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what tank bags are your using and why?

my wife would like a nice tank bag for her 2015. i bought her a SW-motech Engage bag but it interfers with here handle bars turning from lock to lock( i installed 2"bar risers on it). returned it.

i really like the SW-motech product but am open to any other sugestions or ideas. we do have a magnetic bag...but i don't like the idea of it moving and scratching the tank up.

pictures would be really welcome.

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I have a magnetic tank bag (Ogio super mini tanker) because of bar interference fears with others. I put some clean paint protection film on the parts of the tank it rubs on the most, and its helps. I dont want a magnetic bag either so I am also interested in what others are using who have bar risers.

Been eyeing the Shad E04P lately, and was about to order one to try it but the Kawasaki Pin kit is out of stock for the past few weeks.

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I am running a Wolfman Rainier expandable and have no bar interference. This is a strap on bag, Its very large and will hold a lot of stuff. Probably bigger then most would want but I like it . The pad under the bag is very nice and the tabs extend under the webbing so there is no worry about scratching anything . Wolfman products are very well made and designed.

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I run a "T-BAGS" tank-bag on each of my Vs - silver in AZ, black in BC - but use them only on longer rides (like D2D and similar). They're magnetic, and I've never had an issue w/ scratching the paint, and they hold a fair amount of "stuff".

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The SW-Motech Ion 1 gas cap mount bag fits perfectly on the Gen 3, but it's very small with a tiny map window. The RKA Shiloh Road 3-point strap-on fits perfectly, has a nice sized reversible map case, and is shaped for sloping tanks like ours. RKA quality is legendary -- I've had a lot of their luggage over the years. As for magnetic bags, I've had many of them. Don't be afraid of them -- keep your tank waxed and the bag bottom clean (watch where you set it down), and always lift the "wings" and bag straight up (don't slide!) and you won't have issues.

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Givi Extreme 15L with Tanklock mounting system. By far the most convenient bag I've ever had. The click on and off is uber easy and convenient to use for refueling. It will require a tank ring, Givi part # BF26, $16 from Givi.

A bit spendy, but it is the s_it. I tried both the MaKaw bag and one from Cycle Gear. This is much gooder. I got lucky and bought this system used off of this forum.



https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...ock-tank-bag-p

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Silver colored interior to make it easier to dig through the flotsam and find things.

Expansion zipper on top for much better stability when deployed. (Are you listening Nelson Rigg?)

The handle bars just barely touch when fully turned. If her bars are cranked back some that may be an issue.

Easy to work map pocket.

Apparently good UV protection as fading is minmal.


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The zipper tabs are not the sturdiest, I had one break. Small zip tie to the rescue. (Yes, I also own a '98 KLR)

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Givi - XS320 Tanklock Tank bag/ Givi BF26 tank mount

Dimensions: 13.3"L x 11.4"W x 7">9"H
Volume: 15 liters


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Givi - XS320 Tanklock Tank bag/ Givi BF26 tank mount
This. Not on a V but extensively used RTW and this is a definite recommend.
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Got rid of tank bag within 3 months of trying.
(on my 1st year, so it's not like I was used to anything).
Too much obstruction while riding and fueling, not to mention the scratches.
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For now i don't have tank bag, but I am waiting some discount for this:

https://sw-motech.com/en/bike/KAWASA...2572042809.htm
https://sw-motech.com/en/bike/KAWASA...2572026854.htm

It should be enough for my needs. Phone, wallet, snack bar, and stuff like that, other stuff can go in top box, and in backpack.

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Givi - XS320 Tanklock Tank bag/ Givi BF26 tank mount

Dimensions: 13.3"L x 11.4"W x 7">9"H
Volume: 15 liters
I like what I see there, especially the longer side pockets.

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Another vote for the Givi XS320. The tanklock system works really well.
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I have the flys small tank bag mostly for holding a couple things on longer rides. But I does have room for my wallet and glasses and a few snacks or water bottle if I need it. I keep the bulk of stuff in a backpack. I haven't gotten any side cases it top cases yet.

I have also found it is the perfect size for a lunch bag.
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I tried the Givi XS320. It fits perfectly and is a well-made Givi produce and the release system is excellent, but it got in my way so I stopped using it. I tend to move around on the bike quite a bit (maybe a result of decades of riding heavy, poorly-suspended standard-style bikes); someone who tends to keep his ass planted in place and doesn't lean off or lean forward very far probably wouldn't even notice the bag.

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...It should be enough for my needs. Phone, wallet, snack bar, and stuff like that, other stuff can go in top box, and in backpack.
Be careful putting your wallet and credit cards near magnets....

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Be careful putting your wallet and credit cards near magnets....
It is connected with tank ring, so no magnet in that little bag.
But thanks for warning

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I have the Givi XS320 and like it. A warning if you have bar risers though. The MotoWerk risers caused the bars to hit the detach "button" when the bars were turned. You would need risers that can adjust the angle - such as the Rox Risers.
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i've had a few over the years. this is the one i've kept. i don't use if for daily stuff just longer rides or endurance stuff. it holds plenty. i usually keep protein bars, a camelpack bladder and camera in it with a long lens. plus documents etc. it unzips and flips to the side for furling.
https://www.giantloopmoto.com/produc...go-tank-bag-3/

i have a 52l top box and the side cases for the daily commute. mostly just the top box.

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