Cortech Dryver Tail Bag
Only 3.4 liters, and there's a catch.
I chose this tail bag for my Ducati Monster 696 because it looked like it would hold enough for a day ride - camera, cap, sunglasses, phone, wallet, a small water bottle, and a Luna bar or two - without looking too stupid on the bike. The good news is that it does look good. The bad news is that it seems much smaller than its 3.4 liter capacity.
The bag is quite rigid and completely holds its shape whether empty or full. It opens like a clamshell, with the zipper about midway up the bag. This is where the trouble starts. Because the zipper is midway up, half of the volume of the bag is above the zipper - in the lid, if you will. This means piling the bottom "bowl" of the bag full of stuff, sort of balancing it there, then closing the lid over the top and zipping it. When removing stuff, it's important to remember that some of said stuff is above the zipper line, and will therefore fall out unless you're ready to grab it.
Because of this, I can't recommend the bag. 3.4 liters isn't a whole bunch anyway, but a more conventionally-zippered bag would swallow my day-ride kit. This doesn't quite do it (another problem is that the bottom of the bag is bowl-shaped and not flat; this makes no sense to me, as the bag is sitting on the seat and so the bottom section might as well be flat), and it's a pain to balance stuff while I zip the zipper.
The construction is first rate on this bag. It looks like it will be very durable. Installation was easy on the Monster, although YMMV considerably. If you can live with the awkwardness of this bag, or are willing to use just half of the storage volume, this could be the bag for you.
April 24, 2013
Easy to use
Great product, Works very good , I would have liked an under the seat mount, but with some time, and work, I retrofitted this to attach under the seat. Very clean looking design. Overall, I am happy with this purchase.
April 8, 2013
Holds the essentials.
Quick easy storage of your keys, phone, wallet, wheel lock, reflective vest. Thats what I put in it. Then my gloves and sunglasses when not ridding. It dosen't lock to your bike or a zipper lock. So trust the area you leave it, or take it with you, which is easy!
March 23, 2013
Just what I wanted.
This is a great looking small bag that holds a few essentials for a day ride. It is just what I was looking for. It fitted very easily to my MV Agusta 675 Brutale. It looks like it was made for the bike.
March 4, 2013
Short jaunts, does the job...
Needed something small for short outings in the neighborhood and such. Unobtrusive and fills a need for big pockets.
August 13, 2012
Haven't installed, but looks well-made
My 2012 hasn't been delivered yet, so haven't installed it. But I can tell it's the perfect size: JUST big enough to carry important stuff, but not so big as to look like a cancer upon the otherwise gorgeous curves & lines of a Sport Bike. It's *NOT* the kind that stretches tentacles to every conceivable post, like some kind of half-splattered cling-on giant spider your windshield just deflected. Rather, it tucks neatly under the seat. You're not going to get jeans & boxers in there -- just maybe a sammich for you, & your registration for the law enforcement gentlemen.
December 19, 2011
If you only need it to carry the min. Keys, wallet, sunglasses, pens, you get the idea, then this is great! It looks great, sleek, compact and sturdy.
November 14, 2011
This bag blends into the bike.
This bag looks like factory equipment on my Honda 919. It holds just enough for a snack and water bottle for a couple hours ride. It was very easy to install on the passenger seat.
October 10, 2011