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post #1 of 12 Old 12-12-2018, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone recommend a BIG tank bag?

I already got a small tank bag but want a big one for touring. I was hoping someone could recommend one that goes well with our bike.

I did some searching and found this one from Alpinestars that seems pretty good: https://www.alpinestars.com/tech-aero-tank-bag
It's 20 liters, and expandable to 30 liters which is quite big. But before I buy it I wanted to see if anyone has any other suggestions, maybe even some pictures of the GSXS with a big tank bag on it. The problem is that a lot of the big tank bags seem to be designed for adv bikes with sharply sloping tanks and I doubt they would sit well on our bike.

Another one I was considering was the cortech super 2.0 18 liter tank bag, it's a bit smaller than the alpinestars one but still a decent capacity and a good deal cheaper. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Don't know if it's what you are looking for but you might try RKA Luggage.

I will say, I did expect a lot for the price of their stuff. After 19 years, many of which saw daily use, the zippers on mine no longer function properly. Take that into consideration.

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Check out Givi bags they have them in all sizes. They also have the ones that connects to the gas tank no magnets, I have that one for my FJ-09
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I'm currently in the same shoes as you, CaptainSlow. So no recommendation yet, but I'd share my research. I need to carry a 14 inch laptop, shoes, gym clothes plus the occassional few items of groceries my wife randomly asks me to pick up on the way home. I'd prefer the bag to have some sort of strap (shoulder or backpack), because I wouldn't leave it on the bike and will have my hands full with helmet, gloves, knee protectors when I get to the office. I don't care for price if the product works well. Currently considering:

SW Motech Sport EVO:
https://sw-motech.com/en/bike/SUZUKI...2572042687.htm
Capacity 14-21 liters (expandable) and pretty wide bottom to accomodate a laptop. It has a proprietary locking mechanism for easy take on and off and it doesn't touch the tank. However, the maximum load designated by the manufacturer is 3kg, hardly enough.

Kriega US20:
You can attach it as a tank bag using this: https://kriega.com/sports/touring/tank
Supposedly great quality, and the brick shape makes it easy to pack. However I'm not sure about the tank-bag conversion kit, as you need to remove the whole thing for refuelling. Plus you need to attach/detach all four straps each time taking the bag on or off. Can be used as tail bag as well.

Givi UT809 TanklockED
https://www.givi.it/soft-bags/Tank-B...9%20TANKLOCKED
Seemingly does everything the Alpinestars tankbag does, but not expandable (20l capacity). Has a proprietary attachment mechanism that is screwed onto the tank opening similarly the the SW Motech bag so easy on/off. It can be locked to the bike with the key, but I'm not sure about that as the zippers can still be opened. As its weigth is supported by the console screwed onto the tank I'm sure there's a weight limit here, but the manufacturer's site is currently unavailable.

I'm also considering the Alpinestars one, but it's alarming that there are no mounting instructions or meaningful reviews of the product. The local Alpinestars dealer does not carry it either...
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I'm currently in the same shoes as you, CaptainSlow. So no recommendation yet, but I'd share my research. I need to carry a 14 inch laptop, shoes, gym clothes plus the occassional few items of groceries my wife randomly asks me to pick up on the way home. I'd prefer the bag to have some sort of strap (shoulder or backpack), because I wouldn't leave it on the bike and will have my hands full with helmet, gloves, knee protectors when I get to the office. I don't care for price if the product works well. Currently considering:

SW Motech Sport EVO:
https://sw-motech.com/en/bike/SUZUKI...2572042687.htm
Capacity 14-21 liters (expandable) and pretty wide bottom to accomodate a laptop. It has a proprietary locking mechanism for easy take on and off and it doesn't touch the tank. However, the maximum load designated by the manufacturer is 3kg, hardly enough.

Kriega US20:
You can attach it as a tank bag using this: https://kriega.com/sports/touring/tank
Supposedly great quality, and the brick shape makes it easy to pack. However I'm not sure about the tank-bag conversion kit, as you need to remove the whole thing for refuelling. Plus you need to attach/detach all four straps each time taking the bag on or off. Can be used as tail bag as well.

Givi UT809 TanklockED
https://www.givi.it/soft-bags/Tank-B...9%20TANKLOCKED
Seemingly does everything the Alpinestars tankbag does, but not expandable (20l capacity). Has a proprietary attachment mechanism that is screwed onto the tank opening similarly the the SW Motech bag so easy on/off. It can be locked to the bike with the key, but I'm not sure about that as the zippers can still be opened. As its weigth is supported by the console screwed onto the tank I'm sure there's a weight limit here, but the manufacturer's site is currently unavailable.

I'm also considering the Alpinestars one, but it's alarming that there are no mounting instructions or meaningful reviews of the product. The local Alpinestars dealer does not carry it either...
I forgot to mention that the SW Motech bag is available in electric version as well.
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Cortech makes some great bags. I have several at the present time and really like them.
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I have the small Suzuki tank bag. It works great and I love the mounting system. Suzuki markets larger sizes but it tops out at 15L. But... they are made for Suzuki by SW-Motech and they make one that goes to 22L with the same mounting system, but not sure how it would fit on the GXS-S tank.
SW Motech claims that the bags are interchangeable within the quick lock system. However, the price of the bag not touching the tank is that it sits on the adapter. Hence the Suzuki bag you link officially only holds 2.5kgs o 5.5 pounds and the 22l version you linked only 3kgs or 6.6 pounds. It could be a limitng factor when hauling laptop, hydration, groceries...
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I'm also considering the Alpinestars one, but it's alarming that there are no mounting instructions or meaningful reviews of the product. The local Alpinestars dealer does not carry it either...
Revzilla still has it in stock, as well as a review: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-aero-tank-bag


I have also considered the Kriega, I already have a US-30 so I trust the quality of them. I might just get that if I don't find anything better.

By the way I would not carry a laptop in a tank bag or tail bag, the vibrations might damage it. The best way to carry a laptop on a bike is in a back pack so that your body absorbs all the vibrations and shocks.
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Revzilla still has it in stock, as well as a review: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-aero-tank-bag


I have also considered the Kriega, I already have a US-30 so I trust the quality of them. I might just get that if I don't find anything better.

By the way I would not carry a laptop in a tank bag or tail bag, the vibrations might damage it. The best way to carry a laptop on a bike is in a back pack so that your body absorbs all the vibrations and shocks.
That is true. However, I'm not that worried for the laptop. I've carried one in a hard topcase for some time without issues, plus it'll be in a cushioned sleeve. The desire not to wear a backpack is stronger.

Magnetism coming from a magnetic tank bag might be another thing.
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