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post #1 of 32 Old 09-09-2019, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Tank bag popularity

I just noticed 3 bikes in the parking lot and 3 with tank bags and no other storage.

This is the first period I'm riding with only the tank bag as it fits my laptop amongst lots of other things if needed.

Is this a trend away from top cases

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post #2 of 32 Old 09-09-2019, 06:30 PM
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Not necessarily. You just saw a few bikes that aren't set for hauling a bunch of stuff.
I don't bother to take off the saddle bags or trunk so I have lots of room all the time. having all the luggage doesn't seem to affect the ride so I leave it in place.
Some folks are so aesthetically afflicted they cringe at the sight of a overly luggaged bike. I cast a blind eye.
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post #3 of 32 Old 09-09-2019, 06:35 PM
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I use my luggage all the time for shopping, swimming etc or just to lock my tank bag and helmet when the bike is left out in public and out of my site.
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post #4 of 32 Old 09-09-2019, 06:42 PM
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Top cases have been losing favour for a while, no idea why. Mine never leaves the bike.

I have an oem tank bag for my Tenere, I've never even put it on the bike. Between the top case, panniers, and two 30L dry bags when camping, I don't need any more space.

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post #5 of 32 Old 09-09-2019, 09:45 PM
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Besides the luggage i use tank panniers and a tank bag when on a camp out. Tank bag has the hydration bag plus what ever else I put into it like munchy travel bars.
One can never have enough storage space when the need to have more stuff strikes.
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post #6 of 32 Old 09-09-2019, 10:39 PM
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I find a tank bag very handy for things that I want to get to quickly without having to get off the bike.
eg. microfiber (wet and dry) to clean the visor, water bottle, camera, lip balm, map, pen, etc.

With the tank bag, I can pack my top box and panniers such that I don't need to rummage through them during the day.

You really don't need a very big one. This one I find very useful and plenty big enough for me.

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post #7 of 32 Old 09-10-2019, 01:46 AM
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My V2 has side bags, top case, and tank bag nearly 100% of the time... Don't see any reason in taking them off and they come in handy quite often.. Have a 60 liter drybag that straps across the backseat if I'm motocamping..


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post #8 of 32 Old 09-10-2019, 09:02 AM
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I hate the look of a giant tank bag 1/2 way up to the riders chin worse than any hard or soft luggage. A a small to medium tank bag is fine, and I have one I use mainly for a smart toll transponder.

I bought my V-Strom specifically because it had a large top case. It is by far the most used case though I also have my rain gear packed in one side case. The one that gets opened and used nearly every ride is the top case.
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post #9 of 32 Old 09-10-2019, 10:01 AM
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Tank Bag, OEM Panniers, No Top Box

Typical livery for me. I keep ready access stuff in the tank bag, rain suit in the smaller right pannier and use the larger left side for light errand running.I have not taken a trip longer than one overnite on the 'Strom yet, but I have a set of Chase Harper Sport Tour saddlebags with a total capacity of 65 liters which will replace the OEM panniers on longer trips. They worked pretty well on my '01 ZX11, along with an integrated "sissy bar" Ventura rear bag. I may get a duffel-style top bag to replace the Ventura if I need one; I tend to maximize my minimalism.

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post #10 of 32 Old 09-10-2019, 10:11 AM
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I used a borrowed tank bag once, on my first IronButt SS1000, in total, a 6500 mile trip after the initial 1000

imho, a big inconvenience to remove it every time you get gas, never wasted my $$, bought a cheap $15 Walmart backpack and I bungee it behind me

every mc jacket I have has huge inside chest pockets plenty big enough for wallet, carry gun, etc.

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