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Nelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Bag Review

Nelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Bag ReviewNelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Bag Test

Simplicity is essential for the adventure motorcyclist, especially when covering long distances in various climates. In the world of adventure luggage, the Nelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Bag is as straightforward as it gets.

The roll-style Dry Bag — part of Nelson-Rigg’s Survivor Edition luggage collection — is built from durable 24-ounce tarpaulin PVC that features heat-welded seams. This creates 100-percent waterproof luggage, when closed correctly.

Installing the 10.5-gallon bag on our Suzuki V-Strom 1000 was simple. Contingent on what we are carrying and how close we can get the weight to the center of gravity, the bag can either mount across, or along, the seat and/or tail rack. The bag attaches via four nylon straps with quick-release buckles.

Nelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Bag ReviewLoad the bag first, align both ends of the opening, and roll over the opening at least three times. Next, snap the side buckles, and secure the compressions straps, which feature reflective webbing, for a 100-percent waterproof seal.

With the bag full, attach it to the bike using the four nylon-loop straps that insert into quick-release cam buckles—you are done in seconds.

The Dry Bag also features four heavy-duty D-Rings to attach Nelson-Rigg’s Survivor Edition Adventure Saddlebags.

We have loaded the Dry Bag with different- shaped items, such as an Apple MacBook, sleeping bag, and some camp shoes; everything stays put on the firm internal base plate. In hard or pre-shaped bags, these items would flop around if not wedged together.

The Dry Bag’s compression straps prevent this. Once the straps are secured and tightened, everything stays tight and intact. In torrential downpour conditions, my luggage remained dry.

The Dry Bag, which arrives with carry handles and a removable shoulder strap, is available in either medium (10.5 gallons, 20″ x 10″ x 12″ ), or large (19 gallons, 26″ x 12″ x 14″).

It is offered in black, hi-vis yellow and, perfect for the KTM riders, hi-vis orange. Should things get hectic on the trail, each bag arrives with Nelson-Rigg’s “No Hassle” lifetime warranty.

Though marketed as a bag for the adventure/dual-sport scene, we have used the Dry Bag on sport-touring setups, and strapped it down long ways on a few sportbikes. The simplicity of use, along with quick installation, makes the Nelson-Rigg Adventure Dry Bag a perfect luggage accent for any type of travel.

Story from the latest issue of Ultimate MotorCycling magazine. For subscription services, click here.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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