Joe Rocket Manta Tank Bag
Decent bag, has a few downsides to be aware of
- Quality zippers that don't bind
- Multiple pockets to separate items
- 4 sets of magnets. This thing is mounted solid on my tank and does not move.
- Magnet pads can mark up tank, haven't gotten scratches, but the rubber is leaving marks on my paint that can be rubbed off.
- The bag material eventually starts turning purple from the Sun.
August 31, 2015
Great little bag; cell phone window too small
This tank bag works just as advertised. It is small, but the dimensions already tell you that. It looks great, and seems durable. The magnets are really strong. My only problem is that the cell phone window is half the size of a smart-phone screen, so the first thing I had to do was modify the bag. If you don't use your phone as a gps, this might be your bag!
August 3, 2015
Quality bag - Grreat for around town, but not for long trips
Overall, I like the tank bag. It fits securely via strong magnets to my BWM 1150GS tank. It's low vertical profile ensures it won't get in your way. It refuses to come off even at 80+ mph highway cruising, still I'd recommend a secondary security strap if possible.
My only issue with the bag is that it's very limited in storage capacity. On the ZLA website it appears larger than it really is. Although there is no misleading information on the site, just be aware that if you're needing a place to story a phone, a pair of gloves, your registration papers, some spare sunglasses, you'll be fine. But if you're into ADV or camping, you might want something larger.
A quality bag at the right price for the right mode of travel.
February 17, 2014
good bag, but...
yes this is a nice bag in overall. i like the pouches for wallet, cell phone, and the expandable space. Easy to install and easy to take it out. HOWEVER, the magnetic pads scratch tank's pad. even though i am very careful with it, make sure there are no dust or anything, i have many scratches on the paint surface now. So, guess what, I am not using it anymore... it is unfortunate.
January 19, 2014
This bag is a great size for a tank bag. Holds my phone, sunscreen, wallet, keys, charging cable for my gps, tire gauge, and my hat. Magnets hold it on very securely. No wind or corners will move this bag. Clear section in the phone compartment is sort of worthless though- thus 4 stars instead of 5. I use it on my DL650 daily. Very happy with the purchase, I do recommend this bag.
July 22, 2013
This bag is small, but is good for carrying small items (cell phone, keys, wallet). Build quality is solid and magnets hold well to the tank. Good product!
March 27, 2013
Good bag but...
...in hindsight, I should have bought the Joe Rocket Hammer Head tank bag.
The bag's size is fine for my uses. I intend to use it to commute and pack my lunch in there. I can easily carry 2-3 serving bowls/cups in there and they will stay put. Doesn't really allow room for things to shift around in there once I've loaded in my lunch.
The front pocket is roomy enough to hold your wallet, keys, cellphone, ipod, garage door opener, etc. (perhaps all at once).
All is as advertised. My one gripe that makes me wish I had the hammer head instead is the cellphone pocket.
It's useless...with smart phones nowadays, the small little window just doesn't cut it. Sure you can put your phone in there, but you wouldn't be able to see anything if you were using it as a GPS. Had they made the entire cellphone pocket with a clear plastic window, I'd give this product a perfect review. As it stands now, it's not really up to scratch. But for only 60 bucks...I'll use it for a while and if my annoyances gets the better of me, I'll upgrade. No big deal.
January 8, 2013
I got this to be a low profile bag for a street bike, and it was exactly that. It was my first bike and a bit beat up, so I didn't mind the strong magnets on the paint. I am not sure I would put this on my new bike. The main pocket held 4 12oz cans and a thin jacket liner. The cell phone/GPS pocket could use some improvement. You can only read the top half and seems to be designed for older handheld GPS units rather than todays smartphones or full screen GPS units. The waterproof liner worked in heavy rains for me. Great quality and durability, although it does fade quite a bit over time in the sun. I used it mostly for my wallet, keys, liner, drink or 2, etc. The shoulder strap is useful if you pull the bag off to take on a walk with you. Folding the flaps with the magnets can be quite annoying after a while though.
January 8, 2013