The Reckless 40 works awesome on the 500-700cc class dualsport/offroad bikes. It has way more forward lean to it than the Reckless 80, so it fits the aggressive stance of more off-road oriented bikes. It fits on many larger ADV bikes too, but it’s specifically sized and shaped for the middleweights.
Most riders will find that 40L is not enough space for camping gear, unless you combine the R40 with a decent-sized backpack. For the ultra-minimalist though (bivy sack, summer-weight bag, freeze dried food) this is an awesome way to turn your dirt bike into a mini adventure bike, and use it to get into some really hard-to-reach spots like mountain lakes and hot springs. When we use the R40 for camping, it’s generally on shorter trips that are 90%+ offroad. Riders who pack things like a cool-weather sleeping bag, an extra pair of shoes, a camp chair, or more than one change of clothes, should consider either adding a Stinger 22 to their order (see notes below), or stepping up to a Reckless 80.
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.
All three R40 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.
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.
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 videofor 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.
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“I recently purchased the Reckless 40 for my EXC-F 500 and I am very happy with the design and quality of this product. It fits my bike as though it was made specifically for it and stays in place while riding any terrain. If you really want to go off road then this is the set up you want.”
Mounted these on my 1290 SAR. I have the stock pannier breadboxes, which I usually only use for when me and my better half go camping as it's far more comfortable back there having a proper back rest using the top box. These on the other hand are absolute perfection for solo camping. I typically hammock camp, but I can fit absolutely everything I need for a solid week of camping using this system. One of the R40 panniers fits my 0 degree mummy bag, a pillow, and my hammock + rain fly. The other I use for food, my camp chair, and changes of underwear / socks. I run these with the MOLLE pouches so I can bring water / fuel. Typically I'll have two MSR fuel cans, both filled with gasoline for the bike (also for the MSR whisperlite), and two Hydroflasks full of water. Sometimes I'll change that up depending on how long I am camping for, but that's what I default to.
All my tools (OEM tool kit + tire levers + inflator + chain lube) are all tucked beneath my seat with the tools + levers in a Mosko Moto Pinner tool roll.
I typically use the Stinger 8L that was included with the R40 to hold anything I might end up needing immediately. First aid kit, camera, mini tripod, drone, etc. Mosko Deluge rain gear also usually gets tucked under the beavertail as well.
This is a fantastic kit, and it really is all you need if you can make yourself pack correctly. If you've got a history in backpacking / camping and know what is necessary and what isn't, you can easily pack for a week using this system. The great thing about it is that it is expandable as well. The Stinger 22L (which I have two of since I strap them to my panniers when 2up camping) can also replace the Stinger 8L in the beavertail if you need more space. That allows the Stinger 8L (which comes with its own straps to fix it elsewhere on the bike) to be strapped to the back rack of the KTM.
Pictured is how I usually run it for single night camping. All my sleeping stuff in the L pannier and my food / chair / cook gear in the R pannier with a fuel bottle in one and a water bottle in the other. I do usually run a Kriega 20L backpack with this set up though since it's usually for when I leave after work for camping!
Bomb proof greatness!!!
Great system, perfect size for my 701E.
The whole system is well thought out and high quality. Fitting it to my KTM 500 EXC took less than 30min.
I am able to fit enough camping gear and food for ultra light overnights in the side dry bags, and the stinger 8 holds my spares and tools nicely. I like that the Stinger 8 is modular in itself, it can be used without the reckless bags and is great for day touring.
I also found the 1.5L soft side nalgene bottles fit snuggly in the bottom bottle holders. This is great, as my oil changes are 1.5L.
Super impressed with the durability and quality of this product!