Whether heading off for a weekend away or setting out on a more ambitious tour, most modern classics are more than capable of tackling the journey. For many riders the biggest challenge will be finding practical luggage that won’t ruin the bike’s appearance.
Plastic or metal cases will look out of place and require sturdy metal frames that are permanently bolted to the motorcycle, while universal soft luggage, like throw-over panniers and magnetic tank bags, can scuff paintwork and are often a faff to fit securely.
Luggage manufacturers have recognised this problem and several now produce retro bags that combine vintage style with modern materials. SW-Motech of Germany have taken things a step further, with a range featuring cleverly designed fitting systems, sold under the Legend Gear brand.
Using a combination of waxed canvas and robust Napalon synthetic leather, Legend Gear bags have a proper vintage look, plus the durability needed for everyday use. PU coatings on the inside make them resistant to water, while a range of waterproof inner bags and rain covers will keep contents dry whatever the weather throws at them.
Both the Tail Packs and matching Side Bags can be fixed to almost any modern classic bike, using the universal saddle strap. Its military fixing system allows quick and easy height adjustment, so they can be fitted securely and at a height to suit the bike’s design. Saddlebag prices start at £292.96 for a set of two 9.8 litre Side Bags plus SLS strap and a 17.5 litre Tail Bag is £125.95.
Taking things a step further, discreet Side Carriers can be bolted to the motorcycle, allowing Side Bags to be attached using a quick-lock system. Bike-specific kits for the BMW R nineT, Triumph Bonneville range, Moto Guzzi V7, Ducati Scrambler, Royal Enfield Interceptor and Kawasaki Z900RS are available now. A pair of 2 x LC2 Side Bags and Carriers for the Z900RS sell for £485.95.
For easy carrying off the bike, a matching Shoulder Strap can be clipped onto either side or tail bags, and the LR1 Tail Bag even features rucksack straps.
See the full range of SW-Motech Legend Gear luggage at https://sw-motech.co.uk/