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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 cu.in.
  • Expands to 16 Liters, 976 cu.in.

Map Pocket Size:

  • 8 3/4" wide
  • 10 5/8" long
  • visible: 7 5/8" wide
  • 9" long
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Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag 4.7 5 51 51
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
Great fit on VStrom Straps onto tank of VStrom and doesn't budge. Gas cap opens easily, so convenient. Plenty of space for gloves, hat, water bottle, etc. Huge upgrade from previous generic tank bag. September 22, 2015
Great tank bag for the f800gs! I was looking for a tank bag large enough to not have to carry a bookbag with me to carry my essentials but small enough to keep it comfortable and looking good. The explorer lite was the perfect choice. This bag size wise is perfect sitting on the faux tank of the f800gs. It looks good and does not get in the way of the handlebars. I am able to carry my disc lock, goggles, phone, wallet, and much more inside. The bag sits right so it doesn't move at all. The install was easy if you just plan to connect the rear straps to the frame. It takes a bit of trial and error to mount the straps under the seat if you go that way (at least for me.... I ended up just attaching to the frame for now. Overall I like the bag a lot. August 29, 2015
Well made and fits perfectly! This is actually my second Explorer LIte! My original was being repaired under warranty: after over 6 years of use the expansion zipper was coming apart. It has been doing duty on several bikes since I purchased it, currently used on both my KLR and Triumph Explorer. So I decided to order another just so I wouldn't have to keep swapping it back-and-forth between bikes! And if you have an issue, service from Wolfman couldn't be better..! Great product and great company to buy from. August 18, 2015
Made in the USA I have a 2012 BMW F650GS. The bag fits as expected. Tough to give a review after only a few rides in nice weather. It's nice to put something on my bike that's made in the US. This bag is a decent value compared to some of the other ridiculously priced tank bags. I would recommend this bag. July 30, 2015
Perfect size bag for me. This bag is a high quality bag. It was also the size I wanted for my R1200 RT. I didn't want the large BMW rail bag because it was too big for me. I had tried an 8L bag but it was too small. This is the "Goldilocks" bag for me. It was easy to install and has performed perfectly. I also brought the rain cover mostly for the sun and I'm glad I bought it at the same time. July 20, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Robert G: Perfect size for my 2015 FZ 09. High quality. Oct 22, 2015
garnett c: referred by friend Oct 7, 2015
Taylor R: Friend has one and its the perfect size Sep 19, 2015
Dave W: 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. Aug 10, 2015
mike h: after hours of research, this one is the best looking one and ticks all the box. Jul 30, 2015
James E: Chat recommendation with Filip (Geer Geek). Jul 21, 2015
C H: Past Wolfman product quality and a good size for the Suzuki DL650. Apr 6, 2015
Kevin S: Have one on my 1st bike. Convenient,comfortable and out of the way when standing! Jan 16, 2015
Tammy M: 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. Dec 30, 2014
James S: 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. Sep 21, 2014
Jim S: 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. Sep 14, 2014
John W: 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. Aug 24, 2014
ANTON S: Wolfman quality...I have the Beta Plus bag, the Expedition Dry Saddle Bags, and the Wolf tail bag. All excellent quality. Aug 16, 2014
gary g: reputation for quality. we'll see i guess. Jul 10, 2014
Amy L: Fits perfect on my F800GS. Great capacity. Jul 9, 2014
Christopher S: All the fit and function of the Rainier, just a little shorter! Jul 5, 2014
K I: Wolfman makes great products here in the USA. This is the perfect size bag for long trips and day use. Jun 9, 2014
Joel H: It fit my motorcycle well & I really appreciate the quality & durability of other Wolfman products that I already own. Jun 1, 2014
Random D: have used a wolfman product before. Revzilla was cheapest. Thank you and have a fantastic day! May 30, 2014
Kyristina G: 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. May 27, 2014
Brooke M: I've had Wolfman products before and was very satisfied with the quality of their product May 14, 2014
stephane g: feed back on your site May 10, 2014
Dunn A: new to adventure riding. i have heard nothing but great things about wolfman luggage. 990 adventure rider so this particular bag will fit perfect May 7, 2014
Barry M: Internet reviews were great and lots of testimonials for use with my F800GS so I was confident it would be good for me. Apr 30, 2014
Richard H: Gift for girlfriend's BMW F700GS. Apr 28, 2014
michael t: reviews and price was cheaper than buying direct from wolfman Apr 8, 2014
karry h: I like the fit to my 2007 bmw f650gs Apr 5, 2014
L E: Price, quality, suitability for my bike, size. Feb 23, 2014
Denise D: Returning - didn't fit Feb 18, 2014
NOAH K: 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!
Feb 1, 2014
Dan L: 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.
Jan 21, 2014
Gordon K: Research and advice from Wolfman said this was the best fitting tank bag for a BMW R1200RT Nov 30, 2013
Peter W: Right size, shape and price Aug 26, 2013
A shopper asked: Will this tank bag fit on a 2007 BMW R1200R? Aug 17, 2014
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Chris V: I use it on a GS 1200 and a GS 650 so it should fit the R 1200 no problem Oct 13, 2014
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Gordon K asked: Does this bag come with the universal mounting straps or do I have to order them as extra? The bike is a R1200RT.

Nov 30, 2013
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Gordon D: 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. Dec 3, 2013
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Glenn O: It came with four straps and two looped straps that hold the two forward and two rear straps together, I've mounted mine on a f800gs, two straps in the front I was able to mount around the frame and the rear straps I mounted under the seat. Hope that helps. Dec 3, 2013
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Casey H: It comes with them. There will be 4 straps and instructions for different ways to loop them around various parts of the bike. I use on a VTX1800C, Bonneville SE, and 76 CB750SS and it works well on all of them. Dec 2, 2013
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Scott P: The bag I ordered had the universal mounting straps. I put it on a KLR650 and had to order the KLR specific front strap. I do believe the KLR is the only motorcycle with a unique front strap. Dec 2, 2013
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Richard P: The bag comes with the universal straps you need to mount to most any bike. I mounted it on a 2012 VStrom. Fits nice and secure. Plenty of room. High quality bag. Dec 3, 2013
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Thomas C: hi, it comes with the mounting straps.. you need to order the x-strap if you want to remove the bag, but leave the mounting straps in place. Dec 3, 2013
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Peter W: It comes with straps that work fine on my two bikes-Ducati Multistrada and a Husky TR650 so they should work on your bike. Dec 2, 2013
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Billy E: Came with straps and mounted them to my 2012 BMW 1200gsa no problem. 2 straps for top frame/fork, and 2 for lower frame. Dec 2, 2013
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Gordon K: Perfect, ordered the extra straps just in case anyway. I'm sure they will come in handy later.

Dec 2, 2013
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john m: Yes, it does come with the mounting straps. I'm very happy with mine!
Dec 4, 2013
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Ryan K: The universal straps that come with it were more than enough to secure it to my KLR650. Dec 2, 2013
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MICHAEL G: Comes with universal straps. Very easy to mount and remove. Dec 2, 2013
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A s: When I bought mine, the straps came with. Dec 3, 2013
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Malte S asked: Is the Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag big enough to hold an iPad? Apr 26, 2014
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Michael K: 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.
Apr 28, 2014
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Swaran S: It can fit but I'm thinking it will be a snug fit. I have a mini and it fits with plenty of room. Apr 26, 2014
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Kalin W: Yes, it's pretty roomy and expandable. An iPad would sit flat in it. Apr 26, 2014
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Ryan K: Oh goodness gracious yes. With room to spare in every dimension. Apr 26, 2014
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Joseph R: Inside the bag, yes. In the map holder...all but 1" fits. Apr 26, 2014
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Peter W: My 7.5 X 9.5 inch IPad fits just fine. Apr 26, 2014
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Malte S: Thanks, I'll give it a try. Apr 26, 2014
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Malte S: thanks, I ordered the bag Apr 26, 2014
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Malte S: Thanks, inside will work Apr 26, 2014
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matthew h: Absolutely! Apr 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will this tank bag work on my DR 650 (2009)? Aug 22, 2013
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Ned S: 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.
Aug 23, 2013
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Glenn O: I've installed this bag on a BMW F800GS and the fit was pretty decent, had to fiddle with the adjusting straps to get it just right but it worked out. I recently came back from a 6500KM trip with this particular tank bag and it preformed really well, the bag stayed put over some pretty tough terrain and I found I had lots of room for all the things I needed in there. I also put a powerlet outlet on the side of the bag so I could power my phone and other things that I needed charging on the road, that was probably the best addition because it kept all those type components out of the elements and safely inside the tank bag. Only other advice I can give is to purchase the water proof cover, the bag is ok in a light mist but if it down pours the bag isn't waterproof.... Aug 23, 2013
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Mary W: I'm not familiar enough with your model or where the gas tank is. The strapping system is basically a large H shape with plenty of length. The cross bar of the "H" (there are actually two of these) can be positioned anywhere, so it fits a lot of situations. Bag clips in at the top and bottom - no zippers, so you have more flexibility on placement. I had to remove my "tank" cover and seat (my gas tank is in the back) for install. You can always return if it doesn't work out. Plus, this is small and seems to be sized for your bike. Aug 27, 2013
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Dean T: I've got the Explore Lite tank bag on my Tiger and I LOVE it. Not sure if it will fit , but search on ADVRIDER site - there's a thread there asking the same question and a bunch of people have posted pics.

Aug 23, 2013
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A s: It’s really a really versatile mounting system. As long as you can anchor it to the frame on each side at the rear, and have two (or even one) solid point in the front, it should work. Aug 24, 2013
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Cindy H: Yes it should fit well. The included harness is very adjustable. The bag fits tight to your tank and doesn't get in the way of moving around on the bike. Sep 16, 2013
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Rusty J: The Eplorer Lite does fit on a DR650, great bag...currently installed on a 2007. Your legs are against the bag when standing on the pegs. Aug 24, 2013
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Hans-Peter A: Works on my Husky TR650 Terra very well. Tank slope and width on the DR seems similiar. Great Tankbag, well made. Aug 23, 2013
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Catherine N: It works on my F650GS quite well, so I'd guess the same goes for the DR650. Great tank bag!!! Aug 23, 2013
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A shopper asked: 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. Sep 19, 2013
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Bill G: 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. Sep 20, 2013
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Michael P: I rode one day for about four hours of pretty much steady rain without the contents of this bag getting wet. so, except for some condensation inside the map window, rain is not a problem. If it were submerged, though, I would expect different results. So be careful crossing rivers. All in all, I'm happy with the construction of this bag. Sep 20, 2013
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Billy E: This bag is not waterproof. Boggles my mind why they wouldn't rubberize the underside of the fabric. Keeping the plastic map holder will buy you some time in the rain but eventually, water will find its way in. They do offer a rain cover at an additional cost. Also, the tank bag is black but the rain cover is light gray. Go figure. Sep 20, 2013
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Kevin M: I don't believe the bag is completely waterproof, but I've ridden through quite a bit of rain with it with no problems. The plastic map case on top keeps water out pretty well, and the position of the bag on your bike helps keep it dry if you have a larger windshield. Sep 20, 2013
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steve m: use mine on a f650 its tucked in behind windsheild does not seem to get wet there. i also use rain cover with it. Sep 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the plastic pouch touch sensitive? Can I control my iphone? Nov 3, 2015
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Mike R: 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 Nov 3, 2015
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Barry M: Yes it is. I put either my iPhone or iPad in there and they work fine. Nov 3, 2015
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Aaron B: Yes it is. I'm typing this through the plastic. Nov 3, 2015
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Mark G: No Nov 4, 2015
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Dave W asked: Anyone using this bag on a Ducati Multistrada?
Jun 1, 2014
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Jerry C: 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
Jun 11, 2014
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mike h: I've used mine on a KLR 650 and it worked great , but I'm sure it would be fine if you had good tie down points . The bag had lots of room and is well made. Jun 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: does anyone know if this would fit on a yamaha wr250r (2013)? May 23, 2014
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Kevin O: 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. Nov 27, 2014
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Aaron K: I have had mine on the Triumph Tiger, Scrambler and Ural Patrol. I'm not too familiar with the WR250, but my guess is it would be too large. It fit the Tiger XC the best, but even on my Ural, it darn near covers the entire tank (nearly 4 gallons).

Hope this helps.
May 23, 2014
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A shopper asked: If not is that available and where on here and how much?? Mar 11, 2013
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RevZilla: No. 2007 and earlier models will require the Wolfman KLR Front Mount Harness 87-07 (part number 824585). Mar 15, 2013
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A shopper asked: Tank has some back slope, but not as much as the KLR. The bar grips hit the sides of my current tank bag and I cannot use the side pockets, so I need a narrower bag. Dec 3, 2012
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RevZilla: The Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag is a near perfect fit for the previous and current generation V-Strom. It has the perfect slope for the rake of the tank and there is no bar interference. Wolfman used the V-Strom as a jig when designing most of their tank bags. Dec 4, 2012
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A shopper asked: 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 Jul 2, 2015
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Jacob C asked: Would this fit on a CBR500R? Jul 4, 2014
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