tank bags,,

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by peterman, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

    Jan 2, 2006
    Springfield,,,,like the Simpsons,,,orygun
    My bike was stolen recently, but it has returned home thanks to Facebook viewers and local moto folks posting about it, and the constabulary.
    Anyhow, the tank bag did not come home with the bike, it was an older Marsee small size, no longer available.
    Well, I did a search here to see if there is any info or feedback regarding different tank bags. Most specifically, has anyone bought a particular bag that they did NOT like, and why?
    I need a replacement, and leaning toward the Wolfman explorer lite.
    What is your favorite tank bag?
  2. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

    Jan 14, 2011
    New Haven, Ct.
    I would like to throw out one idea for consideration. When time came for a new tank bag an idea came to me. I though about all the times over the years that the plastic turned a smoky yellow, or the road I was looking for was always on the other side of the fold, or rain or condensate had turned my map into mush. More importantly, I thought about the number of times I had succumbed to the temptation to try to find my place on the map while still moving down the road... and the adrenaline levels that that can lead to. If the map is right there under your nose, sooner or later you'll try to glance down & find something. After 25 years of that, I took the big step & bought a bag with no map sleeve on top. It has an upper level that zips open like a travel planner or appointment book, with half cellophane strips placed to hold open a map or atlas. It even has a red ribbon bookmark to keep a place in a guide book. Now I have to pull over to the side & come to a stop to check the map. It takes 90 seconds longer but reduces the "excitement" factor. (BTW...mine is the MotoFizz Through Bag, a tad expensive, beautifully built.)
  3. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

    Feb 21, 2010
    Canada's ocean playground
    I don't have much tank bag experience, but I own two. A nelson rigs magnetic, and a bags connection tank lock type, both are great but the NR can hold twice the stuff.

    I'm sure id be happy with many others, there are dozens of good bags out these. First you need to consider the size, then how it mounts to the tank, do you want a map case, etc.

    Good luck
  4. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

    Mar 3, 2006
    Donald, Oregon
    My favorite tank bag is the small Wolfman expedition. I like the small because that's the one that will fit on my XRL. I like the expedition because it has no zipper. I always manage to wear out the zippers on my tank bags. With the expedition there is no zipper to wear out.

  5. frog13

    frog13 Long timer

    Feb 10, 2007
    SW Ohio
    I use a Igio magnetic tank bag,it holds four point secure.It has not scratched my tank(s).It is large enough to put my wallet,cell phone,keys,contact lens solution,garage door opener.....and if I wanted, another item or two of similiar size as past described.They cost around $45.00.
  6. Warin

    Warin Retired

    Aug 30, 2012
  7. SkidmarkSteve

    SkidmarkSteve Never say die

    Jul 8, 2012
    Festus, Missouri
    The Fandango has been good for me. Totally waterproof and feels like it has been made to last. The only caveat is a small map pocket; you will have to fold it up tight and just shove it in there. That is not a huge concern if you run GPS and I have done just fine as my local travel area can be displayed without removing/adjusting the map.
  8. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam

    Sep 11, 2008
    anyone looking for soft luggage owes it to themselves to check RKA-luggage dot com . . . . .good products, designed by riders, mae in teh USA, with outstanding service if needed.
  9. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

    Sep 22, 2007
    Sunny (sometimes) SoCal
    That Marsee tank bag was my first bag. Still have it & use it a lot. I have bought a bunch since--Wolfman, Nelson-Rigg, Roadgear. etc. So far my other fave is the Roadgear bag. The plus feature for those is the expandable side pockets. They are pleated, so if you don't have anything in them, they are flat, unlike others. Roadgear makes good stuff, also in Colorado like Wolfman. I have tankbags, saddlebags & duffelbags from both.

    I am a fan of the RKA bags but don't have any. My other bags expand to hold bulky or more items, but the RKA expansion is another bag of the same size on top. That works for some but not for me. Quality wise, they are right up there.
  10. dasrider

    dasrider Been here awhile

    Jul 23, 2010
    Apex, NC
    I've only owned two tank bags in my riding career - a Nelson Rigg CL300 mini magnetic and my current Ogio Super mini tanker. I prefer smaller, lower profile bags for my usual short commutes or less than 1-day rides. The NR is discontinued, but was a great bag. It held its shape when empty, had some nice reflective piping on the sides, had plenty of room and organizational pockets and the magnets were very strong. I only sold it, well, because I like new things.

    The Ogio has a lower profile, but doesn't keep its shape when empty. There's no reflective piping and the magnets aren't as strong. I don't think it would move on its own, but it certainly doesn't take as much effort to shift or remove the bag. For my purposes though, it works fine. The price was good too, at less than $60.
  11. 1P8RIOT

    1P8RIOT Been here awhile

    Dec 13, 2007
    Whitesboro, TX.
    I have the Cortech super mini and am very happy with it. Since they are hard to find, when I see one I grab it. I just got a used one off ebay but it's like new so it's in better shape than mine. Mine is still in ok shape and if you think it'll work for you, I'll send it to you when my new one comes in.:freaky
  12. Aleeoop70

    Aleeoop70 EX-MX Adv Tourist

    Jun 25, 2008
    Edmonds, WA
    I've had several tank bags and my favorite used on my DR650 and my WR250R is the Wolfman Explorer. You can get the Explorer Lite if you don't need as much room. With the Explorer, the bag rests partially on the fuel cap. I use a 90 degree plastic vacuum fitting inline in the vent hose on the Yamaha, so the hose doesn't get pinched (it allows the line to lie flat under the front of the bag). On the DR, I have a vented cap from Pro Cycle on my IMS 4.9 gal tank and both systems work without starving the bike for fuel. The Explorer is roomy, doesn't get in my way and has an available velcro on map window that holds 8.5x11 documents. Very durable too. The Rainier is great too but it's for bigger bikes. These are all made to work well on tanks that are slanted toward the rear.
  13. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

    Oct 18, 2010
    Portland...the newer one on the left side.
    My experince thus far
    - Wolfman Expedition Large - Nice bag, very waterproof, hold a ton-o-shit, proably too much. Wish it had some easy to access pocket. Best when you need to haul stuff more than actually accessing stuff while riding.
    - GL Fandango - Great bag. Not waterproof, but close (comes with a tube of seam sealer). Like the map pocket, easy on/off of bike, but zipper is a little finicky. Size is just right for me (not too big, not too small). Again no easy to access pockets, but probably best as those can leak.
    - Bags Connection Engage - Powered! Like that I can run my fuzz-buster and charge stuff in the bag (that being said, I retrofitted my GL Fandango with and SE connection and it that does that fine for a lot less money. Quick lock system is cool also the bag connects to gas cap and "floats" above the tank an inch or so so it doesn't scratch it all up. Couple of easy to access pockets. Map holder was and extra charge. Not waterproof, but comes with a cover. Also not cheap...damn germans. Good solution if you don't want to scratch your pretty bike, other than that...meh.

    If I had to choose one, it'd be the fandango, alas it's not cheap either. I'd alos look into some of the other Wolfman bags, they seem well made and supportive of ADV riders etc. (Rainer, Explorer etc). Just be sure to get a rain cover.
  14. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile

    May 21, 2010
    Eastern PA
    After looking for a rainproof tankbag, I chose an Enduristan bag from Black Dog Cycle Works. www.blackdogcw.com
    They are great people- a small company whose owners ride and use the products that they sell. The Enduristan bag is waterproof with a waterproof map pocket. I love it. It comes in two sizes to fit most bikes.
  15. twistedthrottle

    twistedthrottle Been here awhile

    Apr 30, 2003
    Rhode Island
    The important things to consider when buying a tankbag:

    1. What bike is in going on? The shape of the tank dictates the shape of the bag. A flat bag fits best on a flat gas tank. A tank with a steep drop off requires a bag with a different profile.
    2. Handlebars - The shape and the rake of the handlebars dictates the size and shape of the tankbag as well.
    3. Are you using it daily? Is this an everything bag or something you drag out once in a while on longer trips. Your needs on a daily basis usually requires less volume than when you are crossing the country.
    4. Do you use maps or GPS? A map guy would need a map pocket but a GPS guy might need a bag with an accessory mount on it or none at all if he mounts it to another location.
    5. Do you remove it regularly or will it be installed and left there? If you're going to remove it regularly then you want it easy to remove. If you do not have to move it to fill the gas tank and just plan to leave it there a strap style bag is fine.
    6. Do you care about scratches? If you use a magnetic tankbag or anything that makes contact with the tank then you are going to have scratches. No matter how fastidious you are about dirt and dust some wuill get between the bag and the tank. Any movement of the bag will cause minor scratching.

    I'm sure there are a few other factors to consider.... but this will help you at least come up with a list of attributes to weigh when you are making a decision.

    Good luck.

  16. JTT

    JTT Long timer

    Jul 28, 2005
    Halifax, NS
    I am the proud owner of several Wolfman bags, all brilliant and I love them...but, unless they have drastically improved their rain covers, don't waste your money. A roadside shopping bag would be more useful.

    Rain cover on my Bags Connection Engage has been brilliant in contrast, even surviving a 3 hr ride through a hurricane, with nary a drop getting into my stuff.
  17. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

    Aug 18, 2010
    western pa
  18. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

    Oct 11, 2006
    BRC \ NYC
    I must have gone through 30 or so different tank bags over the years, I have about 10 that I keep around. 3\4 of which I do not use since the bikes they were bought for have been sold.

    What kind of bike is it for? That would determine the shape.
    What do you use it for? Permanent fixture on the bike or a day bag that will mount to the bike?
    Do you NEED a map pocket?

    I like Held and Marsee personally for brands, but I also have the new AXIO, as well as the GL Fandango and the Kriega tank adapter (but I use it with an Osprey crampon pocket). Again, it depends on the bike it's going on.
  19. syzygy9

    syzygy9 Been here awhile

    Jan 31, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    Being a loyal KTM 990 owner, I purchased a branded KTM tank bag with the bike. The bag zips on to a base that is strapped to the tank. Seems like a good idea until a 0 km/hr drop in sand, the bag pulled off the base at the zip, ripping a few zipper teeth out with it rendering the zipper useless. I strapped the tank bag top the base with copious amounts of duct tape and continued. Bag replaced by KTM and lo and behold exactly the same thing happened to the second bag. Took the now two broken bags to a local seamstress who sewed the bags to the base and no more issues.

    This contrasts with a friend who on the same trip, had a major 80km/hr off including overturning the bike a couple of times and his Touratech tank bad held fast.

    Although I like the size and shape of the KTM bag, the zipped base is useless, count on having it sewn to the base if you purchase one. There are probably better purchases out there.
  20. Eladbern

    Eladbern Adventurer

    Nov 19, 2006
    Bowling Green Kentucky
    I've been using wolfman bags for the last couple years and couldn't be happier with them. I've got a larger version of the Ranier tank bag that's no longer made the beta duffel and pannier bags. A friend also runs the Ranier the expidition duffel and the panniers they have all help up to thousands of miles in all weather conditions. Couldn't be happier with them. My previous tank bag was a Joe rocket manta and it spent far more time on the shelf than on the bike.