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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).
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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 productMay 14, 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 R1200RTNov 30, 2013
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
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
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
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
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. MikeApr 28, 2014
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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, MartyJul 2, 2015