10 Best Hard Shell Motorcycle Backpack Review Guide

Updated May 2022

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Shad TR36 Terra Black Edition Side Case

With forged aluminum construction and stainless steel hinges and locking mechanisms, Terra Cases are Shad’s answer to the calls of the Adventure rider. Terra Side Cases solidly latch onto Shad 4P or 3P-series side case racks using an array of C-channels that directly grip the over-sized steel tubing of the racks. This approach spreads the load and stresses over a larger surface area than traditional key-hole-and-nail-head type latching systems used by other manufacturers. Also diverging from the norm, these side cases open up like a clam shell, giving a rider quick access to all of their packed gear. Terra Cases use a single lock cylinder to open and close the case and disconnect the case from its rack.

Terra cases are compatible with Shad 4P and 3P-series side case racks (sold separately). Shad 3P Series Side Case Racks take a minimalist approach to supporting luggage while 4P Series racks feature a cross-member for off-road applications. 

To preserve symmetry and handling, this TR36 Side Case is intended to be installed on the exhaust side of a motorcycle as it has a shallower depth than the TR47 Side Case.

Features:

  • Aluminum construction
  • Stainless steel hinges, locking mechanism and handle
  • Compatible with Shad 4P and 3P series side case racks only
  • Waterproof pyramidal seal with double stepped profile
  • Right side cases include an inner mesh net plus 2 keys and 3 lock cylinders (for use with additional side and top cases)
  • Optional Shad X0TR01 Internal Cargo Net for Left Side cases (sold separately)
  • Optional Shad X0IB47 Inner Soft Bag available (sold separately)
  • 36 liter capacity
  • 49.5cm L x 41.8cm H x 28.2cm D (19.5″ L x 16.5″ H x 11.1″ D)
  • Sold each

Note: Shad 4P and 3P series side case racks are sold separately.

 

 
 

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Point 65 Boblbee GTX 20L Back Pack

The Boblbee GTX 20LBackpack doubles as the highest rated spine protector approved by TÜV. It also protects your gear, laptop, camera and other equipment. The improved GTX series features the Point 65 AirVent, which is part of the back plate design. The special ventilation channels running through the ergonomical back plate keep perspiration to a minimum. Its aerodynamic dome reduces fluttering at high speeds and is water repellent.

The Point 65 Boblbee 20L shell and harness have been designed to minimize impact forces being applied to the user’s back area, and to transfer energy away from the central part of the back. By distributing the force from a point of impact over as large an area as possible, the hard shell creates a shock absorption zone to meet any impact at a distance from the body. The added energy-travel-time aids in reducing shock waves.

With the superb average value of 2.8 kN (kilonewton), the Boblbee 20L GTX passed its certification with the best test results ever recorded. Level 1 and 2 are the two officially recognized impact allowance limits, according to European Union norms, of which level 2 is the highest certification. Boblbee takes special pride in being credited by TÜV at the very highest level.

The Point 65 Boblbee packs not only protects your back, your gear and electronics are also safe. Laptops, tablets, cameras, and other valuables are safe in your Point 65 pack. The pack can survive your worst wipe out, cycle crash and even withstand being driven over by a small car, making the chances of leaving your laptop intact much greater than with any other backpack.

Point 65’s unique combination of materials and shapes create superior ergonomic characteristics. The backpack offer action-balanced and stabilizing features for people on the move. The S-design with the Lumbar Support System separates the upper load area from the lower lumbar area, providing excellent weight distribution and reducing stress on your back. In combination with the Bucketseat Harness, it gives you the comfort of a second skin.

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Overview:

  • Capacity: 20L
  • Chest Strap: Yes
  • Waist Strap: No
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes, 13″ H x 9″ W x 2″ D
  • Waterproof: No

Features:

  • Ultimate protector for spine and pack contents
  • CE Level 2 back protection
  • High impact ABS shell
  • Ergonomic ventilated foam back panel
  • Aerodynamic dome top cover
  • Waist belt attachment 
  • Stabilizing hip padding
  • Detachable phone pocket
  • Water resistant
 
 

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Point 65 Boblbee 20L GT  Backpack

The 20L GT is a slimmer hardbody alternative in the Boblbee arsenal. It is both a bomb-proof backpack as well as an integrated back protection solution. The 20L GT is a trimmed version of the larger Megalopolis with a same stylish design and protective hard shell. Excellent for tablets and smaller laptops and equipped with the Boblbee Generation 3 harness, which provides support and comfort for everyday use. 

Two pockets on the lid carry all your smaller items that need easy access, an internal laptop compartment with multiple pockets, as well as a phone pocket at hands reach on your shoulder strap all round out the storage versatility of the Boblbee 20L GT Backpack.

Overview:

  • Capacity: 15L, 20L expanded
  • Chest Strap: Yes
  • Waist Strap: No
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes, 13″ H x 9″ W x 2″ D
  • Waterproof: No

Features:

  • CE Level 2 back protector
  • Impact protective lacquered ABS shell
  • Water repellent top lid
  • Quick lock bungee cord
  • 13″ laptop compartment also can be used for a hydration bladder
  • Ergonomic waist support
  • Accessory attachments
  • Stabilizing hip padding
  • Ventilated nylon mesh back panel
  • Detachable phone pocket on shoulder
  • Can be used as airplane cabin luggage

Dimensions:

  • 19″ L x 11″ W x 6″ D
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs
  • Volume: 15-20L
  • Laptop compartment maximum size: 13″ L x 9″ W x 2″ D
 
 

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Point 65 Boblbee GTX 25L Back Pack

The Boblbee GTX 25L Backpack doubles as the highest rated spine protector approved by TÜV. It also protects your gear, laptop, camera and other equipment. The improved GTX series features the Point 65 AirVent, which is part of the back plate design. The special ventilation channels running through the ergonomical back plate keep perspiration to a minimum. Its aerodynamic dome reduces fluttering at high speeds and is water repellent.

The Point 65 Boblbee 25L shell and harness have been designed to minimize impact forces being applied to the user’s back area, and to transfer energy away from the central part of the back. By distributing the force from a point of impact over as large an area as possible, the hard shell creates a shock absorption zone to meet any impact at a distance from the body. The added energy-travel-time aids in reducing shock waves. 

With the superb average value of 2.8 kN (kilonewton), the Boblbee 25L GTX passed its certification with the best test results ever recorded. Level 1 and 2 are the two officially recognized impact allowance limits, according to European Union norms, of which level 2 is the highest certification. Boblbee takes special pride in being credited by TÜV at the very highest level.

The Point 65 Boblbee packs not only protects your back, your gear and electronics are also safe. Laptops, tablets, cameras, and other valuables are safe in your Point 65 pack. The pack can survive your worst wipe out, cycle crash and even withstand being driven over by a small car, making the chances of leaving your laptop intact much greater than with any other backpack.

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Point 65’s unique combination of materials and shapes create superior ergonomic characteristics. The backpack offer action-balanced and stabilizing features for people on the move. The S-design with the Lumbar Support System separates the upper load area from the lower lumbar area, providing excellent weight distribution and reducing stress on your back. In combination with the Bucketseat Harness, it gives you the comfort of a second skin.

Overview:

  • Capacity: 25L
  • Chest Strap: Yes
  • Waist Strap: No
  • Laptop Compartment: Yes, 15″ H x 10″ W x 2″ D
  • Waterproof: No

Features:

  • Ultimate protector for spine and pack contents
  • CE Level 2 back protection
  • High impact ABS shell
  • Ergonomic ventilated foam back panel
  • Aerodynamic dome top cover
  • Waist belt attachment 
  • Stabilizing hip padding
  • Detachable phone pocket
  • Water resistant
  • 25 liter capacity
  • 22″ L x 12″ W x 6″ D
  • 4.2 lbs (1900g)
  • Maximum laptop size: 15″ L x 10″ W x 2″ D
 
 

5

Shad TR47 Terra Side Case

With forged aluminum construction and stainless steel hinges and locking mechanisms, Terra Cases are Shad’s answer to the calls of the Adventure rider. Terra Side Cases solidly latch onto Shad 4P side case racks using an array of C-channels that directly grip the over-sized steel tubing of the racks. This approach spreads the load and stresses over a larger surface area than traditional key-hole-and-nail-head type latching systems used by other manufacturers. Also diverging from the norm, these side cases open up like a clam shell, giving a rider quick access to all of their packed gear. Terra Cases use a single lock cylinder to open and close the case and disconnect the case from its rack.

Terra cases are compatible with Shad 4P side case racks which feature a cross-member for off-road applications. 

To preserve symmetry and handling, this TR47 Side Case is intended to be installed on the non-exhaust side of a motorcycle as it has greater depth than the TR36 Side Case.

Features:

  • Aluminum construction
  • Stainless steel hinges, locking mechanism and handle
  • Compatible with Shad 4P and 3P series side case racks only
  • Waterproof pyramidal seal with double stepped profile
  • Right side cases include an inner mesh net plus 2 keys and 3 lock cylinders (for use with additional side and top cases)
  • Optional Shad X0TR01 Internal Cargo Net for Left Side cases (sold separately)
  • Optional Shad X0IB47 Inner Soft Bag (sold separately)
  • 47 liter capacity
  • 49.5cm L x 41.8cm H x 34cm D (19.5″ L x 16.5″ H x 13.4″ D)
  • Sold each

Note: Shad 4P series side case racks are sold separately.

 
 

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Givi V35 Monokey Tech Panniers

Givi is always on the cutting edge of innovation, style, and safety. The Monokey V35 Side Cases encompasses all of those attributes with a newly designed mounting system, and bottom shell. The new design brings the cases closer to the bike improving the overall motorcycle profile, aerodynamic characteristics, lean angles, and ultimately safety.

Features:

  • Monokey system allows entry and detachment with a single key
  • Comes with clear lenses
  • Sold as a pair
  • Plastic construction
  • Capacity: 34 Liters each
  • Max load: 22 lbs each
  • Dimensions: 20.7″ Long x 12.4″ Wide x 15.5″ High
  • Empty weight: 17.12 lbs each

Note: Givi Monokey V35 Side Cases will only Mount to Givi PLX / PLXR Series Side Case Mounts.

 
 

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Yamaha FJR1300A / FJR1300AE / FJR1300ES 39L Top Case 

The Yamaha 39L Top Case is a high-quality top case that provides additional storage capacity when commuting or touring.

Features:

  • Color-matched finish
  • Fiberglass-reinforced double-shell construction
  • Capable of holding one full face or modular helmet
  • 39 liter capacity
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Note: Requires Yamaha Top Case Attachment Kit FJR1300 for installation (sold separately). Requires Yamaha Single Lock Cylinder Set 5P5-28406-09-00 (sold separately). Not compatible with aftermarket top case racks (Givi, SW-MOTECH, Shad, etc).

 
 

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SW-MOTECH Aero Side Cases

The SW-MOTECH Aero Side Cases combine the best of soft saddlebags with the security of hard side cases. They are constructed of a 2.5mm thick ABS main shell with a 600D MBD polyester laminate outer shell – this enables the cases to be molded into an aerodynamic and stylish shape. The included waterproof roll bags will keep your contents dry and organized and a retractable carrying handle makes it easy to remove the bags and bring them indoors, whether at work or a motel in the middle of no where. No more worrying about having your luggage or contents stolen, the Aero Side Cases include pre-installed locking rack mounts and lockable zippers.

Features:

  • 25 liters capacity (per case)
  • Retractable carrying handle
  • Retro-reflective trim
  • Integrated, internal retention strap to keep items from falling out when the cases are opened
  • Water resistant 
  • Dimensions: 21.25in Wide (54cm) x 14.96in Tall (38cm) x 9.44in Deep (24cm)
  • Sold as set

Includes:

  • 2 x Aero Side Cases
  • 2 x Waterproof tarpaulin inner bags
  • 2 x Rack mount keys
  • 2 x Zipper padlocks

Recommended Luggage Rack:

  • SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock EVO Side Case Racks

Note: Side Case Racks and hardware sold separately.

 
 

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BMW Soft Side Cases F900R / F900XR

BMW Side Cases are just as capable as BMW motorcycles. These side cases offer a combined 40 liters of storage and allows your to carrying whatever you may need on your next adventure. Their durable polyester construction and aerodynamic shape makes them tough yet sleek, just like the motorcycles they go on.

Features:

  • Durable polyester shell
  • Waterproof inner pocket
  • Zipper closure
  • Quick release mounting system
  • Off the bike carrying handle
  • Capacity: 20 liters per case
  • Recommended top speed with case(s) installed: 180 km/h (111 mph)
  • Side case racks sold separately 
  • Lock cylinder sold separately (1 per case)
 
 

10

Givi B47 Blade Tech Monolock Top Case

Do you need a good sized case for your scooter? It is difficult to compete with the B47. This case offers 47 liters of storage and can hold two helmets, the maximum capacity offered in the Monolock range. Aesthetically pleasing and adaptable to low and medium displacement motorcycles, the B47 offers the novelty of a removable painted cover mounted on the top shell, an aesthetic refinement which used to be exclusive to the Monokey range.

Features:

  • “Tech” – smoked reflectors
  • New sealing system for increased water resistance
  • Fits 2 open face helmets
  • Plastic construction
  • Capacity: 47 liters
  • Dimensions: 22.4″ L x 17.5″ W  x 13.3″ H
  • Max load: 6.5 lbs
  • Empty weight: 9.95 lbs
  • Optional brake light kit offers increased visibility by adding an additional brake light in a higher, more prominent location
  • Optional passenger backrest

Note: All Monolock top cases include a universal mounting plate suitable for most luggage racks.