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    Backpack thoughts?

    I'm thinking a backpack would be a good way to carry incidentals on the bike.

    I currently have a CamelBak "M.U.L.E.", but I'm thinking larger.

    Ideally:

    Expandable

    High Viz

    Room for a couple 30 oz fuel bottles and a good-sized hydration bladder.

    Spine protection built in.

    Waterproof, or at least water resistant.

    I did a search, but too many unrelated threads came up to be of much use.

    Any input appreciated.
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    Have you investigated specialty motorcycle packs? Places like Revzilla have dozens of offerings.
    Motorcycle Backpacks - RevZilla
    Amazon too, among many others.
    I have evolved away from conventional day-packs unless they are just used to carry light but bulky spare clothing. The pounding and weight shifting add fatigue to the back after a long bouncy ride. Plus the arm straps can be difficult to get over an armored riding jacket. Certainly a good waist band and chest restraint help keep back-pack from shifting around on bumps.
    Packs do have the benefit of allowing you to carry your gear with you off the bike for both security and convienience.
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    I'd get a motorcycle specific one with built in spine protection. A friend broke some vertebrae when he fell on his daypack while riding. Not sure what he had in it but I wouldn't be carrying any rigid bulky items.
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    I wouldn't put anything big and hard in one( fuel) like rider21 says. We carry soft stuff like clothes, lunch, emergency blanket, soft first aide kit, head lamp, etc in our hydration packs. I figure the water is some protection but heavy. So we keep the shoulder straps loose enough for the pack to sag and sit on the seat easing the weight on the shoulders. For longer rides I strap a bag on top of the rotopacs on the racks.

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    I loosen my backpack and it sits on the seat. If I bring my camel pack I carry it underneath the backpack. The water keeps me cooler here in Texas.
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    I have this pack for everyday riding 20L gives me plenty of room for supplies.

    https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...rrent-backpack
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    I commute carrying my stuff in a Duluth Pack #2. This pack has worked well- lots of room for my stuff, hugs my back nicely and bottom sits on the cycle seat - so I don't support a lot of weight while riding. Probably had it more than 20 years, good for another 20.
    I've also used a pack basket- ok but need a liner for water resistance and didn't set as well for me on the seat.
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    Thanks for all the advice. That Revzilla looks like a contender. Lots of interesting choices in my handy Aerostich catalog as well.

    The advice about not carrying hard objects in the backpack is sound and something I think I knew. I've heard of something as simple as a phone in a jacket pocket causing injury. I've come down hard on my back at least a couple of times and I can see a fuel bottle breaking ribs or worse. So just water bladders and soft items will live back there.

    As an aside, two 30 oz fuel bottles should weigh no more than about 5 lbs, so by themselves they should not tax the stock rear rack, should they?
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    I have a couple camelbaks, the mule and hawg, both older models. But if I use a backpack its a generic one that is larger than the hawg and has three large pockets or areas. Many smaller internal pockets and an area for a water bladder.

    I would be careful about carrying larger and hard items on your back. And I doubt any of the backpacks that offer protection would be as protective with anything large and metallic in them.

    Nice strong and padded shoulder straps along with lower waist buckle or belt is the way to go to hold it on and in place. I'd look for a padded back and ventilation helps.

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