Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Solved tank bag dilemma with a Marsee bag
Well, hearing no feedback on the Marsee Corona mount tank bag, I bit the bullet and drilled the four holes in the oddments cover yesterday and mounted the 10L Rocket Pocket bag. It sure was hard to drill the first hole into that expensive German plastic!
I'll post a few initial comments here and then try to remember to post more details after I take the first real trip with the unit in mid-July.
The mount and bag appear to be very well made.
The bag is easy to install and remove.
Both short and longer bolts were provided (full set of each) and I needed to use two of each length. I need to trim about 1/2" off the two long bolts to avoid hitting things in the oddments box.
The clear cover opens easily and has two internal cable ports and two external passages molded into the lid.
The radio controls are still visible with just a slight forward lean (I'm 6' which helps). I don't have a GPS, but one should be easily visible.
The strap loops on each corner should be very useful to hold the cables neatly once I get 4 small carabiners to place at each corner.
The bag came with no mounting instructions, but it is fairly obvious and the letter from Tom at the RPW web site is very useful. A drilling template would have been a big help as I spent most of the time trying to get the mount located properly (centered, oriented correctly, etc.).
The RPW site says the bars "slightly" touch the bag. This is true of the right handlebar, but not the left. The radio and BC control module on the left handlear sticks out more than the right bar controls and hits the bag quite hard (probably hits the bag nearly 1" before full lock) and depresses the "+" volume switch. Any nearly full lock turn is going to give me a good shot of volume if the radio is on! The bag does depress though so I see no safety issue, just a nuisance issue.
The Corona mount in the bottom of the bag takes up a lot of space as the 4 magnets go probably an inch into the bag space on the inside. Add in the wires for the electrical kit and probably 1/3 of the lower compartment volume is basically not useable. I will probably place a couple layers of 1/2" foam in the bottom to protect things from bouncing on the magnets.
The molding sprue mark is dead center in the top lid leaving a large wart and a deformed and optically defective circle at least the size of a silver dollar.
I didn't buy the rain cover and now realize I should have. The poly cover has large openings on the rear for cables to exit and I suspect water will get in during the rain. Time to place another order and eat the relatively large shipping cost for this item. I recommend you order the rain cover when you buy your bag to minimize the shipping cost.
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