With its new Torke line, Kuryakyn dives into the waterproof adventure luggage pool. I had the opportunity to put the 35L Duffle, the 7L Tank Bag, and the 25L Backpack through their paces over a weekend of riding with my wife. The 24L Panniers were up for grabs, but they weren’t a good fit on my Z900 RS (and fuggetaboutit on my wife’s Z400) due to it’s less-than-adventurous pedigree. While I’m not an ADV guy (yet), I do pack in a ton of miles, and am rarely dissuaded by inclement weather, so I’m pretty critical when it comes to the durability and functionality of luggage. Rarely does a piece pass the “use it a few times then sell it on Craigslist” test for me. So, how do the Torke bags hold up? Let’s find out.

General features

The entire line is ready for adventure with durable, fully welded, double-coated waterproof TPU construction (in a sharp, modern-looking gray and black color scheme), brightly colored removable rigid internal structures, submersible IPX7-rated zippers, and integrated air purge valve. The logos are printed in a reflective ink, giving you extra visibility on the road when light becomes a rarer commodity on your adventures. They feel durable, and welded TPU is tried-and-true, long-lasting and exceptionally waterproof. I didn’t get to test them in the rain, but did soak them with water for a product photo shoot and the water remained on the outside of the bags where it belongs.

35L Duffle

Mounting the duffle was a fairly easy matter using the included loop straps that lock into nylon webbing on the exterior of the bag. The mounting straps include a retainer system to take up excess strap material and prevent flailing in the wind. Once strapped, the duffle remained in place, even at highway speeds.

When it comes to capacity and organization, there are plenty of external nylon webbing loops on the bag to get creative with mounting, to attach the included shoulder strap for easy carrying, or for additional carrying capacity, attach more gear or the included cargo net. To keep things organized, Kuryakyn thoughtfully included a zippered external waterproof pocket and an internal zippered pouch that attaches to the interior of the bag via Velcro for those smaller items.

Despite being a duffle bag that is basically a single large compartment, the size of the zipper opening was disappointing. I was unable to fit my small Amazon Basics camera bag into the Torke duffle. The same camera bag fits easily it into my comparatively small Kriega Messenger Bag, despite the Torke being more than double the capacity of the Kriega. Softer or smaller items like clothing, hand tools, sunglasses, extra gloves, and the like fared much better.

Despite some gripes about the zippered opening, the Torke duffle is a killer deal at $116.99.

7L Tank Bag

If your bike sports a steel gas tank, the diminutive tank bag easily mounts with magnets embedded in the (soft, rubberized, non-scratch) base. If you have a plastic tank or tank cover (or just want some additional peace of mind) straps are included for when magnets won’t work. My tank happens to be all steel, so I used the magnets without any additional straps. The tank bag held steady at lower speeds without issue. I suspect the roundness of my gas tank and the rigid flat shape of the bag led to a bit of wobble and drift at highway speeds, but the bag didn’t end up airborne, so I don’t think there’s any cause for concern.

The clear pocket on the front is perfect for your phone, GPS, paper maps (if you like going old school), or other small items. The zipper to the main compartment runs along nearly 3/4 of the bag, making it easy to get items in and out.

For easy transport off the bike, the tank bag sports an external handle, as well as a set of backpack straps to convert it into…wait for it…a backpack.

25L Backpack

The backpack is probably my favorite piece in the collection, and at $125.99, I think the best bang for the buck, too. At a spacious 25 liters, you can get a lot of stuff in it. It also packs in a lot of features: Side mesh pocket, waterproof external pouch, neoprene tablet/laptop sleeve, external mounting points to attach additional gear or for mounting to the bike with the included mounting straps (which are the same excellent straps as  those included with the duffle), cargo net, and a removable internal pouch for small items. Looks good on paper, and is every bit as great in practice.

At first glance, I thought the shoulder straps weren’t sufficiently padded. Luckily, even when loaded with a load of clothes and camera gear, the bag exceeded expectations and didn’t cause any discomfort after an hour or two.

Like the duffle, the backpack suffers from the opening being a bit undersized for its capacity. It can be tricky to get items you think should fit into the bag, if they fit at all. The zippered opening is just a bit narrow, and I think a zipper that runs further down the sides could make it an awesome must-have piece of gear for many riders.

The Verdict

Whether you're hitting the road less-traveled on an adventure bike, covering some smooth highway miles on a cruiser, or splittin' lanes and takin' names commuting on a hyper-naked, the Kuryakyn Torke line is a great option for carrying your stuff. They pack a sweet waterproof suite of durability, easy use, and affordable price into a tidy package.