It’s review time again! I received a Back Seat Roll Bag from Viking Bags to try out and review. If you go to Viking Bags you’ll notice that most of their luggage is made for cruiser motorcycles such has Harley Davidson and the metric cruiser style motorcycles. It looks like nice stuff too. You’ll even notice that BMW is not even listed as one of the choices for saddlebags. I agreed again to give a fair review so here it goes.
The bag is a cylinder and made of heavy-duty Cordura nylon. It has a plastic insert in the bag so that it holds it shape even when empty and won’t collapse. On each end there’s a zippered extension that lengthens the bag about 4 inches. There’s an included removable shoulder strap and easy to install rain cover. The zippered “hatch” to get into the bag has a mesh organizer pocket on the inside. The bag has a carry handle. It’s a well made bag.
When I first received the bag I wasn’t sure that I could even use it on a BMW K1200LT. The instructions and video showed it being mounted to a back rest, sissy bar or a much narrower seat. I got concerned. I tried it on my top case rack and it was definitely a “no-go” as it wasn’t secure enough and moved around too much. Since it mentioned the passenger grab rails, I decided to try mounting it to the side case/passenger grab handles on the side cases. I decided to try it with the attached wide Velcro straps and it went right on. I just passed the straps through the handles and back on themselves so that the Velcro would grab (just like they were intended to do). I just took the extra and folded in and then tucked it up under the bag. I also tried the narrower and removable straps but the bag was harder to mount and didn’t feel as secure. I mounted it to the back seat again using the wide straps and snugged it down. I filled it with a tool bag, towel and some other items. I could rock the bag forward and back just a bit (hey it’s a roll bag isn’t it?) but there was absolutely no side to side movement. I intentionally did not fill the bag all the way and filled it with heavy items to increase the chance of it moving around. I then took the bag for a ride on some local roads and on the highway. In my blind spot mirrors I could see the bag rock forward and back less than and inch. The bag never moved sideways (a good thing) and the extra length of the straps never came out from under the bag and flapped in the wind. I didn’t try the rain cover.
The bag was not made for the kind of motorcycle I was using it on but it adapted very well. This this would be an excellent piece of luggage on something like a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, Suzuki C50T or C90T or Yamaha V-Star Silverado. I’m sure there’s many others but I know those models have passenger back rests. Actually it would easily fit on any motorcycle with a passenger back rest. The bag would attach to the supports of the back rest very easily or the back rest itself and you could even use the extra supporting straps. I can see that the bag could either sit on the back seat in front of the passenger back rest or behind it even on a small luggage rack if you had a passenger with you. The plastic insert in the bag is rigid enough it could sit on a small luggage rack and not sag. If I had a cruiser style motorcycle I’d be using this bag all that time as it’s that durable and easy to install.
The roll bag is available at Vikingbags “dot” com. You can click on any of the images below for the full-sized picture.