A custom bag for your custom scrambler

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It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the high-end custom bikes coming out of Philadelphia-based Hammarhead Industries. Much more than just looks, they’re genuinely boosting the functionality of the Urals and Triumphs and Hondas they’re based on to a whole new level. All that while remaining super tasteful and understated. You can apply the same plaudits to the company’s burgeoning range of accessories, like this new backpack. Waxed cotton and leather construction will make it water resistant and incredibly strong, but keeping the logos off it and the colors all black means you can use this equally well off the bike too. Handmade by D’Emploi in Brooklyn, quality should be as high as Hammarhead’s bikes.

  • Mr.Performance

    For $290.00 it better feel like you’re getting a blow-job every time you wear it!

    • Brad

      Only if followed by a swallow.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      If nice things had no value, then we’d all be driving Toyota Corollas and wearing clothes and eating food from WalMart. And you’d be reading SportCyclistRiderWorld instead of paying for HFL. Fine if it’s not your cup of tea, but there’s plenty of people who value quality and looks.

      • Gene

        At that price I’m forced to choose between a better jacket/gloves, and a fancy backpack.

        I value quality, I just can’t afford it.

        • aristurtle

          Yeah, that’s the real issue. It’s not that we don’t value quality stuff, it’s that we have to choose which stuff we decide to splurge on, and I’d rather put that three hundred bucks towards replacing my helmet with a nice one when it wears out rather than a spiffy backpack.

      • Mr.Performance

        Wes, you and I must just be in different tax brackets. Don’t mistake my attempt at humor for someone who does not appreciate value and quality. It’s just a little extravagant for a backpack. And I’m a coffee guy.

        • AHA

          As a rule of thumb (not universally applicable) – always buy the best or the cheapest, most everything else will probably be a poor compromise (but you be the judge.)

          $290.00 is clearly top price but if you’ll really love having it, ask for it next time someone wants to get you a really special present or you get a windfall. If you won’t get a kick out of it, don’t fork out for it. Get something else you’d value more.

  • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

    Looks awesome!

  • Edward

    I’m going to stick with my kriega bag and it’s parachute harness aesthetic.

  • Mike

    $290? From Brooklyn? Are they artisanal backpacks?

    What’s with all these niche builders pushing overpriced clothing/lifestyle accessories? Deus, Ellaspeed, these guys, just off the top of my head.

    Are they trying to tell us something? Certainly not that their bikes are also overpriced fashion accessories?? Shut my mouth!

    • scott

      It’s the price difference between something made with quality materials by a craftsperson and something made with cheap materials spit out by an underpaid factory worker.

      • JMcMahon

        Thank you Scott +1

      • runrun

        underpaid factory worker? underpaid how? if they’re churning out cheap stuff, how should they be paid? like a craftsman? they’re likely very glad to have the job.

        • Campisi

          He’d rather do his part to encourage manufacturers to design better products, charge a higher (fair) price for them, and use some of the additional revenue to pay their employees a living wage. The line worker doesn’t churn out “cheap stuff,” they churn out whatever their bosses design for them to make using whatever components their bosses provide them.

          It’s a mindset I agree with, so I try to save up for the nice stuff and then keep them in use for a really long time. Well-made stuff tends to respond well to such treatment, moreso than the cheap crap.

          • JVictor75

            I don’t know if anyone else reads The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, but what we are all complaining about is something affectionately known as a “Vimes’ boot problem” in the series. This is also known as the “Sam Vimes theory of Economic Injustice.”

            If you Google the above, the best description is the first link.

            • Campisi

              I love having a name for this idea now.

            • JVictor75

              “The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

              Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

              But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

              This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”
              ― Terry Pratchett, Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms

              • Campisi

                Not a direct book quote, but personally I prefer this description:

                “At the time of Men at Arms, Samuel Vimes earned thirty-eight dollars a month as a Captain of the Watch, plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots, the sort that would last years and years, cost fifty dollars. This was beyond his pocket and the most he could hope for was an affordable pair of boots costing ten dollars, which might with luck last a year or so before he would need to resort to makeshift cardboard insoles so as to prolong the moment of shelling out another ten dollars.

                Therefore over a period of ten years, he might have paid out a hundred dollars on boots, twice as much as the man who could afford fifty dollars up front ten years before. And he would still have wet feet.

                Without any special rancour, Vimes stretched this theory to explain why Sybil Ramkin lived twice as comfortably as he did by spending about half as much every month.”

                Might have to give this author a try. Hell For Leather, we promote literacy!

                • Van Doan

                  This discounts opportunity cost. What is he getting with the remaining $28 that month, or rather the $40 difference, $12 of which may be a loan accruing interest? Is it an investment with a return, or perhaps he has wet feet (no travesty in most situations, albeit happiness is a dry pair of socks) but a warm and dry head?

                  My point being I’m sure this sack is of the utmost quality and style, however, is it ~$200 worth of quality and style? Only you can decide. For me, I’ll buy a Korean or Japanese designed backpack for much cheaper, and I’m willing to bet that the style and the quality will last just as long.

  • contender

    Its in line with the MSRP of a decent briefcase. Maybe a bit more, but it’d work loads better than a single strap while still looking good.

    Problem is, you won’t ever find one at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx at a steep discount.

  • M

    here’s some irony:

    i’d never say this about a custom bike, but, while nice, i know i could put one of those together for much, much less. especially with the lunch-sack design.

  • raymond

    I use Mission Workshop bags. Waterproof and expandable. Anyone know what jacket he is wearing?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a she :)

    • Squid_Squidly

      It’s the old style A* messenger, but it actually looks good on this chick. Mine is kind of like wearing a box of beige.

  • Campisi

    Did they mention any volume measurements?

  • Johndo

    I like the jacket, but not a fan of the “europeen man bag”.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      It’s a backpack with 2 straps, one for each shoulder. Wouldn’t exactly call that a “man bag.”

  • philn

    I’ll stick to Kriegas on my Scrambler …

  • Ax

    Those metal buckles and clasps don’t look particularly bike-friendly.

  • th3w3s

    Considering its leather and waxed cotton construction, and the fact that it’s hand made, I expected it to be expensive. It’s no doubt a good looking bag, and the fact that it’s waterproof is great – my Kriega R15 is not waterproof… it is however considerably cheaper with an incredibly well designed and comfortable shoulder strap / harness system, where-as this backpack’s strap system looks to be pretty rudimentary.

    • resonance

      it will not be water proof at all, i have a wax cotton jacket from belstaff, and i can tell you right now it is def not water proof.

      i wouldnt put anything electronic in that bag if you knew it was gonna rain

      it will be water resistant, and will stay that way as long as you remember to wax it every yearish

      • th3w3s

        yeah but the Hammarhead bag looks to have a waterproof inner with a roll top closure. This is the same sort of system Kriega use on their tailpacks – why they haven’t yet made a backpack using a similar system is beyond me.

        • Edward

          Kriega R30

          • th3w3s

            I stand corrected. It’s pretty massive though.

  • nymoto

    “it’s a she” Nuff said.

  • vic06

    For $290 you can buy a Boblbee backpack and some attachements. They’re equally tough and well crafted, but also a certified Class 1 or 2 back protector. As well as keeping my stuff safe if I go down, it prevents those from transferring the impact force to my back.

  • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

    Fuckin’ aye. So many people talking shit cause it’s not a $20 jansport.

    Not everyone rides sports bikes with full CE2 body armor. Some people ride old bikes around town and would appreciate a bag like this. Some people are so god damned insecure.

    I appreciate the diversity, others should accept that much like life, there are many paths in motorcycling. No single one being *”right”.

    *Disclaimer: Dick swinging ‘Sons of Anarchy’ baggers excluded.

  • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

    Cool pack btw, thanks for sharing.

  • T Diver
    • Sean Smith

      This guy totally approves.

      • contender

        Drop that zero and get with the hero!

        • AHA

          I’ll take mine in Hi-Viz

  • Edward O

    Looks nice but a tat to pricy for me. As an alternative to Kriega & Co. I can recommend good old Ortlieb bags and backpacks. Indestructible, and still a bit cheaper than those mentioned above.

  • Keith

    I really do enjoy reading posts on this site.
    Where else can you see such an entertaining range of responses to an article about a new shoulder bag? :)