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post #41 of 76 Old 05-30-2019, 01:22 PM
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You'll love it. A tank bag beats having to get off the bike to retrieve something from the top case, or under the seat, or dig through pockets on your gear. You won't even notice it on the interstate.
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You'll love it. A tank bag beats having to get off the bike to retrieve something from the top case, or under the seat, or dig through pockets on your gear. You won't even notice it on the interstate.
Thanks, and this is what I'm hoping for, one not too large and unobtrusive.

I'm starting to feel the urge to pull the trigger on a maybe 10l plus/minus.
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10l does seem like the sweet spot, but unless im missing something Givi jumps right from 5 to 15, in the tank lock anyway. Are there any im missing?

Edit, now that im thinking about it, 4-5l might be perfect anyway
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Some of these are expandable by simply undoing a zipper. I suspect some of them listed as 15 liter might be much smaller until expanded.
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I was just at Givi site, and see the apparent jump from 5 to 15.

I'm looking at this Givi ST603B Sport-T 15L Tanklock Tank Bag but it looked smaller than 15, then I saw the 15 indication.

If it was smaller, and had easier access when at a long red light perhaps, maybe a small exterior sturdy zipper pocket, it appears at least similar to what I envision as a great solution.

Perhaps with a vacuum bottle/ hydration connection.

I'm not looking for much 😉 just the perfect fit!

Well, at least I'm consistent in searching.

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I am liking the tank ring mount very much. That at least is one decision made.
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I just observed the way it indeed expands when chamber is unzipped.

So, its smaller, mostly, unless expanded.

It's now my top choice, I believe. It does look easy access perhaps.

Although a more flat top style at first glance is attractive too.

I'm looking at Wolfman, and Nelson-Riggs, however nothing so far is a top two choice.
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Yep, I'm pretty excited about upgrading to a quick release tank ring setup. Easy and quick on/off. That matters because I always want to take the tank bag with me, if I've parked in public, and it's going to be a lot easier when getting gas.
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Yep, I'm pretty excited about upgrading to a quick release tank ring setup. Easy and quick on/off. That matters because I always want to take the tank bag with me, if I've parked in public, and it's going to be a lot easier when getting gas.
That's my exact thought. On, off when at restaurant or rest stop etc.

I kind of envision it to be my second "bag" when I'm traveling, so I can free up a little space in the Givi V56NNA, and not feel like I have to add side luggage just yet or ever.

The givi tank bag may be my last storage device for first trip, a four/five day at Cedar Key.

Have one not formal but nicer clothes dinner, rest of time extremely casual shorts/flip flops.

I've given up thinking I can take my second helmet, an HJC flight style for local riding.

So, we'll see.

The givi bag may be the best, I'm feeling the love.

PS, there may be significant drinking and bar hopping, and I never drink and ride.

There will be fishing, my bud has a nice boat!!

Everything there is walking distance anyway.
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Less is more IMO. I don't need a ton of stuff in the tank bag, even for long trips. Here's an exhaustive list:

-bike paperwork

-paper map

-utility knife and/or multitool

-pen(s)

-touchscreen stylus

-garage door remote

-extra earplugs

-tire pressure gage

-small flashlight

-extra batteries for small flashlight

-extra USB charging cables/adapters

-(winter only) dual-channel heat controller

All of this will fit in well under 5L. I probably could have gone with a 4L, but none had side pockets. I like to put the garage door remote in a side pocket, so I can push the button through the side of the bag.

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I had strap tank bag on my Aprilia and the straps acted like sandpaper. I wish I would have put something under them. Even something as simple as spraying plasti dip on the tank probably would have saved it. Live and learn.
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