F800gs Tank bag...got one you like? tell us about it!

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  1. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    So I've researched a lot about this and I am none the wiser. What I am looking for is a simple tankbag with the following needs:

    1) Need to store some small electronics, spare batteries, a DSLR and two lens. Nothing too huge, 8-10 litres should be way more than enough
    2) Waterproof without a additional cover (since this is my camera bag)
    3) Having a backpack attachment is a strong bonus for the treks off the bike
    4) A pocket where I can route charging cables for camera batteries and my life will be perfect
    5) And yes, an obligatory map window too please :d

    I've been looking at every solution posted here, and ticking off items from the list one by one because they don't meet one or the other conditions. Am I asking for too much? Someone surely must be making such a tank bag
  2. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

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    Kreiga US-10 can be used as a tankbag (with optional adapter) and part of a backpack system with their hydration pack. Totally waterproof, but no map pocket. Their US-20 would work as well if you need bigger.
  3. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    On my F800GS, I am running the Giant Loop Diablo which is smaller than the Fandango. I have it mounted forward on the faux tank and it works well for me. Accessing the ignition key is a bit tight, but I am used to it now and assume that may be true with any tank bag.

    I typically carry:
    ~2-3 maps
    ~10 mm wrench
    ~1 liter of H2O
    ~travel documents
    ~charger for iPhone
    ~iPhone
    ~GoPro Camera
    ~pair of extra gloves
    ~small bag of trail mix
    ~2 energy bars
    ~wool scarf
    ~a few extra batteries
    ~tire pressure guage
    ~pocket knife

    Following are a few photos of the Giant Loop Diablo:
    With 1 map and 1 Cannon EOS Rebel T2i.
    Plenty of extra room. Would suggest a pad or scarf on the bottom.
    Also would suggest seam sealing the seams for camera gear.
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    Giant Loop Diablo on F800GS:
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  4. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Thanks for the pointer. I watched the product overview video at http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kriega-us-10-drypack, but I don't see how it gets converted to a backpack. Did I miss anything? I am willing to forgo the map pocket, but converting it to a backpack allows me to pack light, and becomes super convenient.
  5. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

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    To convert to a backpack you have to mount it to their hydration pack. I have one and really like it - great bite valve, much better than Camelback. I haven't tried mounting my US-10 to it, I have two and use them on top of my panniers for extra storage.
  6. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    Oh. So that brings the total to 139 + 99 + 35. Man, thats a lot of cash for a tankbag, plus I have to carry a 10 litre backpack that I am trying to avoid. I'll keep looking, but its nice to have a fallback option if nothing else works out.
  7. peteace

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    I like my SW Motech / Bags Connection tank bag, which I bought already for my previous F800GS and transferred to the F800GSA. I also added the electric "tankring" to it this summer. The model is called "city" (what a shame :lol3).

    It's really fast and convenient to attach and remove. It's not waterproof, but comes with a waterproof cover which can be used on a heavy rain. On my experience it can hold mild rain by itself.

    I don't ride too much standing on the pegs (hopefully it will change when I add the Rox Risers), but it does not get on the way when doing so.

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  8. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

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    I use a Wunderlich 'elephant' tankbag but it requires a waterproof cover. It can be used as a backpack and has slits to run a connection from your powerlet inside the bag.
  9. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    I finally pulled the trigger on an Ortlieb tank bag. This tankbag and the backpack attachment is what I ended up getting. The stuff should arrive in a couple of weeks, and I am looking forward to field test this as soon as I get it
  10. Snowy

    Snowy Long timer

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    Wolfman Tank bag. Half the price of the BMW one, and about 4 times as useful.

    My BMW one had the stitching let go during an "incident" that was only minor. I went full retard and kicked the shit out of it and the bike, then drop kicked the bag off a cliff. It's still out there....somewhere.

    The BMW bag was typical German pricing/Chinese quality.

    The Wolfman bag has been faultless. Easier to use, more versatile, water proof, has a better storage system with a velcro bag under the top lid, that I keep all the toiletries in for trips.

    Did I mention it was almost half the price of the BMW bag?

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    There's the BMW bag way back when. Packed for a heavy camping trip.
  11. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    I hate seeing the straps. Wunderlich is better as far as hiding the mount and BMW has a very cool set up but yes both are costly. I had the Winderlich but now the BMW tank bag.
  12. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Long timer

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    I have the large wolfman expedition tank bag. I had the small one on there before I bought large one. I liked the small one so much I put it on my klr250 and bought the large for the GS. I like how the straps are easy to get to with the quick release buckles. Makes for quick removal.

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    Large tank bag
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  13. chris73

    chris73 Been here awhile

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    I really wish I had gone with the wolfman. I bought a wolman medium duffel and it is awesome. Totally durable and waterproof. I bought the GL fandango, which looks great on the bike, but it leaks like a sieve even after a whole tube of seam sealer.
  14. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Long timer

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    Yea, the top picture with the small tank bag is from a 7,000 mile ride I did in August 2011. At that time the only thing wolfman I had was the tank bag. I had the Giant loop bag on the back and even with it being seam sealed things still got wet on the inside. I ended up picking up a wolfman medium duffel as well for my next trip and was really impressed with it. After that I went all wolfman on the bike for luggage. The dry expedition saddle bags in the bottom picture are the latest addition.
  15. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    Read this entire thread and considered all the pros and cons of the right bag for my 2012 F650GS.
    The one I finally decided on is the RKA Pine Flat 13 liter with 4 attach points. At $155 it seems a great bag. I've never seen one on a bike and almost pulled the trigger on a Touratech except when I got to the price it doesn't seem justifiable.
    I'll probably order the RKA this week. Has a 30 day return, so I'm cofortBle with that.
    My thought process brought me from Wolfman Express or Small Expedition Then Wunderlich. GL Fandango and BMW too. Touratech looked very good
    In the end I want a NEAT clean look on the bike. Lots of talk on the Cortech Superminis. Looked great but not robust enough for me.
    Thanks guys for all the first hand research.

    Update: after mounting and using the bag for months now I have to conclude it is a FANTASTIC bag!
    Had lots of comments on where to buy it. A perfect size and shape. Looks like it was made for my bike. I'm so glad I chose this one over the others. Looked so good I decided to leave it on permanent rather than take on and off. I put some clear 3M sheets on it to protect tank. Works great.
  16. Fré

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    After a few weeks of elaborate researching I bit the bullet, and I am now extremely happy with the Touratech Daytrip! Don't like the big ones they have at our shop, but it has to hold more than just my wallet and phone.
    I equipped it with Powerlet accessories and some 12V to USB connectors to charge my Iphone and camera and evryone else's :-D
    In the mean time I added some scotchguard protective sheet to the tank and side panels, damn was it a hassle until I came up with the hairdryer to let the isopropyl alcohol activate the glue and soften the foil. Came out perfect after all, curious as to how well it will hold up to dirt and frequent washing...

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  17. Latka303

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  18. SOP Dirt-Rider

    SOP Dirt-Rider Been here awhile

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    http://giantloopmoto.com/products/buckin-roll-tank-bag-complete/

    I used the small Wolfman on my COBDR trip last year-no room for the brothers on the longish uphill grades! I tried the 1st Gen Buckin Roll, just didn't fit proper so I upgraded to the GenII bag. Fit is as perfect as I can imagine and the center pouch will be removable for my upcoming AZ/UTBDR trip in March!! I'm going to add a pass through SAE plug to the left pouch to work as a charging station for cameras and whatnot, right side will be my catch all and shield cleaning kit.
  19. fsiul17

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    Got a Nelson Rigg CL 1050, for my birthday! ......great bag....and only $65...... is a 15 lt expandable to 21lt .

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  20. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Giant Loop Diablo.


    I hate tank bags, but the GL is one I can stomach. I have actually grown to like it.