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We need a bit more luggage capacity and a tank bag seems like the logical choice. It appears a locking ring is req'd, are they all the same ? Will an aftermarket locking ring mate with an OEM bag ? Is the OEM bag that much better ?

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Have used the givi and sw motech ring solutions. I definitely prefer the ergonomics of the givi system. It may have something to do with the fact givi is readily available where I live. I can walk into pretty much any dealer and see a range of Givi options. I can get SW Motech but not nearly as easily.
Either option gives you good quality gear


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Following since I am not happy with, and therefore not currently using my Wolfman bag due to the strap mounting. The Giant tank area of the GS seems better suited for what you are going after.

Will throw the Wolfman back on the WR250R where it came from :)
 

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I use the Givi - the big selling point for me was that the ring system keeps the bag up and off the paint on the tank. I use the larger one on the GSA and a smaller one on the RnineT - pleased with both.
 

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I use the Givi - the big selling point for me was that the ring system keeps the bag up and off the paint on the tank. I use the larger one on the GSA and a smaller one on the RnineT - pleased with both.
I agree, love the Givi and the mount. Very stable and no straps or magnets to worry about.
 

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RKA 3 strap mount. I had the first version of the Shiloh 23.5 liter on my 1150GSA and after thousands of miles I thought I'd try the Wolfman Rainier when it came out but I didn't like it at all....for me.

I replaced it with the updated version of my original Shiloh that now has side pouches. Works great for me on a '17 GSA.

Black Friday pricing will likely be available from RKA too....
 

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A locking ring is NOT required unless you buy a tank bag that uses a locking ring. In that case get the ring that comes with that tank bag. All locking rings are not the same.

I've used RevPack (no locking ring) and Touratech (Kahedo) bags (no locking ring). I gave up on tank bags as they got in the way more often than not. Instead I figured out there wasn't that much stuff that I wanted to have easy access too while sitting on the bike. A small bar bag worked for me. They won't work for everyone. I use the Wunderlich version

 

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+1 on the bar bag..picked one up last year and am surprised how convenient it’s been for me . I’d go crazy having to remove the tank bag each time I fuel up.. I ride solo so top case and bar bag always on,add the side cases only for long trips..if the wife rode with me,I could see needing a tank bag...I’d have to live out of it :frown2:
 

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Nelson Rigg Tank Bag

I have been using the Nelson Rigg Trails End tank bag on my 2016 GSA for the past two years and it is an inexpensive, simple and utilitarian way to go. I carry what I need in the bag with room for extras, comes with a raincoat, I added USB electric for charging my toys, plus carry an Osprey bladder for hydration needs. It is tough and if it goes south on me, no big investment. I am not one for having to own brand names for sake of showing how much money I can spend. I like tough and inexpensive.
 

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I have been using the Nelson Rigg Trails End tank bag on my 2016 GSA for the past two years and it is an inexpensive, simple and utilitarian way to go.
A couple questions: Can you tell me just how tall the bag is? (measured over the highest part of the tank) Do you have a more detailed picture of how/where you attach the lower straps?

Thanks!
 

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A couple questions: Can you tell me just how tall the bag is? (measured over the highest part of the tank) Do you have a more detailed picture of how/where you attach the lower straps?

Thanks!
I use the givi tank bag with their locking ring! Yes its a pain when you have to fuel up but with the big tanks its only a few times so works ok for me.

I like the handle bar bag but I have ROX Risers, and I read somewhere that with Rox Risers installed the handle bar bag obstructs the speedo.......
 

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Nelson Rigg Tank Bag Follow-up

At the gas fill the bag is about 4+ inches tall, unzipping the expansion increases it another 3 inches. It follows the contour of the tank so it really does not interfere with the riding seated or even standing, nor the handlebars with bar backs. I put the straps around the frame just behind the tank / seat intersection on each side. I'll put the bag on the bike and take some better photos over the weekend.
 

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At the gas fill the bag is about 4+ inches tall, unzipping the expansion increases it another 3 inches. It follows the contour of the tank so it really does not interfere with the riding seated or even standing, nor the handlebars with bar backs. I put the straps around the frame just behind the tank / seat intersection on each side. I'll put the bag on the bike and take some better photos over the weekend.
Thank you! I appreciate it.

I am looking for a bag that doesn’t come up too high and block view of my phone (which I use as Nav a lot) in the RAM mount (mine is the low mount, it’s barely above the handlebars) and while function is first, I also am concerned with aesthetics of any mount system. The Nelson Rigg bag sounds promising that’s why I’m interested in the mounts/straps and how they look/work. The price is right, too.

I’ve seen and like the Touratech bag mounts which provide a Velcro mounting pad at the base of the tank near the seat. Looks very clean and is easy to use. But they are really pricey and don’t offer the utility/storage options others do for that kind of money.

The Enduristan bags are truly waterproof and the expandable model is pretty slick. They have a lot of pockets, dividers and utility. Seem very well thought out. But I think they may stand just a bit too tall on top of the tank to view my phone. And they are expensive, too.

Thanks again for your help.
 

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Neslon Rigg

Here are some photos from the side. The bag, even in the high position which I do not use much, does not obstruct the handlebars or even a phone on the handlebar. I keep my phone in the tank bag clear section, works fine.

I have ridden in driving rain for hours numerous times and nothing has gotten wet inside the tank bag. I ride long distances regardless of the weather so I am not a casual rain rider. Most of the time in rain for short periods of time I do not even bother with the raincoat for the bag, remember I keep my electronics, small camera, etc in the bag and I have not had a problem. Fully waterproof - if you are that worried use a small inexpensive drybag or simple ziploc bags within the tank bag.

I added a powerlet SAE adapter to the bag through the rear pocket, connect to my Battery Tender SAE, and never had a moisture problem. ps, all the birds nest of wires you see are my heated gear controller wires which I have strapped to the bag for convenience while riding. In the summer there are no exposed wires except the SAE to the tender.

As for attachment to the bike, I run the straps under the rear of the tank between where the tank bolts to the frame and the small area under the tank above the frame, and through the head with the supplied straps, unbuckling one of the rear attachment points lets me slide the bag to one side to access the gas fill. Then reattach and tighten down. I also leave the straps permanently on the bike, tucking them under the seat when no tank bag in use. The head straps I tie together when no tank bag in use. No big deal. I also put a clear paint wrap on the tank to keep from getting small dust scratches over time, but that is just me being OCD. That I would do for any bag. Dust is like fine sandpaper under the bag and straps, regardless of the bottom side material on a tank bag.

This bag is inexpensive and works for all my needs, I have had tank bags for over 40 years and personally see no upside to expensive bags, but that is just me.

Here are the photos.
 

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This was extremely helpful! Thanks a lot. I'm going to give it a shot. Like you, I don't want to throw hard earned money at "big names" if it doesn't do anything more for me. Thanks again for the effort!
 

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I have the Wunderlich Elephant tank bag. It's a great looking bag, made well, expensive like all the rest. I'm definitely going with this bag again when the time comes!
 

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Mosko Moto Tank Bag

I saw the Mosko Moto Nomad tank bag on a 2018 R1200 GSA at the Vancouver motorcycle show last weekend. This fit very well. Good tank bag if you want a smaller capacity bag.
 

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I went with the Super Motech City Bag and its associated Clip onto the Tank Filler mounting system.





It has to be mounted all the way to the rear on the tank so that my bars with 40MM risers clear the bag, but no horn blows or the like as installed. It comes with a Rain Cover, I bought their Map Case also. I like having a paper map in view for general awareness and GPS to go some specific place.

So far I like it
 

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Another plug for the SW-Motech Evo City bag. I won't always use a tank bag and was tired of having to remove the straps all the time when not in use. First impressions are that the bag is very well made. The mounting system does take a fair bit of room out of the bag, but for my intended use is not a problem.

Instructions for mounting were clear and very easy to complete.

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Givi bag here. I had a larger version that was just too large on my GSA and last summer went with their "sport" version that is just right. The shell is a bit more rigid than my old one and the smaller size perfect. One click and it's off, at a fuel stop.

I've seen mentions of gas cap problems after installing the ring but I never had an issue.

Fear of having it snatched off the bike when unattended for short periods isn't an issue. You have to know how reach under it on one side and actuate the lever in the right direction for it to release.
 
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