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    Which tank bag

    I want to get a tank bag for my 1979 R100s airhead. I am thinking of something medium to small for handy items on a tour (camera, binos, tour guides, electronics, vision cleaning gear, a rag and, oh yes, the map). This is a flat topped tank. Any one have experience with new bags on these old bikes?

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    I have a Rapid Transit Recon 19 magnetic tank bag. It fits perfectly on my 83 R100RT and, to me, is the ideal size. Plus it came with straps to turn it into a small knapsack.
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    I ended up with a First Gear Silverstone II, the larger of the series, but still smaller than most out there. It came with a removable (zippered) magnetic base that has a map pocket, so if you just want the map/spot for a phone, you don;t have to take the whole bag. It also has straps for use as a backpack, plenty of inside storage pockets/loops for pens, etc. and came with a rain cover. I purchased the seperate strap mount for my tupperware covered K12S and notice the zipper connection from bag to mount allows the bag to move a little, due to the flex in the zippers, but the base stays very firmly in place on the bike. So far I am happy with the quality of construction. The series also has soft side bags and a tail bag, which I also purchased, and compared to the factory side bags, I got a set of 4 bags and have about $600 left to put elsewhere.

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    ok, maybe this is a dumb question, but won't the magnet, even if covered, leave some scuff on the tank?

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    I like the Wolfman Enduro (strap mount). I use it with the non-slip mat. It is one of the smaller bags but works great for general running around.

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    Tank bag suggestion for r12rt?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions for a tankbag for an '09 RT. Something to handle maps, gloves,camera etc. Possibly expandable. Thanks, Lyman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybear View Post
    ok, maybe this is a dumb question, but won't the magnet, even if covered, leave some scuff on the tank?
    Probably, but the bike is 26 years old and far from pristine.
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    actually the bike is in awesome shape with no rust and no scratches or scuffs over the paint...the side battery covers are a little faded, but that is about it....

    so I was just wondering though if these tank bags do any harm to the paint....if the bike were to be new, your statement implicates that one should expect some scuffing.

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    Tank bag

    I have a "Rev pack" Jr. Has a nice shape like a peanut gas tank, so it looks nice. It's water proof, has a map pocket, small stash pocket, and lots of room. Look up Rev pack on line.
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    I've been using a Cortech Super Mini magnetic for several years. One must take care to keep the bottom of the bag clean and wipe dirt off the tank before mounting the bag - that will virtually eliminate any scuffing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnybear View Post
    actually the bike is in awesome shape with no rust and no scratches or scuffs over the paint...the side battery covers are a little faded, but that is about it....

    so I was just wondering though if these tank bags do any harm to the paint....if the bike were to be new, your statement implicates that one should expect some scuffing.
    Sorry, I meant that my bike was far from pristine. I do wipe the dust off of the tank before placing the tank bag on. I have not noticed much scuffing of the paint from the bag but I expect some from the bag but that would be from just about any bag that rests on the paint. I also like the convenience of the magnetic mount.
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    twinotterdriver:

    If your budget can handle it, the best bag is the BMW / Multi Vario.

    I recommend you do an advanced search on tank banks here and confine it to the airhead section. You'll pull up dozens of threads and hundreds of opinions.

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