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RKA In-Charge Tank Bags

Does anyone have any personal experience with RKA's In-Charge tank bags?

RKA has taken several of their standard tank bags and added portals for wire management, a Ram Mount bulkhead, and a control box. I first saw this product at CCR 2007 and was intrigued by it. I'm thinking of making this my next tank bag, as it gives you an easy-on/easy-off way to add GPS and other electronics. I'd appreciate any comments and first-hand experience. Thanks.


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Re: RKA In-Charge Tank Bags

Hey Howard

I saw them at the cycle show, pretty cool but pricey! And last night I was reading the BMW ON and they have an add in there with a specific bag for the LT? I still have not deciced on a tank bag and will do further research on that option.
So are you keeping the LT? what happened to the V STROM?
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The RKA in- charge tankbag is one of those "Gee why didn't I think of that" items. My wife has one on her ST and it works great and I am getting ready to get one for my RT. It is easy to set up and you still have your storage area. RKA was great to deal with and Richard is eager to help with any questions.
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Hey Howard

I saw them at the cycle show, pretty cool but pricey! And last night I was reading the BMW ON and they have an add in there with a specific bag for the LT? I still have not deciced on a tank bag and will do further research on that option.
So are you keeping the LT? what happened to the V STROM?
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I couldn't wait for feedback to the above question which I posted last night, so I ordered one today. They have 2 models that fit the LT, the 8.5 liter and 11 liter models. This product, to me, seems like the perfect way to put electronics on a bike and easily take it with you to a hotel, another bike, etc. Only a couple of cables would have to be duplicated between 2 bikes. It also answers the question about which shelf or mount to put a GPS on, for example.

Pricey? Certainly, but when you consider half the cost is the bag itself, then add the cost of the Powerlet and Ram Mount pieces plus cables, it makes more sense. Many guys might not spend that much on a tank bag, but when they electrify it and add the cost of various mounts, etc., they are already there.
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I'm happy to say we are keeping the LT. If a V-Strom or other lighter bike appears in my garage in the future it will be a second bike, not a replacement for the LT. Soon to appear on the LT should be new shocks (wayyyyyy overdue) and a lift of some kind.

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The RKA in- charge tankbag is one of those "Gee why didn't I think of that" items. My wife has one on her ST and it works great and I am getting ready to get one for my RT. It is easy to set up and you still have your storage area. RKA was great to deal with and Richard is eager to help with any questions.
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Thanks, Larry. That's the same reaction I had when I first saw it.

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...RKA has taken several of their standard tank bags and added portals for wire management, a Ram Mount bulkhead, and a control box...
They are now developing their "Generation III" tank bags and moving towards J&M electronics. The gen III bags have a more elegant GPS/device
mounting arrangement that allows easier tank bag opening.
If I was buying a tank bag centric audio system I'd buy RKA.

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