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Offline Cam

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Tank bags?
« on: May 22, 2010, 07:15:00 am »
Good morning.  New to COG.  Just bought a brand new, 2 year old Concours!  I'm picking up a 2008 from dealer on Friday. Can't seem to track down tank bags that would fit bike?  Can anyone offer some advise?  Thanks.  Cam.  

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2010, 09:51:00 am »
I used two different bags on my '08.  Sargent sold one for awhile but have discontinued it.  Cortech Mid size is the one I use now.  Used it on my '08, and switched it over to my new '10 Connie.  It's going to take a little inventive thinking to make any bag work...unless you go with a magnetic bag, which I don't think will work on the Connie.  I removed my seat, and installed one of the supplied straps onto the little crossmember that is there under the seat, and ran it out to the front of the seat, behind the tank, and then re-installed the seat.  So I have a strap with buckle hanging out between front of seat and rear of tank.  Then I used the supplied straps to wrap around the steering head, between the forks, and bring it up to the front of the bag.  This front strap needs to be somewhat loose in order to not interfere with steering the bike.  The looseness will not affect how the bag rides once you're underway...trust me.  When I stop to fuel I unbuckle the rear strap, lift the bag up into the center of the handlebar area, add fuel, then drop the bag back down and re-buckle the rear.  When riding without the bag I remove the seat, and tuck the rear strap down into the open areas around the tool kit, install the seat and have fun.  You're not going to find a bag specifically for the Connie.  I wish I had bought the bigger Cortech bag, but otherwise am quite happy with the Mid size.  If you need pics let me know.  

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2010, 10:18:00 pm »
I just ordered a luggage locker. It attaches to the ring around the gas cap. I saw one the other day and it looked good so I ordered it.  There not huge but I just need room for map, gloves etc.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 04:54:00 am »
I have two. I use the Chase Harper tank bags. They are magnetic and fit very well on the C14. I use the Chase Harper 450 for close to home. It's a smaller bag that doesn't get in the way. For travel I use the bigger Chase Harper 650. It isn't real big like some of the bags out there. But it works well for me. Both of these bags fit the bike about the same. They both have plenty of pockets and removable map pockets.      Bionic Bob  COG & AMA member  First C14 CDA member #0220  08 C14,03 Mean Streak, & 86 C10  

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 10:19:00 am »
Bought a 'Bags-Connection Sport' bag at Twisted Throttle that fits like it was made for the 2010 bike.  A security stap that fits the hooks on the 2010 and magnets in the right places. It starts small, can expand, has 3 side pockets, comes with a rain cover, and a map case.  Also bag zips off 'platform' to reveal a stand alone map case.  Appears really well built.  Includes plastic shield material for the tank if you think you need it.  Really happy with it.    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/1117 :)  
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 01:15:00 pm »
The magnetic Cortech Super-Mini fits great if you just want a small bag for knick-knacks. I have heard the Cortech Regular Mini may be too big.  

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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2010, 06:15:00 am »
I use a Cortech a magnetic bag. It is about the size of a shoe box with one expandable zipper and will hold a bunch of stuff and has the usual map pocket blah, blah, blah. It has two magnetic tabs at the front of the bag and it holds on good. I can see that a strap on might be better in case of a drop but I hope to not go there.    UP  

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Re: Tank bags?
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2010, 05:06:38 pm »
I just purchased a Tour Master TB-12 (12 liter) Magnetic Mount Nylon Tank Bag for my 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14. The magnetic mounts seems to work fine at speed, even without attaching a safety strap. It has a clear map holder on top. It has attachable shoulder straps to use the bag as a small back pack. The tank bag has a handle to carry the bag into a motel/hotel room. I plan to put rain gear (pants, jacket, gloves, etc) and other items (e.g. maps into velcro map slot) into the bag when touring. The bag advertised it came with a rain cover ... it did not. I'm following up on the rain cover, but I believe the construction of the bag appears waterproof enough for a rain shower or drizzle, w/o the rain cover. The tank bag sits low enough to view the dashboard, back far enough so handlebar steering is not affected, and forward enough so my "belly" doesn't rub it.

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Re: Tank bags?
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2010, 07:59:25 pm »
I just bought a motocentric 19 bag from motorcycle closeouts.  It looks larger in the picture than it does on the C14.  Used it for the first time yesterday.  I like that it has a holder for a water bladder that fits in the bottom of the tankbag

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Re: Tank bags?
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2010, 01:50:45 pm »
There is a HUGE assortment of tank bags out there to chose from, and I guess the first decision you need to make is do you want a magnetic or a strap on bag. Personally, I prefer magnetic bags, just cause I'm lazy and they are easier to flop on and off.

My personal preference is the RKA Super Sport magnetic bag, though I will warn you at $145 it's a bit more expensive than some of the others, and for good reason. They use magnets that are not only super strong, but they are also designed so they won't erase credit cards or cause damage to magnetic media like some other brands will.  The RKA is one of the best looking and fitting low profile bags I could find, and I like the size of it and the way it fits on the bike. It also expands to a taller size by unzipping one zipper on it and RKA gives you a lifetime warranty on it. I think this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for.

The new 2011 model has a silver lining. Mine is an older model with a black interior.
http://www.rka-luggage.com/A02%20Tankbags/16M%20Build%20sheet/16M%20Build%20Sheet.html



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Re: Tank bags?
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 02:05:22 pm »
Cognosticator... are you using that bag on an 08/09? I'm looking for one for my 09. Not sure how they will fit over the glove box.

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Re: Tank bags?
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2010, 05:10:52 pm »
Cognosticator... are you using that bag on an 08/09? I'm looking for one for my 09. Not sure how they will fit over the glove box.

I have it on my '09 and it does cover some of the glove box, but I never go in there so it doesn't matter to me.

I don't have a picture of it on there yet but I can take one when I get home tonight

BTW, it doesn't cover the whole tank like the one in the picture
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Re: Tank bags?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2010, 01:58:41 am »
 Like the TourMaster TB 18, basically a 12L expandable to 18L w rain cover.  Only use the rain cover in heavy or longlasting rainfall. Have the full size tank cover on the C10 so it is straps for me.
http://traxms.com/TM-TANKBAG-TB18-p-Motorcycle-Products-Luggage-Tankbag.html
 The 4 side zippered pockets are great to segregate items like my cleaning items, camera,,,,, without having to open the main.