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post #1 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a small, waterproof container

Bag, tube, box... really doesn't matter. I typically prefer soft things vs solid cases since i figure they won't get busted if I drop the bike.

I don't want anything hanging off the sides of the bike ( again, incase I drop it) and I want to keep the rear rack available/ unused. So in probably left with handlebar or front fender mounted.

I just want a small container to toss my wallet and phone in when I take off. My bike is parked outdoors, so it needs to weatherproof / won't rot in the sun.

I have a magnetic tank bag now ( little Joe Rocket I've used on several bikes now) , but it feels crowded riding with a tank bag due the the KLRs tall tank. Plus, it hides my filler cap.

I've looked at bicycle shops, but everything they have is too big, which I didn't expect at all!

So, small, can live outdoors, and no fiddly lids that you wouldn't want to deal with on a daily basis (e.g.: a PVC tube with screw on ends ).

I'm sure I'm not the first to want something like this. It's there anything readily available, or do I need to break out the sewing machine?

Oh, and I should mention I'm on a '03 model, but my front cowl and fender are not stock. I've got no space between my stock gauges and my headlight cowl, so nothings gonna squeeze in that area.

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Sea to Summit 1 liter dry bag, REI, $13.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-14-2016, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I looked that up just now. They look to be the same as some dry compression sacks I own now. They definitely keep things dry, but I'm not sure how well one would fare living exposed on a woods-ridden bike day in and day out.

Perhaps I'm looking at the wrong sacks?

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Sea-t...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Nope them's tha ones. I figure you'd stuff it in a handlebar bag or somesuch. They keep things dry, but they aren't 'submersible' waterproof. I use them in the liter size and put them in the pouches on my tank. I've ridden through downpours, blizzards and had them sit in heavy dew with no problem with cameras, phones, and 2-ways inside. Just don't play submarine.

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lol. I understand about the submersible part.

The "handlebar bag or somesuch " is what i am actually looking for now. Can't seem to find anything small enough.
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Gonna be tough. I have a couple of Molle pouches on my tank that are pretty water resistant. The closure is the problem. These have water resistant zippers; they've worked OK in the rain, but I wouldn't trust them long term. I think it's better to go with the roll closure of a dry bag and stick it inside a conventional bag if really keeping things dry is a priority. I use one for my big camera and it goes in the luggage (too big to fit anywhere else).

The pouch in front of the seat by the SPOT is water resistant and had a camera and i-touch in it. Ran through rain and hail from Cody to Red Lodge, and it has been in a few storms and a couple of blizzards in Central California. There's another on the far side that holds a small pair of binoculars and a large one with a med kit.


There's always the Pelican 1020/1030 cases.

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Holy cow, that's quite a fuel tank situation!

I guess I should choose my words more carefully. I did say waterproof, but I understand that actually being waterproof is much different than something that is just adequate to do the job in the weather. Since I will be using this for my wallet/phone, the contents won't be left in the bag overnight, I just need the bag to be able to live outside. Whatever I end up with will be permanently mounted.I hate taking things on and off.

Sorry for the confusion, but thanks for the info.

For sake of clarity ( hope it's ok to post pics) , I'm running a DR650 cowl up front. I like being able to steer my headlight ( fork mounted vs frame mounted).



I'm also running an old stlye MX fender up front, but I'm not fond of mounting something on there. The brace I made was purely cosmetic, but the whole assembly is still fairly strong. I'd prefer to reach whatever container I end up from the saddle.



Like mentioned before, the vast expanse of real estate once available between the gauges and the stock cowling is no longer available. lol But I prefer it this way.

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Kawasaki makes a handlebar bag, i think its technically for '08+ but should fit older models too. Might look at that.

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I never have found a small thing to toss my wallet and phone in to. I'm picky about certain things and can't find anything I'm happy with.

I did pick up this small case to keep my papers in. I don't recall the name, but I found it at a local sporting goods store for a few bucks. Velcro tape keeps it in place along with being pinched between the gauges and the DR cowl.

It sat outside for a few days, through a couple storms, with some pieces of scrap paper inside. Yup, it keeps the water out nicely The bike lives outside and has seen lots of rain, dew, temps swings and there's no sign of moisture inside after two weeks or so.

Thought I'd share in case someone was interested in something similar.
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Water proof case

Have you checked out a photography shop. Maybe a camera case (in a small size?) There are hard camera cases. I picked up a small case for my Nikon CoolPix S9700. ( Pocket camera )
It's not water proof, but I think it would repel water in a light rain.
Here's mine...


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