Icon Urban Tank Bag
A versatile bag with a budget.
WARNING: THIS IS A LONG REVIEW.
Like a school paper. Minus the anxiety.
The Icon Urban Tank Bag is pretty much a backpack with magnets. There is one large compartment with a pair if zippers that open from side to side. Two smaller compartments on the side, a medium clear compartment on front, and there is also a compartment on the bottom.
First, the main compartment is very basic, it's just a large compartment. You could fit two large loaves of bread side by side without crushing them. There is also a large flap inside, but it's only kept closed by a small piece of Velcro on the top center, which means small things will fall out anyway if the backpack is not standing upright. Also, since the flap tends to fall over when opening the backpack fully, things will just slide out anyway. I do not use that flap anymore.
The smaller, side compartments, I also don't use. They seem great for holding things such as a bottle of aspirin or maybe small tools, but it's really not THAT great. Since the bag is so large, having things bulge from those bags means that the bag will get in the way a lot when used as a tank bag. I'm sure they'll be useful if used as a backpack, however.
Third, the clear compartment is pretty neat. It can hold things you don't want scattering around on the large compartment. I'm not too fond of it being clear though, as everyone can see what's inside. It's great for maps though, if you don't mind looking down to your tank that is. One thing to note if you live on a hot environment like i do: Do not put a phone there. It traps heat inside, and may cause it to overheat. Same goes for chocolate. Especially when it's in a semi-open wrapper. This may or may not have been a serious problem for me one day. It's also somewhat easy to clean.
The lower compartment is also pretty neat, but not suitable for small objects such as pens. There is a small net inside meant to keep things in place, i keep aspirin in it. Mind what you put in there, as certain objects may cause the bag to no longer stand upright. Also, there is a small hole on the bottom with a metal ring. The hole is about a centimeter on diameter. Pens WILL go through.
When used as a tank bag, it tends to hold well in place as long as the tank and bag are both clean. Take care to remove dirt before sticking the bag to the tank, as the magnets may rub dirt against the paint and scratch the tank. Even with 7 pounds of meat, the bag held mostly in place. Though it did slide into me when accelerating hard. Same when carrying two large textbooks(Think high school math books.) However, the bag does include a strap that can be wrapped on the handlebars and properly adjusted. The strap is solid and the sun hasn't cooked mine despite being exposed 24/7 for a few months. I really recommend taking care when setting up the strap. It's the last measure to prevent the bag from falling. Don't get me wrong though, the bag holds well. I've even forgotten to use the strap a few times and didn't even realize.
Oh, and make sure the magnets are facing the right way! They're MUCH stronger on one side than the other. Also, I mounted mine on a gen 3 SV650. It fits but slopes back a bit since that's how the tank is.
This was everything notable I remember about the bag. I hope I have helped you make a decision.
May 11, 2015
I bought this for my brand new bike
Thinking I need something reliable I bought this bag.
The clear plastic is already breaking at the outside.
the worst thing is it scratched up my brand new bike.
I'm talking big deep scratches.
I wish they would have put the rubber part where the magnets are.
I'm still mad so much money for a bag that ends up damaging my bike.
Even so I like the style, I'm extremely disappointed :(
March 17, 2015
very easy to use
Very helpful to carry around my lunch and gym clothes
February 3, 2015
Holds on as tight!
I got this for my 2012 R1 and it just fits. Usually have clothes in it for my out of town trips and it holds on tight. Also gives you something to rest on when your just cruising. I have had a 12 pack in it(out of box of course) and it held on, I was very careful around turns though. I have never used the helmet sling as im not a fan of things bouncing off me bum. Overall great product. The pouches for sun glasses are handy as the sun sets and top pouch is great for wallet and house keys.
December 22, 2014
Does its job
I opted for the cityscape graphic over boring black. It's hardly noticable.
Does its job, easy access pocket for quick reaching stuff.
easy to move out of the way to fuel up.
much better than having to lug a backpack around
November 19, 2014
Nice bag, but with some design issues.
This is a decent bag. The magnets are plenty strong and the non-skid backing is grippy without scratching.
Unfortunately it has these big half circle pockets on the sides that hit me right in the elbows while riding. Also, the inner pockets (on the inside top flap) have no zippers or closures at all, which means that everything falls out while riding. Not very practical for commuting with a laptop and work items. It looks good and if you're going to stuff it with clothing or soft items it's an ok bag.
October 23, 2014
I've been using this tank bag daily for the last 3 months and it's pretty durable and very versatile. Well done icon.
September 12, 2014
Great for short rides
My ride- Street Triple R
Works great to hold a change of clothes or other random items. However magnets are not super strong and don't stick to the tank that well. With light loads the bag works great because the rubbery surface sticks to the tank well. If I start caring some heavy groceries sometimes the bag moves out of place. Luckily the safety strap keeps it from falling off.
in the end- Great for a commute to school, work or friends house. I would not use this product for any long adventure riding however.
September 8, 2014