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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Lets talk tank bags....

I am leaving for an extended trip in 5 weeks. My saddlebags will be full and i would like a easy to reach place other than jacket pockets. I also would like to be able to see GPS services on my phone. I would like to be able to put a extra pair of glasses, gloves, some snacks, and a water bottle inside.
I have an 1800 C and no windshield.
I have zero experience with tank bags but figured it would be the easy way to have the small necessities at an easy reach.

Can i get some suggestions?

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If you have a windshield on your bike, a small bag mounted there might be even better, though it's not usually big enough to fit a water bottle, but the other stuff typically does.

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They will be magnetic, some of these slide when loaded too heavily. Water bottle, I'd buy a RAM mount system with a bottle holder. Keep that weight out of the bag
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If you have a windshield on your bike, a small bag mounted there might be even better, though it's not usually big enough to fit a water bottle, but the other stuff typically does.
No windshield.

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They will be magnetic, some of these slide when loaded too heavily. Water bottle, I'd buy a RAM mount system with a bottle holder. Keep that weight out of the bag
I figured i would have to use magnetic bag. I just have zero experience with any kind of tank bag.
That is sound advice about keeping the weight out, thank you.

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I bought this one for a trip I will be taking this September. It does a good job and was inexpensive.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Universa...BXibnn&vxp=mtr
Bought this about a year ago and it works great. Can hold my 32 oz yeti cup with no problem. Over 2000 miles and no problem.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/KURYAKYN-Han...dWFA8N&vxp=mtr
Planning for the trip and getting the stuff is almost as fun as the trip.
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I thought I posted here already. I have a tank bag, magnetic. I carry a Canon, 3 lenses, chargers, batteries and other assorted things. It stays in place just fine but the weight and bag have rubbed the clear coat some. I would think weight, type of material on back of bag really matter. I have a bottle holder, it holds all kinds of stuff...lol. I can also carry a water between my windshield and handle bars, sits on the tripple tree. I used to carry the map between my windshield and 3 pouch bag on the windshield. Now I have got the phone on a RAM mount (modified for me) working via bluetooth for route control, google maps. Really Sweet.

LOL when I first bought this bike I went to the auto parts store and bought one o those cheap plastic cup holders. Cut it up and wire tied it to the handle bar and let it rest on the tripple tree. That was my cup holder for a short while. Then found a used chrome cup holder.

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When I need a map or directions I get them and write them on the side of the windshield with a dry eraser-able marker. When I get where i am going i just wipe it off. Can update the direction when I fill up if I need to.
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When I need a map or directions I get them and write them on the side of the windshield with a dry eraser-able marker. When I get where i am going i just wipe it off. Can update the direction when I fill up if I need to.

That works great. If you have a windshield. Which i do not and i dont plan on having.

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That works great. If you have a windshield. Which i do not and i dont plan on having.
You must have strong arms. Weeks of getting pelted and pulled by the wind would make me quit riding. Good Luck to ya.

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Wow, no windshield for a long trip? A friend used to do it but he is younger and tougher than me. He finally discovered windshields.

Suggestion on the drink part. To drink while riding I have used a Camelback filled with ice and some water. It was the largest size I could find. I think it was a 2 liter but might have been larger. By using it I took in small amounts of water over a longer period of time thus not needing to pee as often. Also I have carried water, juice, and candy bar in a Polar Bear ice chest for a drink/snack at a rest or fuel stop. Some frozen bottles of water work for the ice.

To drink something other than water while riding you are on your own as I do not use cup holders, they get in my way and don't hold enough drink.

As for the tank bag I have not used one. I have a windshield bag, and two pouches attached to the windshield. Plus a small Rapid Transit bag attached to the left and one to right side of my handle bars. I have considered buying a tank bag, just not sure on type but now I have some ideas after reading the above ideas.

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