The Reckless 40L (V3.0) is a rackless pannier/duffle system that easily mounts on pretty much any motorcycle. We designed this bag for day trips on larger bikes, hotel-hopping, or overnight camping from a smaller bike. The Reckless 40 is 100% waterproof, with three separate removable welded-seam drybags that slide/strap into an outer harness, which stays attached to the bike.
For the ultra-minimalist camper (i.e. bivy sack, summer-weight bag, freeze-dried food), this is an awesome way to turn your trail bike into a mini adventure bike and use it to access hard-to-reach backcountry spots like lakes and hot springs. For hotel-hoppers on trail bikes, you can easily fit a change of clothes, a pair of pack shoes, tools and tubes, a warm jacket, and your dop kit. The R40 is also an excellent day ride bag that can live on your bike full time.
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V3.0 adds a number of important upgrades. The width of the harness is now adjustable, with one setting for enduro and trail bikes, and a second setting for wider dualsport and adventure bikes. The beavertail on the center harness is removable, plus we added an expansion panel on the beavertail to accommodate a larger duffle like the Stinger 22. We changed the construction of the leg harness, replacing sewn seams with rivets, to reduce the risk of seam separation in a crash. Also, the three piece design makes the harness much easier to repair, plus you can replace components individually. We also changed the design of the mounting straps and most major buckles, to make them easier to replace/repair in the field.
The Reckless 40 includes three waterproof roll-top drybags, that can be easily accessed throughout the day. You don't have to mess with the holster attachment straps to get to food, clothes, or tools. The side drybags have clear panels on the front, so you can tell which bag has what you need, and they have stiffeners in the back to reduce movement while riding and make it easier to slide into the holster. They also have webbing handles at the bottom, so they can be pulled into the holster from the bottom.
The default center bag on the Reckless 40 is our Stinger 8. It turns into a backpack with mesh straps that unfold from inside the bag, in case you want to go for a day hike or run into town for errands. The Stinger8 also has 4 sewn-on connection straps with matching ladderlocks, so it can be rigged as a standalone fender bag, tail bag, or pannier topper. To expand the capacity of your Reckless 40, you can replace the Stinger 8 with a Stinger 22 Tailbag. The Stinger 22’s larger dimensions are great for bulkier items, like a sleeping bag in a stuff sack.
The Reckless 40 has sewn-on rear pockets on both sides, which are perfect for storing fuel bottles, water, tools, and tubes. On top, the R40’s removable beavertail is a great spot to tuck a motorcycle jacket when it’s not in use, or to store wet or dirty things - like a tent fly, towel, or campsite garbage. The beavertail is removable, so you can take it off when you don’t need it, and it can be rotated to run either parallel or perpendicular to the bike. On the top of the beavertail and front of the leg holsters, there are MOLLE panels so you can customize the harness with various MOLLE accessories.
The Reckless 40 includes one Cleat Kit, which can be bolted to the rear fender of the bike, providing a convenient lash point for the rear connection straps. For a more permanent and secure mounting option, you can also drill directly through the harness and mount it directly to the rear fender (this will not void your warranty).
a) Every Reckless 80 and Reckless 40 comes with an included heat shield. Please use the heat shield! Exhaust and exhaust heat burns are not covered by your warranty. Before you leave for your trip, we recommend checking and double checking that no part of the bag or your bike's plastics are contacting the exhaust. On dual-exhaust bikes or bikes with especially high/exposed pipes, you will need a second heat shield, which is available for purchase in the 'Hardware & Parts" section of our website. When installing the Reckless system on your bike, please make sure the exhaust is not blowing directly on the bag. In general, make sure the bag is not touching or close to extreme heat; go physically around the bag daily, cinch it tight, and make any necessary adjustments.
b) The Reckless 80 and Reckless 40 were designed for rugged riding. They have a durable hypalon and ballistic nylon backing that can rub against the plastic parts of the bike, resulting in minor abrasion. Please take precautions if you do not want your bike parts marred by placing a clear adhesive sheet to where abrasion may occur on your motorcycle. Some examples of protective products are listed below.We suggest taking a short test ride with protection applied and with a loaded Reckless installed on the bike to assure satisfactory results.
c) There are many "wear points" on the Reckless system that are different on every bike. See this video for examples. These could be on the bottom of the bag - where the harness touches the bike or luggage rack - or on the drybags themselves, where they contact the harness, tent poles, or other items. After your first day or two of riding, please inspect the bags carefully, identify high-friction wear points, and either remedy the friction or apply a sacrificial 'patch' that can be periodically replaced before the bag itself is damaged. In particular, it is normal for the fabric on the bottom of the harness to show wear, and this does not affect the structural integrity of the bag nor its waterproofing.
40L Total Volume/Capacity:
Harness with drybag inserted:
Rear beavertail with tailbag inserted:
Links to replacement subcomponents:
Bag Care Pointers:
“I recently purchased the Reckless 40 for my EXC-F 500 and I am very happy with the design and quality of this product. It fits my bike as though it was made specifically for it and stays in place while riding any terrain. If you really want to go off road then this is the set up you want.”
Good quality with a controlled price.
If your are obsessed about weigh this bags are made for you!
40 L is perfect for 1 persona for a week tour
Feels like good quality, nice and snug fit. Will be a nice travelling companion.
Looks, feels and fits awesome on KTM 500. Unfortunately can’t give real world review due to eternal lockdown in Victoria Australia. I look forward to trying it out one day .......... maybe.
Eagerly waited for this to become available again. My shipment lacked the Stinger tail bag, contacted support about it and the problem was solved in record time. Even got the upgrade to the Stinger 22 for free in the process :)
Fits my CB500x very well in the wide configuration, but I had to remove the passenger handles. A small tail rack helps with mounting the rear facing straps. Build quality is top!
Fits really good on the bike and seems to be of great quality. Recommend the highly and will probably buy the larger stinger 22 tailbag to get some more space on longer trips.