Kriega R25 Motorcycle BackpackDesigned specifically to give motorcyclists unencumbered arm and torso mobility, better distribute cargo weight and be tough enough to handle hard-core rides, Kriega’s best-selling backpack, the newly upgraded 2014 R25, ain’t no school kid’s book bag.
Recognized as the ultimate multi-purpose pack for motorcycle riding, the R25 has been proven on city streets, while attacking serpentine asphalt and in off-road competition. Its undisputed reputation for rugged ingenuity was recently affirmed by Triumph, which has a company-branded R25 in its accessory catalog.Redesigned for 2014, the R25 is defined by the latest version of Kriega’s four-point QUADLOC harness, which balances cargo weight on riders’ chests and lower backs, transferring it away from their shoulders. This proprietary system helps effectively relieve the neck strain associated with lesser backpacks and enables total freedom of movement.The new R25’s unique upper harness system has integrated sliders that give it a wider range of adjustment than the previous version, securing a better fit on men and women of all shapes and sizes, even at the larger and smaller ends of the body-type spectrum.Aircraft-grade aluminum sliders on the lower harness complete Kriega’s perfect fit system. Non-slip material where the harness contacts its wearer ensures that the R25 stays put, even during the most spirited rides.Once it’s set up, the pack rarely needs adjusting. Simple to mount and dismount, its harness opens wide at the push of two buttons, making it quick and easy to slip in and out of the R25 – even while wearing bulky riding gear and without removing gloves.Measuring 20.5 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 6.3 inches deep, the R25 consumes 25 liters of gear in the main compartment. It has an expanding exterior pocket; on the inside, there’s a document sleeve and see-through, zippered pocket.The R25’s fully featured hydration system is another major upgrade for 2014. The pack can now store one of Kriega’s optional, military-spec 3-liter Hydrapak water reservoirs in a special sleeve at the back of the bag’s main compartment. A covered duct has been added at the top of the pack, allowing streamlined routing for drinking tubes that neatly attach to the upper harness with Kriega’s Velcro Tube Locator.This advanced backpack is constructed from high-end materials. There’s 420 Denier RipStop nylon up top and on the side panels; abrasion-resistant Schoeller Dynatech front and back sections with integrated 3M Scotchlite reflective material; 5mm airspace fabric promotes airflow between back and pack; and its base is crafted from 1000 Denier DuPont Cordura to deal with major abuse on the ground. It has a new Hypalon-reinforced carry handle and all openings are fastened with oversize YKK coil zippers. Four-point compression enables loads of various sizes to be snugly accommodated, without any loose straps or flapping material.The R25 is a tough character, but it’s even tougher when equipped with its optional, multi-layer back protector made exclusively for Kriega by Forcefield Body Armour. Lightweight and flexible, it’s CE-approved and rated at Level 2 European safety standards, recognized as the highest grade of protection.Another important upgrade for the 2014 is the R25’s additional webbing loops on both sides to facilitate even easier and more secure attachment of Kriega’s optional US-10 Drypack, which can be used as a 10-liter expansion bag, secured with the company’s exclusive US Alloy Hook Straps.Kriega designs ergonomic backpacks, luggage, hydration systems and accessories at its Chester, England facility. Each is constructed from the most durable, premium materials, manufactured to exacting standards and guaranteed for 10 years. For more information on Kriega’s innovative product line, please visit Kriega.us, call 504-872-9367, or visit its active Facebook page.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!