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post #1 of 29 Old 09-25-2013, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Tank Bags

I have a small bag attached to the handlebar crossbrace to keep small items in but the stitching has started to fray. Looking for a tankbag now.

My pal Anthony over at Revzilla has a Giant Loop here that seems OK.

Whatcha got? Recommendations?

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I had and used the Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag. It was useful and, in my opinion, very well-made, although I only had it for a couple of years and only used it on a couple of longer trips so can't vouch for long-term durability. Not waterproof, but it came with a little tent-like rain fly I never used.



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Depends on what you want/need. Going to AK or just around town?

I am happy with my Wolfman, but it can truly carry my groceries!

The OEM KLR bag is pretty cool. That will carry cell phones, glasses, gloves and the like.

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What I want/need is something very much like the one linked to In the OP. Looking for folks input that have something similar. What looks good on the page is often something else in reality.

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Not very creative, no exotic choice, but . . . I have a Kawasaki OEM accessory tank bag on my Generation 1. FITS, expandable; has a clear-windowed map pocket, and stays out of the way when opening the fuel cap.

I also have a Kawasaki handlebar bag; catalogued for Generation 2, it fits Generation 1 also (embrace BOTH handlebar and support bar with Velcro strap loops for proper conformation).

This said, Dan Diego's comment makes sense to me: Depends upon your own requirement and application.
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Not very creative, no exotic choice, but . . . I have a Kawasaki OEM accessory tank bag on my Generation 1. FITS, expandable; has a clear-windowed map pocket, and stays out of the way when opening the fuel cap.
Thats what I needed to hear although that was not one I was looking at specifically, but I like the price. I'd looked at the offering by Kawasaki for a gen 2 then linked to a bunch of others to confuse the matter. On the big K's website not many details were given and the photo is from the side.

It looks like the fuel cap is completely open correct? Most of the others I looked at required unzipping then flopping over to gain access.

As said I need to replace a crossbar bag but a bit more room wouldn't be a bad thing.

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Kawasaki handlebar bag: Highly recommended:



Holds much more than you'd imagine; won't get in the way of the fuel tank cap (as mentioned, the Kawasaki tank bag stays out of the way, also); just . . . run the Velcro straps around BOTH the handlebar and the reinforcing bar, when you install it!
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I'll be getting the handlebar bag when I get my KLR. Looks quite big. How many litres if you know what they are? Ounces mean nothing to me as I am English. And you say it works with an OE tank bag in situ?
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Kawasaki does not give a specification for handlebar bag capacity/volume.

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post #10 of 29 Old 11-14-2013, 04:44 PM
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The kawa bag looks tiny. I think it looks great though, pretty nice integration. The Giant loop is definitely too expensive... $155 for a tank bag? You could practically buy saddlebags for that amount of money.

I would personally just use a backpack for the time being, until you can find a good reasonable deal on something. You can also try to see if this will fit http://www.motorcyclehouse.co.uk/vik...r-tool-bag.htm
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