Proud owner of a new Red 2012. Was wondering what tank bag works well with klr.have seen some that attach with magnets.are they hard on the paint?
Anyone using joe rocket hammerheadi like the looks of it.thanks for any advice
Welcome to the site, Al. And congrats on your new bike!
This issue has been discussed quite a bit. Do a search for KLR tank bags (this wife's search function or Google) and you'll see that your fellow riders have already commented quite a bit. As a matter of fact, I'm confident that just about ANY question you have about your new KLR has been discussed in these threads.
After looking at several different ones, I decided to go with the factory Kawi tank bag. The main reason is the hole for the fuel filler neck. It comes on and off in a couple of seconds if I need it to. The only issue that I have had with it is, when it's empty it kina lays flat and down on my knees, which can be annoying. Another KLR rider that I know well had this same issue. We are both tall riders though, YMMV. I'm not familiar with the Joe Rocket one. Welcome to the forum and enjoy!!
My bike came with a magnetic tank bag from the PO. Definitely scratches the tank paint if you're not careful. Since my aging KLR isn't winning any beauty contests, I'm not too worried about it. On a new bike, I'd probably get one like yours.
The adjustable-height Happy Trails center stand will work with any change in tire and/or suspension height.
YMMV, but--HT stands behind its products, offers excellent customer service, in my experience.
Whatever center stand you choose, I'd recommend one with an ASSIST lever (as the HT model features) for ease in lifting the bike's mass onto the deploying stand.
NOTE: The HT stand is NOT a "ride-off" stand, not designed for the weight of the bike AND the rider.
As to tank bags, I have a Joe Rocket Manta for my KLR250; a Kawasaki model for my Generation 1 KLR650; each satisfactory for its application, in my experience.
I also give high marks to the Kawasaki handlebar bag (one on each KLR of mine); just be sure to enfold BOTH handlebar tube AND reinforcing bar together within Velcro hold-down straps for proper conformation.
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