Ortlieb Moto Tank Bag

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  1. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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    Ortlieb came out with a new tank bag this year: http://www.ortlieb.de/_prod.php?lang=en&produkt=moto_tankbag

    Couldn't find much information about the bag anywhere when I was shopping for one but I ended up buying one anyway since I needed a truly waterproof tank bag (not just water resistant).

    Well, since I couldn't find any photos of the bag mounted on a motorcycle or any first-hand impressions I thought I'd come up with some. Hopefully they'll be of use to someone.

    The bag has a volume of approximately 18 liters and it comes with a base that has magnets in five mounting points for metallic tanks. You also get straps for motorcycles with no metallic mounting points.

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    I ended up attaching the front with magnets (I mounted some rare earth magnets under the plastic side covers) and the rear with straps.

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    The tank bag connects to the base with four buckles.

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    At the bottom of the bag you have a waterproof TIZIP zipper.

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    You also have mounting points for extra equipment going round the whole bag. The buckles you see in the middle of the bag are for a waterproog map window (which is included with the bag) which mounts on top of the bag.

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    The bottom of the bag is totally smooth.

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    On top of the bag you have a carrying handle and buckles for mounting a shoulder strap (included) <STRIKE>or a backbag carrying system (which is sold separately)</STRIKE>. [EDIT: after further inspection I found out that the backpack carrying system mounts to the side buckles, not the top ones]

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    The top opens like a typical drybag.

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    The bag can also be used as a tailbag. Two short straps are included for attaching the bag to a rear rack or the rear seat.

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    After a few hundred miles with the bag I have to say I'm quite satisfied with the design so far. The zipper is really handy to get small stuff out of the bag while sitting on the bike and it's still 100 percent waterproof.
    Mounting the bag is quick enough with the four buckles and the base seems to keep the bag in place in the rougher stuff as well. You can also adjust the size of the bag to some degree with the straps depending on the amount of stuff you have inside.

    Only complaint so far is the dark inner colour (WHY is it so hard to use a brighter colour on the inside?) which means it can be hard to find small stuff from the bag. And of course there is the Ortlieb price premium which can be sometimes hard to swallow.
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  2. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    This looks awesome! I would use one of my Kriega bags as a tank bag if it was easier to get into. Does the Tizip open up to the entire inside? Can you post a picture of that open?
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  3. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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    Jawohl, on one end you have the conventional roll-up closure and the waterproof zipper opens up the other end.

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    Here are also a few photos of the optional backback carrying harness. It is a bit flimsy but I do like the idea of being able to use the tankbag temporarily as a backpack.

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  4. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    thanks for the pics. these are the nicest i've seen of this bag. do you have any showing the map window attached? i'm wondering if the map window is wide enough for a map to fit nicely folded or if you have to cram it like i do with my current tank bag.
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  5. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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    The map window has a roll-up closure as well, I'd say 9 inches is about the widest you can comfortably fit in there.

    Here are a few shots with an A4 size (8.27 × 11.69 inches) magazine stuffed in there.

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  6. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Thanks, Oldbear! Ortlieb owes you a cold one, I'd say!

    It make me wonder why companies don't got the trouble their customers will to illustrate the use of their products . . . .

    Ah well, yet another thing I don't grok.

    ;-}
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  7. (sp?)

    (sp?) flaming ahole ;)

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    Thanks for the pics.

    Wondering a couple of things.

    1) would it fit on a narrower dirtbike, e.g. Husaberg?

    2) is there enough volume (length mostly) to carry a fullsize DSLR camera? (assume appropriate padding installed)

    I've got both Wolfman Enduro and Giant Loop (won it in a raffle) tankbags but they're too small for that.

    I have the Ortlieb backpack and like it a lot. Good stuff.
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  8. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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    I'd imagine it would fit quite well on a FE570 if you can find proper mounting points. The base is flexible so you can cinch it down to follow the bikes lines.

    I moved a few years ago from full-size DSLRs to m43 system so I don't have any gear around to test the bag in practice with larger camera gear. I'd say mid-size DSLR (eg. Canon 7D) w/ zoom lens and padding would probably still be OK.
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  9. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Very informative and helpful thread, Oldbear. Thank you!:thumb
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  10. sunbandit

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    Couldn't find anything close to the level of detail you have in your report. Thanks Oldbear! :thumb
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  11. marc_andrew

    marc_andrew HoTdoG

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    great summary of this bag... it was helpful when I tried installing mine. However, for those of us with an R1150GS, probably best to look elsewhere. The bag is too wide at the front and interferes with the handlebars during turning. Also, because the bag has a relatively hard bottom, it doesnt contour to the arc of a GS tank very well. Had to send mine back today :( bummed... its a well constructed bag.
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  12. Too Tall

    Too Tall Been here awhile

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    Oldbear, Thanks for the very informative review of this tankbag. Like someone else said, Ortlieb owes you one.
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  13. rave76

    rave76 n00b

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    moi oldbear,

    excellent review of the tankrucksack...after reading I just had to buy one for my KTM 690 SMC from an online-shop here in south germany, due to my trip to sardegna tomorrow.
    I was wondering if you could share some pics or comments about how you did fixed the rear-end of the base with the frame-tube of the 690?
    from what I can see on the pic you`re using the straps provided wit the bag.
    did you have to shorten them or are you using just one, stretched from left to right?

    since the trip starts tomorrow and I'd love to fit my bag today on my ktm, your feedback highly appreciated.

    kiitos, rave
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  14. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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    I did use the straps that came with the bags and just cut them to length. Sorry, no pics since I haven't used the bag for a while on the KTM.

    Have a nice trip :thumb
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  15. Tsunnami

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    I have one bought in 2012 in Germany.
    I used it on a 1150 GSA long trips, Moldova, Greece, Romania to France, Nordkapp while in Europe.

    Unfortunatelly I had to sell the bike since BMW didn't want to help me to bring the bike into US, so I recently have bought an 1200GSA. I didn't attach the harness yet to it, but it is in the plan.

    I would renew the map case. It is dirty on the inside and i couldn't clean it, tried sope, detergent, gasoline.
    I guess that is tonner from the laser printer...
    Anyway, does anyone knows where I could order a new one?
    I am planning a trip to Northern Quebec and I would like a clear map case.

    Thanks guys
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