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A Love Letter to my Kriega US-30 Drypack

A Love Letter to my Kriega US-30 Drypack

My Kriega US-30 drypack has become a loyal riding companion. With it’s waterproofness, easy mounting and universal fit, it is an excellent piece of motorcycle luggage.

Kriega Drypack

Over the course of your riding life you will buy things for your motorcycle that are kind of shrug-worthy. They’re like wallpaper – just something that exists in the background to do a job but you don’t pay it much mind.

Triumph Bonneville on a roadtrip in Virginia

Every once in a while though, something comes along and consistently proves it’s worth by making your life easier, better. Maybe it’s a pair of boots, a GPS, a particular model of glove that you’ve bought 10 times over. Whatever it is, it’s one of your go-to items that never lets you down.

Oh, Kriega – I Love You

In 2016, I bought a Kriega US-30 drypack. Based on what I’d read, it seemed like a good option for my two main rides – a KTM 690Enduro and a Triumph Bonneville.

KTM 690 Enduro at Hotdog Johnny's

Both bikes have a small footprint in the tail section and the bag’s fit was just right. Add to that a reasonable price point, simple universal mounting, quick on and off, modularity, and waterproofness and I had myself a winner.

When I came back from a trip to California this past February, it really hit me that my Kriega US-30 Drypack is a tried and true superstar champion.

Throwing on the back of a rental MT-07 with a week’s worth of stuff shoved in it was a snap. With its straightforward hook and loop mounting straps, it seems to fit on any bike. It’s proved durable, simple, and best of all reliable.

The Kriega is my ride or die bitch. I love this bag and the adventures that we’ve been on together. Can’t wait to get back out there and do some more exploring!

triumph bonneville on a dirt road
triumph bonneville onTrium
kreiga us-30 drypack on my rental Triumpg Tiger 800
My KTM690 Enduro and a Nuclear Power Plant
See Rock City Bar and my Triumph Bonneville
kreiga us-30 drypack on my renatl yamaha MT07
kreiga us-30 drypack on my Triumph Bonneville
kreiga us-30 drypack on my KTM 690 Enduro
Motorcycle Luggage: Oxford Handysack Helmet Backpack

Motorcycle Luggage: Oxford Handysack Helmet Backpack

Oxford Handysack Foldup Helmet BackpackFive or six years ago, my dear friend from Wales brought Kenny and I each a nifty little motorcycle luggage bag. It’s called the Oxford Handysack. It looks like a pretty standard foldaway nylon bag, but the front pocket offers a really useful option. It opens out into a pocket that accommodates a full face helmet.

So how is it?

Me likey!  It isn’t the fanciest bag in the world but it’s cheap, small and does a great job of giving you one less thing to carry and keeping your hands free. When you get to where you’re going, zip it up into itself and you’re done. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Oxford Handysack Helmet Backpack

Oxford Handysack Motorcycle Helmet Backpack


  • Zips into itself, folding up into an approximately 6in. x 6in. square.
  • Made of 600D polyester
  • Zip out helmet pocket!
  • Big enough to accommodate a sleeping bag in the main compartment
  • Fits easily into airplane overhead bin when full
  • Has backpack straps
Bargain Motorcycle Top Box Luggage at Sears and JC Whitney

Bargain Motorcycle Top Box Luggage at Sears and JC Whitney

About a month ago, I read a post on ADV about Sears carrying a Givi-style luggage box. Givi’s boxes are terrific but coupled with their separately purchased mounting plates, they’re pricey.

We currently have the E460 mounted on Kenny’s GS. I believe the price tag on it last year was around $200 + $75 or so for the mounting plate. Though I love the top box and it’s dry, lockable storage capacity, I think that’s a lot of dough. With that in mind, I passed the Sears link along hoping that someone I knew would be able to make good use of it.

Well, we got a bite. My friend Bill ordered the large box for his WeeStrom. It came in at the whopping price of $55 for the box and included the mounting plate.

Sears Givi Knockoff Top Box Sears Givi Knockoff Luggage Givi e460 and Sears Top Box

Though there is no mention of branding on the website, the top box that came from Sears had JC Whitney part numbers and packing materials.  The Sears box is identical to the ones currently listed on the JC Whitney website, but sells for less money.

Sometimes in life you get what you pay for. Sometimes though, you get a kickass bargain. Unfortunately you don’t know which side of the coin you’re on until you bite the bullet and buy something. I’ve ordered the medium size box from Sears. Pricetag: $32.49

Two snaps up, a twist and a kiss for the internet. The JC Whitney site currently has about 90 reviews listed on this trunk. Maybe they can help you determine if it’s a good deal for you too.

Have you had any experience with the JC Whitney/Sears trunk? Tell us about it!

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