One of the truisms of riding a motorcycle on a daily basis is having to carry it all with you, literally. Unless you’re riding a Honda Gold Wing, or a bike equipped with panniers, bringing your daily essentials along with you means lugging everything around in a backpack. The big problem with most backpacks is that they are designed for walkers and trekkers, where the body is upright, and body movements are very different from riding a motorcycle.

Velomacchi, based in Oregon, US, believes it has the answer with the Speedway roll-top backpack. From an asphaltandrubber.com report, the Speedway backpack is designed with the requirements of motorcyclists in mind. These include a properly water-proof compartment with a three-point rotating harness system that places the backpack close to the rider’s centre of gravity, and a magnetic clasp to hold everything together.

The pivoting shoulder straps hold the backpack in one position on the rider’s back, as the rider moves around while maneuvering. Water-proof front pockets hold occassional gear, while a dedicated pocket lets the rider carry essential medical information. There is even a leash for keys and accessories, and a hands-free helmet clip.

Velomacchi Speedway roll-top backpack (20)

There is even provision to insert an optional water bladder for those long rides. The Speedway backpack is made from 1000D competition fabric that resists tears and abrasion, while the quilted backpanel is made from ballistic material with tuck-away straps. Capacity for the backpack is 25 litres – 20 litres in the main compartment and five litres in the pockets – and will accommodate a laptop easily.

Available from purchase from the Velomacchi website, the Speedway backpack retails for USD299 (RM1,200). A range of matching laptop and tablet sleeves is also available for purchase, as well as other riding accessories such as gloves.