Great post. Just cause someone does not want or need one themselves does not constitute a bad idea.
For those who never tried one, tank bags can mean the difference between NO PICTURE and a relatively rare photograph. This taken from my KLR, I eased to the side of a gravel road and this fellow could have cared less about me... but I did not have to dismount to grab the Nikon and a very reliable 18-200mm.
A cheesy shot of KLR chums, who had little time to react when the camera was slipped from the tankbag. Practical, spontaneous.
Yeah, why would anyone want that, right?
I actually loved the posture this setup made possible, and I enjoyed the feeling of having the tank bag there to occasionally call upon. Pull to the side of the road, foot on brake to light the brake light, leave a turn signal on, reach in bag and remove a snack, a map, switch from sunglasses to clear/night use glasses, etc. If I was going in somewhere, easy enough to take it off and bring it with me. I had a thin cable lock encouraging mine to stay on my tank, threaded through and around the steering neck of the KLR.
Silvie- this tankbag on my old/former KLR here is magnetic, and does not fit the Versys to my liking. It's yours if you want it man, it's got 34,000 miles of use, and aint like new, but one man's junque another's treasure if you can use it.
Glad to help out another rider.
I have been thinking of this one from Amazon, seems to get good reviews, and looks like it might match up well to the angles of a first/second gen. tank.
I have tried flat-bottomed style tank bags - one I used on my KLR, and it was not the fit I was wanting.
This one shows up as $67.90 for me, but I have the Amazon prime membership. If you are not am Amazon member I think it's more, but I have also seen this same bag for sale around the web by other sources.