Baja T-Bag – motorcycle luggage

Dyna with T-Bag

Dave over at The Road Grits Cafe recently posted a nice review of the Lonestar motorcycle luggage system by T-Bags.

I purchased the Baja T-Bag also by T-Bags. This model is more compact and is excellent for day trips. It is rugged, well constructed and I love it. But I wish it had the capacity of Dave’s Lonestar. What attracted me to the Baja is it’s compact sturdy tombstone backpack shape.  It is rigid and maintains it’s shape even when empty. It has a unique heavy duty rubber bottom for durability. Like Dave’s Lonestar it converts to a backpack by pulling out the shoulder straps. I have not used this feature.

Unique rubber bottom on Baja T-bag   T-bag Baja is shaped like a tombstone   Baja outside organizer pocket   Sideview of the Baja T-bag

I thought that this would be an excellent bag for day trips and was right. It can hold a sweatshirt, raingear, and other misc items; but not much more. I thought my saddlebags would hold anything else I needed on long trips. In hindsight I should have purchased a modular system with more capacity. I can’t help it, I just like the rigid tombstone shape. It fits snugly behind the backrest and doesn’t protrude to the sides or above the backrest. Streamlined! It straps in place very securely with no wiggle. 

The outside organizer pocket is very helpful. We keep the non motorcycle keys, camera, wallet and other odds and ends in the organizer pocket while on trips. They are easy to get to when we make stops.

I concur with Dave that these bags are made rugged. An excellent product. I’m sure any biker would be happy with any of the motorcycle luggage bags produced by T-Bags.

By the way, I got mine slightly used on eBay and saved a few bucks by not buying a new one. Got lucky I guess, because this was exactly the T-bag I wanted. J&P Cycles carries T-Bags. Once you figure out which T-Bag product is right for you, pop over to J&P and buy it online.


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9 Responses to “Baja T-Bag – motorcycle luggage”

  1. Your Baja has something that I think they should have put on the lonestar. The rubber bottom. That’s cool. You know what else I would like to see on all the bags? A integrated cable lock or something like that. I was thinking they could sew the cable into the perimeter of the bag at the seams. I lock it with a cable now but security is only as strong as the material currently and a knife would quickly defeat my efforts. Whoa! I’ll race you to the patent office!

  2. The rubber bottom only comes on the Baja for some reason. The only bad thing is the rubber marks up the chrome luggage rack.
    In the book On The Road – Successful Motorcycle Touring, Dr Gregory Frazier warns against locking luggage and keeping anything in your luggage on your bike unattended. His point is that thieves will get into your luggage if they want to and they will cause less damage to unlocked accesable luggage than they will to locked luggage.

  3. Hmmm….I guess that makes sense. I don’t worry at rallies. I have never had a problem at them regarding pilferage. I only have problems everywhere else. Go figure.

  4. It also depends on how long the bike will be unattended, and where.

    I’ve found my locking hard bags are great for just about any ride that isn’t more than a day. Although it’s true that if someone wants in there bad enough, they’ll get in, its also true that something unlocked attracts the thieves first. If you’re parked at a restaurant or bar with other bikes, I find most people keep their distance. If someone’s brave enough to try and do a little shopping, they’ll go for a bag they can grab and run with, or a rifle through an unlocked saddle bag.

    On a long haul? You’ve got your saddles and T-bag loaded. What I would do on arrival at the over-night stop is take my T-bag and the contents of the hard bags in my room, leaving the bags unlocked. That way, if someone wants to look, they’ll open up an empty bag without ruining it. The other way to go would be quick-detach saddle bags, so you could take all your luggage inside with you.

    All that being said, I’m all in favor of locking whatever can be locked. That deters most would-be thieves right off. It may not stop the determined ones, but it may slow ’em down just enough for someone to come along and scare them off before they get your stuff. In Joker’s humble opinion…

  5. Joker, having taken his name from the Batman movies is a criminal mastermind after his namesake. So I value his oppinion on this topic. Not to mention Joker is from Boston, and back home your teeth will get stolen if you fall asleep in the wrong place. I take the T-Bag in and the contents of the saddlebags and leave them unlocked (I have the velcro closing saddlebags). Although I have quick release saddlebags, they don’t quite release after riding any distance. I will post on that topic another time.

  6. Thanks Jay, I do have some experience in these matters.

    You know there’s crime in the neighborhood when you buy a waterbed and there’s a guy at the bottom of it.

  7. Back when I lived in Brockton I found my XL250 half way across the backyard once. Some thieves tried to drag it off with the steering head locked. Probably neighborhood kids. Not long after that I was less lucky. I came out of the printing company I worked at in Avon, MA to find the XL had been stolen, for real this time. I had a cable lock that I did not use that night. It probably wouldn’t have made a difference. I’m sure they lifted it into a pick up and took off. That was 1985. It was my senior year and I was depressed about my bike for several months. That was my freedom that got stolen! I went away to college and got into mountain bikes for a long time. Quit pedal power a few years ago and got back into motorcycles in 2005. Good ole Massachusetts. Can’t say I miss it. Brockton was bad place then, but it’s worse now.

  8. Joker,

    Have you ever been on an overnighter??? 😉

  9. Every time I try, her mother won’t let her come.

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