Leather saddlebags and leather luggage are an important and practical accessory for every motorcycle. The rider needs a place to store some very important items. One of which would be the contents of your wallet, like license, registration, money and credit cards. A wallet can very easily fall out of your pocket when riding. Another important item would be a cell phone. So why not be safe and store it in a saddlebag or leather luggage.
Be it a short or long ride, other items should be carried when riding as well, like tools. In case you get a flat, you should have whatever quick fix is available for your bike. You will need wrenches that fit your bike, flares and flashlight. You should also have available to you a few spare fuses, spark plug and extra light bulbs. Gloves and rain gear are good to have because the weather can change quickly. If you have leather saddlebags or even the right leather luggage you can fit all of these items into them.
Now if you are planning on longer trips besides the above mentioned items you may want to consider snacks, extra clothes, sunscreen and lip balm. A first aid kit with antiseptic ointments, bandages and pain relievers. Also, bring a camera to capture and save the amazing sites and scenery or people and structures you see on your ride. But, be sure to stop riding and be off the road when snapping those pictures. You will be happy you did this when a few years down the road you can look back at all you have seen and done. All of these items and more can be stored in your saddlebags or leather luggage. These are only some helpful suggestions. Only you know the trip you are planning and will have to pack accordingly.
Motorcycles look great accessorized with saddlebags and there is a vast variety of leather saddlebags and leather luggage available to choose from. You just need to figure out what you want and prefer because only you will know what kind of trips you plan to take. There is a wide variety on-line to choose from. And yes, I advise shopping on-line as dealers and showrooms usually charge double to triple the price you really need to pay. They also might persuade you into heavier weight plastic saddlebags or nylon which do not last as long as leather. Leather is a lighter weight making it easier to carry, easily cleaned and very long lasting and durable.
So now to decide on the saddlebags. There are the throw over which are tied or buckled under the fender and seat. These are easily removable, but if you are worried about robbers you can get some locks to prevent this. The other kind of saddlebags are bolted on, which bolts securely to your motorcycle. These take more time installing and getting off. You also need to be more exact in the measurements of your bike to see what size can fit. Leather luggage can be purchased separately or in sets. But the items usually consist of tool bags to attach to the handlebars, barrel bags or backpack bags that can be attached to a sissy bar and windshield bags. You can even get complete sets that include everything, including the saddlebags, in all the same style and material and usually cost much less than buying individually.
Besides holding all of your items, leather saddlebags and leather luggage are a great way to show your style. You can find a wide variety, some with fringe, conchos, studs, buckles, zippers or snaps. (Although buckles are better for deterring a passerby and grabbing your things rather than snaps). You can even get heavy duty waterproof PVC leather. Some already have patches already in place to show your individuality or to match your other leather gear like your motorcycle vest, leather jacket, and chaps. All of which are essential to any motorcycle rider. Go on-line and check out what is available to complete your riding experience. Stay safe and happy riding.