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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-02-2016, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Large backpack that isn't bulky

Sorry if the title is a little confusing. I traded in my shadow the other day for a cbr. The only thing i lost that I miss is the saddle bags it had. I commute 30 miles to work and pack my lunch and my shoes (I have riding boots I wear when I ride to work on the motorcycle). My problem now is that I broke the zipper on my backpack because I was cramming those two things and my laptop and tools in it. The only other backpack i have is big but it also sticks out way too much and creates drag.
Does anyone know of a fairly cheap backpack that can hold a lot without being too bulky and that can stand up to some abuse? I would appreciate any recommendations or ideas.
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I have several back packs to suit the job at hand. I like two smaller outside pockets for a wallet and other things. The zip should not go too low, so that items will not fall out even if unzipped. In the large part of the pack, I put my things in a separate bag, with a draw string at the top. To upset the Harley riders my every day bag is pinkish purple. This one was $10.97 at Wally World. A divider in the large part, will keep the lap top separate, but does make the pack more bulky. Use a tank bag for your gloves and other gear. That will free up space in the back pack.

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My favorite pack for riding is actually a Camelbak brand. It wasn't cheap but I got it on a flash sale on Woot or something like it. It's a snowboarding pack so it has padded straps, padded waist straps, a chest strap, set up for hydration, padded pocket for electronics, and external straps meant for carrying a snowboard taht are really handy for other things. It also has an external open-top pouch that would be perfect for shoes (unless it's raining). I tried to find a picture of it online but they don't make it anymore or anything similar.

I also bought a magnetic tank bag (Nelson Rigg 1030 I think) that has a strap to make it a shoulder bag or back pack. I will probably pick up a tail bag for longer trips too.
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Thanks for the info. I will look into what was suggested. I'm sure a pink backpack while riding on my CBR will really make people double take haha.
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