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Tips for using Occy straps on your luggage

Have you ever seen a motorcycle with luggage tied down with a mass of Occy straps?

You try not to ride too close behind because you never know when something will fall off right in front of you.

The ubiquitous Occy strap has been used for years.

If you don’t know what an Occy strap is, it’s a stretchy strap or bungee cord with a hook on each end.

There is a wide range of types and they do the job … usually.

However, they can also fail with catastrophic consequences.

I think there are many other alternatives out there that are far better than ancient Occy straps and shopping bags such as this convenient Nelson-Rigg tailbag.

Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review
Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag

But if you are going to use Occy straps to hold your luggage to your rear rack or pillion seat, there are some simple guidelines you should follow.

Frayed Occy straps

The first is to replace them when they start to look frayed.

You never quite know when a fray will turn into a snap and your luggage spills across the highway.

An Occy strap can easily fray from use and also from rubbing against a sharp object such as a bolt or frame weld.

By hook or by crook

Make sure the hook has a decent bend and hasn’t straightened out from being hooked and unhooked hundreds of times.

If the plastic coating around the hook is cracked, the hook may also be rusted, so replace the strap.

Also, check that the knot inside the hook is secure. This is usually one of the first points of failure on an Occy strap.

Make sure you attach the hook to a solid, unmovable part of the bike where it won’t scratch paintwork or chrome, or interfere with any working parts such as the chain.

Keep straps away from hot engine parts and exhausts.

Try to pass the strap through some sort of loop on the luggage.

Be careful when pulling really tight. If it slips out of your hand it can whack you in the face!

Click here for the official safety standards on Occy straps.straps


Pack heavy items in the bottom of the bag that you are tying on to your bike.

Try to keep bags low and flat. The higher they are the more they will wobble under an Occy strap and become loose.

Make sure packed items are rammed together solidly as a loose pack will mean the straps are no longer tight.

Add one more

Do not skimp on Occy straps. You can always add one more just to be sure!

Place them in a criss-cross fashion so that you are securing the load from moving in all four directions.

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MV Agusta has Piquadro in the bag

MV Agusta has collaborated with Italian travelware company Piquadro to introduce a stylish range of branded keyrings, wallets, backpacks and travel bags.

The MV Agusta – Motorcycle Art collection in textile and leather will be available online through the official MV Agusta website in May and there are no prices yet.

We checked out the Piquadro website and found they are not cheap with a backpack costing about €479 (about $A840)!

However, Piquadro products are not only made of high-quality materials, but also have some advanced technology.

For example, the leather backpack (with included rain cover) and keyring in the MV Agusta range feature Piquadro’s Connequ Bluetooth Tracking technology.MV Agusta introduces Piquadro smart luggage

The tech connects to your smartphone via a dedicated app so you always know where they are which is great if they are stolen.

The backpack and both leather wallets also have special rfid-screened technology to avoid credit card cloning.

All the items in the range come in a black/gunmetal colour combination with Piquadro’s signature leather trimmings.

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Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review

Motorcycle luggage has to be convenient, practical and attractive, and Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag ticks all those boxes for riders on small bikes.

And at just $A119.95*, this expandable commuter tail bag (11.7-15.7 litres) is great value.

Tank versus tail bag

I love a tank bag on a sports bike for carrying an extra pair of gloves, visor cleaner, rag, multitool, tyre repair kit and other incidentals.

It’s also handy to put a map in the top clear-plastic compartment and you know it is secure because you can see it right in front of you.

However, tank bags can get in the way and even scratch your tank if you happen to get a tiny bit of road grit in between the bag and the tank. Nasty!

But this tail bag has all the benefits of a tank bag (except that it doesn’t have a clear top nor sits in front for visual security) without the possibility of damaging your bike.

Simply sit it on your seat or luggage rack and it connects via strong webbing straps with four tough nylon clips that are quick and easy to use.

Even though you can’t see it, you can be confident it is still there as the fasteners are secure.

It didn’t shake loose even on some rough roads where I took my Ducati Scrambler and Triumph Street Scrambler.

Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review
Tail bag on Triumph Street Scrambler rear rack

You can loop the ties together or use an underseat attachment. Both are secure. There is also a long strap in case it is needed for some bikes where the straps won’t go under the seat. 

Quickly un-click the four clasps and you can carry the bag with the flush-mounted handle or add the long strap that turns it into a backpack.

Mind you, the backpack is a bit naff, fiddly to thread the long strap and not very comfortable, so I just use the handle.

Style and construction

Tank bags looks a bit silly perched high up on a bike and spoil the lines. Tail bags look a bit more stylish.

This is a particularly stylish bag that fits in with the lines of a small bike with a small back seat, especially my Ducati Scrambler.

Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review
Same size and shape as the Ducati seat

It’s almost as though Nelson-Rigg designed it for this bike as the seat is the same shape and size as the bag.

What makes this bag look extra stylish is the semi-rigid top and sides. It doesn’t look floppy when there’s nothing in it like many other soft bags.

The moulded Fibertech top even has a stylish carbon-fibre-style finish.

Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review
Carbon-like top

It’s good-quality construction all round with robust zips, reflective piping and premium lining.

The instructions are stitched inside so you never lose them.

There are also two straps to keep your stuff from rocking and rolling around, an under-lid storage area with a mesh zipped cover and two stretch pouches to hold pens, multitool, screwdriver or small torch.Nelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review

It hasn’t rained here for a while, so I haven’t been able to test out its weatherproof qualities.

However, it does keep out the dust!

There is also a waterproof cover that you can store away in the top pouch.

Yes, they even thought about the fact that sometimes you have the tail bag zipped out to the expanded 15.7-litre capacity, so the waterproof cover also has an expansion zip.

WarrantyNelson-Rigg Commuter Lite tail bag review

Nelson-Rigg is an American family-owned company that has been around for more than a quarter of a century.

They make a range of motorcycle and scooter accessories, including covers, soft luggage and rainwear.

They stand by their products with a lifetime warranty.


  • UltraMax® fabric with maximum UV protection
  • Quick-release nylon buckles
  • Moulded EVA lid with Fibertech “carbon-like” accents
  • Internal self-fastening straps to secure contents
  • Lockable reverse coil zippers and hi-density rubber zipper pullers
  • 100% waterproof rain cover
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Protective non slip base material
  • Measures: L28cm x W25m x H16.5cm / L28cm x W25cm x H21.5cm expanded
  • Holds 11.7 Litres / 15.3 Litres expanded

(* Link International says the $119.95 price is for Queensland, NSW and ACT only. Pricing may vary in other states.)


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