The R35 was the first motorcycle backpack ever designed by Kriega owners, Mike and Dom. Despite having performed flawlessly for well over a decade, new advances in materials and manufacturing presented the opportunity to make the ‘best big motorcycle backpack in the world’ even better..Kriega R35 Motorcycle BackPack Fitting

Going by the hoary old truism of, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it’, Dom and Mike recognized that a radical redesign would have achieved little. However, by building on the enduring success of the R35, they were able to eek out some significant increases in performance, comfort, functionality and durability.

Kriega’s patented QUADLOC harness design removes the vast majority of the load from the shoulders (where most strain is felt when wearing a backpack on a motorcycle) and balances it between the chest pad and cushioned lower back area. When combined with high quality non-slip material and SUPERSPACE mesh for increased airflow, it is this system, which makes Kriega backpacks the most comfortable motorcycle backpack on the market.

Kriega R35 Motorcycle Backpack HarnessFor 2014 Kriega R35 motorcycle backpack now offers an even more precise and comfortable fit, thanks to unique slide adjusters on the upper straps of the QUADLOC harness system.

Unlike the other motorcycle backpacks in the range, however, it uses a heavy duty YKK zipper – rather than clips – as the main fastener in order to retain the two, convenient ‘Napoleon’ chest pockets, hidden behind the outer Velcro cover, thereby removing the need for the Kube Pocket accessory, which works so well with other Kriega backpacks.

Kriega R35 Motorcycle Backpack with Hydration

Further upgrades include full hydration compatibility, with the addition of an optional 3-liter, Military Spec. Hydrapak motorcycle hydration system, as well as a beefed up Hypalon top carry handle.

For greater abrasion resistance and improves water resistance, Hypalon has also replaced the silver nylon main panel, used on the previous version of the R35. Excellent night-time visibility is maintained thanks to a large 3M Scotchlite strip and reflective shock cord.

Kriega R35 Motorcycle Backpack w/ US-5

The backpack now also has heavy-duty rubberized mesh in place of fabric and four reflective silver web loops for easy attachment of Kriega US-5 or US-10 Drypacks, which can add 5 or 10 liters of waterproof additional capacity as an option. The pack can also accommodate a Forcefield back protector insert  to add CE Level 2 (highest available) protection to your motorcycle backpack.Kriega_R35_motorcycle-backpack_backprotector

The R35 is ideal for touring, commuting or weekend trips and just as well suited to riders of sportbikes, sport tourers, cruisers, adventure tourers, Dual Sport or ATVs.

Check out the full R35 motorcycle backpack spec here or at any Authorized Kriega Dealer.



  1. So beautiful!! The upgrades look well thought out and the bag should be nothing less than exceptional – if the others are any indication!

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