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hi all im looking for a tank bag prefurbly magnetic so its easy to put on / take off.
what kind do you guys have that youve found work good on the versys?
pics and or links would be really nice
and cheaper the better for i am poor :\


thses are some i was looking at from egay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/190831804673...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

so far this is my fav that i THINK will fit without any modding


http://www.ebay.com/itm/261356870348...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

this one im sure will fit without modding but is a bit small (i dont even think my phone will fit in the phone pocket)

then theres ones like these that i know wouldnt fit without modding but would be really nice if not just a hair to big

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201244705705...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301569608749...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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this is the small one I'm using...great bag, surprisingly roomy, very well made

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/o...anker-tank-bag
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Might be small for you. But I've been using this one since 2010...Here one with out the Givi Name but its the same bag....http://www.ebay.com/itm/Givi-Bitchin...338790&vxp=mtr



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this is the small one I'm using...great bag, surprisingly roomy, very well made

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/o...anker-tank-bag
ya thats a bit way to out of my price range

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Might be small for you. But I've been using this one since 2010...Here one with out the Givi Name but its the same bag....http://www.ebay.com/itm/Givi-Bitchin...338790&vxp=mtr



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ya thats a bit small and i kinda like the multi pocket design to keep small stuff organized so i dont have to go fishing when i need something

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I have never used a tank bag on any of the bikes I've ridden in the past. I am using the OEM Kawasaki magnetic tank bag on my Gen 2 and it works GREAT. It's expandable and form fitting to the tank.


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I have never used a tank bag on any of the bikes I've ridden in the past. I am using the OEM Kawasaki magnetic tank bag on my Gen 2 and it works GREAT. It's expandable and form fitting to the tank.
ya i really love that one but its almost $200 O.O

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ya i really love that one but its almost $200 O.O
I got mine used for WAY less. I've seen them for $135 NEW (NOT from the dealer) before.


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Everyone get tank bags and saddle bags. I think they both suck. Tank bags, you can't lay on your tank on the expressway, and it makes you sit almost perpendicular to the wind no matter what you do. And I don't like hard saddle bags because they are such wind blocks: soft saddlebags may be an option for me when I travel, maybe. If you don't think saddle bags are an air drag on the expressway, take the pummel masters off once and ride it: it's all the difference in the world above 55 mph.

My Seahorse 720 briefcase top case ($85 air tight) bolted directly to my rear rack (4 bolt/washer/nuts) pretty much serves as tank and saddle bags which are bolted on and have steel locks (and it's also jet stream.) Are you going to carry the tank bag with you all the time? If not, it and everything in it is history eventually. My 40" perimeter x 40" high tall duffle bag fills in the blanks including groceries every week (and I'm a big Southern boy.)

If you ride on the expressways frequently, the tank bag will show it's flaws immediately. It's a total waste of money, imo. If it's bolted on, you will never lay on your tank for wind fatigue and efficiency: i.e. real motorcycling. If it's not bolted on, "Adios Muchachos." Of course, you could carry it around like a purse and make it a part time job carrying it around and keeping up with it.


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Everyone get tank bags and saddle bags. I think they both suck. Tank bags, you can't lay on your tank on the expressway, and it makes you sit almost perpendicular to the wind no matter what you do. And I don't like hard saddle bags because they are such wind blocks: soft saddlebags may be an option for me when I travel, maybe. If you don't think saddle bags are an air drag on the expressway, take the pummel masters off once and ride it: it's all the difference in the world above 55 mph.

My Seahorse 720 briefcase top case ($85 air tight) bolted directly to my rear rack (4 bolt/washer/nuts) pretty much serves as tank and saddle bags which are bolted on and have steel locks (and it's also jet stream.) Are you going to carry the tank bag with you all the time? If not, it and everything in it is history eventually. My 40" perimeter x 40" high tall duffle bag fills in the blanks including groceries every week (and I'm a big Southern boy.)

If you ride on the expressways frequently, the tank bag will show it's flaws immediately. It's a total waste of money, imo. If it's bolted on, you will never lay on your tank for wind fatigue and efficiency: i.e. real motorcycling. If it's not bolted on, "Adios Muchachos." Of course, you could carry it around like a purse and make it a part time job carrying it around and keeping up with it.

ya i dont want a huge tank bag that i then have to look around, also sadly alot of my riding is in the cite not the highway so i dont "laydown" on the tank very offen (also im 6'2 so i am quite upright to start with)
i already have a trunk box (tho it is a bit smaller then i wanted (cant put my helmet in it)) so i wanted the tank bag for such things as my chargeing cables for phone,gps,camera and so on, as well as my stickers (yes im 4y/o and like to put stickers on stuff<.<) phone ,key,wallet,lighter,cigs and other things i would have in my pockets or backpack, so it is more easly acsessable when on the bike, and when i would go away from the bike (like into store or whatever) id throw it in my trunk box if i dont wanna carry it.....

also take in mind 80%+ of my riding is two up (so makes having my backpack not the easiest sometimes)and again alot of it is in city riding.....

as for saddle bags.... id love those tusk hard cases but there so expensive and also it would make the bike so much wider and make it harder to squeeze between cars and stuff,,,, i do really like some of the smaller soft ones , they give a good amount of hauling space (i also do alot of my shopping on the bike)and easily removable when not using them

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There is an OEM for the Gen 1's that I got that is really a nice bag. It has a small map window that is sort of useless, but does expand, has a front strap/clip, is magnetic, has the rear set that is magnetic and has Velcro for adjustment and has wire ports. Can order from a local shop. If you need the SN, I can try to find it.

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I have never used a tank bag on any of the bikes I've ridden in the past. I am using the OEM Kawasaki magnetic tank bag on my Gen 2 and it works GREAT. It's expandable and form fitting to the tank.
I have the same. Got it from Ron Ayers . Com for $125 shipped.

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I like this one with a nice GPS mount on it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nelson-Rigg-...9d81d5&vxp=mtr
I don't have one, but will probably get one or one like this for gps usage.

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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.



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I like this one with a nice GPS mount on it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nelson-Rigg-...9d81d5&vxp=mtr

I don't have one, but will probably get one or one like this for gps usage.

I have a brand-new one of those tank bags for sale for $75 plus shipping if you might be interested.



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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.



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you sir get my point that is exactly why i want a tank bag
and what do you mean doesnt fit to your liking? just a bad angle?do the magnets not grab?to big? or other?

and as for that one on amazon... that is really nice and i like that shape of it thank you

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I like this one with a nice GPS mount on it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nelson-Rigg-...9d81d5&vxp=mtr
I don't have one, but will probably get one or one like this for gps usage.

That is too big for the Versys. Barely works on my concours.

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That is too big for the Versys. Barely works on my concours.
ya i agree that that one is a BIT big... if i was riding 100+miles a day or doing a long trip id love that one for the camel hump holder part and the gps and phone holder....

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I will dig out my old tank bag, and see if I can get a pic of it to show you the fit. I have my tank and side panels off, but hopefully back on over the weekend here- it also had provisions for straps + the included magnets.
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