F800gs Tank bag...got one you like? tell us about it!

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighTechCoonass, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. BillsburgGS

    BillsburgGS Been here awhile

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    I found this Same Cortech bag to be the best size/fit for the 800 (at least for me). And the understrap always bugged me as it came loose. The bag was never at risk but I wanted it sitting tight.

    My solution? I simply took a zip tie and cinched the strap/loop through one of the slots through which the poster above routed their straps. And, their solution is better than mine. But, I don't know how to sew. Yes, I'll need to replace it every once in a while when I need to remove the bag, but for me that is rare and zip strips only cost a few pennies each. The bag sits very tight and has no side to side movement.
  2. mlkdash

    mlkdash Righteous Dude

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    Anyone tried out this bag yet? Seems pretty small (in a good way) to me. Would love to see more pics than they have on their site or get feedback from anyone who has one. :freaky
  3. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    I used a Cortech, but a slightly different one than most others are using. This one here.

    Seems to work well.

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    Strap modified to attach at the two points under the seat with velcro like others have done.
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  4. Calgary06

    Calgary06 Been here awhile

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    So far so good with the Wunderlich tank bag. I can even fit lunch and my laptop in it unexpanded for going to work...mind you it is only an 11 inch computer but I'm sure something larger would fit if you opened up the bag.
  5. shelion

    shelion Goddess of Fire

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    For those people that are looking for a small to moderate size bag with a larger map pocket, I ran across this option on the MotorcycleGear (formerly New Enough) site:

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    Dowco Rally Pack Deluxe

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    Nelson-Rigg CL-400

    I don't own either one but from reading this thread, there were several people that wanted a smaller bag with a usable size map pocket. I hope this helps.
  6. valMoto

    valMoto Adventurer

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    For those with the wunderlich bag, did you have to cut a hole for the grommet to run power to your bag. Or did it come precut?
  7. DWS

    DWS Adventurer

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    Mine's not pre-cut.
  8. valMoto

    valMoto Adventurer

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  9. Corona

    Corona Dreaming of Dreaming

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    I was using the Kriega US-10 with tank bag mount for a while but although it isn't a very expensive set-up it was just way too fiddly to use. As the bag has no stiffness of its own its tricky to get items into and out of it. Also if you don't pass the connecting straps through all the loops on the bag it sags down and slides around when holding any heavy items. This means you can't easily unclip it when you leave the bike some where.

    In addition the top mesh pocket or top zip pocket are useless if you strap a map case to the top which also tends to flap around. Having said all of that though it is very waterproof, reliable and can be easily used on other areas of the bike.

    So with a big trip coming up I decided to try out the Giant Loop Fandango tank bag as I needed something that would easily hold a DLSR and not cause allot of hassle when trying to take photos.

    I have yet to ride with it properly but my initial impressions are:

    Good:

    • Great shape. Not too big and not too small. Fits the f800gs perfectly.
    • Mounts easily with the straps fitting the bike nicely and cut out matching the key placement.
    • Sturdy and great zip attachment to the mount.
    • Looks quite cool for those who like that kind of thing.
    • Very sturdy construction

    Bad:

    • Massively overpriced for the quality of finish and construction. $164 !!!
    • The website does its best to paint a picture of water tightness but it is obvious due to the huge amount of stitching that it isn't going to hold out any heavy weather. So much so that they provide a tube of sealant for all the sewn seams which they recommend you paint over all the seams. Takes a good hour of your time to do properly and the neat look of the bag evaporates when its been 'painted'.
    • The internal divider of the bag only allows for a tiny section to be divided and is rather flimsy.
    • It includes attachment points for a neck strap to carry the bag when off the bike but does not include the strap.

    So I can't really claim a final opinion until I have used the bag more but at the moment if it was $80 it would have been good value. At double that I am feeling some what ripped off. Looking at the welded seams and quality of construction of my Ortlieb gear makes me wonder why other manufactures make kit in any other way.

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  10. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Had the Cortech Super Mini for quite some time. Fits well and works well for a season, but not made for long term durability apparently, as both zippers broke off and the neoprene bottom material started to break down and deteriorate.

    So, I decided to bite the bullet and get the Wolfman Express tank bag. Reasons:

    -Durable/long lasting
    -Not ugly
    -Not HUGE
    -Actually sits flat on the faux tank so you can actually read the damn map!! There are lots of tank bags out there that are designed for a sloped tank. When they get mounted on the F800GS's flat faux tank, they point forward and away from the rider! Example: the Giant Loop one above.
    -The map pocket will actually fit a map in it!
    -Expands to twice it's height if needed
    -4-point mount system mounts perfectly to the F800GS
    -Doesn't interfere with the ignition
    -Doesn't stick me in the nuts when riding standing up

    The PERFECT tank bag for the F800GS IMO. Cheers!

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  11. mlkdash

    mlkdash Righteous Dude

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    That is kind of what I was thinking reading the description & specs. Looks good! :freaky
  12. hurcomb

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    After loads of research on this site and others i bought the Wunderlich (from Nippy Normans UK and shipped to OZ) a great bag, well made designed etc HOWEVER it gets right in my way when i'm standing on the pegs. I took out the stiffener side panels but it still is in the way. It is worse at higher speeds when I lean forward more.

    Anyone else found this and how have you overcome it?
  13. chaos

    chaos Adventurer

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    I have the Cortech Super Mini...Its great but a little to small for me. I found a great way to mount it though. Super solid,easy and no seat interruption.


    I removed the 2 nuts that hold the tank on...well not the tank but you know what I mean.
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    I fit the bag on then figure where the webbing will sit on those studs. I then took a center punch and heated it up with a torch to put holes in the webbing. The edges melted so that the webbing wont unravel.

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    Then I just bolted it on...works awesome and took 5 minutes. By the way Im selling this bag after only 1 street ride. I just need a bigger bag, its in new shape and comes with custom GS8 mounting.

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  14. butterflymethane

    butterflymethane Adventurer

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    So I purchased the Wunderlich Tank Bag 1250111, the one specifically designed for the F650GS, based on all the great read reviews out there and I'll be one of the few who will go against the grain and say this bag isn't what it's cut out to be, especially for the price they're asking. I took this bag out to ride the Trans-Lab and tour around Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and I did have a get-off on this bike with the bag, so the bag did get taken through its paces.

    Cons:

    1) USD $235.00 gives you no waterproof capabilities in the bag nor in the map case. Wunderlich advertises this bag as being waterproof and having waterproof liners. Well, after 15 minutes of riding in the rain, everything in the tank bag got wet. Luckily for me, I wrapped all the contents up in extra zip-lock bags. It was the zip loc bags that kept everything dry, not the tank bag. All my paper maps got wet.

    2) If this bag was specifically designed for the F650GS/F800GS, they wouldn't have made it so wide and bulky, thus clumsy. At full lock to the left, the horn button hits the bag, even if you don't put anything into the side pockets. Unless you mount the base plate off centre towards the right, or buy the horn protector, or stop doing tight, left turns, you'll forever be hitting that horn when the bag is on the bike.

    3) When attaching the tank bag, if you don't want the bag to interfere with you while standing on the foot pegs, you can slide the bag mount more forward, however, upon doing this, the bag's front buckle interferes with the key. If you don't do any standing on the pegs style riding, slide the mount more rearward and you'll be fine.

    Pros:
    This bag is large and will hold a good amount of things, has many well thought of conveniences, like d-rings, clips, straps holders, but they're just that, conveniences, but not necessary. Build quality is good (other than not being waterproof). Material seems durable and the look of the bag is stylish.

    Overall, this is definitely a good tank bag, but for me, the 3 above inconveniences, especially how they advertise this as being a waterproof bag, surely is not worth the asking price.

    Thus continues my search for a good tank bag worth the price they're asking.
  15. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    You got a duff one. Take it back. Mine's 100% waterproof.
  16. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    Anyone have any experience with this bag?
    It has a few bells and whistles, I havn't seen one in person....
    It does not look like the cell phone pocket is big enough for an iPhone... :cry

    http://www.firstgear-usa.com/Luggage/Laguna/CSSGPSTankBagwBackpack.html

    I just got a flyer from CycleGear where it is on-sale for ~$135

    I know volumes on these bags are small, but I have serious problems with the prices ...
  17. Singletrack_mind

    Singletrack_mind Cave Man

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    This was EXACTLY what I had in mind for this bag. Like you, I don't really want a tank bag, but to carry a full size DSLR it's the thing. Now my question: IS there also enough room in there for some padding under the camera? I'd probably line the whole thing in foam like a Zero or Pelican camera box. Could I get a good inch of foam under the camera?
  18. Singletrack_mind

    Singletrack_mind Cave Man

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    There are some great mount points at the seat end as discussed already. Up front, I wanted the straps to leave the bag at their intended angles; ie: splayed just slightly outward to give some lateral stability and so everything could be as flat and neat as possible. Wrapping the supplied strap around or through the headstock & headstock bracing doesn't accomplish this; the straps are drawn together along the centerline of the bike. It's possible to pass the provided strap through the headstock bracing and then out to either side and under the air inlets, then up to the tank bag, but that's too wide.

    I found the perfect solution was to cut the supplied strap into two pieces and anchor each one to the braces for the radiator mounts. To do this, I made two triangular hooks out of some heavy steel wire, and sewed one end of each strap around one. These hooks fit into the roughly 1/2" lightening holes in the radiator brackets. The straps then go straight up to the bag. I added a ladder lock buckle to each strap as well, so that once he length is set they never loosen. At this point, I also trimmed the neoprene pad back to give better clearance around the ignition switch, power port and my electric jacket controller which is mounted to the right of the ignition switch.

    The bag still sit's far enough back that I do press against it when standing, but only a little & I think it'll be fine. It's very stable and fits a DSLR with generous foam padding, nothing more.

    The only downside to my mounting system is I need to remove the two front straps if I remove the bag, since they would come un-hooked and fall off otherwise. That's also a positive though, as it leaves the bike cleaner.
  19. porschenator

    porschenator Adventurer

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    Just covered 2900 miles along the Continental Divide Routed with a Giant Loop Fandango......couldn't have been any better! Small, but very roomy with two compartments that can be size adjusted........'forward' angle on the rear of the bag for great standup position. I really like their gear!

    giantloopmoto.com

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  20. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    I used the GL Diablo on an F650GS for a x-country trip -- bike broke down about 2500 miles into it, so only have a pic of the attachment. Thought it worked well.

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