Kriega US-30 Drypack
Great weekend bag
I managed to get this mounted on the back of my NC700X without much difficulty - the straps tuck under the passenger seat when not in use, allowing me to hook the bag up in only a few minutes. It's not a rock solid mount - if you have a bike with a shorter tail and no rear rack, the straps go under the passenger seat, which probably isn't as wide as the bag. This means the straps tend to want to pull the bag forward - toward the rider. It works, but it's not completely rock solid. If I had a rear back on my NC700X that would give enough room that it wouldn't be an issue.
Anyway, mounting challenges aside, the bag is very nice. It's large - I test packed for a weekend - a pair of tennis shoes, two pairs of jeans, a couple shirts, a sweatshirt, etc. - it all fit. As long as you don't go crazy in packing this should be all you need for one person for a weekend trip!
May 25, 2015
Solid bag option
I purchased the Kriega US-30 Drypack to extend my storage/carrying capacity on my 2014 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec. After watching reviews on Revzilla I had planned on getting the US-20, but when I went to order they were out-of-stock, so I bought the 30 - and I'm glad I did. It's the perfect size for holding my jacket, sandals, etc. It would fit my laptop too, but I keep that in my backpack still as I haven't determined the amount of shock the items receive on the fender.
I bought the Yamaha branded rear-rack and installed the bag to that. The caveat to this setup is that the bag sits lengthwise along the fender, and if it's too full will make sitting against it will a full backpack nearly impossible, as they occupy some of the same space.
For longer rides, this bag is great. For shorter rides, or frequently accessing the items inside the bag, it can be a bit tedious opening and fastening the restraints over and over. This thing is definitely waterproof, so I have no worries about that. The construction is top-notch, and I expect to use this bag without issues for many years.
Overall I'm very pleased with the US-30
May 11, 2015
A great waterproof bag!
I recently installed the US30 bag on my Versys. I was worried that I would have to mount it perpendicular to my seat, but it fits without interfering with the rider's portion of the seat. The installation on my 2013 Versys 650 was very easy. I was able to attach all 4 support straps to the subframe.
I commute daily and have been putting my 13' mac pro, mac peripherals, a pair of street shoes, rain liner for my jacket, several books, 4" stack of papers to grade, and other associated junk needed for my commute in this bag. I have even used it to pick a few groceries.
On my Versys, when the bag is full, it touches my back when riding, but remember I am filling up a 30L bag long ways on my pillion seat. It doesn't restrict me in anyway.
I struggled with trying to decide between the US20 and US30. I am glad I went with the US30. When it isn't full, it is very easy to tighten up using the straps.
May 4, 2015
now, this is what you're looking for
Simple. Rugged. Quality. You'll love the extra space created by its simplicity. Straight forward without gimmicks. What you see is truly what you get. Watch the review.
May 4, 2015
Great and Reliable Tailbag
I got this bag so that I could carry stuff around when I went on small trips.
I had a chance to try it on a 1500 mile trip where I got a day with heavy rain and wind, and to my surprise the contents inside the bag where bone dry.
The bag itself looks appealing and when it is installed on the bike it doesn't look bad at all. You barely feel it's there when you are riding, and it feels secure even on strong winds and long riding days.
April 25, 2015
Minimilist and Functional
This bag is easy to install and is very durable. I bought the 30 L version and it fits fine on the back of my 2009 Speed Triple. I orient it perpendicular to the seat which makes it encroach less on my riding position. The bag is not rigid so the more full it is the easier it is to manipulate and position when tightening it down to the passenger seat. The bag isn't designed to be beautiful, but it is very functional and utilitarian in appearance, which I feel looks cool in serious and no gimmicks sort of way.
April 24, 2015
Solid and well thought out
I'd been looking for something to transport my work laptop on the bike. It doesn't fit in my topcase, and I didn't want to have to put on the panniers just for that.
This bag fits the bill nicely. It accommodates the computer (roughly 15" x 10" x 2") with lots of room to spare. Everything feels solid and well thought out--you get the sense that somebody spent some time thinking about how this would actually be used. I took it on a weekend trip, and it worked perfectly. It sat securely on the passenger seat and didn't budge.
Installing the loops you hook the bag to was a little fiddly on my F700GS, but once they're on, mounting and dismounting the bag is easy.
I haven't done a real-world test of the waterproof-ness, but as a "laboratory test", I put a magazine in the bag, closed it up, and left it under running water in the shower for about 10 minutes. A puddle formed on top and the outer shell seemed to absorb some moisture, but the magazine came out fine. Take that for what it's worth.
Overall, I'm very happy with it.
April 15, 2015
The best tailbag you can buy
I am extremely impressed with this bag. I've already used it in the rain, and it is completely waterproof. All of the buckles, straps, etc. are very high quality and very rugged.
Install is pretty easy, but depending on your bike may require some removal of tail fairings. Definitely the sort of job anyone with some allen wrenches and screw drivers could handle, but it could be a little intimidating if you don't do your own wrenching.
I opted for the 30 L size instead of the 20, and I'm glad I did. It's easy to compress it down to a small size if it's not full, and having the extra room has been very useful.
March 2, 2015