How do the bags attach to my motorcycle?

The bags attach using haltersnaps that click onto d-rings on our bike hardware. The bike hardware is available in several sizes and styles, and each option offers some adjustment making it possible to fit almost any bike.


Can the bags fit any bike?

Everyone's bike is different, and motorcyclists have always been a creative class of people making their rides unique. These bags are very universal, and we've already tested them on several styles of bike, but there are some things to note:

  • The bags absolutely must not touch your exhaust. It will burn them. High mounted exhaust- beware!
  • If you have a mono shock setup, you will need to be sure that there is something preventing the bags from touching the wheel. Pack Animal does not currently offer a solution that does this. The bags work easily on twin shock bikes.
  • Visit our mounting guide to learn more.

So far we have tested the bags on vintage japanese motorcycles, modern Triumphs, modern Harley-Davidson Sportsters, vintage BMW's, and vintage enduro bikes. If you're wondering about your bike, you can contact us at

What fits inside a bag?


The saddle bags are 26 quarts, or 6.5 gallons. Simply put, these are larger than your average messenger bag, but not the same as a suitcase. The main compartment can fit any of the following:

  • A weeks worth of clothing
  • A backpacker's supply of camping gear
  • Two six packs of your favorite and a few days worth of groceries

There's a divider set inside the bag with room for some daily carry stuff:

  • A book or two
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet or business card carrier
  • Pens and pencils (or wrenches)
  • A 15" laptop

The front pocket is large enough for a book / phone / wallet / snack.

The side pockets fit bottles up to 3.5" in diameter.

The zippered pocket fits maps, bike registration, and other small flat items.