Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Re: bag & Luggage Recommendation
I highly recommend the Bags Connection tank bags with the SW Motech mounts. They are very pricy, but well worth the money. The design, construction, build, and utility are all first-rate. You can get them from Pirate's Lair and Twisted Throttle.
The mounts have a positive click lock, and a one hand quick unlock/removal. The bag is slightly raised above your tank. It never touches your paint. The horseshoe-shaped mount does not interfere with your fuel cap. The mounts are available in a plain version or one that makes electrical contact to power items (e.g., cell phone) in your tank bag.
The Bags Connection bags and mounts support many accessories - GPS mounts for the bags, map pockets (lighted and unlighted), and even a camera mount.
I have had an Engage tank bag and like it very much. It still looks new, despite 50,000 miles of riding. My only regret is not buying a larger Bags Connection tank bag.
SW Motech is in the process of changing their mounts. The older gray mounts have raised horseshoe ends. The bag hooks onto the raised ends, then clips into the back of the mount. The new black mounts lay flatter, and have a four-point clip mount. They are not compatible with each other, but functionally, they are very similar.