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Tank bag choice: SW Motech "Engage" or "Daypack"

I'm close to choosing one of these bags for my K1300GT, and I expect I'll use it occasionally on my 1100GS.

I've seen that people have used the Engage on the K13GT, but I'm curious if anyone has used the Daypack.

Any comments?
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Re: Tank bag choice: SW Motech "Engage" or "Daypack"

I bought an Engage bag for my K13GT and sent it back. Bag was too small for me to carry my essentials. A buddy of mine uses the Evo on his K12GT and it looks good.

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I bought an Engage bag for my K13GT and sent it back. Bag was too small for me to carry my essentials. A buddy of mine uses the Evo on his K12GT and it looks good.
"Evo"? Which one do you mean? The Evo refers to the mounting system, doesn't it?

The size of the Engage is a concern for me. It does seem very small.
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"Evo"? Which one do you mean? The Evo refers to the mounting system, doesn't it?
This is the Evo City bag - here. My friend was actually using the Evo GS bag on his K12GT.

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This is the Evo City bag - here. My friend was actually using the Evo GS bag on his K12GT.
I see, So the Evo GS fits the K1200GT well. That's good to know. Thanks.
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Re: Tank bag choice: SW Motech "Engage" or "Daypack"

I have had an Engage tankbag for my K1200GT. I bought it in 2008 or 2009. Honestly, it is too small for my long distance trips, so I ordered the much larger City and Trail bags, intending to return one of them after I see how they fit on my bike. They are still new in the box. One of these days I'll try them out.

Another problem I had with my K1200GT was that a full-lock left turn on the handlebars can push the horn button into the Engage bag. I bought a Wonderlich horn guard that solves the problem. I do not know if it is an issue for an R1100GS or if a horn guard is available for that bike.

There are two types of mounts for SW-Motech / Bags Connection tank bags. Be sure you get the EVO mounts. (The ION mounts are older, and are being phased out.) You will need one tank ring for each motorcycle you own, plus a top ring for each tankbag.

Furthermore, the mounts come in two types: Electrical or non-electrical. The electrical mounts automatically pass electricity from the bike to the tank bag whenever it is mounted. You can use it for charging cellphones, for example.

You can get many accessories for the SW-Motech system: tankbag GPS mounts, camera mounts, map pockets, lighted map pockets, and more. They already come with a quality rain cover, hidden in a tiny pocket. I have a map pocket that attaches to the Engage (or any other bag in the system). I use it whenever I attach the tankbag. It holds pen/pencil, receipts, and a log book for recording mileage. Be careful, the vinyl window can be scratched.

My Engage tank bag has been on many cross-country trips for tens of thousands of miles, in all weather conditions - desert heat, mountain cold, bright sun, rain, snow, hail, you-name-it. Frankly, the bag looks almost new.
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Re: Tank bag choice: SW Motech "Engage" or "Daypack"

Have you held the City and Trail bags against the tank to see how they would fit? The engage seems popular for this bike but I, too, am interested in larger options.

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I have had an Engage tankbag for my K1200GT. I bought it in 2008 or 2009. Honestly, it is too small for my long distance trips, so I ordered the much larger City and Trail bags, intending to return one of them after I see how they fit on my bike. They are still new in the box. One of these days I'll try them out.

Another problem I had with my K1200GT was that a full-lock left turn on the handlebars can push the horn button into the Engage bag. I bought a Wonderlich horn guard that solves the problem. I do not know if it is an issue for an R1100GS or if a horn guard is available for that bike.

There are two types of mounts for SW-Motech / Bags Connection tank bags. Be sure you get the EVO mounts. (The ION mounts are older, and are being phased out.) You will need one tank ring for each motorcycle you own, plus a top ring for each tankbag.

Furthermore, the mounts come in two types: Electrical or non-electrical. The electrical mounts automatically pass electricity from the bike to the tank bag whenever it is mounted. You can use it for charging cellphones, for example.

You can get many accessories for the SW-Motech system: tankbag GPS mounts, camera mounts, map pockets, lighted map pockets, and more. They already come with a quality rain cover, hidden in a tiny pocket. I have a map pocket that attaches to the Engage (or any other bag in the system). I use it whenever I attach the tankbag. It holds pen/pencil, receipts, and a log book for recording mileage. Be careful, the vinyl window can be scratched.

My Engage tank bag has been on many cross-country trips for tens of thousands of miles, in all weather conditions - desert heat, mountain cold, bright sun, rain, snow, hail, you-name-it. Frankly, the bag looks almost new.
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Have you held the City and Trail bags against the tank to see how they would fit? The engage seems popular for this bike but I, too, am interested in larger options. Doug
Yes, but I don't remember the results. I wanted to ask a friend for their opinion.

We are cleaning out the garage and I will test it again. After I do that, I will keep one and sell the other. I have a long ride coming in November, so it might be a good time to find them again and choose. If/when I do, I'll post it here.
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Re: Tank bag choice: SW Motech "Engage" or "Daypack"

I've been using the SW Motech City bag for two years now on my 2015 RT. For me, it has been the perfect size to hold some ride essentials. It's also large enough for a small hydration bladder during extended touring trips.

The attachment system can be a bit fiddly when you first get it, but once you get the feel of aligning the back of the bag with the tank ring, it's easy and works well.

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I've been using the SW Motech City bag for two years now on my 2015 RT. For me, it has been the perfect size to hold some ride essentials. It's also large enough for a small hydration bladder during extended touring trips.
A buddy of mine has the City bag on his 2015 RT that he is giving me (just the bag). He has a hard time with the mount, so he is going to a bag that straps on. It's big enough to hold my Camelbak bladder, snacks, my meds and my "personal protection".

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A buddy of mine has the City bag on his 2015 RT that he is giving me (just the bag). He has a hard time with the mount, so he is going to a bag that straps on. It's big enough to hold my Camelbak bladder, snacks, my meds and my "personal protection".
You really will love it...expensive bag...nice to get one free! Yeah, the mount can be a bit frustrating until you get the feel for it. Once you get the feel, it pops into place very easily.

Enjoy!

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Re: Tank bag choice: SW Motech "Engage" or "Daypack"

I have the Engage model and find it is the perfect fit for me. I have the map pocket and GPS mount. I have never had any issues with it.


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You really will love it...expensive bag...nice to get one free! Yeah, the mount can be a bit frustrating until you get the feel for it. Once you get the feel, it pops into place very easily.
Picked up the bag this morning. Also came with the map pocket.
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Picked up the bag this morning. Also came with the map pocket.
Nice...congrats!

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