Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Comfort, TX, USA
I have three different tank bags, all for different uses. Like you, I have the BMW tank bag. This is for running around town and holding the garage door opener, sunglasses, whatnot. IT is, as you know, too small for cross country travel.
So, I bought an expandable Marsee tank bag with power outlets inside and lots of pockets for my extended road trips. It is rather large, attaches to its own harness, and makes refueling a little (not a lot) difficult. Also, this bag covers the radio buttons and radio display on my '03, but since I use an MP3 player exclusively now on long road trips, I don't care about this. The good thing about this bag is that I can keep cell phone, MP3 player, or other electronics topped off by plugging into the power plug located by the shifter pedal. And did I say it holds an absolute ton of stuff? But this bag is too big for weekend or day trips. Also, every time I stop for the day I feel the urge to take it off and put it in the top box since it unzips from the harness easily.
I felt the need for an "in between" size for runs to adjacent towns or overnight stays away from home, so I bought the Chicane LT bag. I holds just enough to be serviceable, allows me to play the radio in town if I want, and attaches like the BMW bag. I keep it on the bike all the time now, like the smaller BMW bag. In fact if the Chicane had been out when I bought the BMW bag, I wouldn't have bought the BMW bag at all.