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Old 07-06-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
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Tank Bags vs Tank Panniers

Even though they are generally very convenient, I've never been a big fan of tank bags. Doing the CDT in late August, and was considering maybe tank panniers...they would hold more stuff (generally speaking) than a tank bag...maybe not quite as convenient.

Was considering Aerostitch's tank panniers, but some say their bungee-cord securement system is prone to shifting on off-road stuff, and me being the incredibly gnarly rider that I am, that would never work...har har...

What's been your experience with tank bag or tank panniers?

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Wolfman's Blackhawk seems popular- and not gi-normously large...










These tank panniers from mountain sun touring are interesting...they have a separate compartment to store a water bladder- Camelback, etc. But I'm thinking a water bladder filled with ice, stored in a tank pannier next to your engine/radiator is going to turn into a warm, putrid mess in about 15 minutes....







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Old 07-06-2014, 07:33 AM   #2
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Wolfman tankbag and panniers

I have both Wolfman tankbag and tank panniers. I wouldn't want to be without either. The panniers gives good protection to the old knees from cold wind, flying rocks and bug splatter. They are very securely mounted and don't move around at all. A good thing until time to remove at the hotel or to wash the bike. Then its a bit of a process. That's where the tankbag shines, off in seconds. Between the two they give a lot more storage for 2up touring on the V-Strom. I store mostly two sets of raingear and other stuff I don't use regularly in the panniers and gloves, sunglasses, wallet, cellphone, etc in the tankbag for easy access.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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Yep---I use both a tankbag and tank panniers----wolfman stuff all the way.

The wolfmans are tapered at the rear to make a little more room for you knees.
The panniers let you put some little stuff in that makes packing on the rear of the bike quite a bit less crowded.

Works even on a little 250 for me.

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Old 07-06-2014, 09:29 AM   #4
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That was kind of what I was thinking as well- redistribute some of the weight towards the front. I guess with both, one would have the best and worst of both worlds!

Installing on a KLR, by the way...
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:04 AM   #5
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That was kind of what I was thinking as well- redistribute some of the weight towards the front. I guess with both, one would have the best and worst of both worlds!

Installing on a KLR, by the way...

Well---have the same set up on my KLR--------a roomier bike and plenty of room for even a big boys legs.



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Old 07-09-2014, 09:05 PM   #6
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I picked up a set of the Aerostich tank panniers for the trip down to TN for Rick's RDV. 3000 miles later and I really like them. I had a tank bag for the trip but since I've gotten home I've dropped the tank bag and just used the tank panniers. Much more convenient than the bulky tank bag.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:24 PM   #7
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The Aerostitch's do look like they'd hold more than the Wolfman's. I have yet to pull the trigger on a particular brand/model.

Will let you know what I end up with.
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:11 AM   #8
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The Aerostitch's do look like they'd hold more than the Wolfman's. I have yet to pull the trigger on a particular brand/model.

Will let you know what I end up with.
Having had both the aerostich's and the wolfman---they are both great products.

The aerostichs were bigger----I use to run them on my BMW's years ago as I had more knee room on those bikes. They were waterproof as I seem to remember. They are too big for the small bikes I ride now------for me anyway---but I've seen guys use them.

So I prefer the wolfmans's on smaller bikes even tho they aren't waterproof. I sprayed them with some waterproof stuff and they are pretty waterproof now.

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Old 07-10-2014, 10:23 AM   #9
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Tank Panniers (for an ATV), handlebar map case, no tank bag- works for me.




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Old 07-10-2014, 10:31 AM   #10
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I'd swap my tank bag for tank panniers if I didn't like having a map deployed in front of me at all times . . . ...
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:27 PM   #11
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I've got the Aerostitch tank panniers and find that they fill a niche for me. I usually use them on offroad camping trips to give me enough capacity to leave the aluminum Touratechs at home. I find with the 'Stitch tank panniers, a small RKA tank bag, and a dry bag strapped down to the back, there is plenty of room for a 2-4 day trip. I've had no problems with them staying in place and have found them to be very well built. I also have 4 1.5 liter Sigg fuel bottles that fit inside in case I think extra fuel wil lbe needed.
All in all, very happy with them, though I use them pretty much exclusively offroad.

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Old 07-10-2014, 04:15 PM   #12
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Thanks, Dave. I read somewhere a guy was saying he liked the Aerostitch tank panniers because they'd hold two bottles of wine each. Heh heh

I'd agree, BigDog- Wolfman's seem like a better 'fit' for smaller bikes.

Thanks to all for your input!
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Old 07-10-2014, 05:14 PM   #13
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I have a set in black, used once in Mexico on a rented KLR.

Half of Stitch delivered conus.

Let me know if you want them.
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