Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag
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Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag

Wolfman has been paying attention, riders want a tank bag that has the same curved bottom as the Rainier but not as big. Wolfman is proud to offer the Explorer Lite. This tank bag is 2” shorter than the Explorer.

The Explorer Lite fits all the same bikes as the Rainier and more. Especially the KTM 950 Adventure (It nestles between the two gas caps so you do not have to remove the bag to get gas).


  • All foam and Ballistic nylon construction
  • Expandable gussett
  • Zippered front pocket
  • Interior zippered mesh pocket and key clip
  • 4 point mounting system
  • Non-slip, non-scratch bottom
  • Reflective side accents and carry handle


  • Length: 11” 
  • Width 8 3/4” 
  • Height: Front 8 1/4”, Expanded 11 1/2”


  • Closed 13 Liters, 793
  • Expands to 16 Liters, 976

Map Pocket Size:

  • 8 3/4" wide
  • 10 5/8" long
  • visible: 7 5/8" wide
  • 9" long
4.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.4 / 5

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

  • KLR owners must purchase a bike-specific harness to properly attach tank bag.
    • Wolfman KLR Front Mount Harness 87-07
    • Wolfman KLR Front Mount Harness 2008+
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4.7 / 5.0
56 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
4.4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.4 / 5
4.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
5 / 5
Hallelujah! Finally a bag that fits the BMW GTL!
Just back from a 4500mi road trip and happier than a three-peckered puppy with this tank bag...possibly the only bag made today that truly fits the GTL. The fitment issue with all other tankbags stems from the increase of the swept back handlebars on the GTL vs the shorter more aggressive ones on the GT.
If mounted in the position as shown, you can see from the images the full lock left and right causes absolutely NO ISSUES with cutoff switches or the blasted horn. The absolute last thing I need in the middle of a slow full-lock turn in a parking lot with my wife on the pillion... is to hit the cut-off switch! Not so with very other bag I've tried - including RKA. But more on that in a minute. Also the fuel cap is unrestricted for filling...disconnecting the bag is not required. Additionally, the placement allows me to rest either arm on top of the map panel during cruise control. It also allow me to lean forward and rest the belly against the rear of the bag stretching out my lower back on longer runs.
Initial install took less than 10 min and was a combination of the Wolfman instructions for the rear of the bag AND using the RKA Website suggested video install for the front. The included cross straps were unneeded and bag was secure for the entire trip with no periodic adjustments required. Raincover not utilized as the weather favored our trip.
I was surprised at the volume as it provided for: #3 32oz water bottles, large aerosol Plexicleaner, #3 12"microfiber towels, #2 pair armored winter touring gloves, sunglasses, eyeglasses, body shield, bike/comm manuals, phone&helmet chargers. The plus is that I didn't feel like I had a picnic basket on top of the tank! Only 10 seconds to remove and walk into the hotel at night!
Unless I'm tagging along with Charlie & Ewan across Asia again, I can't see the need for any more storage on the tank.
Not convinced? Well good hunting, but this one fits the bill for me.
October 30, 2013
The perfect size
Originally had the enduro bag for my KLR, but it was too small, so I put it on the KLX250. Seems perfect there. This bag is just the size I was looking for for the KLR. Coincidentally, it holds a 12 pack of beer.
July 8, 2013
2010 Kawasaki KLX250S
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wolfman quality. Lacks features
Before I get on the actual review, if you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that I am very particular about products. I write from the perspective of what I expect and need from a product.

The Good
This is not my first Wolfman product, so I am used to the quality of the product in terms of durability and production standards.
It is very easy to fit onto the 2007 BMW Dakar, and positions well on the faux tank. I had to slide it all the way back towards to seat so that it does not interfere with the handlebars. It sits right at the front edge of the seat, out of the way of my body.
It is not too big or too small for my liking.
I like the external pocket on the side facing the rider.
Internal zip up compartment is nice.
4 point mounting system keeps the bag in place well. It is pretty much set in place. Even if I load it with heavier items, I seriously doubt it will move at all, even on rough surfaces.

The not so good.
My previous tank bag was a Cortech Super 2.0 12 liter. In terms of overall features the Cortech bag beats the Wolfman hands down IMO. Here's why...
- the Wolfman is less rigid and will droop when empty. The Cortech is more rigid.
- the Wolfman has no pen holders or smaller pockets on the inside for small loose items.
- The internal soft lining of the Cortech is much better than the Wolfman. Better in terms of soft padding and material, and better in that it is red. Sounds stupid, but it makes it easier to find small loose items in less than bright sunlight situations.

So why did I buy the Wolfman then?
A few reasons:
1. The 4 point mounting system. The Cortech just moved around too much with the 3-point system it has. I do quite a bit of off-road riding, so needed something that would stay put a little better.
2. The Cortech map pocket on the top is too small to fit anything other than a sticky note. (Wolfman is not that much better I discovered to my dismay).
3. Wolfman is expandable.

The Wolfman map pocket is too short (front to back) to fit a standard map when folded as maps are folded. Really? This is an obvious oversight. It should have just been made a little longer, even if it overlaps the actual bag length.

My overall opinion of the Wolfman is that it is over-priced for what it offers. Sure it will last, but would it be too much to ask to add some pen holders, a divider on the inside, and some smaller pockets?
Also - no rain cover included. The Cortech has a built in rain cover that tucks away nicely when not in use.
For this price I would have expected that. (Yes I did know beforehand that it lacked these features).

From the specs, it seems the Giant Loop has many more features than the Wolfman, but it is waaaaay overpriced IMO.

If you are not going to do a lot of offroad riding, and you don't need a map pocket. I would recommend the Cortech over this Wolfman. Quality of the Cortech is just as good, but the features far outshine the Wolfman.
August 21, 2014
2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
4 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
4 / 5
5 / 5
Great product!
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
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fits my 2011 R1200GS Perfectly
I don't like tank bags that come up too high, cause I'm short.
This fits the slope of my tank really well. Very nice size at baseline and opens to expand.
Strap system is really good, and I like the rubber guards to protect the tank paint.
Refueling is so easy, just unclip the front and flip it back. No need to remove completely to refuel. Takes two seconds.
Nice bag, strong material and good looking. Exactly what I was looking for...
February 10, 2014
2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Very durable bag that works well on my R1200 rt
When looking for a tank bag for the r 1200 rt there where a few options but none that came close to the Wolfman for value. The bag mounted to the rails and unbuckles with ease at gas stops. It holds the items that a biker needs access to while on the road.
November 18, 2013
2012 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
4 / 5
R1100GS - Not sure how I lived without a tank bag.
I just love having a tank bag. fit my bike perfect. place to keep your mp3 player. easily get food at drive thrus. empty your pockets of cell phone, wallet yada. great place to throw paper directions. i throw a water bladder in there for long trips. toll tickets and cash are quick. might add 1 min to filling up with gas. very quality build. def not waterproof. and the yellow pull loops faded quickly.
October 14, 2013
1995 BMW R1100GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durable tank bag
I really love this tank bag. I have a few different Wolfman products and this is probably my favorite. The size is perfect for spare gloves, a bottle of water, my electronics in a waterproof case, and other such accessories I want accessible on the fly.

I used this for all the important stuff I didn't want to leave on the bike at gas stops and camp grounds while touring. I purposely did not go with the waterproof tank bag because I wanted my things to be a little more accessible. I got rained on a ton and really didn't have any issues. While the bag is not waterproof, it did take quite a lot to get to my stuff inside.

Just a note, I used this on my 12 Triumph Scrambler -- it fits well, no fitment issues.
October 5, 2013
2011 Triumph Scrambler
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
3 / 5
5 / 5
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
2015 BMW R1200GS
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Why did you choose this?
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Needed some storage for the daily commute
Mark H on Nov 23, 2016
great reviews for fitting on the KLR650
Pete K on Oct 21, 2016
Needed some storage for the daily commute
Mark H on Nov 23, 2016
features, price, brand
Frederick C on Oct 25, 2016
great reviews for fitting on the KLR650
Pete K on Oct 21, 2016
Wolfman products have worked very well for me in the past and this was a great product for the F700GS. The bike is gone but the tank bag remains. It is a keeper.
Tom M on Sep 23, 2016
Used on my 1220 GS for touring
Jon S on Sep 21, 2016
Good storage size without being gigantic or appearing unwieldy. I have owned many wolfman products, my whole current set of adv luggage is wolfman. The hold up well and are easily sprayed off. I use the standard duffle as my carry on as well.
Andrew S on May 10, 2016
Recommended by friend. Good reviews.
Albert T on May 10, 2016
Need a good tank bag
Godfrey C K on Apr 27, 2016
Very handy, fits well on BMW F650GS. After much rain things get damp inside. I don't use the optional cover.
Robert Z on Apr 11, 2016
This is a really good bag. I have not had it out in the rain yet so I am not sure how that will do but hooks up pretty easily and is very secure when riding. I like the no-slip rubberized bottom very much because it keeps the bag from moving anywhere while riding - also helps with install because it doesn't slip at all. Fits the tank of my V-Strom perfectly.
VStrom14 on Apr 8, 2016
Great products. Well made.
KLR650SC on Mar 23, 2016
It fits on my KLR, I wish Wolfman would make a magnetic bag though.
T R on Mar 22, 2016
good tank bag for adventures motorcycle
libor p on Mar 10, 2016
needed a tank bag and this one has great reviews and its a Wolfman
Brian S on Mar 3, 2016
Looked at a ton of Tank Bags. This one is by far the best out there.
Christopher H on Feb 25, 2016
Best fit and function on my BMW R100GS/PD
Lanny K on Jan 6, 2016
I needed a medium sized tank bag for my Vstrom for a long trip. The "tank" is not metal so I couldn't use my magnetic bags. I picked this one because of the dual mounting straps near the seat. Others I've tried with a single strap slid all over the place. I used this bag on a 6500+ mile trip and it was great! Very secure. It wasn't in the way like other bags I've tried. Even expanded it never interfered with anything. Not waterproof but behind my windscreen, it was fine. 5 stars
Cynthia I on Dec 26, 2015
Looked like a good fit for my bike
Katharine L on Dec 24, 2015
Perfect size for my 2015 FZ 09. High quality.
Brakes on Oct 22, 2015
referred by friend
garnett c on Oct 7, 2015
Friend has one and its the perfect size
Taylor R on Sep 19, 2015
This bag fits like it was made for my '12 VStrom. Plenty of storage room, doesn't move like prior tank bag. Can even gas up without removing the bag.
AngusSlowride on Aug 10, 2015
after hours of research, this one is the best looking one and ticks all the box.
mike h on Jul 30, 2015
Chat recommendation with Filip (Geer Geek).
James E on Jul 21, 2015
Past Wolfman product quality and a good size for the Suzuki DL650.
C H on Apr 6, 2015
Have one on my 1st bike. Convenient,comfortable and out of the way when standing!
Kevin S on Jan 16, 2015
I purchased two of these, one for me and one for my husband. They hold up well, its a great size and its great that the map case easily detaches.
Tammy M on Dec 30, 2014
Read all the reviews and this bag was correctly sized and had the features I need. Will have to wait and see how it performs.
James S on Sep 21, 2014
I needed a tank bag for my camera, wallet, phone, sunglasses, etc.. for long-distance touring on my V-Strom 650. This fit the bill perfectly.
lastrom on Sep 14, 2014
Based upon other reviews of it working well on KTM 950 Adventures, I bought one. Much better (more room to lean forward) when standing on the pegs compared to the KTM tankbag, plus I can use the Wolfman on multiple motorcycles.
John W on Aug 24, 2014
Wolfman quality...I have the Beta Plus bag, the Expedition Dry Saddle Bags, and the Wolf tail bag. All excellent quality.
ANTON S on Aug 16, 2014
reputation for quality. we'll see i guess.
gary g on Jul 10, 2014
Fits perfect on my F800GS. Great capacity.
Amy L on Jul 9, 2014
All the fit and function of the Rainier, just a little shorter!
Christopher S on Jul 5, 2014
Wolfman makes great products here in the USA. This is the perfect size bag for long trips and day use.
K I on Jun 9, 2014
It fit my motorcycle well & I really appreciate the quality & durability of other Wolfman products that I already own.
Joel H on Jun 1, 2014
have used a wolfman product before. Revzilla was cheapest. Thank you and have a fantastic day!
Random D on May 30, 2014
I own one and bought this one for my husband for Father's Day - at his request. We are both very impressed and happy with the bag I have.
Kyristina G on May 27, 2014
I've had Wolfman products before and was very satisfied with the quality of their product
Brooke M on May 14, 2014
feed back on your site
stephane g on May 10, 2014
new to adventure riding. i have heard nothing but great things about wolfman luggage. 990 adventure rider so this particular bag will fit perfect
Dunn A on May 7, 2014
Internet reviews were great and lots of testimonials for use with my F800GS so I was confident it would be good for me.
Barry M on Apr 30, 2014
Gift for girlfriend's BMW F700GS.
Richard H on Apr 28, 2014
reviews and price was cheaper than buying direct from wolfman
michael t on Apr 8, 2014
I like the fit to my 2007 bmw f650gs
karry h on Apr 5, 2014
Price, quality, suitability for my bike, size.
L E on Feb 23, 2014
Returning - didn't fit
Denise D on Feb 18, 2014
I choose this for the size and reported quality. It fits my bike so well (2011 R1200GS) and is the perfect size.
High quality and expandable. Love it!
NOAH K on Feb 1, 2014
This bad was what I felt was the right size for my bike: a 2012 Suzuki VStrom DL650 - and it was. have used it fairly constantly fort about 7 months now and have had no quality problems with it. When gassing up just unbuckle the two front straps and slide the bag backwards, reverse when done.

The only quibble I would have is that I wish there was some sort of internal buffers or organization - everything ends up in one big pile inside after a day's travel.
Mekanik on Jan 21, 2014
Research and advice from Wolfman said this was the best fitting tank bag for a BMW R1200RT
Beamer on Nov 30, 2013
features, price, brand
Frederick C on Oct 25, 2016
Wolfman products have worked very well for me in the past and this was a great product for the F700GS. The bike is gone but the tank bag remains. It is a keeper.
Tom M on Sep 23, 2016
Is the plastic pouch touch sensitive? Can I control my iphone?
A shopper on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Just tried it and yes it does! I was surprised it worked. I never leave my phone there, tried it once and the sun over heated the phone and shut it down. FYI
Will this tank bag fit on a 2007 BMW R1200R?
A shopper on Aug 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I use it on a GS 1200 and a GS 650 so it should fit the R 1200 no problem
Is the Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag big enough to hold an iPad?
Malte S on Apr 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The iPad fits just fine. You still have about an inch of clearance all the way around the sides and it's so thin that it hardly takes up any space at all. That's a good idea. Never thought of it. Will have to do it.
Does this bag come with the universal mounting straps or do I have to order them as extra? The bike is a R1200RT.

Beamer on Nov 30, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag did come with the universal mounting straps. I did purchase the Wolfman X Strap to replace the bag when not on the bike. These are optional only. Great bag that fits perfectly on my F650 Twin without any interference with the key or the handle bar.
Will this tank bag work on my DR 650 (2009)?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I've got a 2012 DRZ400 with a 17L safari tank. Slightly narrower then a 650 with a big tank and slightly wider then a 650 with a stock tank.

It is possibly 1.5 - 2 inches too wide for my bike but still straps on very nicely. I'd say it would fit well to a 650 with a 32L tank. The bag is probably much bigger then you think it is, it's more suited to a big Ktm adventure or something, but in saying that, I love mine.

I combined it with a Giant Loop Buckin Roll Tank bag, (see when giant loop put their fandango tank bag together with it) and it was really nice, it wasn't a snug fit but gave me more then enough storage and the giant loop has a really neat camera pocket that is easily accessible for a quick photo.

If I got a new one I'd get a giant loop fandango or Diablo tank bag, it would for much better then the wolfman to my smaller bike.
I have a 2012 v strom 650,I am wondering if this or any other tank bag is waterproof?I seem to be doing a lot of riding in the rain.
A shopper on Sep 19, 2013
BEST ANSWER: It is not waterproof, although it would take water a while to get into the bag. They do make a cover that you place over it that is waterproof which seems to work well. The down side to the cover is that it blows up like a balloon when you get up to speed, which in itself is not too bad. The other down side is the tank bag channels water to your seat in the groin area and puts your waterproof gear to the test. All in all though, I rode my KLR to AK with one on and loved having the large capacity that it held right at my fingertips. Hope this helps.
Will this bag fit a BMW F700GS?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have only had this fitted to my KLR650. I would imagine that it is adjustable enough even to fit my R1200GSA. I like the tank bag. (Been through the entire CO BDR.). I would try it on your F700GS.
Anyone using this bag on a Ducati Multistrada?
Dave W on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Dave I'm using my bag on a R1200 GS BMW. But with the adjustable mounting straps it should not be a problem to mount it on your Multistrada.
Happy Trails Jerry
does anyone know if this would fit on a yamaha wr250r (2013)?
A shopper on May 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I put my Explorer Lite on my '13 WR250R all the time. You have to be a little creative with the forward straps and wrap them around the whole frame behind the headtube, but I take it off road on technical trails and it doesn't move much at all. For the most part, it even stays out of the way.
Hi, I just got an 09 Versys 650. I'm unclear on the Wolfman mounting straps. It sounds like an x strap is an accessory to hold the bike straps in place if you're riding without the tankbag. Do I need this or can I ride without it? Thanks, Marty
A shopper on Jul 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can ride with out it, as long as the straps are tucked up out of the way.