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post #1 of 56 Old 04-22-2019, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Tank bag: Magnetic vs Straps vs ...

For you tank-baggers...

They all seem to offer magnetic and strap options. There are also the ring clamp options.

Do you find that the magnetic ones work well enough with the available metal on the VStrom's tank? For touring, do you recommend strapping it in place?

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post #2 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 12:35 AM
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I've always used magnetic ...the new ones are so strong there is no "
lift off issue" on a bike with a windscreen.

There is scratching potential. Hate straps.


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Depends on the size. Small tank bags seem to magnet onto the small metal area OK. Big ones have higher loads (eg hit a bump, it tries to fly off) and no more magnet so I would be cautious. Friends with the tank ring mounts report they work well and are very convenient but their bags are all small or medium. I am concerned there would be a lot of stress in a small area (unfounded so far I must admit) , plus they are WAY more expensive.

My tank bag is quite large and I am nervous so I went with the strap on option. It is absolutely bomb proof - stays on even when the bike is dropped - and I can carry a ton of stuff. I load it up with ready use items (eg rain gear, camera, snacks) plus heavy stuff (canned food, beer). This helps improve the balance of the bike as compared to loading it all out the back.

I got a large but cheap bag from Fleabay, (branded Scoyco or something but knowing Fleabay the same thing will be a different brand tomorrow), it is not perfect but works really well for the money, fits the Strom well. It came with direct straps plus a tank bra that stays on the bike so the bag attaches with just 4 x clips. FWIW the tank bra also provides a bit of cushioning from the lumpy stuff in the bag.
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I had a magnetic, still do, but have found it is subject to being dislodged in strong winds, especially side ones. Be sure to have a safety strap in case it does come off. I made a great catch once on a highway doing about 70 mph narrowly preventing it from disappearing.

The ring clamp works awesome and is very secure and easily installed, so that is now my preferred option.
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I've had tanklock bags from givi and sw motech of various sizes. Absolutely love the ease of use and portability. At the moment sporting sw motech bags on my dl650. Have a small one for daily commute and a larger one for touring. Same tank lock ring used on both, so the bags swap out in under 10 seconds. You couldn't pay me to use anything else.

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The third one.

I'm a simple guy, i went for givi tanklock. Slap it on, pull the lever to remove.


Barely used it though.


It does look nice.


But all tank bags suck, none are waterproof.
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Same as MariusD above^^ Ringlock Suzuki OEM Accessory, by Bags Connection(SW Motech.)
I too have the large and small bags and the spacer recommended for the large bag. I started with the small, 6 months later I bought the large and the small hasnt been on my '14 DL1K since.
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But all tank bags suck, none are waterproof.
You have to use proper waterproof bags for electronic gear in them.
The covers are reasonably waterproof,
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I have a Dowco Fastrax 19L magnetic and really like it a lot. It expands to 27L and the magnets are strong as hell. I noticed a tiny spot of paint missing on my tank so I installed a tank pad on the bike to cushion the magnet contact area. Seems to work fine. I really like the hi vis green interior of the bag because you can find things easily in it. Kinda like an light that comes on automatically when you open the bag. These are selling as close outs now with Amazon selling them for $110.

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I went with the "SW-Motech Quick-Lock EVO Engage Tank Bag". Its on the smaller side (7 liters) but suits me perfectly for daily use to hold wallet, keys, gloves, cell phone etc. Very quick to take off and lock in trunk or bring with you for added security.
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