People have been strapping all kinds of miscellaneous duffles to the back of their bikes since motorcycles were invented. Do a quick google search for 'waterproof motorcycle duffle' and you'll see what I mean. The same basic welded seam waterproof roll-top duffle is presented a hundred times over, with different logos. It turns out that when you start from scratch and ask the question 'how should an ADV duffle function' you end up with something that looks and functions a lot different.
With the Backcountry Duffle we wanted to design a motorcycle bag from the ground up, instead of starting with a kayak/rafting drybag. Two things jumped out at us right away. First, we hated having to unpack the entire back of the bike just to put something in or take it out. If you picture a traditional roll-top duffle, the straps that connect it to the bike are going over the opening, which means that you have to undo the straps to get inside. Plus, because the bag is sitting on the back of the bike, by the time you unroll the opening it is too high to see inside. So you take it off the bike and set it on the ground. If you're getting in and out of the bag several times a day this starts to get pretty annoying.
Second, traditional single-layer drybag duffles have a very limited lifespan. There are so many things that can cause them to fail. Campfire sparks, abrasion from a crash, abrasion from the rack it sits on, heat from the exhaust, cracks from sun damage, etc. As soon as anything happens to the bag, it's not waterproof anymore. And if that happens in the middle of a trip it sucks.
We came up with the idea of a bag that's actually two bags – an inner waterproof bag and an outer abrasion-proof bag – to solve that problem. Then we made it a double-ended roll top instead of a top-loader, so you can get things in and out without unstrapping it from the bike. Then we added a beavertail on top of that, so if you need to stash your jacket, or wet/dirty items that you don't want inside the drybag, these things can be stored externally without getting inside the duffle at all.
Then we added backpack straps. Riding 50+ miles on dirt is no big deal on an adventure bike, but if you break down and find yourself hiking out, it's a long friggin way man. Having a comfortable backpack is key. That was the original idea behind the backpack straps, but it turns out it's also super handy for getting everything into (or up to) a hotel room in a single trip. When you're traveling internationally, sometimes it's not ok to leave half your stuff on the bike while you take the other half inside. With the BC 30/40, put the duffle on your back, grab a pannier in each hand, and you're mobile. Plus the straps make it a great airline carry-on for fly-in trips or general travel.
Inside the beavertails there's a mesh pocket for wet/dry items (like a toothbrush), a document pocket which works great for maps, or for your bike documents and passport. The document pocket is especially helpful at border crossings where you have to stop at multiple customs offices on both sides of the border. Remove the document pocket, take it inside the customs office with you, then when you're done put it back inside the beavertail and ride over to the next office. That way you can collect all the country specific paperwork in a specific spot. Also under the beavertail there's a special tent pole pocket so you can split your tent into its various components, making it so much easier to pack. The tent pole pocket also works great for a camp chair, fuel bottles, a fishing pole, etc.
There are two things that take some getting used to on this duffle. First, the materials are really thick, which means that rolling/unrolling the roll-top feels a little cumbersome at first if you're used to thinner kayak drybags or stuff sacks. The materials loosen up with time, have no fear. Second, compared to a top-loader, the double ended roll-top has a narrower throat. So when you're in your tent, or in your hotel room, sorting through the stuff inside is not as easy as it would be with a top-loader. We make top-loaders too, check out our Scout 25/60 duffle if that's the way you're leaning.
The Backcountry Duffle also includes a separate 20L Drysak bag, which can be used to keep dirty/wet items (like shoes or towels) separate from your other belongings.
Connection Strap Note: For pavement and graded road riding, virtually any kind of connection strap will work to attach this duffle to the bike. For rough, ungraded terrain or for long-distance, multi-month trips, we highly recommend the Backcountry Cinch Strap, which was designed specifically for this bag and this kind of travel. Whatever strap you choose, if you will be riding offroad, please avoid bungy cords, stretchable elastic straps, or straps with plastic side-release buckles. Even a simple cam buckle strap (like this one by DaKine) is better than elastic.
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"It doesn't get any better than these duffle bags. High quality, great features, and will last a lifetime. I have previously had most of the other brands of duffles and different tail bags and would never go back!!! Would buy again!"
I’ve been putting off getting Mosko Moto gear because I have too much stuff already. This year I broke down and got the 40L duffle because I just knew it was the right thing to do. I received it up in Hagensborg, BC and tied it into my GSA and stuffed it full of... stuff. Anything. Just bulk enough to pretend I was going to hit the road.
Yep. It is awesome gear. I am thrilled with the 40L duffle and the nomad tank bag (I swore off tank bags years ago but now that I’m a little older...) and am very much looking forward to putting them to good use. Well, actually, I turned around and ordered a bunch more gear. I’ll put it all to use at once.
I’ll be out camping in the Chilcotin in no time, and very happily with this new Mosko Moto gear. It’s going to get dirty though....
Backcountry 30L Duffle/Pack
Got the 40l duffle and it looks great. Looks like it will take a beating...will find out soon...
So, I previously used normal dry bags/roll tops etc and decided to branch our a bit more. I own the backcountry panniers too so this just seemed like the next logical step. There's space for absolutely everything you need and very well built as you'd expect from mosko kit. I have my three man tent in it comfortably with alot more space for more day kit etc (going to keep night kit in panniers). Id say the tent probably takes up about 15L of space, poles underneath the beaver tail.
If you're solo, id say no need for the 40L.
The bags are durable AF!!!! The second time I latched my panniers on BMW gsa was in the dark, I failed to seat the left side bag on
squarely but thought it was because the
difference in the gap you have to latch from the left and right side is slightly different so when I took my first hard right turn the bag went cartwheeling down Fairview Avenue 2:30 a.m in Boise Idaho on a Sunday night!!! I wasn’t sure if I was more upset about ruining the bag and having to replace it after only using it to haul around some tools from home to work and not out on some have witted motorcycle adventure or that I was going to get some sort of wreckers driving ticket for having a make shift yard sale in the middle of a five lane road in the middle
Of the night. I lucked out because not only were the roads empty cause bars weren’t open yet so no cops but not a single scratch to the finish on any of the bag but neither to the mounting plate!!! Those bags are tough as fu*k!!!! Well made bags. Worth every bit of the money!!!