Case suitable for carrying a violin on a motorcycle

September 11, 2013 at 09:56 PM · Hello,

I will shortly be starting to travel to my violin lesson on a motorcycle so am looking for a case suitable for wearing while riding. My current case comes with backpack straps but I don't think I'd trust them when travelling at high speeds.

If anybody has any experience of this or any recommendations any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much for your time,


Replies (20)

September 12, 2013 at 01:29 AM · Maybe a Tonareli cello-like shaped case?

Probably the most aerodynamic I have seen.

Be safe!!!

September 12, 2013 at 01:39 AM · My recommendation is: don't do it.

But I realize that's not useful.

Are you looking for one you can carry on your back? that's going to limit your mobility and flexibility in traffic--and that will not be safe.

Is your bike equipped to take luggage? because then you need to consider that option, very seriously. If you have a deep saddle bag you could upend a solid case and bungie it in place. That might give you a bit more safety.

September 12, 2013 at 06:34 AM · I use a rectangular case with straps and wear it like a backpack. The bottom of the case lightly touches the seat and the top of the case is behind my helmet.

Since my body and helmet are in front of the case, it is not affected by high speeds (110kph and over - 70mph +).

My longest trips have only been 30 mins each way, and the case has had enough padding to protect the violin from temperature changes at these distances.

I guess it really depends on the number of factors you are facing; type of bike/posture, time of day/temperature, distance, exposure (rain etc.) and so on.

There's a discussion from a few years back on this subject here.

September 12, 2013 at 01:09 PM · none 8;)

... but you could buy a carbon-fiber violin and just let it hang on the side.... the wind flying through the f-holes will make a great sound.

September 12, 2013 at 01:12 PM · Carrying a case on one's back should improve the aerodynamics because it reduces the vortices coming from the airflow around the rider. Anyone who has carried a pillion passenger who sits close up (as Herself used to), will know this.

September 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM · In this instance I'd be tempted to buy the shaped BAM travel case...where the bow is in a separate tube...and then find a well-fitting backpack to put those two (and more) items in.

I think having everything well protected individually, but then having the ability to 'pack' the individual items in a backpack will be the most comfortable for you...and secure for the component parts (violin, bow, accessories).

September 12, 2013 at 02:57 PM · Before you buy any case, try putting it on your back with the back-pack straps and sitting down on a bench to simulate the saddle on the bike.

If the strap attachment on the back of the case is too high, the case will sit on the bench with you and tend to fall away from your back, swaying and dangerously compromising your balance as you ride.

You'll need to find a case with the attachment situated low enough to resolve this issue (although this will make walking with the case on your back more difficult for the opposite reason).

September 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM · I just completed a 10-day 4400 mile trip during which the temperatures ran the range from 40 to 105 and I was rained on 3 days and even went thru 2 hail storms.

I used a 2-inch PVC pipe for the bow with foam rubber on each end of the bow that keeps it in the middle of the tube. Plastic caps on the ends keep it sealed very well. I tied this across the handlebars. The violin I kept in a my saddlebag, wrapped in a pillowcase. I also put foam on both sides of the bridge to protect against it falling. (never did) It was cushioned in the bag by the rest of my clothes.

Only trouble I had on the entire trip was having to re-tune before playing.

September 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM · I have no motorcycle experience, but plenty of pushbike experience - indeed, my father might have actually introduced the idea of carrying a violin on one's back in the 1950s when he had a green canvas violin case cover made for me with backpack straps and a foam rubber cushion to protect my still growing back.

Nowadays I don't think it's a good idea to carry the violin on your body if you can fix it to the bike. When cycling or biking you don't have much control over the stresses your spine and, if you're a man, pr*st*te will be receiving, and having extra weight on your back can only increase them. Nowadays I stand my case on its side on the carrier, keeping it fixed with bungees. My body is between the wind and the case. On a motorcycle, the judicious use of bubble wrap could give added protection to the instrument.

January 28, 2017 at 03:02 PM · Why would one wish to travel at "high speeds" on a motorcycle when carrying a violin in its case on one's back; especially if the value of the violin could well be excess of that of the motorcycle?

January 28, 2017 at 07:13 PM · Why would one wish to travel at "high speeds" on a motorcycle?

You want to feel the speed?

Play Paganini's Perpetual Mobile!

January 28, 2017 at 09:38 PM · In the event of an accident I doubt there is a case on the planet that can totally prevent damage to the instrument. A Musafia shaped case would be optimum, but still no match to the forces that would be subjected to the case and the instrument inside. Therefore accepting the risk involved with carrying your violin on a motorcycle (and the consequences of this choice) is a must. I would think that resistance to wind, weather, weight and hardware safety are important factors in your selection. Other than Musafia, I'd suggest considering a GEWA Air protected with a strong insulated carry backpack.

January 29, 2017 at 08:10 AM · January 28, 2017 at 12:05 PM - that's keyword spamming, not story, why do you bother with a forum spammer.

January 29, 2017 at 05:03 PM · @Pavel Spacek....How so?

January 30, 2017 at 04:53 AM · If your route involves the freeway, which is necessary in some cases to avoid a very long trip, then you've got to move with traffic on a motorcycle or you get killed. I have used the Joey on my 50-cc scooter but this vehicle does not move fast enough to realize any ill effects of air friction on the case. The problem with the Joey is that it tends to hold the violin up quite high and it bangs against the back of your helmet rather annoyingly. A custom saddlebag arrangement is the way to go. Pay attention to where the hot parts are.

January 30, 2017 at 08:39 AM · @Roger St-Pierre. The contribution was rightly deleted by forum moderator. Nasir DZ account is no longer.

February 1, 2017 at 02:17 AM · Carrying things on your back when on a bike ain't good for your prostate long term. Use a pannier. On his bicycle in the 50s (before he passed his driving test/could afford a car) my father had metal ones made and fitted (not that he was thinking about the prostate at the time).

February 1, 2017 at 05:09 AM · Whenever I hear about cases on motorcycles, I think "coffins."

February 1, 2017 at 02:00 PM · You mean the cases that ride motorcycles with or without cases?

February 1, 2017 at 04:56 PM · How about a bubble like one in "bubble soccer"?

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