Longterm Bags Connection Tankbag Users: Any issues?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by LoneStar, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    I'm about to replace my tankbag for something newer and like the design of the B C Evo and City

    Having not used one I'm curious if the mounting arrangement has been sturdy with a loaded bag and some harder off-road usage???

    I try to keep mine light, but with some camera gear and a bottle of water the bag gets some violent torquing motion when off road. I had to modify my original GS bag with additional straps for the occasional hard hit.

    Just wondering how yours is holding up since it seems like all the force is against two pins only :ear
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  2. Dogscout

    Dogscout Been there done that

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    I've got a city that has been on the bike for 40,000 miles and other than some fading its still in great shape. Best bag in my opinion
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  3. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks Dogscout - so it stays solid in the rough?
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  4. mcjetter

    mcjetter Adventurer

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    I've got a bags connection city evo bag that I have toured with for about 8,000 miles. Went from my place in Tennessee to Washington state and back with no problems on the interstate, in the rain, summer heat or mountain altitude temps. So much less of a hassle than dealing with straps.
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  5. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Thanks, after my Mexico ride I'm revamping some gear and easier access to the tank at refills would be very nice :deal
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  6. Dogscout

    Dogscout Been there done that

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    It's solid. Been to Inuvik, across the trans Lab, and commuted to work. I have one on my 07 GS an one on the wife's 07 GS. A friend has the GS bag and it larger, and the bars hit it on full lock. The City hits but not as much.

    My map case needs replaced, but I had it on top of another sport bike bag for a year and the clear poly cove now has some cracks.

    I cab recommend Bags Connection bags.
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  7. Goldburg

    Goldburg Been here awhile

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    I've done some forest roads and the associated bike dropping with the EVO bag on and never had any issues. I got the Evo for a steal, but I don't think it's the best looking on the bike. The contour of the bottom of the bag doesn't match the slope of the tank, so there is a significant gap about half way back, if that kind of thing offends you. I don't think it would hold a big lens on a SLR either. City or GS may be the way to go.

    It works for me just fine though. I carry a point and shoot. And a camera, too! :D
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  8. dutch97501

    dutch97501 Been here awhile

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    Ive been using the city bag for three years now with the power kit. As mentioned in the previous post it fades rather quickly. And on the electrical side the spring loaded contact pins will melt the plastic around them if you try to use it for anything more than a phone charger.
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  9. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Ive got a GS on my GS with the fancy electrified ring. The bag and mount is solid, on road/off road/no road- that bag does not move.
    My complaint is with the electrification system, it started out quite solid, but has been less than useful lately. There is a relay connected to the pos led of the ring and the metal latch point. With the bag installed, the circuit is complete and power is available at the lands. No bag, no power at the ring - very slick. Unfortunately, the lands are soft and the spring pins in the bag ring are sharp. They dig into the lands and become intermittent, causing any devices in the bag to cycle power, which is not healthy.

    I sidestepped the problem by installing a 3 pin weatherproof amphenol into the bag. One pin is a common ground, one pin is always on and the third is switched to the ignition. Its not as convenient to remove the bag anymore, but it's still better than straps/zippers and far more secure than magnets.
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  10. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    303 fabric guard will keep the fade to a min. if you care about that sort of thing.
    Works real well on lots of stuff.
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  11. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Hmmm - good to know about the electrical ring. I was debating whether to power the rig that way or just stay with the Powerlet cable I've got rigged now.

    Also glad to hear they can take tumbles and stay put - haven't seen one in person yet so thanks for the feedback :clap


    I'm using the BMW factory tank bag and guessing it's about 13L+/- which seems to fall between the City and GS versions.

    Anyone using the GS version and a TT GPS mount on the crossbar? Wondering about clearance :ear
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  12. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    My Zumo is mounted on the handlebar crossbar with the TT locking mount. The fit is decent, I get some interference with the bag at full left lock. The bag is flexible enough to squish out of the way.
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  13. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    Love mine, with my new ROX risers the fit is tight, and it is a bit of a PITA to remove now. Also with the power ring if you leave the bag on it will drain your battery.. well at least mine does, but I am a well known moron when it comes to all things electrical, I may have wired it incorrectly. :huh
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  14. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    It will take a while to kill a good battery if nothing is plugged into the bag. The relay that activates the ring connection does draw some power, but not much at all.
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  15. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    yes.. well about 4 weeks with the bike parked and no battery charger attached seems to be about the right number :rofl
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  16. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    :lol3
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  17. Texcollect

    Texcollect Adventurer wannabe

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    I can't comment on the Bags Connection stuff, but I used this procedure to make a Nelson Rigg SLR quick release. Cost me about $20 for the ring, assorted nuts and bolts, and a piece of 1/4 plywood !!
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  18. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    For me, the dust builds up in the bag underside mount and becomes difficult to remove. After a good washing it works fine again.
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  19. WADE-O

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    I have the smaller one i think it is the city. Not super sure because it was on the bike when i bough it. But i love it it is big enough to get everything out of my pockets and my camera. I just use a regular sized camera not like an SLR or anything like that. It also expands by a zipper that goes around it to make it taller and that is really nice as well. I just run stock handelbars and no cross bar or anything like that and have never had a problem with it coming in contact with anything. I hardly even notice that it is there at all. I can also take it off with one hand and it takes maybe 2 seconds at the most. Also since it hangs above the tank no worries about wear marks or anything like that. And with all my slow speed tip overs nothing to complain about at all. Hope my novel helped :)
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  20. Twempie

    Twempie Been here awhile

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    I've never had a problem with my TT City Bag. But I don't like it on the GS, so now it's on the island of misfit gear.
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