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post #1 of 4 Old Dec 31st, 2007, 7:53 am Thread Starter
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Magnetic Tank Bag on Plastic Tank

I have a Marsee magnetic bag I bought for and still use on my R1100 GS. Great bag, too bad they don't make this model anymore. Anyway, I would like to use it on my 2003 R1150RT which has a plastic tank.

I read somewhere in the MOA ON a few months ago where someone attached magnets to the underside on the plastic of the tank area of the fairing with great sucess. Lost that article.

Anyway has anyone had any positive experience with this?? If so where did you get the magnets? Any particular size or shape, etc. Any advice as to how to do this, etc. I assume any flat ones could be glued on etc. Would of course have to get polarity (I guess its polarity, whatever) right or they would push rather than attract..........

Ideas or experience??

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post #2 of 4 Old Jan 2nd, 2008, 10:19 pm
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Have you tried just using the bag on the tank? I have a magnetic bag, with a quick release strap that goes around the steering stem, have used it on two different plastic bikes with no problems, 30-odd thousand miles, the weight of the bag and magnets holds it in place on the tank. Makes it real easy to gas up, I just flip the tank up out of the way and fill up and go. My particular bag is an Oxford Products Sport Bag, just the right size, expands, becomes a day pack, practically free with a little patience watching ebay.
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Why would you need to attach magnets to the underside of the plastic? Just put some steel there. The magnets on the tank bag will stick to it, and flat scrap steel is a lot easier and cheaper to come by than flat magnets. Just make sure you paint it or something to prevent rust.

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Thank you both for the response. I thought that magnets attracting other magnetics might hold better since the force would have to extend through the plastic. Plain sheet bar steel would certainly be easier and cheaper to obtain.

My bag also has the single strape connection at the stearing head. That might be enough. I will try it first.

Again, thanks for the responses.

Tom

2003 R1150RT, Black Beauty--this is one sexy bike!
1999 R1100GSA, Does everything well, what else can one say?
1992 K75SA, If this engine had been 4-valve instead of 2, it would be the smoothest BMW ever built!
1978 R100S, my first and favorite BMW.
1976 R75/6, A 30 year old gentlemen I still love to take out for a Sunday ride.
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