Reckless 40L System (V2.0)
The Reckless 40L (V2.0) is a rackless pannier/duffle system that easily mounts on any motorcycle, with or without pannier racks. We designed this bag for day trips on larger bikes, baja-style hotel-hopping, or overnight camping from a smaller bike. The Reckless 40 is 100% waterproof, with three separate removable welded-seam drybags that slide/strap into an outer harness, which stays attached to the bike. If you’re setting up a new bike, the Reckless system saves you the added weight and expense of metal pannier racks, while still providing a traditional 3-bag organizational system (i.e. two side panniers and a rear duffle).
All three drybags have roll-top closures, and they can be easily and individually accessed throughout the day, so you don't have to mess with the holster attachment straps to get to food, clothes, or tools. The side drybags have clear panels on the front, so you can tell which bag has what you need, and they have stiffeners in the back to reduce movement while riding and make it easier to slide into the holster. They also have webbing handles at the bottom, so they can be more easily pulled into the holster.
The center bag on the Reckless 40 is our Stinger 8 Tailbag. It turns into a backpack with mesh backpack straps that unfold from inside the bag, in case you want to go for a day hike on your ride, or run into town for errands. The Stinger 8 also has 4 sewn-on connection straps with matching ladderlocks, so it can be rigged as a standalone fender bag, tail bag, or pannier topper without the Reckless 40 harness.
The Reckless 40 has separate rear pockets on both sides, which are perfect for storing fuel bottles, water bottles, tools, and tubes. The two overlapping rear beavertails are a great spot to tuck a motorcycle jacket when it’s not in use, or to store wet things - like a rainfly, towel, or campsite garbage – that you don't want inside your drybag.
The rear beavertail has a padded goggle pocket which also fits a Spot, InReach, or cell phone. On the inside surface of the front beavertail there's a mesh pocket for storing wet/dry items (like toothbrush/paste) or bike documents inside a waterproof baggie.
If you would like to expand the capacity of your Reckless 40, we recommend adding a Stinger 22 Tailbag. This is the same tailbag we include with the Reckless 80. Like the Stinger 8, the Stinger 22 also converts into a backpack, and can be rigged as a standalone tailbag. The Stinger 22 adds 14 additional liters of volume. The larger dimensions are great for packing bulkier items, like a sleeping bag, which would not typically fit in a Stinger 8. The Stinger 22 also integrates seamlessly with the Reckless 40's beavertail closure.
With the Stinger 8, the Stinger 22, and the Reckless 40, you will have 4 different storage options for your bike: 1) a standalone 8 liter tailbag, 2) a standalone 22 liter tailbag, 3) a 40 liter harness luggage system, and 4) a 54 liter harness luggage system. So you can fine-tune your carrying capacity for each trip.
The Reckless 40L comes with one laser-cut aluminum exhaust heat shield.
a) Every Reckless 80 and Reckless 40 comes with an included heat shield. Please use the heat shield! Exhaust and exhaust heat burns are not covered by your warranty. Before you leave for your trip, we recommend checking and double checking that no part of the bag or your bike's plastics are contacting the exhaust. On dual-exhaust bikes or bikes with especially high/exposed pipes, you will need a second heat shield, which is available for purchase in the 'Hardware & Parts" section of our website. When installing the Reckless system on your bike, please make sure the exhaust is not blowing directly on the bag. In general, make sure the bag is not touching or close to extreme heat; go physically around the bag daily, cinch it tight, and make any necessary adjustments.
b) The Reckless 80 and Reckless 40 were designed for rugged riding. They have a durable hypalon and ballistic nylon backing that can rub against the plastic parts of the bike, resulting in minor abrasion. Please take precautions if you do not want your bike parts marred by placing a clear adhesive sheet to where abrasion may occur on your motorcycle. Some examples of protective products are listed below. We suggest taking a short test ride with protection applied and with a loaded Reckless installed on the bike to assure satisfactory results.
c) There are many "wear points" on the Reckless system that are different on every bike. See this video for examples. These could be on the bottom of the bag - where the harness touches the bike or luggage rack - or on the drybags themselves, where they contact the harness, tent poles, or other items. After your first day or two of riding, please inspect the bags carefully, identify high-friction wear points, and either remedy the friction or apply a sacrificial 'patch' that can be periodically replaced before the bag itself is damaged. In particular, it is normal for the fabric on the bottom of the harness to show wear, and this does not affect the structural integrity of the bag nor its waterproofing.
- If friction causes the fabric on the bottom of your bag to wear through, this is not a big deal. There is a hard plastic plate inside the Reckless harness that will prevent the friction from reaching your drybags, and thereby affecting the functionality of the system. Fabric, vibrating under pressure between the hard plastic inside the harness and a hard metal bike part, will eventually wear out. To prevent this, apply a sacrificial patch to the wear point, or apply some padding on the bike.
- If your connection straps are wrapping around a sharp metal edge, for example on a bag mounting cleat, foot peg, or luggage rack, and the straps begin to show signs of wear, it is critical to address the wear before the strap is too far worn to use. Either file/grind the sharp edge, or apply (and maintain) a sacrificial 'sleeve' for the webbing made from fabric, additional webbing, or duct tape. A sharp metal edge vibrating under pressure will eventually wear through webbing, sometimes quickly. If this occurs, take some extra webbing to a local sewing shop and they should be able to easily repair the damage.
- Easily mounts in minutes to virtually any make/model of motorcycle.
- 40L total capacity, with 15L in each side bag and 10L in the rear duffle. All three bags feature roll tops which can be expanded significantly to accommodate more gear. Using all the available storage capacity, this bag can expand to over 50L of total space.
- At 7 pounds, the entire Reckless 40 system both weighs and costs less than most metal pannier racks alone – that’s just for the racks, not including the weight savings of the bags themselves.
- 100% waterproof, with three separate 22oz welded-seam drybags, and clear front panels on the side bags so you can see where your stuff is without having to open the bag.
- All three drybags can easily be detached/removed from the outer holster for easy access by the campfire or in your tent without removing the outer holster from the bike.
- Side bags also have a removable welded-in stiffener to increase lateral stiffness and make it easier to jam them down into the holster. Side dry bags also have a webbing handle at the bottom so you can reach up from the bottom and pull them down into the holster.
- Rear drybag is stored under two overlapping beavertails, which are also a great spot for stashing bulky, wet items or a spare jacket.
- Outer holster made from 1680D ballistic nylon, with bomber hypalon armor panels on the side legs to protect the holster from abrasion. Holster has an internal PE stiffener that runs the entire length of the bag, so it won’t flop around while you are riding.
- Holster/inner bag system protects the inner bag from abrasion when the bike is dropped, so the bags can sustain multiple crashes/drops without affecting the waterproofing of the inner bag.
- Side storage pockets on both legs can fit up to one 1L fuel bottle per side, or an equivalent water bottle. Provides a total extra storage capacity of 1/2 gallon of gas or water.
- Side storage pockets are also an excellent spot to store tools, tubes, and tire irons so you don’t have to fish through the main body of the bag to fix a flat.
- Double-strip MOLLE on the front of each leg for quick attachment/removal of MOLLE accessories. Easily add additional water, fuel, or tool storage via optional MOLLE compatible accessories.
- Mesh pocket on the inside surface of the front beavertail is perfect for holding a Spot/InReach and/or toothbrush and other wet/dry items.
- 1 side compression strap and 1 top compression strap on each side leg plus a roll-top closure, for superior compression/expansion capabilities. Bike can be ridden with all three dry bags removed from the holster.
- Aluminum stiffener at the bottom of each leg, to add lateral stiffness while providing multiple mounting angles for each leg.
- Leg attachment straps are removable, not sewn-on, so they can be easily field-repaired/replaced in the event of a crash.
- Comes with an aluminum heat shield and hose clamp to protect the underside of the bag from exhaust burns.
Please note: this video is for our Reckless 40 v1.0. We are currently shipping the Reckless 40 v2.0, which offers some added features. We will get a new video up soon!
Please note: the actual dimensions of this bag will vary considerably based on how it is packed and how tightly it is compressed to the bike. All the bags can be expanded/contracted significantly.
Download a PDF Footprint of the Reckless 40.
Leg Holster with Drybag Inserted:
- Length: 19" top to bottom (can be extended significantly with roll top)
- Width: 6.5" main body, 10" with rear pocket
- Thickness: 6.5"
Rear Beavertails with Duffle Inside:
- Width (side to side): 7”
- Height (top to bottom): 9”
- Length (front to back): 10”
Weight: Approx 7.0 lbs
Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.5". The lip that raises it off the exhaust is 1".