Kriega US-40 Rackpack Review | India coach
The Kriega US-40 Rackpack is the largest of the kriega waterproof luggage range.
Kriega’s American range of motorcycle luggage is a must-have for those looking for a high-end modular waterproof solution, especially for sport bikes that don’t have a lot of mounting options.
One of their main features is their ability to be attached directly to the bike’s subframe under the passenger seat. Being modular, the smaller bags can be anchored to the larger ones to increase capacity as needed.
Until now, the American range has been available in 5, 10, 20 and 30 liter options, and as the name suggests, the new US-40 offers a maximum of 40 liters. With a lighter load, the ends can be further rolled up to reduce the capacity to 28 liters.
US-40 can be opened at both ends.
However, this bag deviates from the current range in some ways. Firstly, it is the only one that has a roll-up opening at both ends, which is very convenient considering its width when full. And for the second point – it’s rather wide, measuring just over two feet in diameter. This is probably why Kriega calls it the Rack Pack and the marketing material shows it on the large ADV bikes with luggage racks.
However, I had planned to use the US-40 on my 790 Duke, with my old US-20 mounted on top, for a 3,000 km round trip to the circuit. The US-40 would contain my one-piece leather suit, a pair of trail gloves, a tool / chain kit, and a rain suit. This left the US-20 to handle a week of clothing and essentials. Since
The US-20 made the setup quite heavy, I reinforced the mount on the bike with a pair of Rok straps – see right.
The US-40 is constructed from an extremely durable Cordura Light 420D material, while the interior has a removable waterproof liner in white color. The level of quality is exquisite, and like Kriega’s other products, the company is confident enough to provide a 10-year warranty and charge the prices it charges.
Unlike small American bags, there is no outside pocket anywhere. This is the only downside I found as there is nowhere to safely store the straps when you remove the bag from the bike. These straps are custom designed for the bag and you really don’t want to lose one halfway through.
Smaller American bags can be mounted on it.
There are many mounting options, depending on what your motorcycle can withstand. You basically get eight mounting straps – four with a sewn-in eyelet and four with an aluminum hook that connects to the eyelet and interfaces with the bag on the other end via snap-on buckles. There is also a removable shoulder strap and the bag itself has a large number of different anchor points – it can even accommodate a tent pole.
These anchor points can be useful in all kinds of scenarios. For example, they helped me tie a folded car mat securely to the bottom of the bag. This allowed it to be lifted off the passenger seat a few inches – enough to keep it safely away from the blast of hot gas coming from the 790 Duke’s elevated exhaust.
At Rs 17,499 the US-40 is undoubtedly very expensive, but like everything Kriega, you are paying for exceptional design, impeccable quality, and peace of mind over years of use.
Price: Rs 17,499