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What part or Atlanta, GA are you at?
I'm in Cumming... right near the Cherokee border. About 3 miles north of 9 off Campground, if you're familiar with the area...
 

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I use the Givi 4L tankless bag on my 2012 Versys. I have recovered from a long history of 13L+ expandable bags used over the years for long tours and have learned to put in there what needs to be immediately accessible and pack the rest in the trunk. And pack less in general. The rain cover that comes with this bag works great, but the phone window is maxed out with an iPhone 6. My Versys has the satin/flat black paint which will be marked with a magnetic bag.
 

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Just pull off the plastic tank wings and tape or glue rare earth magnets from Home Depot on the underside. You can then use whatever magnet tank bag you want.



Magnetic tank bags are great - if you have a steel tank and no plastic panels attached to it, which will interfere with most magnetic tank bags. Unfortunately for this reason most magnetic tank bags do not work well on the Versys. I had to sell my Cortech tank bag as it would not stay attached to the Versys due to the plastic panels on the sides of the tank interfering.

The SW Motech "City" tank bag is often recommended. I have a generic $15 Cycle Gear tank strap mounted bag. It performs as well and looks as good as a $30 tank bag - which is to say it sorta works and does not fall off the bike frequently, and is not a bad value at $15 because of this, but don't expect to be anything like a $200 SW-Motech tank bag.
 

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Wolfman Blackhawk Tank Bag... Love It!

When I brought my 2014 Versys home a couple weeks ago I had one of the shop owners help me install a Wolfman Blackhawk and I was instantly a fan of having a tank bag. I'll be adding a tail bag for longer rides soon but this is the perfect size for glasses, gloves, water bottle, med kit, or a sammich when I blast out at work on my lunch break.

Living in the same town as Wolfman kinda made it a no-brainer on which bag I'd try first. So far, so good. Coming off a decade of cruiser riding I'm not trying to tuck under the windscreen (and will likely be adding a taller screen at some point in the future anyway). I'll be adding Mosko Moto rear end luggage so maybe I'll give their tank bag a shot at some point but for pure utility I can't fault the Wolfman for anything. It ain't the cheapest for the size, but it's stout and hasn't moved around on me at all.
 

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I just got a Givi XS320 from FortNine w/ BF26 tank ring for my 2018 Versys. Bag is great, although I'd prefer it if the base was rigid all the way through, instead of soft for the curved section. When loaded up, it touches the tank more than I'd like it to. But that's not too big of a deal for me. Bag is easy to attach and remove, and helps me take my lunch/bike cover/assorted items to work without needing the panniers. Two thumbs up.

Side note: the strap for attaching the bag to the handlebar seems pointless to me. The ring is supposed to keep the bag secure, and the strap voids the easy on/off feature of the entire system to begin with. Thinking about cutting it off.
 

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I just got a Givi XS320 from FortNine w/ BF26 tank ring for my 2018 Versys. Bag is great, although I'd prefer it if the base was rigid all the way through, instead of soft for the curved section. When loaded up, it touches the tank more than I'd like it to. But that's not too big of a deal for me. Bag is easy to attach and remove, and helps me take my lunch/bike cover/assorted items to work without needing the panniers. Two thumbs up.

Side note: the strap for attaching the bag to the handlebar seems pointless to me. The ring is supposed to keep the bag secure, and the strap voids the easy on/off feature of the entire system to begin with. Thinking about cutting it off.
Would you mind posting a couple of pics of it on your bike, also with handle bars fully turned.
 

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...Side note: the strap for attaching the bag to the handlebar seems pointless to me. The ring is supposed to keep the bag secure, and the strap voids the easy on/off feature of the entire system to begin with. Thinking about cutting it off.
I think it's there IN CASE something happens, to keep it still w/ you.
 

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I've also got the GIVI XS320. Fits perfectly, no interference with the handlebars even at full lock. I have noticed when standing in the pegs that I do touch the bag when leaning forward, but it isn't problematic as I don't do radical off road steep hills on the V. I like this bag a lot.
 

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Would you mind posting a couple of pics of it on your bike, also with handle bars fully turned.
Here's the pics. Full lock, my grip heater controller and LED controller touch the tank bag, but the bag is by no means rigid enough to really interfere. The bag is fully stuffed in these pics. Without those 2 controllers, there would be no interference.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18DWkUdubRaTu2lKLmOsiPNFc2rNV1S5e
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-4rNE9BUFT6QGBp-j9CzkDX5MwAu7nLK
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RTIk9RZBQBLoPt_X3ZanRl-Tek0sIIiH
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mRMXGLFSMv4mGgUNXWC2bVYLlVsHw8nD
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zZskxPVXHB_9lAGRi86AgrJgx7tM0nnC
 

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I just got a Givi XS320 from FortNine w/ BF26 tank ring for my 2018 Versys. Bag is great, although I'd prefer it if the base was rigid all the way through, instead of soft for the curved section. When loaded up, it touches the tank more than I'd like it to. But that's not too big of a deal for me. Bag is easy to attach and remove, and helps me take my lunch/bike cover/assorted items to work without needing the panniers. Two thumbs up.

Side note: the strap for attaching the bag to the handlebar seems pointless to me. The ring is supposed to keep the bag secure, and the strap voids the easy on/off feature of the entire system to begin with. Thinking about cutting it off.
I use the strap when getting gas. I unlock the tank bag, then flip it to the side on the handlebar and let it kinda hang with the strap.Without this, occasionally the tank bag falls when getting gas. Usually due to wind.

It's also a 2nd level of security in case of user error (didn't snap it back on to the ring properly or something).
 

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I use the strap when getting gas. I unlock the tank bag, then flip it to the side on the handlebar and let it kinda hang with the strap.Without this, occasionally the tank bag falls when getting gas. Usually due to wind.

It's also a 2nd level of security in case of user error (didn't snap it back on to the ring properly or something).
I get the added security part, but if you have time to strap the handlebars you have time to check the bag connection is all gravy. I have definitely dropped a tank bag due to wind though, so that is def a way to make use of it. I just prefer having the tank ring do the work, as that's what I thought the purpose of the extra cost associated was (as oppose to a magnetic or strap tank bag).
 

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I get the added security part, but if you have time to strap the handlebars you have time to check the bag connection is all gravy....
To be clear, I leave mine strapped all the time. So no extra time involved with the strap.

When I get gas I unlock it from the ring, rotate it forward and to the right, and let it sit/hang on the handlebar.
 

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Here's the pics. Full lock, my grip heater controller and LED controller touch the tank bag, but the bag is by no means rigid enough to really interfere. The bag is fully stuffed in these pics. Without those 2 controllers, there would be no interference.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18DWkUdubRaTu2lKLmOsiPNFc2rNV1S5e
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-4rNE9BUFT6QGBp-j9CzkDX5MwAu7nLK
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RTIk9RZBQBLoPt_X3ZanRl-Tek0sIIiH
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mRMXGLFSMv4mGgUNXWC2bVYLlVsHw8nD
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zZskxPVXHB_9lAGRi86AgrJgx7tM0nnC

Added to my publically accessible (with link) Versys Information Archive

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LMWkDF4gk0wQSPXcqhL05TwgmnGucaBB?usp=sharing

My plan was to do this for bags that have a more exacting fit on the Versys like the Givi 320 & 602 as well as the City bag from SW-Motech and any others as questions about fitment get asked a lot on this forum and I thought this might be helpful. A profile shot to show how it sits on the tank would be good too.
 

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Added to my publically accessible (with link) Versys Information Archive

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LMWkDF4gk0wQSPXcqhL05TwgmnGucaBB?usp=sharing

My plan was to do this for bags that have a more exacting fit on the Versys like the Givi 320 & 602 as well as the City bag from SW-Motech and any others as questions about fitment get asked a lot on this forum and I thought this might be helpful. A profile shot to show how it sits on the tank would be good too.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YG6sP2EetFkiKvxvhAJZlRdawdRAEALC
 

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It's ok for hard-core, do nothing but tour riders, full-time commuters, or Shriners, like you. I just ride all bikes the same way, the way motorcycles were meant to ride on the streets. That's why I prefer the vertical twins or singles for the handling, if I can afford my preference. The Vs. 650 is a gift from Kawasaki, and I'd never ruin it with a tank bag. ymmv
Tank bags keep Center of gravity where it should be.... which means handling is the same, making them performance mods.
 
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