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so do you all leave the bag on your parked bike, or do you remove it and take it with you?

my new bungee net has proved most satisfactory; now i'm considering a tank bag to hold registration/insurance docs, tools, MOM, and a couple of other doodads, to avoid having to remove the seat anytime i need to handle any of the above.

this afternoon i was looking at a rather limited assortment of tank bags at cycle gear (in the store, not on the 'net). frank thomas, cycle gear's brand name for its goods, makes a fairly nice one, which includes a pocket for a cell phone (i prob'ly wouldn't use it for that purpose).

i don't need much help with choosing a bag; i'm just curious whether you detach it after you park.

i got in 70 relaxed ones this afternoon!!
 

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Hello, "new to the forums". I've had my tank bag for almost a year and I never leave it on the bike for the simple fact that sometimes if dust particles or whatnot gets caught between the paint and the magnets within the bag it can cause a bit of paint damage.
 

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It depends where I'm at, but I mostly leave it on the bike. Granted, the most I leave in it when parked is my gloves, cheap sunglasses, and maybe a skull cap or hat. Sometimes I'll hang it from my sidecase rack frame by a magnet just to get it a little more out of sight. I do take it off the bike once I get home.
 

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I got the Fieldsheer Eiffel magnetic tank bag, which has 2 tank bags that can attach (one on top of the other) or be used individually. It attaches to the magnetic portion (zips on in 10 seconds) which has 2 big magnets on each side flap and no flap on the front or rear. It works great with the stock handle bars on the 650R.

One bag is smaller but expandable and I use that for my everyday riding. I also am not fond of the small, hard-to-access storage under the seat, so I use it for my disk lock and helmet bag. It can easily hold enough groceries for that night's dinner.
The bigger bag is not expandable but has extra outside pockets, so I use that for long trips. I once thought I could use both, one on top of the other, but they made steering just about impossible.

The magnets are hard core and if attached properly will never move. They can pinch your fingers if you're not careful. You have to learn how to pry the base apart just to get it onto the tank.
I will admit that I have some light scratches on my tank, as I leave my bike outside and I think the dust gets under the magnets, but I couldn't care less about a few light scratches. They are the kind that can easily be polished right out. I wouldn't go dropping the base onto sand before attaching it but yes, I have never seen any bad scratches on my tanks in 2 years of use.

I NEVER leave it on my bike and do not recommend anyone doing so. You don't want to invite temptation. I recommend buying quality, so would you leave $70+ laying on your bike? I foolishly left my first tank bag on my bike years ago while running an errand and it wasn't fun trying to ride home with a bag of feeder goldfish down the front of my jacket!

Bring it with you wherever you go. If you're buying things, you'll want to be able to see if they'll fit in your tank bag anyway, right? I keep my papers in my helmet, as I always have that with me when riding, but that'd be another reason to not leave it.

I'd advise getting a soft bag- one that you can lay on, if you're into tucking while riding. Fill it with soft gear like t-shirts, pants, etc for trips and put the hard stuff in the tail or saddle bags. Cortech, Tourmaster, etc make good bags. Just don't go with whatever one or 2 bags your local dealer has. Look around, especially on New Enough, with all their great photos.
The 2nd photo is the larger tankbag (along with my tailbag) on my 250R showing that it works with lower grips also.
Hope this helps.
 

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You obviously don't need a tank bag then. •Dimensions: 13”(L) x 7.5”(W) x 4.5”(H) The manta is very small IMO.

Check out this one. 5"x4"x1"
hm, that just might do it for me. i really don't need much space. just enuff for a few small necessities.

green rocket, i'm not a traveling man. i ride around by day, and go home for the night. in almost 13 yrs of mc'ing, i've had the bike away from home overnight maybe three times. that's just me - LOLOLOL.

the leatherlykes on my cruiser have NEVER been full.

thanx for the input!
 

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hm, that just might do it for me. i really don't need much space. just enuff for a few small necessities.

green rocket, i'm not a traveling man. i ride around by day, and go home for the night. in almost 13 yrs of mc'ing, i've had the bike away from home overnight maybe three times. that's just me - LOLOLOL.

the leatherlykes on my cruiser have NEVER been full.

thanx for the input!
Steve,

If you want a Manta tank bag to try, I will give it to you to try. If you like it send me $30 if not..... give it to someone else. All I ask is you pay for shipping.

PM me if interested.
 

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I've got the Manta, and it's fits perfectly! Don't touch it from lock to lock, and is way underneath vision of instrumentation.

 

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hey if you go and use a magnetic one just make sure you clean the bottom side of it every ... every ... every time you put it on your bike or it will definately scratch the tank. I would post some pics but i am kinda ashamed of my scratch..
 

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Mine only comes off when its time to fuel up. Personally, I dont worry that much about the cosmetics. Dont get me wrong, I dont abuse my 650 but its made to get out there and ride...not be a garage queen. I think the last time it was washed was sometime in April.

Nelson Rigg (CL-300) tank bag owner here. Its perfect for my garage door opener, glasses, ear protection, gloves, snacks, camera, and the like.
 
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