The Ducati Hyper’s excuse for luggage

This is a laughable attempt at luggage for the amount of kaching spent and labour cost to get the rack installed. Laughable. But apart from a backpack it’s all I’ve got. History tells me that I get away for a four day ride, once a year. Experience tells me that doing 2000kms with a heavy backpack isn’t my idea of fun. I knew the Hyper was never going to be a seriously practical bike from that perspective.

Shitty mileage, shitty luggage, no top end and I still fell in love and couldn’t give a flying duck about any of those things. So I took a look at my options and ended up going with the luggage rack because stuff can always be occyd down to a rack, and then I ordered this last of its kind black soft luggage bag which is made to measure for the rack.

For what it’s worth It’s actually pretty handy as a day-to-day commuter bag. Not exactly the touring capacity of the previously covered Ducati Bellevue Hyper Explorer, but enough to chuck some wet pants, sunglasses, wallet, couple of smartphones, Contour Camera, various electronic bits of crap like cables and thumb drives in and away you go.

Part of my usability and acceptability trials of a bag like this is; is it a pain in the arse to fit and remove, twice or more a day? I thought it would be with no fancy tank bag clips or easy clip on and off bits like a Givi box, but actually it goes on and off fairly quickly with the clever strap mounting system (ok, two straps).