The ultimate off-road luggage?

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Planning a long trip off-road, need to carry plenty of equipment, supplies and maybe even some extra gas or water? Normally, you’d be dropping serious dime and adding tons of weight with a set of hard panniers, then figuring out the rest with bungee cords. Thanks to British motorcycle luggage specialist Kriega, that no longer needs to be the case. Its new Overlander modular luggage series reduces the cost and drops the weight while adding flexibility and the ability to bolt-on fuel and water.

You’re probably familiar with Kriega through their backpacks, which take the load off your shoulders and back, pulling it through the chest instead and allowing you freedom of movement and comfort over long distances, even while carrying heavy loads. They also make killer soft tailbags that are absolutely water proof and extremely high quality, plus various bits and bobs designed to solve all the little problems riding a motorcycle seriously generates.

With the Overlander series, Kriega wants to allow you to carry more with less. The massive Overlander 60 series mounts four soft panniers with a quick-release system, keeping weight and width to a minimum, while still keeping whatever you’re carrying dry and dust-free. Need to bring some extra fuel or water? Replace one or more of the bags with a Rotapax jerry can. You can add up to eight gallons of fuel or water, carrying that weight down low with a system that’ll fit even smaller dirt bikes.

Don’t need to carry so much, but want to do so on a serious enduro instead of a big, heavy dual-sport or ADV bike? These rack loops will screw into your tail plastic, providing purchase points for Kriega’s existing system of soft luggage.

Perhaps most clever though is that Kriega doesn’t want you to have to totally rethink the way you carry things on your bike or have to go out and purchase every piece of this kit to get started. The bags and whatnot are compatible with existing luggage racks from Touratech, Metal Mule or even KTM’s own Power Parts. If you already have a Touratech rack on your bike, for instance, you can go ahead and strap on the Overland packs or Rotopax cans. Or you can swap on your hard aluminum boxes if you’re traveling somewhere that you need to keep security in mind. Clever, practical, adaptable. Nice one.

  • Glenngineer

    Clever…between wolfman and kriega, soft luggage is really all I need in the dirt.

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    All I need off-road is bourbon and 91 octane!

  • Josh

    The Kriega stuff is top shelf, but Ortlieb, Wolfman and Giant Loop have been plying this market for a while now… They may be better, but they’re not the first with the idea.

  • Tom Fiegener

    Have a Kriega US10 and I can stuff two t-shirts, two pairs of socks, two pairs of boxers, pair of Vans, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, tool kit, flask, and a fleece pullover in it. I don’t think there’s another 10 litter on the market that can accomplish that.

    Plus it holds my 13inch Mac Book for rides to work…

  • Johndo

    I have a US10, US20 bags and R35 Kriega backpack. These things are expensive but super high quality and built to last. And they will fit on just about any bike. (For long trips I put the lite stuff in backpack, and the rest in the US20 as a tail bag and US10 as tank bag). Highly recommended.

  • 10/10ths

    I have an R30 and wore it while riding my old 1997 Ducati Monster from Louisiana to the Texas Hill Country. It is fantastic.

    The Kriega gear is an investment. It will last a lifetime.

  • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    R20 is already my backpack of choice. I’ll have to check out these sweet racks.

  • Yaw

    Wes et al., I’m curious is this an ad or a review or something else. Not trying to be an jerk, but it’d be good to know what the goal here is so I can take it with appropriately sized grains of salt…

  • William

    I love the Kriega photography… Just makes you want to jump on and go. Still using a ‘first edition’ Krug.

    • Scott-jay

      Wish I could comment, however clicking on HFL galleries only reloads its post for me.
      HFL may ride bikes quickly, but it surely re-vamps its software slowly.

  • Ian Vanderburg

    So happy this has finally made it to the USA!

  • Aaron

    Now I want a dual sport/Adventure bike just so I can buy more Kriega gear, it’s the best!

  • Ax

    Those rack loops seem awful pricey at 4/$59 — but not so pricey that I’m not considering buying a set. I seem to have this same dilemma with most of the Kriega stuff. Still loving my R30 and accessories after a year’s regular use.

  • RWerksman

    Those racks – Touratech. Add an additional $350-$400 should you want a setup like in the first picture.