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Cortech Super 2.0 12-Liter Strap Mounted Tank Bag
Overall nice, but questionable rainproof
Bought this for a new Ducati Monster 1100EVO for mid-range trips & running around. Within a week, did a >1100 mile 3 day ride on twisties and also interstate runs. Installation fairly straightforward and the mounting base kept the unit very solid on all roads, and was better than another brand I used on my previous bike (using straps version since Ducati uses plastic tanks). Tank bag has a really nice look and fits the bike well. Like the front & bag external pockets for easy access items, plus good internal pockets.
The negatives: 1) the map pocket is really small. Not a large tank bag so didn't expect a huge map pocket but it narrows at the lower section cutting out some of the possible space. Plus the narrow lower end is where you feed the maps into the pocket, making it very difficult (not sure why the paper feed isn't from the wide upper end. 2) I went through lots of rain on the first trip and on the way back had internal wetness even though I used the rain cover. It's possible I may not have pulled it over all the way in front and don't recall any issue from rain 2 days before, but could be an issue (I'll update when using in the rain again). Also, since I'm on a naked bike I don't have body/windshield protection that most bikes do, so may not be an issue for others.
Overall, a pretty good bag and not very expensive. Not real big but some good features and looks nice on the bike.
May 12, 2013
Nice, could be better
The bag is still very new to me. These are my first impressions.
I bought the strap down 12L version of this bag for my BMW F650 Dakar.
The quality of the materials and the construction are top class. Very plush, well finished, and reasonably well designed. The bag just looks great. Not too big and does not interfere with my view of the instruments or my riding stance, whether sitting or standing. Nice plush red lining on the inside. Several pockets on the inside, plus two pen holders. I love that the bag easily converts into a backpack to take with you when you park. It is fairly rigid so it will not collapse when it is empty.
The rainproof cover is a great idea although I have not tested it's ability to withstand water.
The fitting and setup is pretty easy, although the straps that go around the steering yoke interfere with the wires for the hazard and ABS switches on the Dakar. Also, the base is too long for the standard Dakar tank. The front left flap is prone to drop down into the way of the oil cooler radiator. I might need to cut the two flaps on the front of the base back a little.
The way the base plate fits the Dakar though means that the tie down straps do not touch the 'tank' anywhere. This is good because it means no rough surfaces rubbing the paintwork. All that touches the 'tank' is the very soft non-abrasive underside of the base plate, which seems like a very good high quality material.
I easily fit the following into the bag with a little room left for smallish items:
- Canon Digital Rebel with standard lens
- cell phone (Droid X)
- summer gloves
- Oakley sunglasses
- reading glasses
THE NOT SO GOOD:
Because the Dakar 'tank' has like a ridge that runs lengthwise, that is narrower than the bag, the bag has some lateral instability on this particular bike. That is not a design fault, just a bike/bag matchup issue.
The see-through map pocket on the top is so small, no map will fit in there. The mouth is narrower (~3") than the rest of the pocket which seems odd. That is bad design IMO.
The pocket for audio devices on the top of the bag (by the carry handle) is too small, and very hard to get anything into and out of.
The two internal pockets with the velcro close flaps are too small. Neither my wallet nor my Droid X will fit in there. Maybe an iPhone will, but I don't have one.
The way the tie down straps 'attach' to the base plate is by simply pushing the tie down strap clips through elastic stretch chord. The 'base plate' is not actually secured to the straps at all other than by the elastic stretch loops holding down on the clips! This is not a good idea. The clips are then tied to the bag itself. You cannot pull the base plate too tight on the ends of the straps that tie to the bike itself, because the stretch loops will simply tear off in a very short space of time. They are not built or sewed on for strength at all. To me they should have been. I believe this is a design weakness. The base should clip to the straps AND then to the bag.
It sounds like a lot of complaints, but they are really not deal breaker type issues. I am just very picky.
I do believe I will be happy with this bag after making some minor adjustments and learning to live with the little imperfections.
Hope this helped.
October 6, 2012
Great tank bag
Bag can fit my extra face shield and my sweat shirt and some other bits and pieces. Great bag well made.
October 4, 2012
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