Joe Rocket Manta Tank Bag
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
Used it for the first time today. When I went to remove it from by bike when I got to work, it fought with me (in a good way). When sitting on the bike and pushing with both hands, it stays put. I don't think this bag is going anywhere.
The phone pouch holds my Droid X. It's a little tight, but not unreasonable. I can see about the top half of the screen which is enough to see who's calling, and read the prompts for Google Navigation. The pouch below it works perfect for the external battery charger for my phone and run the retractable cable to the phone.
It held both my gloves (3xl textile) and a 1 liter bottle, but not both at the same time. It may have had I taken time to work it out, but was just on a break from work.
July 7, 2012
Nice profile, decent capacity, very stable
I was looking for a removable luggage option to carry a wallet, phone, tools, and a light rain jacket (as a liner) that was stable at speed and had a relatively low profile so I could still get over my tank since my bike lacks a windscreen. This pack did the trick, and with the cover, kept my stuff dry through a torrential downpour. The only detractor that I can think of is that you have to 'flip' the bag over to get to the gas cap. The carrying strap is a nice addition, and so far I haven't noticed any issues with scratching my tank paint.
September 6, 2011