Seattle Motorcycle Accessories: Around-the-World Waterproof Luggage | Motorcycle Bags Topics

Seattle Motorcycle Accessories: Around-the-World Waterproof Luggage | Motorcycle Bags Topics

Seattle Motorcycle Accessories: Around-the-World Waterproof Luggage | Motorcycle Bags Topics


The Company Transition

Al Jesse doesn't manufacture the adventure-style hard luggage he created and continues to carry his name (seen here for Honda's Africa Twin). For years, Jesse farmed out the sheet-metal fabrication for his utilitarian side cases and top boxes to a company in Mesa, Arizona, while he handled final assembly. This past June, Jesse sold his business to the owner of that company, Sean Derivan.

'Al is looking forward to semi-retirement and traveling, he wants to do more riding, so he asked if I was interested in buying the Motorcycle Luggage company,' Derivan explained. We have known each other for a long time, and I understand his philosophy. Our intention is to take his products a step further. We're going to continue to maintain the same durability and make some improvements as well.'


Jesse Luggage Systems Odyssey II

Narrow to fit in tight confines, deep to hold all but the kitchen sink: Black powder-coated Odyssey II side cases are available in 8-inch and 10-inch widths.

Materials remain identical, Derivan noted. The boxes continue to be made from 0.080-inch 5052 aluminum, and the lids are 0.060, durable and easy to repair should you huck your BMW or Honda or Yamaha off a cliff. The basic shape and black, charcoal, or silver powder-coating is likewise unchanged. Derivan has targeted improving the latches and sealing the lids. He would also like to add more accessories, like tie-down points.


Moving Forward

Derivan, who learned welding in the Army, has been studying the growing small-bore market. Al and I worked together on a new, more economical concept called the Baja Series,'' he said. We're trying to bring the price down for do-it-yourselfers who handle the final assembly and even get them powder-coated in the color of their choice. We are also moving forward with a slight redesign of the Odyssey II.'

Seattle Motorcycle Accessories: Around-the-World Waterproof Luggage | Motorcycle Bags Topics

Seattle Motorcycle Accessories: Around-the-World Waterproof Luggage | Motorcycle Bags Topics