For the longest time (over three years, to be more precise), I’ve been riding the Americas and Europe with Mosko Moto Scout panniers and duffle. It fits my Suzuki DR650 and my traveling style perfectly, housing all my stuff safely and protecting it from the weather and the elements. I’ve crashed, chased the Dakar, shipped the bike with the luggage across the Atlantic Ocean, and ridden countless off-road miles with it, and it has never failed me.
However, on a recent fly and ride trip to Ecuador, I had the chance to try out another luggage system: the Mosko Moto Reckless, a rack-less luggage set up that I used on a borrowed DR650. Which one is better, and why?
Space vs Weight
The biggest difference between Mosko Moto Scout panniers and reckless is the weight. Reckless doesn’t require a pannier rack, saving at least 8-10 kilos of weight, and that’s a massive bonus, especially if you ride off-road a lot. I’m seriously considering switching from Scout to Reckless just because of the weight factor alone – planning to do more and more off-road riding, every kilogram counts, and Reckless seems like a better alternative.
Comfort and Handling
I have to admit, the first time I looked at the reckless system, I thought it’d be a bit of a hassle to put on and take off the bike. I was wrong. Once you’ve secured the outer bags onto the bike, the way the drybags pack is just pure genius – it’s simple, quick, and solid. When on the road, all you need to do is take the drybags off the bike, and you’re good to go. Packing in the morning only takes a couple of minutes!
I only rode with the reckless for twelve days, and I didn’t drop the bike, so I can’t say just how durable this system is. But since my Scout system has held incredibly well over the years despite crashes, saltwater, offs on tarmac and gravel, and all kinds of weather, I’m inclined to believe that the Reckless is just as solid.
Have you tried Mosko Moto reckless or Scout, and which do you prefer?