Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag
Great tank bag for the price.
Bought it for my BMW F650GS. Great tank bag for the price. I selected this one because I didn't want one that was too high, or too large. The bag has expansion capacity, just in case. The map holder was too small for a printed page, and ideally would be a bit larger (yes - I still use maps). The only disappointment, which is why this isn't a great product - is that it isn't water proof. I rode through some driving rain for about three hours, and the inside contents were damp - but not dripping wet. The bag needed to dry out over night - but it wasn't soaked. The map compartment leaked, and I lost about 20% of my printed maps due to ink run. I will use a water resistant stuff stack for the contents and place in the bag next time. Easy to install, doesn't interfere with my gas cap, and very easy to take on and off.
June 14, 2013
Great Bag, Decent Fit on my Sertao.
This bag is a 8 out of 10 fit on my Sertao. The front clips impact the forks slightly, but only when turned completely right or left. Not a big deal while riding a all, only when the forks are "locked" with the ignition.
Fit/finish is top notch, typical Wolfman. Holds plenty of stuff for a day or weekend ride. Nice, big map pocket. Nice mesh pocket inside for small items. Like that the map pocket comes off so I can "load" it inside and attach it before a ride.
June 4, 2013
Very well made bag
Have used this bag on a couple of all-day rides so far and it has turned out to be quite handy. On my DL650 Vstrom it does not get in the way and fastens down securely, not moving at all on a few hundred miles of rough double-track, gravel roads, and highways with heavy side winds. The only downside is that when I switch back to riding the bike to work and take the bag off (not really needed for commuting), it can take some time to switch back and forth from "bag on" to "bag off" - a minor issue, though.
June 3, 2013
Great initial impression
Based on another review, I purchased this bag for my 2012 DL650 VSTROM. The bag appears to be very well made, and I like the look. Installation was a breeze and the bag fits the curve of he tank very well. I've used it for only about 200 miles, so I can't speak to durabiltiy yet, but so far, I like it. For fueling, I simply unclip the front tie downs, flip the bag to the rear and fill up. Simple.
April 22, 2013
Could be better
Fit no problem on my 2012 BMW r1200gsa.
I do like the simplicity of this bag. Overall happy but see room for simple improvement. The size is perfect for my use. Not too small or big. Can easily fit gloves, phone, extra face shield, etc.
Styling is perfect. Simple, black with wolf logo. No need for more. Size and fitment are also spot on. Handle strap for easy carrying. Easily removes from bike with 4 clips in seconds.
Web mesh on outside would have been nice feature or random rubber straps. Zippers don't work smoothly because of useless cover flaps. Since the entire bag is not waterproof, why the flaps? I keep them folded up all the time which looks ridiculous.
Why is this bag not waterproof? Not even water resistant. I have to stop and take my bag off when rain starts. They could have simply rubberized the backside of the fabric. I know they sell a rain cover.
The overall bag could have been more stiff...just a little. It doesn't really hold its shape when empty.
Aside from my cons list, I'm overall very happy with this bag and would recommend and buy again. Mostly because all the other bags out ther look ridiculous. this bag looks great. I am also going to buy the tail bag.
April 22, 2013
Super durable and very stable on my bike. I bought this bag for my 2012 V-strom DL650. It fits great and holds all my regular carry items (water bottle, camera, ipod/iphone, two tie down straps, tire gage, vehicle documents etc) with plenty of room to spare, plus it expands for extra storage on longer trips. Great for bikes with a sloped tank. Not too big, not too small. Made with strong materials and hefty zippers and straps. A highly recommended, well built, American made product.
March 25, 2013
Good looking bag, Well made. Perfect map pouch.
Not hard at all to install on my 2007 BMW F650GS. Perfect size for my needs. Looks to be well built with good materials. Does not get in my way even when standing. Not too tall to see over. iPad fits in map pouch!
March 5, 2013
A keeper! 4.5 stars!
I’ve only had it few weeks, but my initial impressions are that it will be a good tankbag. I previously had a giantloop fandango, but e-bayed it and switched to the Wolfman Explorer light because it was a little larger, expandable, had additional pockets for better organization, and looked a little more refined on my bike. I will say that I think the Fandango has it beat in regards to the harness system. The Fandango is much faster and easier to remove (you just zip it off of the harness which stays attached to the bike) and much more convenient when you stop to fuel up (simply partially unzip it and flop it to the side). Also, on the Fandango, the zipper for the main compartment is designed such that the top flap lays completely over allowing full and unobstructed access to the single large compartment. The Fandango is solidly constructed, and the Wolfman is as well.
The Wolfman top flap does not unzip sufficiently enough to allow it to lie completely open, thus access to the main compartment is a partially obstructed and this is a little annoying. However, where the Wolfman shines is in its exceptional styling, expandability, the additional zippered compartments (one external and aft on the main compartment, and one inside) and other niceties’ such as reflective trim and a HUGE removable map pocket (the Fandango’s is too small)! The Fandango’s mounting harness is much more robust than the Wolfman, but for my purposes, and after a few test rides, the Wolfman seems adequate and the bag did not budge an iota during travel. Overall, I am happy with the switch, and think I will be very pleased with the Wolfman Explorer Light in the long run. It looks AWESOME on my bike too!
January 28, 2013