Best Tank Bag for 990

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Rockwell, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. Rockwell

    Rockwell Been here awhile

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  2. EZ300

    EZ300 Long timer

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    I just did 2600 miles with the KTM bag.

    Very solid and useful. It came with a rainfly to cover the bag and it worked well in the storm i went through.
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  3. Pete640

    Pete640 I hate sand.......

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    Nice lookin bike EZ300. Bet you can carry a heap of gear in those cases.

    Ive used the KTM and TT tank bags. Both about the same $$$, both have rain covers which work really well but the TT has a neat zipper around the base that lets you remove the bag in 5 seconds without having to put the 3 straps back on. This is about the only + between the two IMO.

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  4. Repko

    Repko Adventurer wantabe

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    KTM bag is a gem. Anything from Wolfman is a winner too:clap
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    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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  6. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    It comes with a rain cover.
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  7. pigstain

    pigstain Out of Control

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    KTM bag is too wide for off road. Any loads in it and it wallows all over. Expanded it doesn't let you get up on the tanks. It's solid kit though, zips off the base and is fairly water resistant. Like noted above, comes with a rain cover. I have one and use it but I would try elsewhere. The new tankbag from Giant Loop looks good. Waterproof and narrow. Kinda like the Wolfman Expedition but with a zipper top.
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  8. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    My KTM bag has a zipper around the base too. I can easily remove the entire bag when I run into a diner or anywhere I can't watch my bike. The straps do not have to come off.

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  9. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    My personal favorite:

    http://www.advmachines.com/product_p/adv_m218.htm

    fits between the filler caps very well, does not extend too far back so when standing it does not interfere as much as the KTM bag. rain cover is extra, however the cordura is slightly resistant to water, its the seems that leak.

    the black expedition large is another option that fits well and is mostly water proof.

    next option, is this product:
    http://www.giantloopmoto.com/collections/giant-loop-gear-collection/products/fandango-tank-bag

    these are some top shelf quality built products. I believe more intended for the hyperlite crowd, but very nice "in between" size. slightly larger than the Wolfman expedition "small" and the explorer light
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  10. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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  11. jamesbrown

    jamesbrown Lefty tighty.

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    Tried the KTM bag - gets in the way when standing up. Check out the Explorer.
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  12. gweaver

    gweaver NorCal is Best Cal!

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    I've got the KTM bag. Works well enough, and none of my stuff has gotten wet with the rain cover on.
    I do have two gripes though-
    1) The funky angled shape (short at the front, deeper at the back) sometimes makes it difficult to carry much stuff (or oddly-shaped stuff) in it. I know, I know, that's why I have a rack, but when trying to put a pair of sandals, a sweatshirt and a few snacks in the bag, it gets a bit unwieldy. Granted, that's a function of the design/shape of the bike, but there it is...
    2) The expansion capability is nice, but it really doesn't like to be half-full. Expanded, anything less than fully stuffed, and the bag gets wobbly and unstable. Not nice. I suppose for a trip I could cut some polycarbonate to give it some structure, but for general running errands, it can be a bit cludgy.

    That being said though, I'm going to stick with it. It's like the Aerostich suit- not perfect, but under most circumstances, it works well enough to make up for the few flaws.

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  13. Axe_Edge

    Axe_Edge In the wind 7d/wk

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    The right size for off road and still being able to take more than your wallet. Holds a couple of good meals, trail mix, extra water, irons, spare tube, and extra maps without a problem. I can get to both gas caps without moving it. The rain cover is a few bucks, but I've never used it. Been in total downpours and 2 full days of rain in Baja and nothing got wet inside. My bag is 2 years old. The rear straps are connected to the frame roughly forward of the tool box, cross underneath the seat, then poke out both sides of the seat near the Dakar guys head, where they clip into the tank bag. I've talked to guys who now wish they got the Explorer lite, instead of the Explorer.

    http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Tank/explorer_lite.html

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  14. Frgich

    Frgich Been here awhile

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    Did anyone tried to put Touratech's VP 45 tank bag(with side bags) made for lc 4 adv to lc 8 adv :ear

    TIA
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  15. zeropoint

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    Noob necro bump.....I've been searching all over for a tank bag that does all this:

    Fits the 990 well
    Easy zip on/off with base straps that do not damage paintwork
    Expandable but with inner stiffener on lower walls
    Will convert to ruckack AND has a built in stowaway helmet carrier that you can roll out on road trips when off the bike.

    Only multifunction one I found was an Icon Urban but it's magnetic .....

    Looked at Wolfman stuff, Famsa, KTM, Fandango

    Is there anything else out there?

    Thanks
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  16. jgrady

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  17. jonny cash

    jonny cash LEGEND

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    I really like my Giant Loop Fandango! It is waterproof and it is out of the way when standing.

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  18. woodchuckexc

    woodchuckexc Been here awhile

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    Zero check out Kreiga. Nice stuff. They sell h2o proof bags in multiple sizes. 5,10,20,25,30liter and bigger I think. Nice thing is they are built to piggy back each other making options many. You can buy a tank mounting kit that turns any size to a tank bag. Stack em for a custom fit. They also make several size back packs that allow you to attach all size bags. I bought a 5L bag and tool roll for the tail of my 300 the other day. I will be outfitting my 950 with luggage from them soon. I bought it at Scuderia West in Sf. That means KTM Twins has em. Look at Kreiga website. I think you'll like what you see
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  19. Hochtouren

    Hochtouren Improve until broken

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    Agreed. +1 on the Kriega. I've got the backpack and the drybag I mount on the rear rack. The quality is amazing, great straps, waterproof zippers - top shelf. I also have the KTM tank bag though and have no complaints - a good everyday piece of gear, fits the bike well and no issues with hardware.
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  20. Terence FFM

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