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Mini-Tank Bag

I'm considering buying a mini tank bag for my Versys. I want something that has a very low profile and fairly small with easy access to the main compartment. From digging around on Revzilla I found this one:

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ro-20-tank-bag

Has anyone used it before? Any other recommendations?

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the first question is what do you plan to haul in your tank bag? how often do you plan to use it? do you plan on leaving it on the bike or taking it on and off all the time? how much do you want to spend on it?, all of these can change what kind of bag you should get, i have a fastrax magnetic bag that i got from an inmate on here and with some very slight modification (shortened the side wings on it) has worked great for me

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I only plan on using it once in a while. Specifically when I go on an overnight or longer trip or if I'm going through a few tolls that are common in my area. I want a quick stash of cash mostly and maybe a few odds and ends. I may even stash my passport in there for easy access when passing over the border into Canada. I want to keep the bag as small as reasonably possible.


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I only plan on using it once in a while. Specifically when I go on an overnight or longer trip or if I'm going through a few tolls that are common in my area. I want a quick stash of cash mostly and maybe a few odds and ends. I may even stash my passport in there for easy access when passing over the border into Canada. I want to keep the bag as small as reasonably possible.
my recomondation then would be a small magnetic bag (the strap ones can be a PITA to take on and off all the time) maybe one like this might be good for your needs https://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-W...NXmzDd&vxp=mtr
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my recomondation then would be a small magnetic bag.
Thanks, that looks good. Couldn't find the dimensions on the ebay site but it looks smallish from what I can tell.


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I'm considering buying a mini tank bag for my Versys. I want something that has a very low profile and fairly small with easy access to the main compartment. From digging around on Revzilla I found this one:

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ro-20-tank-bag

Has anyone used it before? Any other recommendations?

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I'm considering buying a mini tank bag for my Versys. I want something that has a very low profile and fairly small with easy access to the main compartment. From digging around on Revzilla I found this one:

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ro-20-tank-bag

Has anyone used it before? Any other recommendations?

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I have this one on my Street Triple, small is an understatement. I would find something a bit bigger, this barely holds my tool kit.
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I'm running the smallest SW-Motech Ion quick-disconnect bag. It's usually got my wallet, phone, keys, ear plugs, EZ-Pass transponder, folded hat, eye drops, small microfiber towel, visor cleaner, kickstand plate, and probably some more little things, with room to spare for a water bottle. Before I got panniers, it also kept my flashlight, multi-tool, etc. Narrow map window and not cheap, though. Here's a pic of it expanded.


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Being magnetic does it scratch the paint? I am looking into one but do not want my tank all scratched up
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Being magnetic does it scratch the paint? I am looking into one but do not want my tank all scratched up
mine hasnt put any scratches but if your overly worried just get some of that thin rubber mesh stuff from the dollar store/tree and put it under the tank bag

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Being magnetic does it scratch the paint? I am looking into one but do not want my tank all scratched up
Over time, any bag that touches the tank (magnetic or strap or something else) will put micro scratches in it. I make sure to keep a coat of wax on the tank.

I've used magnetic and strap tank bags on all my motorcycles. On most of them you couldn't see any of the micro scratches unless you were looking closely. On a few of the bikes, I polished out the scratches before putting it up for sale.

The kind that mounts on a ring installed around your gas gap will hold up the tank bag off the bike (i.e. Givi tanklock) to help prevent scratches. I have one of these, the XS308. It's a big bag and when there is anything in it the tip hangs down enough to touch the tank.
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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.
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Over time, any bag that touches the tank (magnetic or strap or something else) will put micro scratches in it. I make sure to keep a coat of wax on the tank.

I've used magnetic and strap tank bags on all my motorcycles. On most of them you couldn't see any of the micro scratches unless you were looking closely. On a few of the bikes, I polished out the scratches before putting it up for sale.

The kind that mounts on a ring installed around your gas gap will hold up the tank bag off the bike (i.e. Givi tanklock) to help prevent scratches. I have one of these, the XS308. It's a big bag and when there is anything in it the tip hangs down enough to touch the tank.
Sorry to hijack the thread a bit, but do you have any pics of the XS308 on your bike? I've been thinking of the XS308 or the XS320 but haven't found any good pics of them on a Gen3. I've always been fan of bigger-the-better tank bags, and am thinking of replacing the small gas-cap mount SW-M bag I've got on mine now, but I'd like to stay with that type of mount system.

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...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....
VERY important info, as the magnets will attract steel particles that WILL scratch your tank EASILY!

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Sorry to hijack the thread a bit, but do you have any pics of the XS308 on your bike? I've been thinking of the XS308 or the XS320 but haven't found any good pics of them on a Gen3. I've always been fan of bigger-the-better tank bags, and am thinking of replacing the small gas-cap mount SW-M bag I've got on mine now, but I'd like to stay with that type of mount system.
I've owned both the XS308 and the XS320. The 320 was a really nice bag, I liked it better than the 308 even, but it wasn't big enough for me. So I switched to the 308. Here are a couple photos I found with the 308 on my bike. I am going to be listing both the tank ring and the XS308 bag for sale, once the weather is a little warmer. (I'm selling my Versys).
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I've owned both the XS308 and the XS320. The 320 was a really nice bag, I liked it better than the 308 even, but it wasn't big enough for me. So I switched to the 308. Here are a couple photos I found with the 308 on my bike. I am going to be listing both the tank ring and the XS308 bag for sale, once the weather is a little warmer. (I'm selling my Versys).
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That one looks pretty good. Definitely on my short list. Thanks!
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I have this one on my Street Triple, small is an understatement. I would find something a bit bigger, this barely holds my tool kit.
Small is okay, I have a tailbag that carries most of my needed stuff. This would just be an occassional use bag when on longer rides, like I stated earlier a quick stash of cash for tolls, maybe passport and sunglasses plus earplugs.

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I'm running the smallest SW-Motech Ion quick-disconnect bag. It's usually got my wallet, phone, keys, ear plugs, EZ-Pass transponder, folded hat, eye drops, small microfiber towel, visor cleaner, kickstand plate, and probably some more little things, with room to spare for a water bottle. Before I got panniers, it also kept my flashlight, multi-tool, etc. Narrow map window and not cheap, though. Here's a pic of it expanded.

I like this one but the Shad that was posted earlier looks like it has a smaller profile.
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