|Hayabusa parts and Motorcycle accessories for sale - Pt.3||
2nd Gen Hayabusa
Original Posting: 1 December 2008
Accessories Page 1 - Manuals, scale models and official Suzuki
These are the only two or three manufacturers of hardcase or hardshell backpacks I could find. They are AXIO and BOBLBEE and KATHMANDU.
Now there is a difference between the two types they make. AXIO favours hard vinyl or fabric coated shell backpacks and proper hard plastic backpacks. Checkout their Fuse, Fuse 2008, Tekno and Rivet range for fabric coated packs. For hard plastic see their Swift 2.0 or Urban range of backpacks. They look and are well built I personally have the Fuse 2 and Fuse 2008. The range comes in airplane friendly size.
The Swift 2.0 range often comes in various limited editions and are genuine motorcycle backpacks. They release limited editions with the racing major sponsor logos of various motorcycle race teams. Currently the Repsol and Pramac schemes are available in most countries.
FUSE & FUSE 2008 51 x 36 x 22 cm (Linear 109cm) (20.1x14.2x8.7
Boblbe-e makes hard plastic cases that are really good too but they are more for outdoor sports. They say that some models are for motorcycle riders specifically the Megalopolis Aero range of backpacks but they aren't as aerodynamic as the AXIOs. Boblbe-e have just replaced the former Executive, Spark and Sport model's loose top cover for something a bit more solid. Nevertheless I love the Megalopolis Aero 'Darth' version!
Seeing the Boblbee in the shops reveals good construction quality but it still looks 'extreme sports' than general motorcycle since the lid is not weather proof or even close to dust resistance.
I didn't get a chance to see the new Boblbee Amphib backpack range because these are clearly the most weather resistance out of all the ones I've seen. However if you use one of these on a motorcycle you'll find the flapping bits on the pack annoying. There are plenty of models to choose from but finding a retailer could prove difficult in some countries.
This brand isn't too well known just yet (outside Australia and New Zealand) and they had one hardcase item worth having a look at (2008). It is not a backpack more a small satchel. It's called the Kathmandu Transit Case.
For me? Admittedly a Christmas present to myself. I chose the AXIO
Fuse 2008 in black and the Transit Pack. Both look good and the
compartments are well designed and easy to access. It doesn't have
bits that flap in the wind, resists dust and looks good at the same
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