Cortech Super 2.0 18-Liter Magnetic Tank Bag
Goldilocks-sized = just right
I bought this for an upcoming cross-country trip and will add to this review after the trip, if necessary.
I wasn't sure how large 18L would be in person, but it's not really too big--not big enough to hold another helmet, but big enough to be helpful. It's small enough that I can position it towards the front of my tank or the rear (see photos of it stuffed and expanded) and find a sweet-spot of comfort and visibility (photo of instrument panel). Visibility will vary based on height and body position. Mine does not hit the horn button when the bars are locked after parking--some on the CBR forum complained of this.
When empty, the things grips the tank like a glove, but when stuffed to capacity, the magnets aren't as strong against the new leverage and rigidity. If your cockpit has poor wind protection, you'll want the version with straps. The wind protection on my bike is fine.
Magnetic bags could easily walk away while you're gone for a couple of minutes. I'm considering a thin cable such as used to secure desktop computers and a suitcase padlock to secure it to the handlebars.
July 27, 2015
Nice tank bag but maybe not for my bike
Fit/finish are good. I like the expandability and the lens pouch is a nice touch. I had one issue but it may be due to my wide tank. I was going about 50 and the bag came off my tank. I pinned it between my knee and the tank. It happened twice. The second time I noticed it was catching air between the tank and the bag, peeling back the magnet. My son has had no problems with it on his Harley
July 15, 2015
Full disclosure requires that I confess this is only the second tank bag I have ever used.
My first bag, the Wolfman Rainier tank bag, I purchased in March of this year. That bag was a strap-on. I mention this as it plays a part in my review below. Also, I ride a 2015 Triumph Daytona 675R - so a supersport bike.
I purchased this Cortech Super 2.0 18L tank bag due to the reviews and because it was a magnetic tank bag.
- Nice finish
- Even when empty, maintains its shape and looks sporty
- incudes a padded sleeve to hold a second faceshield (I always wear tinted, so nice that I can store a clear visor for night/rain/cloudy scenarios)
- EASY-ON and EASY-OFF - I didn't think this would be that big a deal to me, but it's actually very nice (of course any magnetic tank bag would do the same - but still, it's a positive). To contrast, with my Wolfman Rainier I had to attach straps to my bike to which the strap-on bag would attach. When not using the tankbag I had to purchase a stretchy "x-strap" that would hold down the bike-attached straps or otherwise I would have to deal with them flapping about. I lost my "x-strap" recently and it was that which precipitated me purchasing this Cortech bag. I purchased a strap-on bag because I had been warned that a magnetic bag would greatly increase the risk of damage to my finish on my fuel tank. What I found instead was that the strap-on Wolfman Rainier messed up my finish due to the straps rubbing. :-( Only time will tell, but so far I am not seeing any reason to fear that this Cortech bag will scratch my finish. (but I would have said the same about the Wolfman only 3 days into owning it)
- The built-in handle is very nice. The one on my Wolfman Rainier became very stretched out. This one is tight and it looks to me that the way it is made that it will stay tight.
- The backpack feature was a must for me. The Wolfman Rainier backpack solution was a joke. They sell an extremely overpriced nylon strap solution and it was always slipping off my shoulders. Also, for multiple other reasons, the whole thing just didn't work really - it was clearly an afterthought solution. On the other hand, this Cortech bag is very nice. I was initially worried about the built-in straps. I worried that they would bunch up when tucked away, preventing good contact between magnets and fuel tank, and I also worried that they too would slip off my shoulders. While I think even Cortech would admit that this is not on par with top-level dedicated backpacks (in term of strap padding, and overall comfort, I have found this bag to be VERY GOOD when used as a backpack. None of my fears have been realized, and it has been a joy to move from tankbag to backpack and back again.
- The expansion solution works very nice and it is tucked away when not needed (as compared to my Rainier where I was always grabbing the expansion zipper rather than the zipper to open the main compartment).
- The zippers have these little cubbyholes (not sure what the real term is) for when they are zipped up. This, I gather, is so that they do not flap about. But, those cubbyholes were designed too tightly and it takes too long to get the zipper tucked into them (and so I don't bother). Perhaps they will loosen up over time, but I suspect not.
- The key solution located within the main compartment is, I think, useless. The plastic "hook" is difficult to use, and even if you attach your keys they simply flop around in the main compartment - just on a tether. The main compartment is not so large that I can imagine keys getting lost. Perhaps some will find value in it, I just think it needs to be rethought or removed.
The two cons I raised are slightly irritating, but in no significant way do they detract from my enjoyment of this bag.
Very pleased owner.
July 3, 2015
great for daily use
Good bang for the buck and great for daily use. Goes on and comes off very easy. Do wish the top was flatter so I could put my phone/GPS in the map pocket and see it (angled wrong) but very durable and I would recommend this to someone wanting an easy to use, very durable tank bag. And as always Revzilla's customer service is the best.....
June 22, 2015
Excellent Tank Bag
This bag works great on my CB500F - I have the magnetic one but/& I tie it off to the handle bars too = but really it doesn't need it. Lots of space and its expandable - nice!!!
The side pockets are convenient too. Material strong and well stitched. Zippers work with ease. The handle, back straps (if you want to use it as a backpack) and the rain cover are all nice features. I now keep It on the bike almost all the time. AT
May 15, 2015
Great Tank bag
Construction is solid, the magnets are really strong and it has a LOT of space.
May 4, 2015
Great bag, but make sure your tank is metal
2012 Honda CBR600RR has a plastic tank cover. The magnets that secure this bag are not strong enough to reach the metal tank underneath. I liked the bag enough to glue my own magnets to the inside of the tank cover though. Problem solved, but pain in the neck. Just make sure you've got a metal tank.
May 2, 2015
Perfect tank bag
I use this on my Versys. It sits perfect on the tank and the magnets hold it in place. I've been using the leash but I'm not sure why. On a cross country trip it held my rain gear, tablet, warm gloves, glasses, wallet, phone--everything I didn't want to have to dig out of the Givi box. I haven't used the map cover or the visor case that came with it. The rain cover is a little awkward to put on but it stays put and keeps everything dry. Zipped down to 12 liters it works and looks perfect. Opened up to 18 it's a little tall and bulky, but it sure is nice to have that extra space when I need it. Nice quality construction, nice access to the compartments, nice carry handle. Haven't used the backpack straps.
March 29, 2015