Well the Postman just stopped by and dropped off a box I have been waiting for !
Inside I found... my NEW
WOLFMAN DENALI TANKBAG
(Used once by an ADVRider and he didn't like it).
The Denali is Basically an Explorer but set up for the BMW F650 GS Specifically -BUT it will fit a Vstrom as well (not alot know this-so if you see one - it WILL fit). I was fortunate enough to get mine for $90.00 in absolutely NEW condition (Over the Web Price of $139.00 + shipping)
Here are pics of the SIZE (related to my Arai Helmet)
LINK : http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...2&uid=10233130
And now the Pics to my Install are up on my Picturetrail page : http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...2&uid=10233130
(** I Have GOT to learn how to get the 'Clickable Thumbnail Image' working.)
The Tankbag sits about 1" from me when I am in my normal riding position, if I crouch down to tuck in behind the windscreen it keeps me from going as low as without it, but still FINE to crouch down. Additionally, with the tankbag on AND extended (yes it expands to a bigger size when needed) I can STILL see my Garmin 60Csx which is mounted on the low point of my handlebars (Pic)
I can still see my whole GPS.
Ok so the bag went on REALLY easy -about 20 mins of figuring out. lol-(instruction sheet was SIMPLE) and the bag - although a 'HEALTHY' Size has SPACE GALORE to use and is not too big or too small. This has GOT to be the PERFECT Tankbag. At highway speeds up to 70 MPH the bag is stuck to the bike like GLUE (make sure your straps are tight) and doesn't move in the wind at all (mine was 1/2 empty).
ODD HAPPENING..... Once the Tankbag was on.... Everything BEHIND the glass got ALOT QUIETER. I have never had a problem with "Buffetting" from the wind, but even with the stock screen I had a bunch of wind noise - Just turbulant air. Now I can hear my engine, none of that flapflapflap wind sound. So to the people who thought the wind noise/ Buffetting is caused to some degree by the wind curving over the fairings of the V-Strom's-like an airplane wing- and fluttering up and hitting us - it's GOT to be true. my bike is a WHOLE lot nicer to ride now. Odd I know, but I will take it !
Denali on my Strom:
Next I am getting a Strap made at a local outdoor shop to carry it like a courier bag when not on the bike ( I find the 'Backpack' straps hard to put on and off with a Bike jacket on). Already have the Clips and straps that will use the existing Denali clips, just have to get the seamstress to sew em together.
Single Strap across it so easy to put on and off AND still pack GPS on the front of the strap for hikes... Already have a Camelbak 1.5 litre bladder in the tankbag.
Sounds like I am modifying this Denali into the DO ALL tankbag. haha - Electrified Tankbag/backpack/Hydration Pack.
Later.... Electrify it (3x 12v inside from ONE cable from the ignition/battery)
So all in all a FANTASTIC bag, the Explorer new is $159.00, the DENALI is the SAME bag but strapped for the BMW F650GS, its $139.00 - and it just so happens to fit OUR bikes. so if you want to save $20.00 at the LEAST from Wolfman, the Denali will fit perfectly, also if you find a USED Denali from one of the BAZILLIONS of BMW riders (especially now that they are all selling their 650's for the new 800's when they come out) I bet we'll be able to find a HELLUVA deal.
Ride Safe !