Before you ride a motorcycle, you don't realize how much stuff you usually take with you no matter where you're going. Once you have a bike, however, you realize how many things you toss in your truck or backseat when you leave in a car or truck. Fortunately, there are all sorts of storage options that you can add to your bike. Realistically, if you purchase the right bags, you'll be able to pack enough on your bike to make it a week before having to wash laundry. Here, you'll find a bit of information about the different bags for your bike.

Saddle Bags

Saddle bags are probably the most common bags for everyday use. The bags straddle the rear tire and come in various sizes, shapes, and forms.

The first thing that you'll have to decide is what type of bag you want: do you want leather, nylon, or a hard plastic shell case?

Leather will require some care from time to time, but it will hold up to a lot of abuse before it's time to replace them. They are fairly hard and will do a fine job protecting the items that you store inside.

Nylon bags are ideal for those who don't like to carry a lot of stuff but have the potential to need the extra storage space. These bags can easily be rolled up and tucked into a carry bag that's attached to the handlebars or sissy bar on the back of the bike. They can be waterproof, but not every model will prevent water from seeping in.

Hard plastic shell cases aren't commonly seen, but they are quite nice to use. These bags typically snap open and close easily and can store quite a bit of stuff inside without any worry of water or sun damage occurring.

Sissy Bar Bags

Sissy bar bags are great for traveling on your motorcycle. These can be found in small forms or in a very large, road-trip style. They can be found in leather, nylon, and plastic.

One thing to keep in mind as you choose a sissy bar bag is that the weight that you add to the back of the bike can make things more challenging if you're riding through windy conditions.

Don't forget to look for locks. You won't be with your bike every second of every day, and you don't want to have to worry about the stuff that you're storing inside the bags being stolen. Pick up a lock set for the bags that you've purchased or find a bag set that comes complete with locks.

For more information, contact a company like Conely's Accessories USA that sells motorcycle saddle bags.