag. There’s even an 18 litre Tentbag, highly useful for those hauling camping gear.
All the bags are made of 1680-denier ballistic nylon, and come with a waterproof liner bag. They also come with exterior MOLLE attachment points, making it easier to strap other equipment to the outside. For a look at the entire line, check out SW-Motech’s site.