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Hello, I won a $100 Amazon gift card, and I naturally want to put it towards motorcycling.

There are three items that I'm currently in the market for:

For one, I'd love to get a pair of armored overpants that I can wear over my jeans to and from work, but there are several on Amazon. I have no idea.

I also need a backpack for my commute to put my lunch and water bottle in as well as my riding pants and shoes to store while I'm at work. I'm liking the Oxford Hi-Viz Yellow bag and the Oigo Mach 1 no drag bag (in stealth black, so it'd need a reflective belt around it). I can't decide between the two. I've never ridden with a bag of any sort, and I'm not sure how the drag from the bag will affect me. I won't be going any faster than 65-70 mph.

Lastly, I'm still looking to replace my stock turn signals. I'm having an extremely difficult time choosing new indicators, so I'll probably have the stock for a long while.


I'm curious, how would you spend $100 on Amazon towards your R3 and motorcycling in general? Amazon doesn't have much to offer when it comes to this, but there are a few things!
 

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I would spend it on the pants. Motorcycle backpacks are overpriced. I use any old book bag sitting around. My jansport and Swiss army bags have served well for my biking needs. No need to get a motorcycle brand bag.

Also, regular riding denim/Kevlar jeans look similar to non riding jeans. I've used over pants and they tend to cook your junk after more than 20 minutes in SoCal summers. Even winter they eventually get unbearable. Denim/Kevlar with the pads is what I choose to commute in.
 

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I would spend it on the pants. Motorcycle backpacks are overpriced. I use any old book bag sitting around. My jansport and Swiss army bags have served well for my biking needs. No need to get a motorcycle brand bag.

Also, regular riding denim/Kevlar jeans look similar to non riding jeans. I've used over pants and they tend to cook your junk after more than 20 minutes in SoCal summers. Even winter they eventually get unbearable. Denim/Kevlar with the pads is what I choose to commute in.
+1 on the bag advice. I commute with a backpack daily. I have a HighSierra Elite backpack that I got at Costco for $30. Its a super nice backpack, way higher quality and more durable than the two $100+ NorthFace bags I owned prior (crazy, right?)

Anyways, my point is that you definitely don't need a motorcycle specific backpack. Most of them don't do anything a normal backpack can't they often just have reflective material or look different aesthetically. If you like the look of one go for it, but just realize that there is no advantage to them.

If I had $100 to spend on Amazon I would get general maintenance supplies, i.e. chain lube, degreaser, oil and oil filters, etc. I'd also maybe get some tools. I'd like a breaker bar, new impact screwdriver, and some better impact bits for work on the bike.
 

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Thanks for the heads up on the overpriced bags!

I'll see about finding some comfy denim/kevlar armored pants that I can change in and out of easily for the commute. Regular denim chick pants are simply made way too thin, and I think about what would happen every day if I slid.. ouch. Definitely new pants time with free money woo!

Gotta love Sena! I went with UCLEAR for the dual pack deal but haven't really used it much. Have heard wonderful things about Sena though.
 

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I have a Sena 20S, and it is amazing. Worth every cent.

The Ogio Mach 1 is a great bag, very comfortable and pretty much has no drag at all. However, it doesnt have as much capacity. You might be able to get away with a regular backpack do the straps up well and have the crossbraces between the shoulder straps.
 

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Kreiga R20

Guess I am going against the grain of opinion here and I know this is much more expensive than $100. I highly recommend a motorcycle specific backpack. Let's face it. We are not carrying books to school where we can set it down when we arrive in class. We ride sometimes for hours on end.

I purchased the Kreiga R20 from Revzilla and I have been super pleased with everything about it. Once adjusted (I removed the waist strap as it is really not needed), it carries the weight well. This backpack wears more like a harness with the curved straps. Unless I really load down with heavy stuff, I literally forget it is there. It distributes the weight evenly around the front as well. The entire pack is built with a "pre-curved" form to match your body all around which is not done with cheap backpacks.

Here is a photo of me wearing it while on my Grom.



I know, everyone has there budgets and requirements. I just wanted to point out that if you have never purchased a high end pack, that you just may be missing out. :)

As far as capacity, the R20 is large enough to pack my thick insulated over pants for the afternoon ride home but not enough room for the addition of shoes. I keep a spare pair of shoes at work so I can change out of my boots. I feel like the R25 backpack would be large enough for both.

Ride Safe!

Kirk
 

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Sweet pack, Kirk! I definitely want one with wide comfy straps. The pre-curved form is a nice touch and probably a wonderful addition for normal bodies, but my spine is part titanium and doesn't allow for a curve unfortunately.

Thanks for the idea of leaving my work shoes at work. I am just now feeling comfortable enough to start commuting to and from work, and it never crossed my mind that I could just claim a locker in our coat room (never cared to previously because I always left my belongings in my car) and leave my urine shoes there instead of making my backpack all gross lol! I feel silly for not thinking about that, so thank you. I guess it's going to take some time to adapt to not depending on my car's storage capacity.
 

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I grabbed the MOTOTREK BACKPACK from motorcycle superstore. 39 bucks. http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/28916/i/motocentric-mototrek-backpack

has the helmet holder pull out, inside has a pocket for 15" laptop *tightfit, but i can carry a pretty decent amount in it. no drag issues, reflective piping. been pretty happy, and couldn't beat the price. works great as my go to work bag, and easy to stuff my inner liner in with drinks and such. side pockets are kind of small and stiff. but big enough for house keys, usb banks, head phones etc.
 

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I can agree that most regular backpacks can do what a "motorcycle" backpack can. When I first got my R3, my Dad wanted to get me a backpack for Christmas, so he bought me the Ogio No Drag Mach 5, he said he liked the looks. I can say it's expensive and probably not worth the price, but I do like it's design (imo) and I like that it has a dedicated visor slot. http://www.amazon.com/Ogio-No-Drag-Mach-Backpack/dp/B0079QRRRM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1460652413&sr=8-2&keywords=ogio+motorcycle+backpack

I definitely would recommend using it towards good riding pants - Kevlar with padding, especially around the knees. I always prioritize safety, so gear before bike cosmetics, etc...
 
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