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post #1 of 31 Old 11-22-2013, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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I don't like the width of '12 Adventure with the oem bags on it, so I am thinking of just leaving them off except for long trips, and running a top box and tank bag all the time. I already have the top box on the bike.

I own about 4 tank bags, but they were all intended for flat top metal tanks. As you know, the V-Strom's tank is not flat and there is a lot of plastic, and magnets just arent attracted to plastic.

I am thinking about getting a tank bag that mounts to a ring on the fuel filler cap (I don't like straps), but I am put off by the expense and I am afraid wht bag will sag and rub the paint off of the tank.

I would like to hear what the collective wisdom is regarding tank bags. Pictures too, if ya got'em!

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post #2 of 31 Old 11-22-2013, 03:58 PM
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A common thread.

I'll contribute though, I gots me a ton of photos just begging to be posted.

I really love Wolfman bags - I think their quality is top notch, they project the right "cred" (let's be honest, it's important! :mrgreen: ), they are USA made, and they are made by a company that is a small business and a strong supporter of the ADV riding community.

The Explorer Lite is a very good bag for the Strom. It fits the sloping tank well, and is quickly and easily attached with 4 buckle straps. It's decently large to carry all the essentials for a day ride, and expands to allow for extra capacity.



The Ranier is another good choice, though it is a lot bigger and has exterior pockets as well.
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Motopak tank bag

I found a Motopak GT-Mini for about $75 on ebay this fall and am impressed by it's quality. I've worn out 2 other tank bags on my Vee. This one is the best size and fit but it does need some small modifications to the supplied straps to make it fit perfectly. The magnets hold it well and the one single strap setup I use allows it to be moved easily for fill up the fuel tank.
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I have a Givi tanklock XS308, great bit of kit. No straps needed, and almost nothing to see when it's off the bike, and very easy to put on and take off. The modern solution to tank bags.
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I think the best you are going to find is the SW Motech (Bags Connection) and the Givi stuff. Cortech Dryver is another.

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post #6 of 31 Old 11-22-2013, 04:32 PM
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I run an OE Suzuki tank bag most of the time. not a single problem yet.


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post #7 of 31 Old 11-22-2013, 04:33 PM
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I'm using a Bags Connection Enduro. Base straps to tank but bags zips off base for easy removal/attachment.
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I'm using a Bags Connection "City" EVO quick-lok bag on my 2012 DL650 and I'm very pleased. You're right, they're pricey, but not dealing with magnets or straps is worth the price of admission. If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably spend the extra $40 and go with the larger "GS" model.

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+1 on the Givi Tanklock Bag.

I have the smaller TPH02, which is around 4-5 litres.



More here:
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A common thread.

I'll contribute though, I gots me a ton of photos just begging to be posted.

I really love Wolfman bags - I think their quality is top notch, they project the right "cred" (let's be honest, it's important! :mrgreen: ), they are USA made, and they are made by a company that is a small business and a strong supporter of the ADV riding community.

The Explorer Lite is a very good bag for the Strom. It fits the sloping tank well, and is quickly and easily attached with 4 buckle straps. It's decently large to carry all the essentials for a day ride, and expands to allow for extra capacity.



The Ranier is another good choice, though it is a lot bigger and has exterior pockets as well.
+1 I love my explorer lite
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