Kriega US Tank Adaptor
Kriega, please resolve velcro issue.
I used the tank adapter with the 5 liter bag to commute to work, 70 miles round trip, for several months. Overall it is an excellent product which has proven to be highly durable. The issue is with the adhesive backed velcro squares that holds the rear straps to the tank. They kept migrating up the tight as I tried to keep the adapter secure. I ended up removing the adhesive, which simply peeled off, and replacing it with automotive molding adhesive which seems to be working much better as of now.
October 1, 2015
Good for Travelling, not day trips
I bought the Kreiga Tank Adapter to use with a Kreiga US-10 as a tank bag because I was tired of wearing a backpack during day trips.
Unless the pack you are using is pretty full (my US-10 as a tank bag holding wallet, phone charger, hat, puncture kit, and water bottle was not enough) you may have trouble with the bag staying secure on the tank. The straps that attach the bag to the tank pad are pretty long, and trying to cinch it down you will have a lot of excess. What happens with mine is the front strap will work itself loose as the bag slips backward during riding. Not a great feeling to look down in the middle of a twisty mountain section and see your tank bag falling off. This problem could be remedied if Kreiga switched the direction of 2 the alloy buckles so the openings faced the rear of the bike. Hard to explain but if you buy it you will see what I mean.
TL:DR Works well if your bag is stuffed pretty full, otherwise has a tendency to work itself loose.
August 3, 2015
Would be awesome...Just not for my bike..
So I need to start by saying all of my 'negatives' in this review are based solely on the fact that I'm running it on a BMW R1200GSW. The construction, functionality, etc. are all fantastic, and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone running a different bike/tank geometry.
The install is easy enough. The only downfall to my mind is the sticky-backed velcro pads you have to stick on for the rear straps to mate to. I installed these low on the tank, covered by the forward edge of my seat. My mentality with this was that I didn't want hook-side velcro wearing on the inseam of my pants when I wasn't using the tank adapter and the velcro was exposed by being installed higher.
Unfortunately, the unique geometry of this area of the 12GS's tank made the tape a losing system. I probably got a couple hundred miles before the pads started coming loose due to tape failure. At first I didn't really notice them as the culprit (which was daft, as I had looked at them and thought "no way that's going to hold up" when I installed them) and had thought the front straps had just loosened up a bit while riding.
Ultimately, by the time I finished a 400-mile circuit, including about 40 miles of moderately bumpy offroad riding, both pads had separated from the tank completely. The bag was still sturdy enough to safely ride with, but I obviously abandoned the tank mount as soon as I got home from the trip.
To be fair, my bag was fairly heavy, a US-10 carrying two full Nalgene water bottles at the start of the weekend, a DSLR camera, lens, a fairly weighty book, and a couple of batteries. Anyone familiar with the GS's gas tank will know what I'm talking about, but there just happens to be a sort of indent that creates an overhanging lip for the straps to run over, which I'm 100% confident was a contributing factor to their failure. Unfortunately, it's the only place I'm willing to glue velcro to my tank for something I won't be using full time.
Function was awesome otherwise. Unclipping the bag to fuel up is a breeze. Getting the clips aligned again is a little more precise, but still far from difficult. The bag was very stable throughout my trip, even after the rear straps were doing nothing more than decorating.
I'm not 100% sure about the quality of the tape used on the velcro, either. As I've said, I really stressed them in how I had them installed, but both pads still failed much more quickly than I would have expected. I've worked for years in high-end vehicle customization, so I was meticulous in my install of these; cleaning the area with denatured alcohol, lint-free cloth, warming the area with a heat gun, applying ample pressure for two minutes per side once I stuck them on. Frankly, wild overkill. The fact that the pads gave up so quickly makes me wonder if it was 100% the tank profile that hurt me, or if the tape may have contributed by being a bit below excellent.
July 31, 2015
Lets ya mix and match
I've given up traditional tank bags for the Kriega line of waterproof, modular roll bags. I own multiple bikes and this adapter allows me to quickly move the 5L rollbag I use for day rides from one bike to the next. For $35 each I've got all my bikes covered. The four-strap mounting system works well, eliminating the center strap than can be annoying when moving around on the bike. The round click mounts are easier to use by a long shot than the Fastex-style buckles on traditional luggage; just push with one finger to release. They swivel to allow the straps to remain straight for any mounting application.
You can attach just about any Kriega bag to this setup, but the 10L is probably about right for most usage. I highly recommend the whole Kriega line; it's streamlined, waterproof, mounts securely, and is very flexible.
Speaking of their "dry pack" system, while I try to avoid rain, I was caught in an hour-long downpower recently and the 5L bag, mounted on the tail, was drenched from the spray off my rear tire. It didn't leak at all.
June 15, 2015
Now I can use my awesome Kriega bags when riding 2-up
For a couple years now, I have absolutely loved the quality and functionality of the Kriega US bags, which I have been using as tail bags on my 2010 Ducati Monster. The tank adapter lets me now use 2 US bags while I'm riding, which is nice. Also, probably the biggest value in this product for me is being able to use one of the US bags when I'm riding 2-up, without having to ask my passenger to sport it messenger style. The tank adapter installed very cleanly, although it took about a half an hour for me to find secure locations for the velcro rear attachments, which really do hold very securely if you take the time to find good spots that incorporate an additional amount of resistance by virtue of their location (pinched between the seat and the frame, for example.) The adapter snugs down very, very firmly when the straps are tightened. There is a lot of built in adjustability in the bag mounting, with multiple loops and the pad straps themselves allowing a significant amount of front to back flexibility in choosing where to mount the bag. I was easily able to find a spot that allowed me to see my instrumentation, even over the top of a fully stuffed US 20. Quick disconnects on all four corners are awesome - I pop open the front two and the loaded bag folds back onto the seat when I refuel. Overall, the fit and finish is exactly as all of the other Kriega products I have seen - absolutely stunning. In a world of cheaply made plastics and nylons dominating the motorcycle accessory world, the Kriega products are a refreshing blend of pleasing aesthetics along with durable and functional materials. If you have gotten the impression that I really like Kriega, you're right.
May 1, 2015
according to the instruction, you are supposed to put the adhesive Velcro under the seat but my bike didn't have enough room for it so I did it the opposite way, worked just fine.
December 15, 2014
4 point mount = no flopping around
I find that with other tank bags that use the steering stem as the front tie-down, the tank bag can end up flopping around / shifting, especially under load. This is not a problem with steel tanks as magnetic bags provide that extra stability needed, but since all the bikes now seem to have plastic tank covers you're relying only on the straps. With this adapter's 4 straps things are better secured.
Other features I like:
- That the quick releases for filling the tank are easy to use, and they are at all 4 corners of the pad, not just the rear. The front unclip is good for when the bag is mounted because you can then flip it back onto the seat. Previous bags I've had you could only unclip the back so you'd have to hold the bag up while you fill the tank. It's easier to unclip using the back 2 however, so when there is no bag mounted so I just use those.
- The pad looks just fine so I just leave it on the bike all the time.
- Nothing about the pad ("adapter"), straps, buckles looks or feels cheap.
Feature I don't like:
The straps with the aluminium hooks are kind of a pain, but I'm not sure how I'd do it differently. Maybe dedicated mount points? They do secure the US-10 that I have.
August 11, 2014
decent, but could be better
It's a good product, but the velcro straps come off easily. I think some minor improvements to the product could make it a 5 star easily
August 4, 2014