Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bag | Gear Evaluation


Our Hayabusa test bike equipped with the Nelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bag (touring size).

As our latest test of the Suzuki Hayabusa shows, a large open-class sport bike can make a Heckuva sport tourer. But touring means going far, often for days, and that requires luggage to carry equipment. At the beginning of the year we tested Nelson-Rigg’s Commuter series tank bags, both the Lite (up to 8.4 liters when expanded) and the Sport (up to 14.5 liters). They offer strap and magnet mounts in the same bag, which is perfect for the Hayabusa as the front of the tank has a plastic cover and the back is made of steel.

When I had to pack equipment for several days in July to go to the Progressive IMS Outdoors Show in Northern California, I used the Sport tank bag and the matching tail bag. To accommodate different bikes and needs, Nelson-Rigg’s Commuter Tail Bag is available in three sizes: Lite (up to 15.3 liters, USD 109.95), Sport (up to 22.3 liters, 119.95 USD) and Touring (up to 33 liters, USD 149.95). I chose the touring version.

Nelson-Rigg Commuter Series Tail Bag Motorcycle Luggage ReviewNelson-Rigg Commuter Tail Bags are available in three sizes: Lite, Sport and Touring.

The Hayabusa has a large passenger seat (for a sport bike), which can be removed with the ignition key, and a large all-round handle. The commuter bag has four adjustable straps that are connected to the outside with quick-release fasteners. Pairs of straps are connected by loop ends and run under the seat. For added security, I’ve looped the rear straps around the handle. It only took a few minutes to install and I was able to remove the bag and straps even faster. Once installed and loaded, the bag stayed secure and the straps tightened, even after a full day of spinning the ‘Busa on California’s extremely winding Highway 1.


Nelson-Rigg Commuter tail bagThe commuter tail bag in touring size in the extended configuration.

In its standard configuration, the Commuter Touring measures 14 x 12 x 9 inches and holds up to 24.8 liters. When it is expanded, its height increases from 9 to 12 inches and the total capacity is 33 liters. The bag is made from Nelson-Rigg’s proprietary UltraMax fabric, which provides UV protection from fading, and molded EVA inserts help the bag hold its shape even when empty. Inside the bag is a light gray interior, straps to secure the contents and a large mesh pocket in the dome-shaped lid. The exterior has a non-slip, scratch-resistant underside, flush-mounted reflective handle, and reflective piping. A rain cover and a shoulder / backpack strap are also included.

Overall, the Commuter Tail Bag is a great piece of luggage that is well made, versatile, stylish, and affordable. It’s also backed by a lifetime warranty.

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