Which Tank Bag?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by kaengurooo, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. kaengurooo

    kaengurooo Been here awhile

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    Hi guy`s,
    I like to get me tank bag, one of the main reasons are that I can put a map in the see through part so I do not have to stop to look onto the map!
    Any suggestion`s which brand would suit the KLR the best?
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  2. itsgunnahurt

    itsgunnahurt Gravity Enhanced!

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    Hi Klaus
    I have a wolfman Rainier tank bag, and is OK for me. It has a a number of side pockets and clear map pocket which is about A4 size, however maps are rarely A4. I end up folding them in different ways so my immediate route is visible.
    This is is not a waterproof bag though, and the cover is very ordinary. Having said that, it's not been a big issue for me and ridden through some decent storms with it.
    Wolfman do waterproof one in their expedition line, it does have the map pocket, but no side pockets.
    According to their website, they should fit your klr
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  3. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    Aldi tankbags are great if you can find one, or wait 'til they sell 'em again.
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  4. gateman

    gateman Long timer

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    Couple of comments re Tank bags.

    I had a DriRider bag that had a good size clear top to put maps and a4 route sheets in. The zip ran down the long sides ...not across the top or bottom. That's makes getting maps in or out just that bit harder. So look for side zips or zips that open 3/4 way round.

    The DriRider also had an expandable section...at the top of the bag not the bottom. With expansion from the top you get a more stable bag as the body has not been compromised.

    The same bag had a small pocket across the front and two side pockets great for your phone or wallet or lollies.The zips on all these pockets had strong weather fold on them.
    That left the main bag for cameras, spare gloves,your liner or wets.
    Now that bag just plain wore out. I got well over 80,000K's out of it in all weather and never had any wet gear. I have not found another yet.


    I replaced it with a MotorDry number. Its a two part thing. Big map holder ...but its in the bottom section. The bulk of the bag zips to it. Sounds fine but it leaks like the labor party.
    The top map pocket has an opening too narrow to put A4 or maps in without rolling them first. And you need your gloves off to work it.
    The two large side pockets hold heaps but the zips are not covered so everything gets wet with a little rain.
    The bag is expandable but from the bottom. Net result is the thing has no stability in the body and rocks from side to side like a drunk.

    Might be points worth a look at as you shop.
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  5. Reeksy

    Reeksy high state of hiatus

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    Wolfman Explorer Lite goes nicely on a KLR. Still fine for standing.

    Same issue with maps, need a bit of folding around, and while the bags aren't 100% waterproof if the bike's stationary, if you're ok when moving in pretty heavy rain.
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  6. Beet

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    I work out my route the nite before and sticky tape the list to the tank or fit it in my WOLFMAN TRAIL trial tank bag. Folding and unfolding maps, stopping, putting on glasses etc. is a pain to me.
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  7. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    KLR has a steel tank I'd go magnetic I bought a Kappa one off ebay theres a guy in Sydney who sell them cheap.
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  8. McCardigan

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    Enduristan tank bags.

    First piece of gear that goes on my bikes every time.

    Have just returned from NZ, 10 weeks, almost 15,000 kms on my R80gs, in all types of weather and roads from motorway to single track. It stays on the bike down there. In the last 2 years I have carried/used that bag for almost 120,000 kms through Europe, Asia, Oz and NZ. Still works great. It is just like a womens handbag, it carries everything that you will need for a tour, weather its one week or one year.

    In my case it carried my pc, all chargers needed for the pc, mob, camera's, LED light, med's, toiletries, dunny papper etc, spare glasses, stubbie holder with a Swiss Army knife,and a Leatherman, hat, tools, inc small multimeter, tyre gauge, cable ties plus lots more that I can't remember. The map storage is held by velcro to the main bag, and takes A4 sheets, in my case I had a m/c magazine, NZ atlas, and probably a dozen NZ AA folded maps of each Island, stowed there.

    Only draw back the map holder is not waterproof, so put everything in snaplock bags, too easy.

    It is quickly detactable.

    What more can I say.

    That and your backpack are your best travelling companions, period.
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  9. outsider580

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    I have a Gen 1 KLR and bought a Wolfman Small Expedition Tank Bag

    I've only used it a couple of times being new to the sport but I am happy with it so far.
    It is big enough without getting it the way of anything.
    It's waterproof and has a map pocket for maps, i also stick my phone in there too as it runs mapping software.

    It has a small removable zippered pouch under the cover too which is handy for small things.

    http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Expedition/sm_expedition_tank_bag.html

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  10. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    I had a new gen KLR.

    The tank bags I tried both magnetic and strap on all scratched the shit out of the clear cote on the Red paint.

    I wrote to one manufacturer in the states and the guy there said... Yep, hear it all the time with new gen KLR. Someting to do with the way they cure or perhaps don't cure the paint.

    On my new S10 I went with a bag that mounts on a tank ring.

    Doesn't touch the tank at all.

    I did choose a mid sized bag though as I hate the things sticking into me when standing on the pegs!
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  11. kaengurooo

    kaengurooo Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys for all your reply,
    I will defenately go for a smaler size tank bag because I have anyway my TC and my panniers for weekend trips on the bike. For me the mainreason realy is to have a quick look onto a map if I have to! And offcourse there are hand for day trips!
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  12. kaengurooo

    kaengurooo Been here awhile

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    outsider 580,
    how big is the mapholder? Does a map fit in there? Or have you to fold it up a couple of times/
    Cheers Klaus!
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  13. outsider580

    outsider580 Adventurer

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    Klaus,
    The map holders internal area is about 20cm x 10cm
    I have not needed full size maps yet so I can't really comment, I'm usually following someone else.....
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  14. kaengurooo

    kaengurooo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the quick answer,
    I think I will then go one size bigger!
    Looks like the Explorer light will be a good size for me!
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