Kriega UScombo40 Drypack System
Bag options for the scrambler are somewhat limited so it was pretty much make my own panniers or try these.
The quality and finish of the bags is excellent, they look good on the bike and they (US20 and 3 US10) hold a surprisingly large amount of gear, enough for a week long summer ride.
First outing with the bags was a 1000km round trip with torrential rain in freezing conditions and at the end of it everything was dry, not one sign of moisture or leakage so job done there.
Really the only cons I've found with the bags are
- No quick access, pretty much have to undo the whole lot to get in.
- Straps are by necessity long but this makes them a pain to keep secured, they often slip out of the strap keepers and flap around
August 27, 2014
Very robust bike bags with an incredible attention to detail in workmanship
Brought these for my second camping trip and they accommodated all my clothing and rain gear. These bags fit well to the bike and are modularized with two 10L bags attaching to center 20L. Every detail and feature were well thought out in their design and I am very impressed with them. These bags are well worth the investment!
August 17, 2014
Useful, Durable, Slow Loading
The modularity makes this very useful for loading little or a lot onto a bike. As is well advertised, these are very durable.
The cons are:
- They are designed to be loaded onto the bike one-by-one (i.e. load US-20 onto bike, then US-10s onto US-20). This means you can't pack and bundle all three indoors, carry it as a single piece to your garage, and quickly install it on the bike.
- They're not designed for quick access to contents. Though opening or dismounting is quick, repacking is slow.
July 26, 2014
Versatile and Durable
I purchased the US 20 and 2X US 10's separately. I normally use the US 20 for work, I can get a 15" HP laptop, pair of shoes, extra gloves, and some other odds and ends. This past weekend, I took the entire set on a 3 day trip. I was able to fit clothes, rain gear, rain gloves, snacks, a couple bottles of water and some other smaller items. It was nice to be able to ditch 2/3's of the bags as I was cruising around town and just carry a US 10 with a couple bottles of water, a hat, sunscreen, etc.. On our ride home, we rode through a 2 hour downpour and these bags kept everything inside completely dry. Highly recommended.
June 8, 2014
Great bags, Love the modular design
Been riding with the 40 combo set for about two weeks now. I am currently working my way through graduate school and commute most days on my motorcycle. I'm often out all day and the Kriega 40 system has more than enough space for me to carry my laptop, books, a set of gym clothes and shoes as well as a change of clothes.
For reference for size, the US 10 bag is large enough to stow my gym stuff (a pair of shoes, shorts a shirt, small towel, sandals and a small toiletries bag)
The US 20 easily stores my laptop, a few textbooks as well as a full set of clothes (jeans, shirt, sweater and blazer) with some room to spare.
Being able to easily detach the bags and use them like a duffle bag is extremely handy. Also, I love the modular design which makes me want to eventually build up a collection of Kriega bags to tailor to my needs for daily use to weekend trips.
I haven't had them out in the rain yet, but I would be fairly confident in their waterproofing. They use the same design as kayaking dry bags, a roll down opening instead of 'waterproof' zippers, which are pretty much waterproof up to full submersion, and I believe I should have bigger concerns should I find my Kriega bags in such a situation. I also can't report on long term durability, but they appear to be very well built and quite sturdy.
The installation was fairly painless, had to do a little bit of clever work with some needle nose pliers to get the mounting straps through some tight spaces under my seat. I could see the process being much easier or more difficult depending on the accessibility of the subframe of your motorcycle.
- Modular design allows for customizing your set up for what you need. Easy and quick to change around.
- Excellent waterproof design (roll down openings, no use of 'waterproof' zippers)
- Once the mounting straps are installed, removal and securing the bags is quick and easy. Shoulder strap makes them convenient for carrying about.
- Like most good motorcycle gear, a little pricier than I would like them to be but definitely worth the investment.
Definitely a great set of bags for mounting on the rear seat. The modular design is great and I will probably be getting additional larger bags for week long trips. The 40 system is a great starting point, and in combination with saddle bags, they definitely provide enough storage for weekend trips. Would definitely recommend them!
Note: Just previewed the review... says I still ride a rebel. Not the case, been on the Kawasaki Versys for a while now...
March 24, 2014
They are great. Easy install, easy on and off. I g no where without them and the extra 10L is nice for when I have a lot of gear.
May 5, 2014
super high quality product, easy to use, and very adaptable.
I've been around bags a lot. In fact, I've spent the last 10yrs focused on bicycles, and in that vein, a lot of touring, including self supported solo off road touring, and in that method, the preferred approach is in frame bags, as compared to panniers. Typically frame bags are a custom deal. when it comes to custom bags, of course you go thru a progression, and learn exactly what you want, how to pack, and what the entire platform is capable of. i.e. i rode from Banff to Butte in 7 days, all in the dirt, along the divide.
so when it came time to fit a set of bags to my newly acquired '96 Ducati 900SS SP, of course I had a good idea how to pack, and I was only hopeful to find something of decent quality, and versatility. I ordered a Kriega US Combo 40, figuring that 40L was going to be way more than enough space for a 4 day jaunt from NorCal to SoCal. When the bags arrived I was VERY IMPRESSED. Kriega is top notch. I'm so happy with these bags.
Setting up the straps was super easy, but yes, i am a stickler for details, so i made sure things were attached in their optimum positions, and that the whole system was easy to take off an on, including stowing away the frame straps when I'm here at home and using the bike for mostly commuting duties where I typically do not need a bag of any sort.
my trip consisted of a jaunt down HWY1 thru big sur, some freeway on 101, a run along Mulholland, classic LA traffic, some rain as i was returning home, which had me hunkered down in Cambria for a day or two.
when it comes to packing and using compression bags, typically you throw everything into the bag, cinch it down, and get on your way. this means, when you are in camp, or in this case, in a hotel, you typically strew all your stuff out along a tarp, and work from there. somewhat like a yard sale.
however, with the Kriega bags, I was happy to simply move things like my hygiene bag (clear zip lock type) to one of the outer accessory zip pockets, which allowed easy access.
things like electronics, phone charger cable, usb adaptor, etc... I simply used one of the accessory pockets on a 10L bag for "electronics"
over all I'd say Kriega has hit it out of the park with this product.
and... it looks good on the bike.
February 17, 2014
easy install, functional, sturdy
great for my pursue when i ride to work, easy off and on
December 12, 2013