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OEM Tank bag review 2015 | Kawasaki Versys 650 K57003-118

(UPDATE) THIS IS A RETRO-FITTED BAG. I apologize, I made a mistake.This is not the K57001-112.
I realized I have the version for the 3rd gen 2015 bag K57003-118 That's why mine fits differently and sits lower. Bought it used and just realized they have different part numbers. The seller told me he had it on his 2nd gen so I ASSumed it was the designated bag. DOH! The strap and clip that goes from the front of the tank must be longer than the K57003-112 version.
Well the bright side is this answers my question about retro fitting...I thought it was sitting abnormally low. Works for me though. I also found the U shaped stock strap in burried under the flap in the box. I made this because I was debating on buying it and could not find as much info and content on it as I wanted to see before buying so if I can help one person make their decision than great.

I am not in love with this bag but I really like it.

pros- Looks great compared to others, it fits like it should and looks like it belongs there unlike the universal ones on the market
fits like a glove
The quality is great.
It is expandable.
Fairly easy to pop off to pump gas
has convenient holes for running cables to my 12v outlet
Pocket closest to the handlebars is very convenient, will fit cell phone, keys, charging cables, small bottle of water and any other small items.

Cons- It doesn't have a bunch of little pockets and places to fit smaller items to keep it organized like my last one. I really like this feature so you don't have stuff bouncing around if you do a wheelie, get some air or hit a huge pot hole.
No back pack straps
No easy place where you can have your phone screen visible for quick access.
No pockets on the side of the bag, there is room for one small pocket on each side. I think they were going for the sleek look and they did well on that but it would be nice.

For me the pros outway the cons. I really like it. More thoughts in video.
Glad I bought it.

Copy and pasted specs -
Rugged, water-resistant nylon construction with reinforced foam body and lid to hold shape even when empty
Compartment at front of lid with view window for toll transponder, coins, etc.
Replacement Tank Bag Tray Cover available separately
Zippered pocket at front of bag to hold small items
Dual outlet ports
Reflective piping for night visibility
Convenient carrying handle
Expandable feature adds 3” of vertical storage capacity (20 liters of maximum capacity)
Exclusive Kawasaki zipper pulls and embossed logo
Secures firmly to tank using a three-way custom mounting system consisting of a clip, a hook-and-loop strip and a lightweight magnetic skirt with a non-scratch rubberized coating to protect paint finish
Do not use on satin, semi-gloss or flat finish fuel tank surfaces
17” Long X 11” Wide X 6”/9” Tall

-SUGGESTED- COMPATIBLE MODELS
VERSYS® 650 ABS2017, 2016, 2015

VERSYS® 650 LT2017, 2016, 2015

 

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Don't buy it. at least to put on a 2015+ 650V.

I did. wished I'd spent the $$$ on a Givi or some other tank bag.

I had to saw a hole in the side of the 'clear window tray' so my iPhone 5 would fit in there and be useable as a GPS device. If I didn't saw the hole for the iPhone to stick through the clear window wouldn't fit properly. I have no earthly idea what that tray was sized for.
dumb. dumb. dumb.

the downward slope of the bag stinks (I've got a 2016 650 LT) because when you open the zipper to the main compartment all of the stuff I jammed in there like chain lube, rainsuit, rain booties, gloves, etc all fall out.
part of that is slope of the tank, most of it is the nitwit bag design.
dumb. dumb. dumb.

I gotta give this bag a thumbs down for usability and functionality.


others may just love this bag, I would strongly suggest caveat emptor.
 

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Don't buy it. at least to put on a 2015+ 650V.

I did. wished I'd spent the $$$ on a Givi or some other tank bag.

I had to saw a hole in the side of the 'clear window tray' so my iPhone 5 would fit in there and be useable as a GPS device. If I didn't saw the hole for the iPhone to stick through the clear window wouldn't fit properly. I have no earthly idea what that tray was sized for.
dumb. dumb. dumb.

the downward slope of the bag stinks (I've got a 2016 650 LT) because when you open the zipper to the main compartment all of the stuff I jammed in there like chain lube, rainsuit, rain booties, gloves, etc all fall out.
part of that is slope of the tank, most of it is the nitwit bag design.
dumb. dumb. dumb.

I gotta give this bag a thumbs down for usability and functionality.


others may just love this bag, I would strongly suggest caveat emptor.
Yea the window tray doesn't make much sense to me. Should be bigger. I plan to mount my cell off my handle bar with a Ram mount so It won't be too much of an issue for me. I may get a small GPS to place in there and puncture a small hole for the charging cable.
 

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I have one for my '09, and like the way it is a perfect fit for the tank, and the expansion works well. I also agree with the shortfalls. I use the clear window tray for change, small stuff my cargo strap. Would have preferred a larger, usable map area, but with use of a GPS or your phones GPS, this is not as important as it used to be. Would have liked side pocket(s), but don't think the side straps would be very smart for mounting a backpack on top since you probably could not reach the handlebar.
 

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I ordered a Chinese one off eBay about three weeks ago and I'm still waiting. It is supposed to get here by January 4th. It was cheap so if it doesn't show up I won't be out a ton of money. Paid with PayPal so should be able to get a refund.
 

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I'd have to agree with twowheeladdict. I've got the same bag, but looking at how long your front strap is and how far back it sits on the tank. It looks way too low and you would be sitting right up against it. My bag sits way more forward, with a shorter strap and doesn't have the side flaps with the wire hole like in the front. Also where it velcro's to the tank I have a strap with velcro on it that loops around the seat tab that the bag attaches to? SO............ I'm wondering who's bag is the correct one? I know Kawasaki makes similar bags for the Ninja, and ERN6?? Take a look at my picture and note the positioning difference.
 

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I have one for my '09, and like the way it is a perfect fit for the tank, and the expansion works well. I also agree with the shortfalls. I use the clear window tray for change, small stuff my cargo strap. Would have preferred a larger, usable map area, but with use of a GPS or your phones GPS, this is not as important as it used to be. Would have liked side pocket(s), but don't think the side straps would be very smart for mounting a backpack on top since you probably could not reach the handlebar.
Well put
 

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I bought the Kawasaki Tank Bag for my '11 Versys. I liked it fine, but didn't like that it is not waterproof and doesn't come with a rain cover.

Hard to use a magnet only tank bag on the Versys because of the plastic side cowlings.

From this picture, it looks like I have mine mounted higher or more forward on the tank than you do.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/768018-post4.html
Interesting, yea I just realized I have the version for the 3rd gen 2015 bag K57001-118 That's why mine fits differently. Bought it used and just found the paperwork buried in with the packing paper. The seller told me he had it on his 2nd gen so I ASSumed it was the designated bag. DOH! The strap and clip that goes from the front of the tank must be longer than the K57003-112 version. Well the bright side is this answers my question about retro fitting...I thought it was sitting abnormally low. Works for me though. I also found the U shaped stock strap in burried under the flap in the box. I'll have to do some editing to my original post...
 

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Yea just realized this ^^^^ DOH!!
I'd have to agree with twowheeladdict. I've got the same bag, but looking at how long your front strap is and how far back it sits on the tank. It looks way too low and you would be sitting right up against it. My bag sits way more forward, with a shorter strap and doesn't have the side flaps with the wire hole like in the front. Also where it velcro's to the tank I have a strap with velcro on it that loops around the seat tab that the bag attaches to? SO............ I'm wondering who's bag is the correct one? I know Kawasaki makes similar bags for the Ninja, and ERN6?? Take a look at my picture and note the positioning difference.
 

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...Hard to use a magnet only tank bag on the Versys because of the plastic side cowlings....
The tank bags I showed pics of are magnetic, and I've NEVER had a problem w/ that, over MANY miles, and including my 'crash' on the Dempster Hwy in '15....
 

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You forgot the most important bit of information Eddie! Which pocket to you keep the WD-40 in for quick access????
Check these pics of my Canuckistan tank-bag. The WD40 is ALWAYS carried in that right-side pocket, c/w a soft buffing-rag. Whenever I stop for a flag-man, I spray/ clean IF the visor needs it!
 

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