Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag
Great fit on my '08 GS
I looked at a lot of tank bags before finally settling on this one. The reviews here helped and for the most part were accurate. It fits my BMW R1200 GS perfectly and adds some convenient storage for the small things that used to live in my pockets or the top case. I even carried my DSLR camera in it on a long trip out west. Even with the weight of that added, the bag gripped the tank snugly and didn't flop around or shift. The zippers are robust, work smoothly and the pulls are easy to grab with gloves on. The map pocket is just a bit too small but it only takes some creative folding to overcome this. I read some reviews that complained about it not being waterproof and that the rain cover should be included. I chose not to purchase the rain cover and instead, just sprayed it with silicone KIWI® Camp Dry® Heavy Duty Water Repellent and it did not leak one bit. Everything stayed dry inside. Even during a torrential rainstorm. I did purchase the x-straps which keep everything in place when you're not using the bag. They work well but it would be nice if they were included. This is a simple bag that does what it's supposed to do and does it well.
July 29, 2014
Quality Tank Bag
This is nothing fancy, but it seems well made and sturdy, all the zippers work well, it doesn't slide around on the bike, and is the size I was looking for. Couldn't be happier. Fits well on a 796. Wish it came with the xstraps, - bought those separately to keep the straps in place when the bag's off the bike.
June 24, 2014
Solid fit, excellent quality, great bag.
Solid fit, excellent quality, great bag!
Years ago when I first got my F650GS I was looking for a tank bag - I needed something durable, big enough to hold a ton of crud but not too bulky since I'm short and have short arms. I also felt like I wanted something that was specifically designed for my bike, I didn't want to deal with a bunch of straps and clasps. So, that pretty much narrowed things down to the Touratech. The fit was fine, but the bag was sloppy on the bike after a year or so of riding. This year I finally got fed up with it enough to start looking for another bag.
I decided on the Wolfman because it the dimensions were similar to my old bag. Upon arrival, I was instantly impressed with the quality of this bag. The material is heavy and sturdy, the zippers are smooth and easy to operate.
Installation was a breeze and just required the removal of the seat and maybe 15 minutes of looking for the right place to mount the straps and it was done.
I've now done 4 rides of about 500 miles each with this bag and I really love it. It stays perfectly planted on the tank even on rough dirt roads and fast twisty pavement. It holds everything I need without being too bulky.
My only two complaints are that the flap that covers the zipper is sort of tough to work with but seems to be loosening up with use, and it would be great if there was some quick way to loosen the straps then re-tighten them to make installation easier.
I can't say much about the durability yet, but the bag appears ready to go the long haul and hold up well to anything I can throw at it.
June 23, 2014
Great product that's solid.
This is a very well built tank bag that fits my HD XR1200 very well. It's constructed out of very solid materials like all of the Wolfman bags are. The underside material protects your tank from scratching while also being very grippy. The rest of the bag seems to be constructed of very heavy material. My clear helmet shield easily fits into the bag (with the added benefit of giving it some rigidity.)
My only complaint is that the map case isn't permanently removable. It's attached to the bag by velcro. The issue is that they put the hook side of the velcro on top of the bag so that when the map case is removed it leaves that VERY abrasive hook material exposed. Had the hook been put on the back of the map case instead of the loop material, this would not have been an issue. For me, the map case is completely unnecessary but due to the velcro orientation, I'm forced to keep it on at all times. It looks a little ridiculous on my urban commute.
None the less, if you're looking for a well constructed tank bag with enough space for any day trip you can imagine (maybe a little too much space for most commuters) that will give you years of reliable service, this is the bag for you.
June 23, 2014
I really like this bag. I use it on my 2008 KLR. Easy to install and pack full of supplies and gear. I do wish it had some more internal compartmentalization. Otherwise great bag, works great on my bike and for me...
June 9, 2014
Fit's good on me F800GS
I was on the fence between this and the Rainier, glad I went with the Explorer Lite, anything bigger then the lite will have to live on the back plate. Installation not bad at all, work's for me !
June 3, 2014
Awesome Tank Bag
Although I wish it had couple side pockets like the previous Touratech tank bag had.
Overall, I can not complain. The expand-ability by unzipping and lifting up is amazing. The 3 velcro across, holding the vinyl map holder is another plus. The inside has this nice compartment (zippered in a mesh like see-through screen) to hold small item(s) like wallet or phone is another plus.
Overall, this is a great tank bag. It's made by Wolf so you're guaranteed quality and long lasting. Just have to stop getting sun screen all over the bag when applying sun block lotion. User fail. Not Wolfman fail.
May 27, 2014
Excellent quality,great fit on my 2006 KLR 650.
I've only used this Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag on one camping trip so far but I am digging it. Great quality and excellent fit on my 2006 KLR 650. Have not used it in the rain yet but I did purchase the rain cover to keep with it for when the time comes. The only reason I rated the Durability with 4 stars instead of 5 is because I haven't tested it for long enough to know, but I expect it to hold up great because it is obviously well-constructed with quality materials. Revzilla shipped this VERY quickly.
May 26, 2014