Cortech Super 2.0 18-Liter Magnetic Tank Bag
Great bag to compliment the tail bag. Great room for all the essential you need for a trip or daily commute.
April 19, 2016
How's it "magnetically" hangin'?
Talk about a power purchase. I was going back and forth as a first time buyer/bike owner about whether to go with a magnetic or strap-affixed tank bag. Finally got around to doing some maintenance on a friend's bike, and he just so happened to have a magnetic bag himself (12L). Saw the profile and how it secured to the bike, and instantly knew I wanted something magnetic as well (if only a bit bigger).
Coretech delivers where most of the other magnetic bags in this size category fall short. The "too small" cell phone pocket designed for smart phones from 2007 is gone; replaced by a sleek map pouch that can either hold printed directions or something the size of a tablet.
The additional storage for a helmet shield is fantastic, especially since i'm taking a trip here shortly and will be doing day/night riding. Quick, easy access to a place that can securely store a second face shield is awesome.
The 18L bag is pretty nifty in that it has an expansion layer. You can keep it zipped down to make the bag low profile, or you can open up the layer, stuff some extra clothes/gear inside, and have a fairly comfy chest rest for a longer ride.
I only took some points off in the durability department because I know this thing is going to fade with weather exposure. It's made of the standard canvas-weave material of a rucksack, so this this is likely going to look more purple than black inside of about 3 months of heavy use.
April 12, 2016
Excellent Short-to-Long Range Bag
Up front: If the bike will start, I ride. So weather that I run into has ranged from 35°F nasty cold to the morbidly hot 100°F and humid northern Alabama. So I have ridden with this thing in all things within this range. I commute daily but also go for the weekend short tours as well. So I've rode with it from just a few minutes to 6+ hours at a time.
I ride it with both my Kawi Ex500 ('09) and my Triumph Bonnie ('02). Fits both perfect (even with the raised gas cap on the bonnie, it's fine).
Durability: It survived being tossed off my Ex-500 at 70mph on the way to church one fine Sunday morning when I snagged it on my left jacket sleeve one day because I WAS AN IDIOT and didn't remember to magnet the thing down... But it was pretty amazing to watch it tumble down the highway, then get rammed by the car behind me and get thrown into the median. My iPad which was nestled nicely on the top survived without a scratch, ding or dent... don't know how the car didn't do more damage than it did. The bag has the expected road rash but not a single seam busted. The only thing that has failed since was the front pocket zipper (used to store the rain-cover). The zipper appears to have borne the brunt of the above impact and thus separated and I cannot get the thing to rezip. But all other zippers and stitching are solid.
Designed Performance envelope: my opinion is that this is a commuter/tour bag. Durable, waterproof, and functional.
- Map pouch: Take it or leave it. It's a hassle to get a map in there but that is ALL tank bags. It works for the performance envelope inherent with all bikes. I do use it and am satisfied but really, go with a bluetooth headset and a phone with navigation. I’m not the most experienced rider by any means but I don’t like looking down at a map when I really need a map. It’s never an opportune moment.
- Main Compartment: Excellent. My normal "worst" case load-out (cold weather) without going to the full expanded capacity is a small bottle of water, a can of chain grease, a spare pair of heavy gloves, often the iPad, and a cliff-bar or two, a hand warmer or two, and maybe an extra scarf. All those things can fit in the bag side to side and up-down if you pack it correctly. The expansion really only adds vertical utility. I have fit a single two-liter on the way to a party on top of all my normal stuff though that required a lot of fiddling to make it work. I attribute that more to the fact that the bag has to conform to the shape of the tank than anything else. Again, it’s a great, functional main compartment well suited to commuting or finishing off your load out for the longer runs.
- (two) side pockets: Also well made. Easy access. Perfect for keeping a handful of zip-ties for when your kickstand spring decides to go MIA at a stoplight. It would fit a small set of Allen wrenches or more of the smaller things like hand warmers, cliff bars, etc. Definitely fits iPhone 6 in life-proof-like-case. Would fit ONE glove per side.
- Rear (towards rider’s stomach) pocket: Supposed to be a phone pocket but it is very well suited for wallets, badges, insurance cards, registration, etc. Another take it or leave it but it does not at all detract.
- Carrying handle: solid and comfortable. Easy way to grab and go.
- Magnets mount: excellent. Gentle on the paint so far. No way to “Secure” the bag to the tank if you really wanted to but if that’s your goal, you’re out of the intended performance envelope for this bag. Nothing is genuinely secure on any of my bikes. Don’t put anything valuable in them.
- Waterproof cover: Has never failed me and I have been in the brief torrential down poor. I image long term it would likely be possible for water to get in through the bottom unless you were to fold up the magnets and let it perch atop the tank “unsecured” so that you could synch the cover down tight around the bottom.
Summary: Again, great bag, saved my stuff several times. Has good functionality. I fit small grocery runs in there as well as my “life support pack” described above. Great product.
April 8, 2016
Great Commuter or Weekend Bag
This bag is the size I was after. It's big enough to hold a change of clothes, but small enough to not be in the way or obnoxious.
The day I got it, I rode 2 hours with it at highway speeds with a decent crosswind and the bag didn't budge. The magnets did their job.
The zippers are nice and can be opened with a glove on easily. There's a lot of pockets to store tools or your cell phone or whatever.
Overall great bag.
March 23, 2016
Perfect Daily Commuter bag
For daily commuters a quality tank bag is essential, especially if wearing a backpack or messenger bag causes you back pain when in an upright or 3/4 riding position. Aside from taking the load off of the rider's back, I like having the raised area on my tank to rest my torso and chin on when in a full tuck.
This is my second tank bag (last one was stolen from my truck) and so far its a good bang for the buck. I'm really pleased with the tuck-away shoulder straps and the ability to expand the bags depth. Other nice feature is the notches where the zippers tuck; makes everything nice and streamlined. Removable map pocket is great for holding a phone or GPS. Plenty of internal organization. Bonus, the red lining makes finding things easier. The included bag for a spare visor is great. Often times I start a sunny day with my tinted visor but wind up driving with it up in the evening; the visor bag provides me with the ability to change it up if my ride takes me into the night. I haven't had a chance to use the rain cover but it looks to be of good quality. Finally the magnets seem to be strong enough. As others have mentioned though, make sure you have a metal tank if you plan on the magnetic version. Magnetic bags are perfect for the tank of a Daytona 675, not so great for my 06 R6.
December 6, 2015
This has been a great bag to just store and carry my rain gear in for a daily commute to work.
November 2, 2015
This is a well designed tank bag.
The bag is finished very nice. Great zippers. Rigid flap for when you have it extended. Shape makes for a slightly limited use inside. Overall a very good bag.
October 19, 2015
This bag is exactly what I had hoped for. Improvements would include providing a shoulder strap and making it a bit more rectangular. Overall I would definitely buy it again !
October 12, 2015