When Viking Bags contacted me about doing a product review, I jumped on it. They sent the Viking Large Studded Leather Motorcycle Sissy Bar Bag. It's listed as a medium bag. If this is medium, some families could live in the large ones.
The website description says
|The bag. The studs are chrome. Bad lighting makes them look black|
It comes with mounting hardware and, YAY!, a rain bag to stretch over it for riding in rough weather. If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride. The website has a PDF with mounting instructions and an installation video.
You can probably get by without a luggage rack on the back, but that means the bottom of the bag is sitting on the rear fender. You can mount it to the front of the sissy bar if you don't have a passenger or on the back if you want someone to ride with you.
|Top roll bag on its side. Attachment loops shown.|
If you mount it to the front side, you will need something to sit between you and the bags if you want to lean back. The studs and buckles will get annoying really fast.
Both come with handy carry handles. It also includes a detachable shoulder sling. That's something ALL bike luggage should have.
The interior of the big bag has a zipper on the liner. I don't understand why. You might be able to slide a few papers in there. It's definitely not a false back for hiding important stuff. The top tube has a Velcro seal for the interior liner. Again, why? Not much room for anything but very thin items.
|Interior view. Can't explain central zipper.|
The sides of the big bag open out for maximum storage. Zip them up to make it as compact as possible.
The main bag has pockets, four on the outside and one pocket with a top access into a pouch on the inside of the big bag.
The top roll bag is detachable.
You can pack enough in here for a decent stay at most any
The zippers are plastic. You will need to tuck the edges in when zipping them up.
The website calls the construction Viking leather and Cordura. The Viking leather is a man-made material, not dead animal
The top tube and the main bag have lightweight plastic insert shells. This bag will not fold down.
The sewing appears to be good enough. If you bought "diamond plate" leather gear, then know this sewing job is much better.
Strategic points are reinforced with heavy canvas straps.
When Viking asked me to review their stuff, I specifically picked the bag with the chrome studs because biker.
It looks good. It feels good. It feels durable.
My chief concern is my daughter will see it and take it away. She'll use it as her book backpack when she heads off to college in the fall.
BUY OR NOT
If you need luggage, this is a buy. In case you're worried about plunking down your hard-earned cash, don't be. "We believe in great customer service – even when you don’t like something and want to return it. Our return policy is fast and
You can see the full list of bags here https://www.vikingbags.com/motorcycle-sissy-bar-bags.htm. This is the one I got: https://www.vikingbags.com/cruiser-leather-studded-motorcycle-sissy-bar-bag.htm.