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Looking for good ways to take things for a 3day trip. Luggage options don't seem too good for Ninja300. Am thinking about a backpack. Would like to hear opinions from riders that use or have used a backpack. Am used to bigger bikes with better luggage options. Thanks
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One of the most unique things I saw was a guy who wore 2 backpacks...one on his back as normal and the other in front. I tried it once. It actually balances things out. the front one can be smaller (like a youth backpack) if you don't want it to rest on the gas tank. I never need more than 1, but I wear one all the time when I ride.
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Have you considered a gym bag/small duffel strapped to the rear seat and/or covered with a bungee net? The lower you can carry the weight, the less effect on stability and keeping the weight off your shoulders helps with fatigue.
I have ridden with several different sizes of backpack with no significant issues, but having the bike carry the load for you is a better option.

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In regards to luggage options, I highly recommend Givi mount kit with an appropriate size Givi case. The case looks a bit odd on what otherwise looks like a sport bike, but I love it: it gives me just enough space for random situations like picking up groceries after work, small packages, etc, I can also store my helmet and gloves in there if I want to go to a restaurant or something. The whole set up is easy to take off, put back on, in case you want to go to a track day or something.
As for backpacks, for multi day trips I always used a 40L hiking backpack, as most backpack advertised for motorcycles are quite small. Osprey is my favorite brand, but there are plenty of others.
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Yes, that does look a bit odd, but the really cool exhaust makes up for it. When I take stuff with me, I need it...glasses, tablet, newspaper, etc. so with a backpack, you just get off the bike and walk in with everything you need. Being flexible, they are also capable of holding a lot more stuff than first appears. I carried an 18" tall potted plant home in one yesterday. The guy sold it to me even asked, "are you going to get that in the backpack?" Perfect fit.
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Like the guys above have said, the backpack is the easiest option. I use a backpack to commute everyday, but if I am going on a trip that is going to eat up some miles, I would opt for a big waterproof camping bag with a bungie net on the tail section. Just my 2 cents
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Looking for good ways to take things for a 3day trip. Luggage options don't seem too good for Ninja300. Am thinking about a backpack. Would like to hear opinions from riders that use or have used a backpack. Am used to bigger bikes with better luggage options. Thanks
I use my Astars Tech Aero backpack quite a bit and it has never caused fatigue.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...-aero-backpack

I can't use a bungee net on the passenger since I removed the underseat hooks when I did my FE kit and I can't hook anything to the passenger pegs because those came off so I could use the right side for mounting my aftermarket exhaust.

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As long as nothing gets against the exhaust or down in the wheel, or scratch your bike, it will work. You can do wonders with bungee cords without spending much money.
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We have had really good feedback from our customers on the Kriega line of products. We did a review a while back on their backpacks and drypacks.

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We have had really good feedback from our customers on the Kriega line of products. We did a review a while back on their backpacks and drypacks.
I picked up a Kriega R25 from Mike @ridersdiscount. Best backpack ever. Adjustable in so many ways and most importantly comfortable when filled.
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