Hi just checking in to see if anybody recommends a good mini tank bag and how do you secure it. Was assuming the standard magnetic bags won't hold well when in rough riding conditions. Is there a better securing system?
Taking a different view, I love to shop for tank bags at the local thrift store. There are so many cd carriers, purses, shopping bags, toiletry kits, and each has potential for being an improvised tank bag for "cheap". Now if you want to carry a bowling ball on top of the tank, you need one of those specialty bags, but if what you want is your gps, a cell phone, granola bar, and your registration, I can fit all that stuff in a cd carrier. Come on you all, Support your local Salvation Army, ARC or other charity. Cheers, Tom
Sorry I'm a bit late in replying, but my Icon Urban tankbag has been one of the best everyday bags I've had. It usually fastens on the tank with STRONG magnets and I've even had it "offroad" on a few bikes with little to no movement. It also converts to a backpack, and you can use the backpack straps to further secure it to the tank (depending on the bike). If you get into some really rough areas...again it converts into a backpack. I believe it had additional fastening straps that you could use to semi-quick-mount via the "scratchguard/helmet carrier" buckles as well as a couple D-rings, but I could be mistaken on that since I've had the bag about 6 years.
I'm not saying it's perfect for everyone...but I've tried quite a few different tankbags and it's the only one I still own! It has a clear section that you can put items like a map/GPS, plenty of room for daily use (not a long-touring bag), and pretty versatile.
Thanks dakman 74 for sharing. That link worked and it really is a cool bag. Super versatile. Sure appreciate you taking the time to give the info. Will definitely check it out. Being a girl, tank bags are kind of like a purse, we like them in different styles and colors!
You're most welcome! He didn't even mention the "bottom" pocket on it that is set up for CD/MP3 player with a pass-through grommet. Not that I recommend wearing headphones on the bike! ha ha
For me it comes in handy for carrying a variety of items I might have to access while on the bike, like my Blackberry. Also, if you have to show a military ID, it's a great place to put it for easy access.
Like I said before...it might not be the right bag for everyone, but it's MY go-to bag. :-D
The Wallybags have a few downsides in that they hang too low and lack a decent means of attachment to the tank. The supplied velcro unstuck itself from the tank the first time we removed the bags, and they faded from black to blue, then light gray inside of two weeks.
The low hanging issue was a problem even with our oversized tanks, so I think it would be a lot worse on the narrower stock tank. I think it would tend to hit the head.
We kept military soft canteens on one side and our rain gear on the other. At 55 they stayed put until the canteens ran low, then they just flopped in the breeze like Dumbo ears until one of them landed in your lap. The zippers on mine self-destructed somewhere near Albuquerque.
If you could sew some better attachment points to them an shorten the span between them they'd be fine (for the munny), but I don't recomend them as-is.
I really like the look and versatility of the Icon Urban Tank bag (from above), but it looks pretty big in comparison to the amount of metal available on the TW200 tank for the magnets to grab onto. With the way the front of the seat extends over the gas tank and the plastic gas cap there doesn't seem to be much surface area left over. dakman74, has your experience been that it holds well on the TW?