Versatility is a valuable asset for motorcycle gear bags. A bag should carry ample cargo, be easy and convenient to access, and fit a variety of bikes. The Overnight bag (#93300005/$149.95) from Harley-Davidson is such a bag, one that secures to a passenger bar or, due to its 16-1/2″ x 12″ x 11″ dimensions, stows on top of or inside a Tour-Pak.
The bag itself is made of formed 1,680-denier ballistic nylon that retains its shape and has a UV-resistant coating to help its black color stand up to sunlight. Reflective 3M Scotchlite piping enhances nighttime visibility by other vehicles, and an integrated 190-denier, rip-stop nylon rain cover that tucks into one of the two zippered side pouches helps keep gear dry during foul weather riding. Contoured zipper handles are easy to use even with gloves, and a short nylon net inside the main compartment’s cavernous mouth prevents objects from spilling out when accessing your gear. Total cargo capacity is 1,700″.
The Overnight bag has a Spandex mounting mechanism that slips over the bike’s passenger bar, and a series of plastic D-rings (two on each corner) for attaching bungee cords, plus two abbreviated, web-nylon straps allow you to cinch the Overnight bag tightly to the bike. I always found it best to use extra bungee cords to prevent load shift. An oversize handle makes it easy to carry your bag from bike to hotel room. A detachable shoulder strap is also provided.
I used my Overnight bag on three different bikes: on a Switchback’s detachable rack, slung over a Road King’s passenger bar (the bag resting on the passenger seat), and stowed inside an Electra Glide’s Tour-Pak. And each time, the bag performed as promised, not to mention holding enough gear for more than an overnight stay. And if you think I travel light, keep in mind I also pack my camera gear while on assignment.
But enough gabbing — I’m off for another overnighter. See ya. MB