Tank Bag

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Wreckman, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Wreckman

    Wreckman Been here awhile

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    I know this probably has been beat to death. Kinda like an oil thread. I want a small tank bag to keep my phone,gloves and a few small things. I am looking at a
    Givi or BMW. I could use some advise especially on how they mount on a GS. I have a 2011 GS. I dont want the tank bag on all the time just on trips so I dont want a big mounting system that is on the bike when the bag is not on. I am new to the GS world. Had my bike about 2 months and am very hooked on this thing.
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  2. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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  3. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    I bought the big BMW bag when I got my 05. They are waterproof and I like the way they mount. It wore out after 80k miles so I bought another one :1drink
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  4. bluechip0309

    bluechip0309 Old and In the Way

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    German-made for less money. I like mine. Wide velcro at seat to open for fuel access...
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  5. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    I love the shape and the layout of the BMW bag, but the quality, especially of the zippers, is awful.
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  6. openboatt

    openboatt Don't harsh my mellow

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    I think this is the bag I have on my 94. Total ald school. Tall. Stiff. Commodious. I'll stick with it... t
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  7. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    Take a look at the TT Day Trip.
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  8. rcliffor

    rcliffor Been here awhile

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    Wolfman Explorer...small enough to still allow access to the fuel cap.
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  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Waterproof Marsee on a quick release mount.

    [​IMG]

    Jim :brow
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  10. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    What model Marsee is that again?
    http://www.marseeproducts.com/
    How far back do you have it mounted? i.e. what is distance between front of bag and front of bike tank ring?
    I think it is probably too big with my ROX risers though.
    thanks,
    -ceej

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  11. justinallen03

    justinallen03 Been here awhile

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    I have a small BMW bag (2008 - on) I'd sell. No problems with it, only used a couple times. I ended up going with a handlebar bag b/c I never needed the capacity and it got in the way (to me) when I was riding off road.
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  12. Wylder

    Wylder Adventurer

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    RKA Luggage sells a 3 liter tank bag, you can order it electrified or not.
    Wylder
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  13. fixie

    fixie don't lie to me, man!

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    I am pretty much a tankbag hater. Never had one because the whole setup seemed inelegant, and I didn't want a bunch of junk in my way.

    Recently I've been wanting the convenience of having some stuff on the bike all the time without having to keep my Zega cases on so I decided to find the most minimalist tankbag I could find. Anything that even came close to being level with my chest was immediately out.

    • Contender #1 was the Ortlieb tail/tank bag, mainly because I've used their bike on my touring bicycle for years and love 'em. Holy hell, that bag is a spaghetti pile of straps. Instantly disqualified.

    • #2 was the Wolfman Small Expedition. Not bad, but still a bit big for my taste. It doesn't have a lot of structure and I don't think I would fill it enough to prevent it from flopping around. Liked the map case quite a bit.

    • #3 - and my ultimate choice, was the Giant Loop Diablo. Small, easy on/off, can zip halfway off to fill my tank (1150GS), keeps its shape, sturdy, USA made, seems sturdy, can be made waterproof with the included seam seal. Downsides include smaller map case.

    Things I've fit into the bag: wallet, phone, bike log, few tools, spare earplugs, microfiber cloth, gum, gloves, camera, spare rok strap, pencil. Recently fit most of the above and the my tire plug/inflator too.

    The downside for you is that the three point harness of the Diablo might be a bit much to take on/off all of the time. I'm just leaving the bag on most of the time.

    Highly recommended!
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  14. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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  15. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    I really like my Bagster tank protector/bag combo. Bag unbuckles and pivots forward for refueling.

    [​IMG]
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  16. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    I have this one: http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/135/PN-055-1140/Day-Trip-Tank-Bag-R1200GS-ADV

    I like that it is easily removable and has a good map case. I don't like the ugly glue mess that is now on my tank from the patch that holds the lower velcro strap in place.

    I rented a Honda CBF1000 in Europe last month with a magnetic tank bag. I really liked that approach. No "stuff" on the bike when you don't need the bag. Of course, you need to have enough steel on the tank top to make this work. I don't know if my GS does.
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  17. Dorian

    Dorian huge carbon footprint

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    I'm not a fan of tank bags (mostly when off-roading) but this one from Touratech works great for me ('08 R1200GS). Not too obtrusive and enuff room for sunglasses, visor cloth etc. and I really like the removable map holder! Easy on/off for refueling or taking with you off-bike.

    - Dorian
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  18. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    I just bought it and plan to try to connect the tank ring that JVB used.
    Here are the details from the web site:

    Marsee 1.5L Bullet Bag with No Mounting Method
    Some ideas work out better than others- we had hundreds of our popular 1.5L Bullet Bags made with four holes in the bottom for a mounting system that we no longer produce! What this means for you is that you can purchase a great quality Marsee bag at a low price and engineer your own way to mount it! The four holes are approximately 2" x 3". Mounting options are limited only by your own creativity- use tie wraps, install your own magnets, make your own ram mount (holes line up approximately with the RAM-B-202U-23 ball), sew/glue on straps and come up with your own unique mounting solution!

    -ceej
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  19. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Just ordered two!

    Jim :brow
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  20. Hendo66

    Hendo66 Hendo66

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    The dealer threw in a small BMW tank bag on my 11 GS which I got early 12 so the bag is only just over 18 mths old & the clear top cover has turned yellow & I've only used it 1/2 doz times & spent the rest of its life in the shed. Looks like they don't like hot direct sunlight.

    Glad it was thrown in after I did the deal! Wouldn't buy one.
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