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Offline dave_h

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Thinking about a tank bag
« on: March 16, 2014, 04:42:53 am »
Can someone recommend a tank bag? Something that is a good fit for the whale size Connie tank and won't cause a problem with air venting through the fuel filler cap.

I've never used one so anyone's personal experience with tank bags would be helpful. I'm thinking the extra storage would be nice and having a road map staring me in the face is a good idea too.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 07:54:46 am »
Greetings..................

As you can well imagine, you have several choices.  I can only give you my personal preference.

Choice #1 - Magnetic or Straps?

I happen to like magnetic.  Easy on and off - There really is no wind hitting the tank area - they usually have a safety strap for peace of mind - With a couple of coats of good wax you can decrease potential scratches.  You can also move it forward to keep it out of the way, and then back when you re-fuel.  Another plus is that it is easy to carry with you.


Choice #2 - Size - What do you want, or need, to carry?

The saddle bags are there for the big stuff.  I bought mine because I wanted to carry a few simple things.  Hat, Wallet, Sunglasses, Camera, Phone, Map, etc. etc. etc.   I have a small Cortech and it fills the bill nicely.  It has a map pocket on top and a weather cover for 'those' times........

You can see many different styles available by just doing a Ebay search.  'magnetic motorcycle tank bag'
Also search the following examples.

I have this one:
Cortech Super 2.0 8L Motorcycle Magnetic Tank bag Black

and this one:
New Black Oil Fuel Tank Bag Magnetic Motorcycle Motorbike Oil Fuel Tank Bag
(NOTE - Actual Alpinestar for $24 shipped)


The next size up that I may consider someday would be of the expandable type.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 10:30:27 am »
Love my Cortech magnetic . Easily converts to backpack so you can take it with you .
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 01:11:22 pm »
Love my Cortech magnetic . Easily converts to backpack so you can take it with you .

Ditto. I have two magnetic Cortechs and they serve me well. Bigger is not always better though, as the larger bag can limit handlebar movement. My older 18L Cortech does limit the turning slightly due to the larger side pockets, but the new version looks slimmer in that respect.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 03:20:05 pm »
The Concours tank is perfect for tank bags - that wide surface is like a tabletop. It took me a while to trust my magnetic tank bag, but solid magnets and being behind the fairing made sure it wasn't going anywhere. I got a Bilt for cheap at a MC store in California, wasn't expensive at all and turned out to be really useful. About the size of a center console for a large vehicle, tank bags are perfect for holding gloves, eyewear, wallet, tablet/gps/map, and other valuables. Yes having all this in one place is risky in terms of it falling off the bike, but when you go into a store or anywhere you just grab the "can't lose" items and your set.

I have only ever tried the magnetic type and it does the trick, however I did put a huggeee scratch on my tank. Which is not the end of the world, the tank has a dent and some glue/weird adhesive all over it, but sliding the tank bag back for fueling can do that, so check for debris.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2014, 03:22:11 pm »
+1 on the Cortech Super 2.0 8L Motorcycle Magnetic Tank bag Black.  If you need a little bit bigger one, the same bag is offered in a 12L version.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2014, 03:56:47 pm »
I have two CorTech magnetics, an 18 liter for the Connie  and a 17 liter that fits the WeeStrom, both several years old, NOT the new whale-shaped models, but the older squarish ones.  Surprisingly, the feature I like the most is the hide-away backpacks straps so it is easy to flip off, pop out the straps and carry it over your shoulder when "out and about".  The only problem with the magnetics is you have to really watch for crud to build up on the bottom around the magnetics.  Said crud will scratch your tank if you aren't careful.  I applied some clear plastic material to the top of tank to protect it. 
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2014, 04:08:34 pm »
This bag is large, very well made and says 'Concours Kawasaki' on it. Never had a problem with tank venting with it, or any other tank bag.



It came with a bike I bought used, so I don't have any other information on it. It has straps with metal hooks that go on the weld of the tank. Then there are four quarter turn thingies that attach the bag to the base, so it can be removed easily. It could hold a lot of stuff, or collapse to a smaller size. The map window is somewhat discolored, but I recommend getting a GPS instead anyway.

I would recommend it if I knew where to tell you to buy one.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2014, 04:21:10 pm »
There is a third option, I run a SW-Motech Bags Connection. It attaches/clips in to a tank ring that is attached to the 7 bolts around the gas cap. It has an option to electrify the tank bag.

They are sold by Twisted Throttle and are not cheap. Mine is electrified and I have a dual port power ports that I can charge my devices with. I like this set up as the tank bag is secure and you have to pull a release cord to remove the bag. Basically it takes a little more effort for some to snatch it from your bike unless they are familiar with the bag.

There are no straps to hook up and no magnets to scratch your tank, it just spaps in to the tank ring and your good to go.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2014, 05:04:01 pm »
Has anyone used the babs that fix to the tank ring and come in a 'powered' version to charge devices inside the bag?
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2014, 05:44:55 pm »
I have the bags connection setup and I really like it. When I first got it the latching to the ring on the tank was a hunt and miss but after using it gets easier and just snaps on with hardly no effort.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2014, 07:12:28 pm »
The bag that Willy pictured looks like my Chase Harper 1150. Great bag! Also has a lifetime guarantee. I've been using mine since 1990.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2014, 08:34:21 pm »
Has anyone used the babs that fix to the tank ring and come in a 'powered' version to charge devices inside the bag?

See the comment by MotoCommuter just above yours.   :)

I have one of these ring setups, and attached the bag ring to my own tank bag that I like better than the motechs.

Works great, easy on/off. Only problem is interference with the bars, so I haven't been using it. Plus, I kinda get tired of having a bag in front of me - makes the bike feel bulky. Plus I really only used it for my camelback pouch.

My trunk has become my go-to place for day-to-day stuff, and the fairing pockets for the "ride" stuff (glasses, couple small tools, chapstick, sunblock, wallet, etc).

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 03:08:29 am »
Has anybody used the Nelson Rigg CL 1035? Looks pretty good.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014, 05:34:32 am »
Not a fan of Nelson Rigg, at least for daily use. Zipper issues in less than two years. Warranty no help without receipt.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2014, 01:13:59 pm »
I've had an Eclipse tank bag for years.. like 30 years. No problems. The map holder tore, I got a new one a few months ago. No scratches in the tank, easy on, easy off.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2014, 01:22:56 pm »
There is a third option, I run a SW-Motech Bags Connection. It attaches/clips in to a tank ring that is attached to the 7 bolts around the gas cap. It has an option to electrify the tank bag.

They are sold by Twisted Throttle and are not cheap. Mine is electrified and I have a dual port power ports that I can charge my devices with. I like this set up as the tank bag is secure and you have to pull a release cord to remove the bag. Basically it takes a little more effort for some to snatch it from your bike unless they are familiar with the bag.

There are no straps to hook up and no magnets to scratch your tank, it just spaps in to the tank ring and your good to go.

That's +1 on the SW-Motech. Mine isn't electric: there's just a pull cord to release it from its mounting ring. I did have to get longer bolts and spacers to lift the bag over my 2008 C14's glove box.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2014, 04:47:33 pm »
I used an Eclipse for years as well 20 years ago. It is GREAT! I am about to buy one for MyConnie. Highly recommended.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2014, 08:56:25 pm »
Has anyone used the babs that fix to the tank ring and come in a 'powered' version to charge devices inside the bag?

See the comment by MotoCommuter just above yours.   :)




Good lord Jimbob your a nice guy! ;D  Been a member on another forum for 7-8 years, I'd get ribbed for that oversight for a few posts.  Tamer and more forgiving here!

I really like the idea of those electrified bags.  Not a big fan of them as they tend to interfere with the bars, but on long trips it seems to make plenty of sense. 
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2014, 05:00:38 am »
Has anyone used the babs that fix to the tank ring and come in a 'powered' version to charge devices inside the bag?

See the comment by MotoCommuter just above yours.   :)




Good lord Jimbob your a nice guy! ;D  Been a member on another forum for 7-8 years, I'd get ribbed for that oversight for a few posts.  Tamer and more forgiving here!

I really like the idea of those electrified bags.  Not a big fan of them as they tend to interfere with the bars, but on long trips it seems to make plenty of sense.

Oh, I though I was ribbing you!  :D

Yea, I had a small cheap magnetic tank bag that I converted to the ring mount. For a cheap bag it's been REALLY good ($30, made by someone like Coleman of all companies...who knew that camping required a magnetic tank bag!) Anyway, it was just big enough to hold a 100oz camelback bladder and a few other things. Didn't like the magnets - they always picked up metal shavings and wanted to scratch the tank, so I tucked them under and riveted the ring to it. Works great except for the handlebar thing (and the ring setup lifts the bag up a bit)

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2014, 04:55:36 pm »
I use the Givi locking ring around the gas cap for my Ducati. I tried it on the Concours. I bought the ring and it fit fine, but it puts the bag too close to the handlebars. Ended up buying a second, magnetic tank bag, just for this bike.

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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2014, 05:35:50 pm »
I also use the Cortech 2.0 magnetic. It won't scratch your paint if you make sure to wipe the tank and the bottom  :-[of the bag off. And dont slide it around. Pick it up to move it. It has a security strap that I attach to the center of my Heli-Bars. When I gas up I let the tank bag hang from the strap until I'm done. Works great. I've been using it for years and love it. I also have the same bag in the strap on version. I used it a very short time last year during my flirtation with a BMW R1150RT.(plastic tank) I will probably sell it as I have no use for it now. By the way, sold the BMW after a short time and put my Connie back on the road. So glad I listened to my friend and didn't sell the 99 during the Beemer stint. Live and learn.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2014, 10:48:22 pm »
I personally prefer a smaller magnetic tank bag.  I've had a Motocentric Moto Trek 7 for about 6 years and have no complaints.  All the usual stuff fits nicely, there's a separate pocket on the back for my phone, so I can plug in/unplug easily.  It's not in the way of anything (fuel cap, controls, etc.) and there's a map window.  It's been in some hefty downpours and nothing has ever gotten more than a little damp, including the iPhone with my earbuds  and a charger plugged in.
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2014, 12:54:39 am »
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Re: Thinking about a tank bag
« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2014, 01:06:20 am »
I also have cortech magnetic tank bag with a map case on the top (Think its the mini)...   I love it, so easy to take on and off when I stop for meals, sightseeing, etc...   I would highly recommend a magnetic.  I purchases this before the connie (8 years or so), so I would prefer it be a little larger at times.
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