Racks and Luggage for Motorbikes

Racks and Luggage for Motorbikes
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How much luggage can a motorbike carry

All the Tigit Motorbike long distance travel rentals have enough power and space to carry two people and luggage across Vietnam.

For optimum performance Tigit recommends that travellers aim for 15kg of luggage.

We recommend traveling as lightly as possible, for more information on how to do so read our what to bring and wear article.

Sending a bag on the train to another office

Travelers can send a bag between Tigit offices for $15 per bag. Tigit sends bags on the train between our three locations Ho Chi Minh, Danang and Hanoi. It does not matter how big the bag is, so pile in as much excess weight into a bag and have it delivered by train!

The Honda Blade

Travellers often express concern at the 110cc engine not being powerful enough. Tigit can confidently claim the Blade can carry two people and luggage over any roads or mountains that Vietnam can throw at it. These are the work horses of this country and the Honda Semi automatic will be seen on all terrain throughout the country.

Solo driver with 2 backpacks

The Honda Blade comes with a luggage rack created by Givi.
For most people this Givi rack is enough, but we can add an additional rack as seen in the pictures which extends off the back of the motorbike. The bags sit length ways, with the traveller keeping as much of the bag on the seat as possible before intruding on the drivers space. The more the luggage can be on the seat of the motorbike and better it will handle.
The Blade has a 3.7L gas tank which means a traveller must fill up once in the morning and once at lunch time. To do so, the luggage must be removed.
With practice this can be achieved within a few minutes.

Riding 2 up with the Honda Blade

The Tigit Honda Blade comes with a Givi rack and an additional extension rack.  This has a technical specification 7 KG. With two people on the motorbike the travellers put the bags sideways and put them on top of eachother. This provides a backrest for the pillion rider. The rig is strong, but on occasion can break under the seat where the four screws attach the Givi rack to the motorbike. The Givi rack itself can also buckle.

To weld racks is around 50,000-100,0000vnd (less than 5usd) and is the customers responsibility. Common sense is needed and observation to wear and tear as the journey progresses. Tigit recommends a maximum of 15KG, which is already over and above the Givi specs.
Tigit does not charge for broken racks, but we also won’t take responsibility or be blamed for them breaking on a journey.

Checking racks is not a priority of Tigit mechanics and we believe clients should have the ability to determine condition and fix on the road cheaply. We don’t stop you overloading the motorbike, but take responsibility for the knowledge of what you are doing. 

The Honda Winner

Solo driver with Givi boxes and backpacks

The Honda Winner is the most powerful 150cc motorbike in Vietnam and can easily carry two people and luggage across Vietnam.
Tigit provides 22L Plastic Givi side boxes and a Givi rack with the Honda Winner. These can be removed with a simple clip on design. Putting luggage in Givi boxes allows a traveller to conveniently carry luggage by simply unclipping the boxes from the motorbike.
Givi boxes also aid in protecting the Honda Winner bodywork when crashes occur.

The downside to Givi boxes is they weigh a lot which impacts on the handling of the motorbike.

The Winner comes with a 4.5 litre gas tank, a traveller must fill up once in the morning and once at around lunchtime. A range of roughly 150km.

Driving 2 up with the Honda Winner

Similar to the Honda Blade, the Winner has a Givi rack which supports around 15KG of luggage and is best piled up with the bags lengthways. The Winner has the best suspension out of the locally supported motorbikes which is why Tigit is comfortable adding additional Givi boxes which are not found on any of our other 150cc models.

  • Givi E22n Side Boxes
    Volume: 22L
    Max load: 5kg
    Size: 370 x 225 x 470 mm


The Honda XR 150cc

Solo driver with a lot of stuff

The Honda XR 150cc is the most comfortable motorbike that Tigit has to offer within the 150cc range. It is also the best for two people and luggage.

The Honda XR 150cc comes with a sturdy rack that can easily be extended. There is plenty of space to pile bags on the motorbike.
The soft and bouncy suspension of the Honda XR is perfect for handling the bumpy roads and large potholes that can often be found throughout Vietnam.

Tigit does not provide side panniers or boxes with the Honda XR due to the width dimensions of the motorbike. Givi has tried (and failed) to design a side rack suitable for the Honda XR.
Other companies put custom built side racks on the XR which are heavy and ruins the handling of the motorbike. We will not provide side racks.

The Honda XR has a 12L gas tank which can reach up to 300km. This is more than a days drive within Vietnam. The Honda XR has a front filling magnetic gas tank and will only need filling up once each day.

Driving 2 up with the Honda XR150

Tigit provides an extension luggage rack and backpacks can be piled sideways on the motorbike giving the pillion rider a back rest.

The Honda CRF 250ccL

The Honda CRF 250L has a custom made rack that can be extended. The finished product is similar to the Honda XR 150cc. Tigit purchases after market adjustable rear shocks for the CRF 250cc which are not cheap. We do this to aid with the concept of travelers and bags, instead of the Dual Sport single riding. The XR 150cc and CRF 250cc are fulfilling the same job and role within our fleet. However the Honda CRF 250L is a big upgrade in terms of power, comfort and stability.

Upgrade to the Honda CRF250 for maximum off-road capabilities

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 400c

The Royal Enfield Himalayan 400cc is probably our most comfortable motorbike for both the driver and the pillion. Both the seat and suspension are soft and bouncy, it is actually an incredibly comfortable machine.
Tigit equips the Himalayan with 22L Givi plastic boxes (same as can be seen on the Winner). The back rack has a smallish platform for loading bags on. All in, it is a comfortable and suitable ride for two people and luggage.

  • Givi E22n Side Boxes
    Volume: 22L
    Max load: 5kg
    Size: 370 x 225 x 470 mm

The Honda CB 500X

The Honda CB 500X is the motorbike to get when loading up with luggage. A 500cc 50hp engine means this motorbike is not lacking in the power department. Tigit equips the CB 500x with Givi 37L Aluminium Outback Trekker boxes. A top of the line pannier set. The backrack remains bare for putting a bag on. However we can attach a top box if needed. Tigit doesn’t like top boxes because they add unnecessary weight to the motorbike. We feel top boxes do not add anything above and beyond what a normal bag can do.
The motorbike is comfortable for two people and luggage. Performance wise, it is by far the best motorbike we have on offer.

  • Givi Trekker Outback 37L side boxes.
    Volume: 37L
    Size: 495 x 246 x 387 mm.
    Max load: 10 kg.
  • Givi B32N 32L Top Box
    Volume: 32L
    Max load: 3kg
    Size: 303 x 433 x 405 mm


Here is an old video we did about putting your luggage on a motorbike rack securely

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2 Replies to “Racks and Luggage for Motorbikes”

  1. From experience……don’t ride bikes (CFR’s) with side racks on narrow cliff side tracks. When your inner rack catches a bit of rock that’s stuck out it will tip you over the other side and down the mountain. If you’re really lucky 40ft below will be some bamboo that will stop you dropping the remaining 500ft, and you’ll end up with just a bust nose and sprained ankle (if you’re wearing proper gear). Side racks should stay on the roads 🤔🙄🙈

    1. Yes side luggage should be avoided where possible. It is gimmickly displayed in advertising media these days.