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post #11 of 27 Old 04-21-2020, 08:53 PM
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Wolfman Explorer(?) tankbag has been wonderful.
Good quality materials. Yes, with a full tank bag, it's a bit of a pain to move it for refueling.
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post #12 of 27 Old 04-21-2020, 09:52 PM
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Depends so much on what your needs are.


Generally, because of the shape of the KLR tank, I very much prefer the teardrop shaped bags, as it seems they make better use of the available space there, and also prefer expandable bags so you can stuff a few things in there if you have to stop for auto parts or a couple beverages.

Magnetic mount bags are grerat for commuter duties, easy to reposition for refueling, and a medium sized bag (12L or expands to 15-20L) holds plenty in terms of tools, and ziplock with bailing-wire, zip ties, electrical tape, fuses, 6, 8, and 10mm nuts and bolts. Usually also have a small hand towel and/or handkerchief (use in winter to protect your face and in summer to protect your neck). I prefer one external rear-facing pocket for ear-plugs, chap-stick and Tums.

For dual-sport rides, or longer rides and week long trips to Moab, Death Valley or wherever, I prefer a larger bag, strap-mounted bag like the Wolfman Explorer. That bag is discontinued and replaced with a somewhat smaller Ranier. Virtually all of the Wolfman products are rugged and well made pieces of kit with lots of pockets for small parts and stuff, good availability of spare straps or map pockets. Have the strap-mounted Ranier now and its been good. Not sure if these are still made in USA, but they wear well and the mfr stands behind their product.

I am a fan of the Marsee brand, largely discontinued as well. Too bad 'cause these were as good as the Wolfman and also made in USA. My daily ride has a 12L Marsee with magnetic mount, and it works great on the commuter. Paid like $40 from a DR650 rider when I found it on craigslist. Since it was pretty cheap, I leave it on the bike full time and don't worry about the sun bleaching the fabric.

If I was looking to replace one today, I'd shop ebay/craigs/etsy for a used teardrop version of the Wolfman or Marsee, maybe Cortech or Joe Rocket if the price were right. Mostly 'cause I like those brands, and on account of me being cheap.

... all depends on your use.
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post #13 of 27 Old 04-22-2020, 09:56 AM
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Only $ 189.99 separately from the Tankvest website:

TankVest.com

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Yeah, the $349.00 is the cost of the IMS tank.

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post #14 of 27 Old 04-22-2020, 11:44 AM
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I'd second the Wolfman Explorer. Got mine on the 'bay for <$100.

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post #15 of 27 Old 04-22-2020, 07:28 PM
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I like my tankvest......it comes with an IMS 6.6 for only an extra $349.00
Only $ 189.99 separately from the Tankvest website:

TankVest.com
If memory serves, the last time I checked out his sites, they seemed suspiciously stagnant. Is it still a ongoing entity? I think his shop isn't terribly far from me. Interesting product but not high on my list.
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If memory serves, the last time I checked out his sites, they seemed suspiciously stagnant. Is it still a ongoing entity? I think his shop isn't terribly far from me. Interesting product but not high on my list.
Last one I bought was a couple years ago. Chatter since would seem to indicate that they are still around though I see someone in Mexico offering knockoffs on facebook...... IF one has already inVESTed (see what I did there? LOL) in an IMS 6.6 (which I heartily recommend if you do much offroad riding) then the tankvest is a great addition....and, of course, most other tank bags wont work with the IMS


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Lots of good suggestions so far. I think it all depends on what you're expecting of your tank bag. I have panniers and a tail bag so I don't care for the added clutter of a tank bag, but if you're just looking for someplace to put you wallet along with sunglasses, phone, jackknife and a few other baubles then you might like the KLR handlebar bag. I love mine.
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post #18 of 27 Old 05-01-2020, 05:32 PM
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Do any of the suggestions NOT work with Kawasaki's KLR handlebar bag? I've been shopping for a tank bag too, but I really love my handlebar bag (Damocles is right - truly useful) and want something that will accompany it - play well together. I've seen the Kawasaki tank bag with the handlebar bag installed, so that one's good to go.

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Do any of the suggestions NOT work with Kawasaki's KLR handlebar bag? I've been shopping for a tank bag too, but I really love my handlebar bag (Damocles is right - truly useful) and want something that will accompany it - play well together. I've seen the Kawasaki tank bag with the handlebar bag installed, so that one's good to go.
That's a great question. The new version of the KLR handlebar bag hangs over the front of the bar which provides more room for the tank bag. I believe the older version might interfere with a tank bag. The one I have is the older version which hangs over the back/tank side of the bar. I like my "old version" because I have the "lower dash" which has my 12v power, usb and GPS mount so the bag doesn't interfere with those. I also have ROX Risers on my handlebars so the bag sits nice and high of the tank. It's not why I put the risers on but a nice ancillary benefit. If you want a tank bag too you should go with the newer version. Here is a picture of the new version from the Kawi website and a picture of the old style on my bike. Retailers still have both in stock so make sure you know which one they are selling you. Sometimes this is news to them. Cheers
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post #20 of 27 Old 05-01-2020, 07:02 PM
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And . . . a handlebar bag insallation tip: The velcroed mounting straps encircle BOTH handlebar and reinforcement bar, for the desired bag conformation.

Have "old-style" on Generation 1 and KLR250; fits both, although cataloged for Generation 2 only.
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