Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bag | Equipment review | Rider’s magazine

Our Hayabusa test bike fitted with the Nelson-Rigg Commuter tail bag (Touring size).

Like our recent test of Suzuki hayabusa shows, a large open class sportbike can make a heckuva sport-tourer. But traveling means going far, often for days on end, and that requires luggage to carry equipment. Earlier this year, we tested Nelson-Rigg Commuter Series tank bags, both the Lite (up to 8.4 liters when enlarged) and the Sport (up to 14.5 liters). They offer strap and magnetic mounts in the same bag, which is perfect for the Hayabusa, as the front of its tank has a plastic cover and the back is made of steel.

When I needed to pack equipment for several days to go up to Progressive IMS outdoors in northern california in july i used the sport tank bag and matching saddle bag. To suit different bikes and needs, the Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bag comes in three sizes: Lite (up to 15.3 liters, $ 109.95), Sport (up to 22.3 liters , $ 119.95) and Touring (up to 33 liters, $ 149.95). I opted for the Touring version.

Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bags are available in three sizes: Lite, Sport and Touring.

The Hayabusa has a large passenger seat (for a sportbike), which is removable with the ignition key, and it has a large wrap-around handle. The Commuter bag has four adjustable straps that connect to quick release buckles on the outside. Pairs of straps are connected by looped ends and pass under the seat. I looped the rear straps around the grab handle for extra security. The installation only took a few minutes and I was able to remove the bag and straps even faster. Once set up and loaded, the bag remained secure and the straps tight, even after a full day of spinning the “Busa” on California’s super twisty Highway 1.


Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bag
The Touring size Commuter tail bag in its extended configuration.

In its standard configuration, the Commuter Touring measures 14 x 12 x 9 inches and can hold up to 24.8 liters. When enlarged, its height increases from 9 to 12 inches and its total capacity reaches 33 liters. The bag is made from Nelson-Rigg’s exclusive UltraMax fabric that provides UV protection against fade, and the molded EVA panels help the bag hold its shape even when empty. Inside the bag is a light gray interior, straps to secure contents and a large mesh pocket inside the domed lid. The exterior features a non-slip and anti-scratch base, a recessed reflective handle and reflective piping. A rain cover and shoulder strap / backpack are also included.

Overall, the Commuter Tail Bag is a great piece of luggage that is well-made, versatile, stylish, and reasonably priced. It is also covered by a lifetime warranty.

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