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post #1 of 24 Old Dec 12th, 2006, 9:36 pm Thread Starter
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What tankbag for K12LT?

Hi, all!

I would like to get some opinions and recommendations for tankbags for an 'LT. My main use is for some small items, eyeglasses, candy, camera, etc. and, most important, to hold a map (GPS is OK, but I like to be able to follow on paper as well).

Anyway, I use an expandable RKA bag which I do not like. The map holder is great, but the compartment itself has such a low lip toward the seat that whenever it is unzipped all contents are ready to fall out. The expansion is not useful (I never have so much stuff up front); the only time I had it expanded it was not really stretched full and it was flopping side to side.

So, what do you guys use?

Thans in advance, R.

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post #2 of 24 Old Dec 12th, 2006, 10:18 pm
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I use the RKA bag, and have for 6 years. I still think it's the best option out there. a bunch of folks like the Chicane bag, though.

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I have never used a tank bag before so I can't compare to others but the Chicane bag on my LT is fantastic.

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I loved my Chicane Bag made specifically for the LT. But you'll need to order the special map pocket that goes on top. The standard map pocket is not big enough for map use. It worked great for my iPod though.

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I love my Chicane and Randy is great to deal with.

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Very pleased with my RKA and so is a friend who had a BMW one.

The expandable part is useful to stow those "not often used items" out of the way.
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post #7 of 24 Old Dec 13th, 2006, 6:46 am
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tank bag

I have used a Corbin Super Mini and liked that very much. Some one decided they liked it more and "Releived" me of it. It is small but will hold the items you mentioned. Has a map case. It also allows access to the radio controls. I will probably order another one today. One great thing about this bag: it cost around $50.
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I have the standard BMW tank bag. I don't have the rain cover and the bag leaks in the rain which is my only complaint. It is small and obviously holds less than the Chicane bag but it also keeps a lower profile.

If I needed more room I would definitely opt for the Chicane bag.
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Chicane. None other is in the same class. The BMW "bag" is a joke.

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I have the standard BMW tank bag also. It doesn't hold much but it's all I've needed thus far.
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I switched from RKA to Chicane

I used the RKA for several years. Same complaint as yours, I didn't like the storage compatment access. I really did like the map pouch and the fact that the top of the RKA was covered with Velcro.

I switched to the LT specific Chicane bag. Much better storage. The integral map pouch on the Chicane is a joke. The Chicane folks realized this and created a map pouch that fastens over the tankbag.

Rather than buying the optional Chicane map pouch, I kept the map pouch that came with the RKA bag and fasten it over the Chicane bag. I also like that I can stick the RKA map pouch on the Velcro of my Aerostich pant leg when I don't have it on top of the Chicane bag.
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Good idea how did you attach the RKA map pouch to the chicane bag? I have an RKA that I had before the Chicane and do like the map pouch.

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my mistake

I was talking about a Cortech tank bag, not a Corbin.
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I have the Chicane bag on my LT and it is fantastic. Buy it and you will not regret it! Oh yes the map pocket is small.. other posts can offer fix.. but if solved in another way... GPS !!! Not sure where I put all the things that are now in the bag before I got it !!

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RKA map pouch to Chicane bag attachment

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Good idea how did you attach the RKA map pouch to the chicane bag? I have an RKA that I had before the Chicane and do like the map pouch.
I used two of the smallest bungiee cords you can find. These bungies have metal hooks on the end that can be bent. I hooked them to the Chicane bag pastic loops and bent the hooks shut so they stayed in place. One across the top of the bag, one across the bottom. The RKA map holder has a velcro closure, I close the velcro over the top bungie and hook the bottom bungie over the lower portion of the map pouch.
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Chicane. None other is in the same class. The BMW "bag" is a joke.
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I'm not laughing.... much

The LT bag is a great design and size for what the original poster asked about. I use for exactly those items and it is perfect. The waterproof cover is easy to use and is see through for the maps.

It is relatively small, but for me it allows removal and use as a "man purse" if needed, or toss in the cases wear it doesn't take up much room.

The biggest benefit is that it very easily fits inside other bike tank bags. When I jump on the K-R, the LT bag nestles in nicely and quickly and I can keep ALL high value items in an easily portable bag.

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Hi, guys: thanks so much for your replies. Quite enlightening!!

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Hello budzee!
the cortech mini super looks great
so you used 1 on the LT did you use it with the straps or magnets only?
any info would be great
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BMW Tag bag and the little side pouch that I bought here on this web site by one of our members, good enough for me.
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You can't use magnets on the LT as everthing is plastic, so you'll have to use the straps. A lot of folks also like the Chicane bag made specifically for the LT. I still don't see it on their website, but ask those that have it. They all love it and it will be what I purchase for my LT.

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I have a Cortech Super Mini and like it a lot for a small bag. I have it set up so I can move it from my LT to my R11RS very easily so for around town and local trips it works out great. Nice size, too.

I have the BMW LT bag (with rain cover) and plan to sell it soon. Not as nice as the Cortech.

Then I had the Chicane LT specific model. The bag was very nice, but I got disgusted trying to get the loop to fit around the oddments lid so I could close it, and never had success, so I sold it.

Recently I purchased a Roadgear Sport bag. It is 8" wide, 13" long and 6" high, with a number of nice features, including an expansion zipper, very nice useable map pocket, and several side pockets and a pocket on the end. I plan to use it on my trip to Alaska this summer when I will need more room than the Super Mini provides.

While the BMW bag (and theoretically the Chicane bag) fits nicely on the oddments lid, they aren't that easy to remove. You gotta open the lid and catch hold of the velcro to release it. With the Super Mini and the Roadgear I just release a single buckle at the rear of the bag and lift it off - the strap on the front loops under the radio slides off easily.

For my trip this summer I purchased a marine grade waterproof map bag that is large enough for 2 folds of a standard map. It will just lay over the top of the Roadgear bag - I may use velcro to attach it to the tank bag, and also to the raincover.

None of the bags out there are perfect, darn it! But I think I'm set for now. Good luck on finding the right solution for your needs.

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