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post #1 of 36 Old 09-26-2009, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Can someone recommend a good tank bag?

Can someone recommend a good tank bag for the V-Strom? Magnetic? Straps? Is it a good idea for the Strom? I have never used one but could use the extra room for small stuff.

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I bought one of these used at Twisted Throttle and love it. It mounts on a ring attached to the gas cap and the bag clips on top. I've had it for at least two years and it is always on the bike. I have come to love it. I put some munchies, extra ear plugs, glove rain covers, glasses, cameras, and other assorted gear in there. I also have the map holder that goes over the top. It's been a great bag and very handy during the work week when using the bike to commute. Just my two cents.

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Originally Posted by Bamaboy View Post
Can someone recommend a good tank bag for the V-Strom?
Yeah, we all can. What works for you will be different. :biggrin5:

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post #5 of 36 Old 09-26-2009, 09:49 AM
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I've found the Oxford bag I picked up a few years ago to be pretty much faultless.
Expandable, coverts to backpack, separates so you can just take a map pocket if you don't need the pack along for a ride, excellent magnets with a safety strap that clips around the headtube etc..
Also hearing good things about "Motopak luggage" and there is a current thread here; in the Canadian section.
Beyond that, tmcgee is right. You've got some research ahead of you. Might be just as helpfull to find out if anyboy found something they thought was useless and why, so you might know what to avoid.

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post #7 of 36 Old 09-26-2009, 10:46 AM
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Wolfman Rainer best I have ever used.

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IMO, RKA Luggage is at the top of the pile. I've had the same one since 2003 and with the change of the front straps, (was on my BMW LT), I've been able to use it quite nicely on my Vstrom. It's simple, well made and still quite black. You can do a "search" on this site and get a ton of info about tank bags. "made in the USA"

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post #9 of 36 Old 09-26-2009, 12:32 PM
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I bought a magnetic Nelson Rigg bag. It didn't quite fit. I went to a shoe repair place. They modified it for $7.50 or $10.00. Shortened the straps for the magnets. Another idea is to glue or epoxy large fender washers underneath the plastic cowlings for the magnets of the bag. No need to modify the bag.These two different ideas allow you to look at lots of different bags.
Reasons I bought NR. It fits the Strom tank profile. It was cheap. I bought a SAE connector and a SAE cigarette lighter(Walmart) to power up the bag.
No matter how careful you are the tank bag will scratch the tank(I was a bit naive).

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post #10 of 36 Old 09-26-2009, 01:08 PM
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J.R. Manta

This is the small Joe Rocket Manta. Best looks and fit on the Strom, of those I've seen in person. Not large though. Will hold little stuff, like cell-phone, (small) water bottle, camera, earplugs, Kleenex, garage door opener, etc.
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