Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag
Excellent Tank Bag
Awesome bag! Plenty of room to carry pretty much anything that you need! It also gives a significant amount of room when it expands also. The zippers seem to be really sturdy and it's great to have the yellow pulls to be able to tell the difference between the opening zipper and the expansion zipper. Material seems tough and durable. There is also good rigidity helping it to hold it's shape really well even when it is not full.
The bottom is covered with the rubber bumps to keep is stable on the bike and they work really well. There are also some extensions where the buckles are that fit between them and the bike to keeps it from scratching which is a really nice touch. It's a perfect fit on the tank of my 2014 V-Strom.
Installation was not that hard. I am a novice and the bag I had prior to this was magnetic so I am sure that others would have an easier time although it was not that difficult for me.
The map pocket on this is much better than the last bag I had. Plenty of room for a folded map still having room to see.
Overall, this is an excellent bag and I am very pleased.
April 12, 2016
Great Bag but Poor Rain Cover
Really like the bag on the bike. It is also great for cary-on airplane luggage. The rain cover is a joke and should be made of something waterproof. I have to put a piece of garbage bag under the "rain cover" in even a very light rain.
March 22, 2016
Works well on my KLR 650
AS usual, a beautiful product. Well made. Fits well on my '11 KLR.
March 8, 2016
Works great on a KTM 990
My glovebox on the 990 was stuffed to the gills. I needed some extra space and wanted to be able to easily take the bag with me. The Explorer Lite comes off quickly and will hold your gloves, phone, GPS unit (when not in use), cables, battery jump starter, etc. and other small camping/need to grab quickly essentials such as your headlamp, multi-tool, bug juice, small first aid kit, visor wipes, and documents.
The bag is well constructed. I also recommend buying the accessory strap so you can throw it over your shoulder when off the bike.
For mounting, I used the frame/radiator tabs for the front straps and the frame under the seat for the rear straps. You can tuck the front straps into the glovebox when not in use and the rear straps tuck right next to the airbox.
February 16, 2016
Wolfman is the Best
My third Wolfman tankbag. This Explorer Lite bag fits my 1995 BMW GSPD perfectly. Just the right size for day to day use. Doesn't move around, relatively water resistant, versatile, and handy. No complaints.
January 26, 2016
Lite tank bag
Real quality product and easy to install and remove to get to gas cap. Big beefy zippers and velcro.
November 2, 2015
durable, easy install
This bag is well finished, instructions are clear, and it is easy to install. All in all, a great addition to the bike (Bolt)
October 19, 2015
Overall, a very good tank bag
Due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews of Wolfman products I decided to purchase the Explorer Lite tank bag. This is specifically for my R1200 GS Adventure.
The capacity meets my needs perfectly. Installation was a 3 minute process. The quality of workmanship, materials used and finish all appear top shelf. While I've only had it two weeks and used for one trip I believe it will be a very durable piece of gear for years.
The only two suggestions I can make that would have resulted in a perfect 5 across the board are in regard to the weather-proofing and main zipper flap.
I rode in two days of heavy rain (thanks to Hurricane Joaquin) and I was a bit disappointed that the bag did not have a bit more water resistance. It is not advertised as waterproof so I did not expect it to be. But, with the high-end materials coatings that exist today, the bag could be made to "resist" the wet a little better. Just keep your stuff in waterproof bags, as I did, and you'll be fine. The inside of the bag was very damp, but it did dry out quickly and never lost it's shape.
As to the zipper flap, it needs to be about 1 inch wider to fully and more easily cover the main compartment zipper. As currently constructed it is a very tight fit to get over the zipper, especially at the front corners of the bag. With gloves on, forget manipulating the flap...it's a gloves off job if you are wearing heavier weight or waterproof gloves. If the flap were a bit wider it would be easier to pull over the zipper and, possibly, add to the weatherproofing I mentioned.
All in all, I am very happy that I purchased this bag and am looking at the Wolfman tailbag as a potential purchase as well.
October 8, 2015