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I am new to the VStrom community so I am just now gearing up. I pretty much have narrowed down the choices for saddlebags and tail pack, but I haven't found the right tank bag yet. I prefer a magnetic, but not totally against a harness type. Any of you have a preference when it comes to magnetics? Any 20 liter+ out there that looks good as well as functional?
 

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I like the Joe Rocket Manta bag...they also make an XL version.
 

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Tank Bag with Map Compartment?

Any recommendations for V-Strom-friendly tank bag that has a clear top compartment to hold a map or written directions? I don't see that the JR Manta has one. That's my only option until I can afford one of the ridiculously-expensive motorcycle GPS rigs.
 

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The Garmin Nuvi 550 or 500 aren't that expensive, about $250.

Garmin Nuvi 550

I have this one and I like it. It's waterproof and made for motorcycle use.
 

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If you buy an magnetic tankbag and tend to use it make sure not small stones n stuff are attached to the bottom of it. This happend to me and resulted in som rely nice scratches on th tank.

As for myself i say tank cover and givi click on bag is the only way to go:thumbup:
 

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If you buy an magnetic tankbag and tend to use it make sure not small stones n stuff are attached to the bottom of it. This happend to me and resulted in som rely nice scratches on th tank.

As for myself i say tank cover and givi click on bag is the only way to go:thumbup:
I have the Manta XL, but the packrat in me requires more space. I have pretty much figured out this is the route I will need to go. I am leaning towards the Wolfman tank bags. I just hate harness types since the days of the Bagman Tank bags, ('member them?). Always had to get out the 3M Finesse It after trips to take out the small scuffs.
 

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Optional Method

When I purchased my K7 Wee from the original owner, it came with a very nice "strap-on" Cortech tank bag. But, this proved very inconvenient when fueling.

My solution was to use 2 powerful neodymium magnets K&J Magnetics - Strong Neodymium Magnets, Rare Earth Magnets inside the tank bag and removing the straps.

The 2 super magnets hold the bag and its heavy contents without moving, yet, when it comes time to fuel, I can easily slide the bag downward towards the seat.

I suppose the only 2 drawbacks are not to put anything sensitive to magnetic fields in the bag and to make sure the tank is clean so sliding does not cause scratches.
 

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Warning: too large a bag will accidently push the horn button when the handlebars are turned fully to the left (when parking or backing up)......can be embarrassing. :mrgreen:
I found this out early on with my Recon 19 by Rapid Transit.
Good thing I didn't have a Stebel horn.

It's been a good bag, the only problem is inherent in the narrow design of the bag. That being the map window will only accomodate (begrudgingly) a letter-sized sheet folded in half lengthwise. This has become less of an issue for me as my middle-aged vision advances to where I can't read anything that close anyways.
 

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I have the Cortech Super Mini and love it. It has the clear map sleeve on top, enough room for a water bottle, rag, glassed, ear plugs, crampbuster, GPS, charger cord, and more. I have been very pleased with my choice. To a previous poster's point, I do run my hand across the bottom of it whenever I am about to put it back on in case something has stuck to it that could scratch the paint. So far, zero scratches.:hurray:
 

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Check out RKA luggage...

....fits the V-Strom tank slope perfectly and has the map window many seek.

I have the communication version with GPS mount.

Check out their web site:

2253W Build sheet Page

Great service from Richard the owner.

Cheers.
 

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I have the Manta XL, but the packrat in me requires more space. I have pretty much figured out this is the route I will need to go. I am leaning towards the Wolfman tank bags. I just hate harness types since the days of the Bagman Tank bags, ('member them?). Always had to get out the 3M Finesse It after trips to take out the small scuffs.
I have the Wolfman Rainier tank bag and love it. It does want to shift around a bit on the tank though. From what you said, this might be an issue for you.
 
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