Join Date: May 2016
Location: Newark, Delaware
The key to not scratching your tank is to simply be very careful. I've used strap and magnetic bags on all my bikes, and none have gotten scratched to any noticeable degree. For mag bags, check the underside of the bag and flaps before you put the bag on the tank 100% of the time. And lift it off the tank carefully; do not pull it off so it slides/rubs. I also find that using some very fine-cut polish every so often on my fuel tanks will take out any surface scratches in the clear coat from tank bags and knees. Follow that with a good coat of wax and you'll be golden.
2015 Versys 650 ABS
AMA, MSTA, Retreads
Nat'l Cycle "Sport-Touring" screen; Givi hand guards; BMW Sport Grips; Omni-Cruise throttle lock; Motowerk mirror extenders, side stand foot & highway pegs; Denali Mini Soundbomb horn; SW-Motech top rack, Quick-Lock Evo side racks, wide foot pegs & GPS shelf; Givi E-22 side cases & V-47 top case; RKA 13L Shiloh Road tank bag; Hyper-Lites; Sargent seat; Shoodaben ECU reflash; decalectomy.