Need to carry stuff on your motorcycle, but don't have room? Enter the Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag. This one is essential to riding year-round.

You get this text: "Honey can you pick up some on the way home?" Unless you're already wearing a backpack, you've had to respond in the negative. No longer, this little bag fits under your seat and can totally manage a dinner's worth of groceries and beverages. Read how in this Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag review.

The Gear:

This is a usefully-sized bag made from a thin, but strong ripstop nylon. There's grab handles on top, the bag tucks into its own 4.5-inch wide, 2-inch thick pouch for stowing and webbing straps perform double duty, passing over your shoulders and in turn, pulling the top of the bag closed. There's well-designed pinch closures on those, making it easy to pull the bag tightly to your back in order to carry it securely.

That may sound incredibly simple, but there's no other product like this in the world. As with all Aerostich products, the reason for that is simple: quality.

The Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag is just large enough to take a 12-pack and even one of the famous Banana Guards.

The Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag is just large enough to take a 12-pack and even one of the famous Banana Guards.

Before I lost my last one (left it under the seat of a press bike when I returned it), I'd used it for about five years. While no, that wasn't every day, it was an awful lot of bottles of wine, packs of meat, random dinner ingredients, late night tacos or quick errands on the way back to the office from lunch. I think the biggest load I ever tasked it with was a twelve-pack of beer bottles, two steaks, salad materials and a pint of Ben and Jerry's. It managed that for a few highway miles, then a short ride up through the Hollywood Hills.

While the LP Bag is by no means intended to be a regular use bag, it's still built to perform above and beyond what a simple reusable grocery bag could ever do. This means that when you need to rely on it, it will hold more than you expect, hold it securely and not flap around even at relatively high speeds.

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The Good:

Fits anywhere: under the seat of a modern sportbike, behind the headlights, inside a Roadcrafter's oft-forgotten thigh pocket, behind your license plate, inside the fairing. No matter what you ride, you have room for one.

Holds heavy loads. Even after five years of occasional use, my old one hadn't torn or popped a thread or do anything but gain a fine layer of road grime.

Straps securely. Pull the straps over your shoulders, cinch them down and not only does that close the bag tightly (the heavier the contents, the tighter it gets), but pulls it tightly to your back, too.

Doesn't flap around. You'd think a bag like this would fly around wildly at high speed. But, because you pull it on tightly, it holds securely.

Modern sportbikes like this GSX-R600 leave little room for extras, but the Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag still fits.

Modern sportbikes like this GSX-R600 leave little room for extras, but the Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag still fits.

The Bad:

There are going to be things that won't fit. You'll be limited to 12 beers, not 24. A large bouquet of flowers is probably a bad idea, go for the small, friendship bouquet.

And some stuff is too small. A bottle of wine? We'd keep that to low speeds only. The bag just doesn't get secure enough to avoid small stuff flying about a bit.

Your friends will steal it. Invariably, you'll loan it to one of them in a fit of camaraderie as they try and take home a spur-of-the-moment purchase. You'll never see it again, unless you look under their seat.

High quality hardware holds the Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag tight.

High quality hardware holds the Aerostich Lightweight Portable Bag tight.

The Verdict:

An essential item for any motorcyclist, you'll find uses for it you never knew you had. It will make your life easier and more convenient and more spontaneous. Not bad for $25. Heck, get two.

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