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post #1 of 16 Old Jun 30th, 2008, 11:33 am Thread Starter
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Tank Bag Recommendations

I was going to try and avoid the need for a tank bag on the GT, but I've come across a few scenarios where one would prove useful. So I'm looking for recommendations on a good solution. Some of the things I'm looking for -
  • Doesn't need to be huge (don't like really tall bags, but expandable option is good)
  • Easily disconnected to fill up gas, hinge mount of some sort would be considered
  • Option to hold a water bladder like a CamelBak
  • Waterproof or reliable rain cover
So, What does the broad wisdom of this merry band of troublemakers suggest?

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post #2 of 16 Old Jun 30th, 2008, 6:09 pm
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Re: Tank Bag Recommendations

I don't know about the option for a water bladder but without hesitation I suggest RKA bags. They have models to fit your bike, not just a generic bag. They're simple, no frills, and well MADE IN THE USA. That means a lot in my book. Take a look www.rka-luggage.com
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I've been thinking about the "engage" from Pirate's lair.
http://piratesk12site.net/Engagebag.htm
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+1 on the Engage. Bought thru Pirate, no issues except it hits the horn switch occasionally. Easy on, easy off....no muss no fuss.


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+1 on Engage from Pirate Lair. It works. You can also get an electrification kit that connects through the connection rings to.....er....electrificate youself as our President would say

At a gas stop you pull a cord to release the lockpin on the front and tilt bag back to release from bike. I don't like that you have to lift the bag off at that point to fuel, as it means resting the bag forward to clear the gas cap. A little awkward but I still would recommend, as gassing occurs only every 240 miles right?

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Re: Tank Bag Recommendations

Thanks for all the input. I like the Engage bag and it seems to meet my needs better than some others considering where I have my GPS mounted.

I may have a line on a new Chicane Baja Expandable with the water bladder, new in the box and never used. I know Chicane is gone but someone PM'd me they had one they never used. Anyone have any experience with that bag?

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I was going to try and avoid the need for a tank bag on the GT, but I've come across a few scenarios where one would prove useful.
I'm in that camp too - I really didn't want to have to drag a tank bag around with me every time I got off the bike. I got a Corbin Smuggler instead. But there are always a few things that I want access too while I'm on the bike, stuff I used to keep in my jacket pockets, but I just changed to a new riding suit (Comfort Shell) and sacrificed lots of outside pockets for waterproof one suit for everything.

...so I ended up getting the tiniest tank bag ever, the Verholen/Hein Gericke mini tank bag, also from Pirates Lair.

I'm halfway through my first big trip with it, done about 800 miles over 2 days. It fits as expected, doesn't move around at all while riding, and is plenty big enough to hold the stuff I care about. I use it for my wallet, camera, cell phone, and a rag to wipe the bugs off my helmet. When I park it's small enough to toss in the smuggler to lock, and I think it could also fit in the glove box.

When I get home I'm going to take the magnets out. They're pointless on the GT and just add weight. They haven't erased my credit card stripes... yet.
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Thanks for the info. I ended up buying a Chicane Baja bag with a water bladder. Someone on K-bikes had one that was brand new and never used and made me a good deal on it. Should have it Monday and can try it out on a trip to Rick Mayer's next week when I go get my seat made.

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I have a new Chicane Baja EX on my GT, David. It's an ideal size - not huge - allows me to see the Garmin Zumo 550, which is mounted on the BMW Zumo mount in front of the bag. I love it. Found on a dark, dusty shelf @ Touring Sport BMW. I got their last one. It's a shame that Chicane seems to have gone out of business.

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I love the Chicane bag meself. It's kind of a hassle when getting gas, but you get used to it quickly.

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I love the Chicane bag meself. It's kind of a hassle when getting gas, but you get used to it quickly.

I'm gonna miss them boys.
Well hell, if Grif likes it I musta made a huge mistake! Take it back, quick!!

Kidding aside, I've heard you and others talk about the quality of their gear and how pleased you are with it. I feel pretty lucky to have found one out there still new and unused with the water bladder. Who knows, maybe they'll crawl our from under a rock someday. If they see their shadows we get 6 more weeks of riding, right?!?

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Electrified Engage is the way to go.
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Look at Marsee. The mount is a twist lock and extremely solid fit. i have had the same one for 5 years now. I it used every day too! I bought it 5 years ago for my 03 GT and then refitted it to my 07 GT. Same bag and locking collar and it still looks nearly new.

Corona Rocket Pocket with a Twist lock:

http://marseeproducts.homestead.com/...ocket%20Pocket
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Just got this one & love it.

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Take a peep at www.bagster.com, I'd take a picture and show you mine but I've a leg in plaster and can't get into the garage. Great gear.
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Thanks for the continued input, guys. I picked up a Chicance Baja Expandable with a water bladder about 3 weeks ago. It works great; it's too bad the company is no more.

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