Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Detachable tourpak vs soft sided luggage
Pros for tourpak;
Lockable, both the pack and to your bike.
Rubber seal keeps things dry.
You can use fitted bags for tourpak and saddlebags to transport your stuff from the bike to your accomodation
you don't have to strap it down each day and keep track of bungee cords. Locked on and left there for the duration of your trip. Can also be used to transport beer/pizza/liquor/buckets of chicken/stuff you just have buy when on a road trip, when you've reached your desitnation
Detach when you're at home and voila you're back to Special
add more lighting to your bike especially in the rear where we are most vulnerable at night or in the rain
Pros for soft side luggage
lighter in weight, weight can be kept lower on the bike to keep center of gravity lower
amazing what you can pack into the soft sided luggage, not limited by rounded square shape of the tourpak some have expansion zippers to take even more stuff home than you brought to begin with
watertight? doubles as a cooler when you reach your destination
need to take it off in a hurry, yes easier than a tourpak.
rain covers usually have reflective striping/piping or ribbons to keep you safe in rainy and darker conditions
Me after years of touring I prefer a tourpak, last bike it was detachable, new bike went with an Ultra. 4 pairs of socks, 4 pairs of underwear, 3 short sleeve shirts, 1 longsleeve shirt, 1 bunny hug(hoodie), 2 pair swim shorts, flip flops and shave kit in the tourpak. Riding gear and tools/oil/1 gallon of gas in the saddlebags and giver. I use a collapsible soft bag by Tbags on the luggage rack to hold my rain gear, always handy that way. I always come home with more shirts, even though I say I won't I always do.