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post #1 of 7 Old Apr 21st, 2009, 7:47 pm Thread Starter
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Any experience with RKA electrified tank bags?

Once my wife sat on an LT that was the end of the RT but I'm addicted to the Zumo. Has anyone tried the RKA electrified tank bag for their Zumo. It looks like a clean arrangement but I wonder about location of the Zumo and how steady the display would be. Any and all opinions and/or experience welcomed.
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post #2 of 7 Old Apr 21st, 2009, 8:12 pm
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Re: Any experience with RKA electrified tank bags?

I've had a Zumo on an RKA "In Charge" tank bag for about a year now, on an LT. It works as advertised. There are two areas where it could be improved - but not enough to go back to my old tank bag:

1. The cover is not rain proof. It's not intended to be; just don't assume it is. Buy a cheap shower cap at a drug store and use that when it's parked in the rain. When you're on the road the cover keeps the rain out, but not when you're stopped.

2. The bulkhead mount holds the GPS securely, but the Ram mount (with GPS attached) bounces fore and aft and when you hit a bump. Not a real problem, since you aren't staring at the GPS. Just be aware that it doesn't hold the GPS rock-solid, in one position.

I'd buy it again if I had to.

I talked with the RKA owners at the IMS in Cleveland last January. They were going to make some kind of velcro strap to hold the GPS in place. I haven't heard from them, but you could do the same thing yourself pretty easily.

My wife made a custom add-on for the RKA bag - it's a vinyl tube that holds the various cables coming from beneath the rider's seat, as they enter the tank bag. Its purpose is to keep the cables nice and tidy and to keep them from scratching the paint. It's black and faux leather, so it matches the bike.

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Re: Any experience with RKA electrified tank bags?

Thanks. Starting to sound like it might be a winner. Any photos of your setup?
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Re: Any experience with RKA electrified tank bags?

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/p...MarseeTankBags


Here is an way to have a Marsee electric bag on an LT.

Full disclosure: I own RPW and ride an LT


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Thanks. Starting to sound like it might be a winner. Any photos of your setup?
I'll try to take a couple of pics and post them tomorrow night.

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Re: Any experience with RKA electrified tank bags?

I took the same route as Howard, only I have a 2820 and it fits nicely along the front edge of the bag, it goes on and off pretty easy and like howard I use a piece of car electric wire loom to keep the wires from under the seat to the bag in order.

rain is an issue but most nights I take the whole bag inside or in my trailer.

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Re: Any experience with RKA electrified tank bags?

Here are a couple of pics showing my installation.

Pic 1 shows the wires coming from under the seat. These include the Baehr intercom lead for the rider, a power cable for the tank bag, a headset cable from the Baehr intercom to the cell phone, and a couple of others I can't recall. Note: I have pulled the vinyl "tube" (the piece my wife made) down, towards the seat, so you can see what's inside. If you look closely you can see a cable coming out the front of the bag; this is for the GPS power.

Pic 2 shows a close-up of the vinyl cable tube-thing. This is a rectangular piece of vinyl, with sewn hems and a piece of velcro sewn along one side. The tube is easily removed for adding/subtracting components and it keeps the cables from scratching the paint.

I don't see how, with this setup, you could easily detach the tank bag. You would have to pull all the cables out the rear of the tank bag first. The bag itself is easily detachable but once you actually start using it as intended... not so easy. Maybe I'm missing something...
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