I have a three Givi set up but on longer trips I still use a cargo net for some stuff.
Tail bag works pretty well. I also have a cargo net, which is bigger and bulkier, but gets the job done. As always make sure your gear is in good working order. I have a tank bag which I prefer to the backpack, but to each their own. That's my 2 cents.
Listen, I've got two yellow and one black milk crate left, to the highest bidder. You pay the shipping. The orange one left with my KTM 950, the Green on left with my Red KLR.
I'll even wash the dog piss off them.
Cortech tail bag. Under $100 usually and good for 200,000+ Km's... well, at least mine has been.
SS1000, SS2000, BB1500, BBG1500, TransCanada Quest, TransCanada Gold(2005), TransCanada Gold(2007)
I just got some ROK STRAPS though I haven't had a chance to try them out yet... I've used a cargo net before, but seeing as I don't like to leave stuff on my bike, it's just easier to backpack it IMHO.
Best so far.... A tail bag that hides itself when not in use and pop up when in use. Nice carbon fibre look and yes you can sit on it!
Also tested carrying a 6 pack to and from the grocery store.....
Just wrap it in black electrician's tape...
What about a tailbag designed specifically for your bike?
I have one of these for my VFR. Totally awesome, nice storage capacity and pretty secure. I use it around town all the time.
OK, here's the TRICK set-up: part milk-crate as luggage rack / base, PLUS cargo net! beat that, SW Motech!
Ride fast if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.
(with apologies to Edward Whymper; from Scrambles Amongst the Alps, 1871.)
Yo man just wear one of these backpacks.
You can even put your motorcycle in it for a carry on!