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Tank Bag Recommendations

I'm in the market for a tank bag. I've seen some as big as a suitcase! That's NOT what I'm looking for. A clear top cover so as to position map as well as room for my GPS, ability to stuff 2nd set of gloves inside bag, phone, various other small items.

What do y'all suggest? And, it would seem the "magnetic" type bags wouldn't work on our Versys (due to the side panels being plastic.) Therefore, we need the strap type fastening system. Correct?

And . . . while I'm asking for the moon . . . I don't want to pay an arm and a leg . . . maybe just a couple fingers worth.

Suggestions?! Thanks.
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I've got the Wolfman Rainier. Works great, but not cheap. Might be bigger than you want, too-
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Wolfman. Great bags.

I ended up replacing my Wolfman tank bag with a Givi tank lock bag. The Givi is nice because the bag is suspended over the tank and nothing sits on the paint to scratch it. It's also very easy to remove for fueling.
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Some of the smaller magnetic bags will work. Don't overlook the tank lock type with the locking ring that mounts around the gas filler cap. Givi and Bags Connection both have this style with Bags Connection having a large selection.

Of course neither Givi or Bags Connection will satisfy your price point.

Inexpensive is going to mean buying used or going with the strap or magnetic bags.

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Wow, (to the Givi Tank Lock Bag) did a quick Google for that product. That is definitely the newest type I've seen but it is rather pricey (looks like around $150.) Let's see what other suggestions come in. I may end up going used/cheap until Christmas. If i'm REAL good till then, maybe Santa will surprise me! (I have to remember to forward this Forum thread to my wife)
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I like Kriega systems cause you can combine them and set them up on the tank or on the passenger seat, and just pile them up as you need. 100% waterproof.
http://www.kriega.us/us-tank-bag-adaptor/

Only thing missing is a transparent pocket for a map.
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Have a tank bag that hook via stap and plastic connection like on backpack, but it was not answering all my need because the strapp could be remove or cut and then the bag be stolen.
I could have unhook all to store in the side case, but this eas a pia to do so, especialy to rehook, so instead, I decided to put a thank ring

Went for this
So I cutted the plastic clip off and also the "bib" front and rear (was render useless now, bonus is that the rain cover now fit so much better AND stays on) and now when I stop on a ride, I snap off the bag, put it it in the side case and don't heave to worry about getting it stolen OR having to empty it's content


Sorry, can't find the model/brand of my bag, but it would fit you request as far as volume and price ... Will check what's what when I return home tonight and comment back with the info

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I have a Wolfman Explorer Lite that I just picked up this winter at AeroStich

So far I'm very happy with it, fits the bike well, holds enough but yet it is small enough to clear the bars well.

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index....&product_id=82

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...What do y'all suggest? And, it would seem the "magnetic" type bags wouldn't work on our Versys (due to the side panels being plastic.) Therefore, we need the strap type fastening system. Correct?

And . . . while I'm asking for the moon . . . I don't want to pay an arm and a leg . . . maybe just a couple fingers worth.

Suggestions?! Thanks.
Here's two pics of the "T-BAGS" tank bag I have for the GREEN HORNET, and here's a link:
http://www.tbags.com/detail.aspx?ID=47&SelectedCat=4
It's magnetic, expandable, comes w/ a rain-cover. 'Bout $100.


(Though I have a different one on BIG RED, I'm thinking of getting another "T-BAGS" to replace it.)
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I have a cortech super mini magnetic base. It fits on my tank just fine. Has one zippered pocket that can hold phone, extra chargers and cords, gloves, spare flashlight, sunglasses case and other odds and ends, plus a map pocket and an external small zippered pocket.

Seems to work fine for me.

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I'm in the market for a tank bag. I've seen some as big as a suitcase! That's NOT what I'm looking for. A clear top cover so as to position map as well as room for my GPS, ability to stuff 2nd set of gloves inside bag, phone, various other small items.

What do y'all suggest? And, it would seem the "magnetic" type bags wouldn't work on our Versys (due to the side panels being plastic.) Therefore, we need the strap type fastening system. Correct?

And . . . while I'm asking for the moon . . . I don't want to pay an arm and a leg . . . maybe just a couple fingers worth.

Suggestions?! Thanks.

Have you checked out the Nelson-Rigg CL-1010?
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Check the SHAD as well. Don't have pictures available but hit Bruce at [email protected] for more details.


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I have the bags connection unit that locks on to the gas cap. Snaps on, pull a lanyard, and it's off. I also have a ring mounted on the Ducati so I can use the bag on either bike. Go to Twisted Throttle to see them.

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Marsee 1.5 liter tank bag

Just scored a Marsee 1.5 liter (apologies to our blokes for spelling of liter) tank bag (5x7-inch base) from Racer Parts Wholesale; $12. Same bag with magnetic mount is $25. Also ordered Cortech Dryver Motorcycle Tank Bag Gas Cap Mounting Ring Set from Bike Bandit; $18.
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I have a Wolfman Explorer Lite that I have used on my klr and Versys. It fits the versys well and had enough room for tank bag stuff. The sidewalks have lost some of their stiffness and now the bag slumps slightly to one side. I will keep it for my drz but plan on getting a tank lock bag from TT .... The Bags Connection series "Trial" model.
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Have a tank bag that hook via stap and plastic connection like on backpack, but it was not answering all my need because the strapp could be remove or cut and then the bag be stolen.
I could have unhook all to store in the side case, but this eas a pia to do so, especialy to rehook, so instead, I decided to put a thank ring

Went for this
So I cutted the plastic clip off and also the "bib" front and rear (was render useless now, bonus is that the rain cover now fit so much better AND stays on) and now when I stop on a ride, I snap off the bag, put it it in the side case and don't heave to worry about getting it stolen OR having to empty it's content


Sorry, can't find the model/brand of my bag, but it would fit you request as far as volume and price ... Will check what's what when I return home tonight and comment back with the info

My 2 cents

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Update may 11

My tankbag is a rapid transit recon bought 3 or 4 years ago
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I pulled the trigger on the Sedici Garda bag from my local Cycle Gear. It was on sale for $45. It uses straps to secure. Seems like it will be the right size for my needs. I'll let you know if I encounter any problems. Thanks for all the advice. I liked that I could actually put my hands on the bag and also support the guys at Cycle Gear. Over the years, the folks at the 3 Houston stores have ALWAYS been incredibly nice and helpful.

http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/A...p/41277_438540
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