Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Sherwood Forest
Re: Tank Bag Recommendations for 2010-13 R1200RT
New member joining in with similar concerns about a tank bag. I like tank bags when I go on day trips or touring, but I don't need one for my daily Southern California freeway commuting. I have an older magnetic mount bag that I have used on my Triumph Tiger Explorer that works pretty well, but of course is useless on my new 2013 R100RT. I also recently acquired an SW-Motech Engage tank bag (it came as a package deal with an X-creen windshield deflector for a good price,) and although I didn't really need it, it is a nice smaller alternative to the magnetic one. The Motech uses an EVO tank ring mount that makes it easy to just snap-on or off, and I can store it in my Givi top case (see top-case thread reply.) The ring mount came with the bag for my Triumph. I wanted to also use this tank bag on my RT, however, Twisted Throttle does not list a tank ring adapter for a 2013 and earlier R1200RT. The BMW specific tank bag rails get in the way.
Undaunted, I did some Googling, and found an old thread where someone had used some nylon spacers to make the EVO Type 126 ring (for newer RT's) work. So I went to my local Home Depot to get some spacers, and found that some 1/2 inch nylon ones raise the tank ring almost enough to make the Engage tank bag fit. I say almost, as I also had to fabricate a stand-off from some 1/8" plywood to increase the space between the tank bag mount and the bag itself to allow the release catch to work. The Engage fits the contour of the tank pretty well, and just touches the bars on full lock. Does not beep the horn or hit the kill switch, but it is very close. I think one of the other SW-Motech models might be better, as the Engage has two pretty useless side pockets that don't hold much more than the rain fly and the shoulder strap that I will rarely, if ever use. So I'll give it a road test after I get my flat tire fixed after picking up a nail at Home Depot while getting the spacers, grrr...
Last edited by rockitcity; Apr 18th, 2019 at 1:14 pm.