No more tank bag!! Hurray!!

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It's so nice to just pull up to the pump and fuel. I have a small handlebar bag for earplugs and everyday use items. My small 7x7 removable windshield bag has a small headlamp and recharging cords. Over the years I have found that tankbags are nothing more than a crap holder. The deciding factor was when I took my beast in the dirt. Almost a 10lb tankbag up high and unable to move around when standing ended up in disaster. My new bags are less than 1lb total!! This is more like it.

I consider myself a solid novice. I cannot understand how some of the guys can ride these things while standing with a tankbag attached? How do you get over the tank and weight the front end for sharp turns? I've seen some pretty hard core pictures of guys loaded with huge tankbags taking the Super Tenere in unsafe conditions. I figure it's not worth the risk. My bike is handling much better without it. I do understand having one if you are seated all the time. I suggest to anyone that they go through their tankbag. You will see how much junk accumulates over time. If you can't name off every item in the tankbag without looking then it's too full.

Mission accomplished!!
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It's so nice to just pull up to the pump and fuel. I have a small handlebar bag for earplugs and everyday use items. My small 7x7 removable windshield bag has a small headlamp and recharging cords. Over the years I have found that tankbags are nothing more than a crap holder. The deciding factor was when I took my beast in the dirt. Almost a 10lb tankbag up high and unable to move around when standing ended up in disaster. My new bags are less than 1lb total!! This is more like it.

I consider myself a solid novice. I cannot understand how some of the guys can ride these things while standing with a tankbag attached? How do you get over the tank and weight the front end for sharp turns? I've seen some pretty hard core pictures of guys loaded with huge tankbags taking the Super Tenere in unsafe conditions. I figure it's not worth the risk. My bike is handling much better without it. I do understand having one if you are seated all the time. I suggest to anyone that they go through their tankbag. You will see how much junk accumulates over time. If you can't name off every item in the tankbag without looking then it's too full.

Mission accomplished!!
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Hmmmm, but can ya'll see the speedo?
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I'm really liking my soft saddlebags. They have now become a permanent fixture on my motorcycle. This Super Tenere is really getting dialed in. I only wish I could ride more!! Next month is my maiden voyage for a long to me 1000+ mile loop to the North Rim Grand canyon.
 

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Big fan of my tank bag too. I keep the following items in my tank bag:

Extra clear visor
Small bottle of lens cleaner
Micro fiber cloth
Ball cap
Ear plugs
Phone cords and charging cables
Map in the clear pocket and other campground receipts
Camelback hydration bag.
Snacks-clif bars or jerky.
Sunglasses

This setup is for touring
I have the Yamaha tank bag but have unclipped the small bag by my crotch.

I can stand up just fine with the bag on.

My two gripes of the tank bag are:

Removing it to fuel up

It will scuff your paint.
 

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It's so nice to just pull up to the pump and fuel. I have a small handlebar bag for earplugs and everyday use items. My small 7x7 removable windshield bag has a small headlamp and recharging cords. Over the years I have found that tankbags are nothing more than a crap holder. The deciding factor was when I took my beast in the dirt. Almost a 10lb tankbag up high and unable to move around when standing ended up in disaster. My new bags are less than 1lb total!! This is more like it.

I consider myself a solid novice. I cannot understand how some of the guys can ride these things while standing with a tankbag attached? How do you get over the tank and weight the front end for sharp turns? I've seen some pretty hard core pictures of guys loaded with huge tankbags taking the Super Tenere in unsafe conditions. I figure it's not worth the risk. My bike is handling much better without it. I do understand having one if you are seated all the time. I suggest to anyone that they go through their tankbag. You will see how much junk accumulates over time. If you can't name off every item in the tankbag without looking then it's too full.

Mission accomplished!!
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Does putting a tank bag on a 600lb bike make that much difference? Mine aint going nowhere. When I very rarely take it off. I feel no difference.
Where I feel the difference is when I take the bike off road and standing. The speed and weight of this beast is very good at masking not being balanced. When going super slow through rough terrain all that weight up top along with not being able to get my body over the tank makes for an ill handling machine.

For just everyday seated touring the tank bags are great. I'm going to keep mine for that reason.
 

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I agree that the tank bag collects stuff, I have a lot of crap in mine but don't feel like it has an effect on how the bike handles. I guess I will go through it and start throwing stuff out, it's sort of like my lady's purse.....just collects junk until it gets full.
 

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So, let's see if I got this right. You go from sitting to standing which effectively raises 2/3 of your body weight 15 inches or so higher than it was, but a 5 to 7 lb tank bag you can feel? Hmmm...
As to trying to get your body over the tank, I think if you ride that Pig in some sand sometime you'll realize the last place you need extra weight is on the front end, ever.
 
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I'm with you. I got one of these for $12 that I use as a handlebar bag. Its been on a few bikes now and I love it. Don't use it for much, but nice to have a pair of glasses pens paper that sort of thing.

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So, let's see if I got this right. You go from sitting to standing which effectively raises 2/3 of your body weight 15 inches or so higher than it was, but a 5 to 7 lb tank bag you can feel? Hmmm...
As to trying to get your body over the tank, I think if you ride that Pig in some sand sometime you'll realize the last place you need extra weight is on the front end, ever.
When you stand you are putting that added weight on the pegs which lowers the center of gravity. How much off road riding experience do you have? It works for me. I'm by no means a pro level rider. I'm a solid mediocre novice at best. When standing whether in sand, rocks, hardpack. It makes no difference. I'm always moving around to get balanced on the machine. And yes, that extra 10 lbs taken off the top of my tank can be felt. Just like I can feel a difference with the tank almost empty vs full.
 

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Love the tank ring Mount my Givi bag has, no fussing around with straps to remove or re install, just press one very simple button. It came with the 2013 when I bought it used, I probably never would have paid the extra money for the tank ring Mount but after using one and finding out how well it actually works I won’t buy another tank bag without one.
 
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Love the tank ring Mount my Givi bag has, no fussing around with straps to remove or re install, just press one very simple button. It came with the 2013 when I bought it used, I probably never would have paid the extra money for the tank ring Mount but after using one and finding out how well it actually works I won’t buy another tank bag without one.
My buddy has the tank ring style bag and loves it. Super simple to remove bag for fueling. I will say for street touring on long trips, a tankbag is hard to beat!!
 

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Just like I can feel a difference with the tank almost empty vs full.
I can't comment on the tank bag, because I don't have it. But about the difference between full and almost empty tank, yes. Chris, you're right, At least in my experience: Gravel, left turn 90 degrees, I sit, tcs off, I take my left foot pointing to the front axle, with empty tank: it turns beautifully, taking out the rear wheel. With a full tank, same curve, I take my left foot pointing to the axle, and the motorcycle seeks to fall to the left. Those 15 liters less fuel make it much more maneuverable
 
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