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9 Things To Look Out For Before Buying A Motorcycle Bag!

Every time we think of a motorcycle, the one thing that comes to our mind is leather.

Leather has always been associated with bike lovers because the first leather jacket was made in 1928 by a New Yorker named Irving Scott specifically for motorcycles.

Since 1928, there is nothing other to be worn other than a leather jacket while riding a bike. It was made to withstand the dust, the weather, etc.

Leather is a strong and durable material that makes it perfect for bikers.

Eventually, it is suggested to have the entire biking gear made of leather. Apart from clothes, a leather motorcycle bag is convenient.


Types of bags you can use as motorcycle bags

Leather bags are designed in various sizes, shapes, colours, etc. depending on your needs. There are a few different types of bags that you can use as a motorcycle bag.


  • Saddle bag
  • Satchel
  • Backpack
  • Messenger
  • Duffel

Also check: 10 Gift Ideas For Motorcycle Riders

9 things to look for in a motorcycle bag

Before buying anything, there are a few things we must factor in to make the right and informed decision.

Here, is a list of things you need to look into before buying a motorcycle bag.

This list will help you make a smart decision depending on your requirements.

1. Material

The property of the material determines what material would be best for a motorcycle bag. Leather ticks all the boxes and is unbeatable. It is durable as well as stylish. If you want to go the fashionable route and can stretch your budget a little, it is perfect.

Leather is worth every penny. There are a lot of cheaper options available like nylon, synthetic leather, and plastic. Leather will not disappoint you. Hence, according to me, a leather bag is the best option available.

Checkout our Leather Motorcycle duffel bag.

2. Stitching


You need to look for the stitch work on the bags. The stitching can make your bag appear cheap and tacky.

Poor stitch work can result in damage to the bag. No matter how good quality your leather is, if the stitching of the bag is not well, it is useless.

You want to look out for heavy industrial thread for stitching leather into place. Good quality leather requires good treatment. Bad stitch work can reduce the life of the bag.

3. The shape of the bag


Several leather bags with different shapes can be used as motorcycle bags. Amongst those, duffel bags have proven to be the best.

At The Handmade store, we have a leather backpack made especially for motorcycles. This leather motorcycle duffel bag is for all the bike lovers out there who want a classy-looking bag with ample space to offer. This handmade leather motorcycle duffel bag is for you. You’ll love this bag as the colour of the bag looks very elegant. It's love at first sight.

The bag looks amazing in the sunlight as it's brown. This bag is made of high-quality handmade leather.

This bag has one large compartment that fits all your necessities. There are two straps on this bag. One is the handle as well as a shoulder strap.

All its features are of perfect use to a motorcycle rider.

4. Straps to tie the bag


No matter what type of bag or the shape, everything depends on how strong the straps are.

Straps on the bag withhold all the weight making it a crucial thing to consider. The leather motorcycle duffel bag mentioned above is exquisite as it has both, shoulder straps as well as handles.

This feature allows you to carry the bag, the way you like it. The shoulder strap makes it easy and hassle-free for you to ride without worrying about your belongings.

A leather bag has leather handles. Leather being a strong and durable material makes the handles strong to withstand all the weight.

5. Spacious


The compartments offered in the bag for storage are important.

Travelling on a bike restricts you from carrying a lot of luggage. Hence, your bag needs to be spacious and roomy. It should have enough space to carry all your essentials.

This is another reason why duffel bags are a good option. The shape of the duffel is bigger compared to other bags which allows a lot of storage space.

Our leather duffel motorcycle bag has one large compartment to fit all your things together.

6. Colour


Leather looks classy no matter what colour it is.

As a bike rider, choosing a darker colour makes total sense. I bet you do not want your light leather bag looking a different colour from all the dust.

Go for a darker colour like the one, we offer. A brown leather duffel motorcycle bag that looks incredible in the sunlight.

7. Looks

If the material used is leather, you have nothing to worry about.

Leather is known for its classy, elegant looks and luxurious feel. Any leather bag irrespective of its colour has the leather look that cannot be achieved by any other material.

What’s better yet, is that as the leather ages it gets a glossy patina over it. This patina gives a character to the leather.

A material that gets better with age. What else do you need?

8. Craftsmanship

The way bags are designed and constructed is all a bag about. Leather being a delicate material should be treated with finesse.

At The Handmade Store, we’re lucky to have the input of people who have been in this industry for so many years. This makes a big difference in how we build and test our luggage.

Our bags are handcrafted by skilled local artisans. Their talent, skill and dedication have aided us in delivering such high-quality products.

9. Cost

The purchasing decisions of the majority of buyers are driven by cost. It is a prime factor that is to be taken into consideration. As factors like material quality, size, etc are equally important factors, avoid keeping the cost as the only parameter.

Leather being a supreme quality material is going to cost you a few extra bucks, but it will be worth every penny. The durability of leather makes it a one-time investment.

Here, at The Handmade Store, we offer you the best quality bags at the most affordable prices.

Do proper research on different leather types and their market rate. This will reduce your chances of getting ribbed off.

A lot of places sell cheap quality leather at higher prices just by branding it.

Know your leather and save money!


How to care for a motorcycle bag

Leather Motorcycle Duffel

A motorcycle bag of any material is bound to get dirty sooner than any other bag.

In the case of a leather bag, proper cleaning is required at least twice a week.

Proper and adequate care increases the life of the leather and protects its aesthetics of it. Note that the leather used in making bags is very different from the one used for apparel. As a result the care also differs. Leather care can be broken down into four major categories.


  1. Cleaning

Wipe off the dust with a soft brush and then use warm soapy water and a clean rag or cloth to rub it clean. Try to keep the leather as dry as possible and do not soak it in water. It can damage the leather. Other than that, you can also make use of leather cleaning products readily available in the market.

  1. Conditioning

After cleaning comes conditioning. It is not necessary to condition regularly. But doing it once in a while keeps the leather in good condition. The process of conditioning is lubricating leather from a conditioning solution or leather oil. This process is done to avoid the leather from drying out. After all, leather is animal skin and needs to be moisturized to last longer and look good.

  1. Polishing

Polishing is done for the bag to stand out and look even more glamorous. While choosing the polish, see to it that it does clog the pores of the leather.

  1. Protecting

The fourth and last step in leather care is to add a moister barrier to your leather bag. This process locks the pores of the leather preventing any damage caused by the rain. It is an important step for motorcycle riders to protect their leather from rain and especially mud.

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