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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-13-2007, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Tank bag or tail bag?

If you commute or just take a day trip from time to time, do you prefer tank or tail bags? Have you found pros and cons of both? What are the pros and cons?
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-14-2007, 02:53 AM
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tail. I have a ventura rack/pack system and a magnetic tank bag strapped to the pillion seat. I try and keep the ventura either over the pillion seat or only use the small bag if out the back of the bike (to keep weight central)

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I prefer using a tank bag. I find a tailpack to be awkward to fit and even find it difficult for me to get on & off the bike with it on. I'm also oldschool- no GPS, I use maps so the map pocket on the tankbag is a must for me. It's also so easy to get to my camera, autocard for petrol/gas & tollgates, gate remote etc., 'cos it's all right there in front of me. Check out poddy's tankbag thread on this same page.

Picture of my tankbag in my member album. It's not big, but it's enough for most things I need on a local day trip. If I'm on a longer trip I use the hard panniers anyway.

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I prefer a tailpack for commuting and day trips, as it feels cleaner not to have anything in front of me.

On long trips I have a GPS but if I have a lot of stuff then I will use the tankbag rather than putting it on the back. A Ventura system for the rear came with my Bonnie. It is good but I hardly ever use it as I rarely have so much stuff that it won't go in either a small tailpack or the bigger tankbag.

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For my daily commute my side bags do the work (laptop fits exactly in it).

I don't like anything in front of me like Spiki, but when going on holidays I use the tank bag (Triumph); for piccie machine, some snacks and water (dehydration), maps, flexible friend (credit card) for paying toll on the highway and the so esential gas...
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Tank Bag - every time, if more stuff needed then panniers.

My legs are vertically challenged and I hate trying to get my legover a tail pack, or doing that stupid silly walk, extend your leg straight over the seat, hurdle, goosestep thingy

and it's really hard to see a map on the tail pack!
One of my group came up with a backpack map pocket idea - it fixes on the back of the rider in front of you and can put a large scale map in it and you can see the route

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Hi,
and me... I do prefer Givi Maxia topcase

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I have my GPS for navigating..so no need for maps...and everything I need I put in my huge zip pockets in my jacket. No need for anything else. Panniers for long trips that I have not taken yet
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whoosh, if you ever have a problem with navigation it seems as though wombat has come up with the ideal solution. He calls it 'analogGPS' and you can see a pic of it in his member album. Most impressive, it has to be said.

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Small tail bag on pillion seat contains two puncture repair kits, rag, 12v torch, duct tape, cable ties, spare gloves, and thermal t-shirt. Backpack, holds lap top and blackberry only, goes with me everwhere.

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