Joe Rocket Manta XL Tank Bag
Worth the Money
Quick Summary - A good, sleek looking bag that should match the lines of most sport bikes at a fair price with a quick ZLA turnaround.
This bag is a good investment. It will not carry everything that a bookbag obviously can, but it will easily hold, EZPass or like device, garage door opener, cell phone, (Really not much larger than an iPhone in the dedicated case - don't bother with a phablet in that slot) wallet, etc etc. This bag has some strong magnets that provide great functionality and once you take it for a spin, you will be given the piece of mind that this bag is not dancing on the pavement 500 feet once you take off. It comes with a strap if you feel you need it but I have yet to use that since the magnets are plenty stable. Additionally, the strap can be secured in a tiny footprint within the bag for the first few rides until you so how secure the bag is. I have taken this bag on 200 mile rides at sustained 75 MPH without so much as a budge from the magnets. When you need to stop for fuel, the bag comes right off without a problem. Designed quite nicely. Few important details ...
I have a larger smart phone, (Samsung Note with extended battery) so I actually use the dedicated cell phone portion to hold my garage door opener. It makes life much easier than a dismount, grab the house keys, unlock the door, and go hit the door opener from inside the garage with the bike idling outside. My cell phone just rides in the main pouch. For the sake of the review, I tried other phones. Results basically are that no larger than iPhone.
EZ-Pass works from inside the bag. Tested in multiple states EZ-Pass throughout the northeast. Tunnels, Express and normal EZ-Pass tolls work flawlessly from inside the bag.
May 7, 2014
Great Day Ride Bag
First off, it isn't a huge bag. If you're the type that loves huge tank bags, this may not be the one.
That being said, I love it. It looks very good, the magnets are strong, and it has a rain cover that isn't too overly flappy in the wind. The clear phone pocket is a good size, it fits my iPhone 5 with room to spare. I do wish it was easier to run a charger cord to the phone while it was in there, but that's a small nitpick. Other than that, it does what I think a tank bag should- holds the essentials securely, and at a good price.
I rated the durability at a 3 simply because I haven't had it long. I don't really abuse tank bags, though, and have no concerns that durability will be a problem here, it appears well-made.
April 26, 2014
Exactly what I was looking for.
I was looking for a smaller bag that I could use for my normal daily rides and this is a perfect size for that for me. If you're looking for a bag that is going to hold a lot of stuff for a trip then this bag isn't for you. Quality seems good, magnets are strong, and it looks great on the bike.
March 10, 2014
Not to shaaby
It's OK not what I expected. The Other bag I had (MotoCentric) was a better fit and had more room.. :(
August 12, 2013
great bag, a bit small
I installed the bag on my 2003 Honda VFR800. I was looking for a medium-sized bag for an upcoming tour, i didn't need a big one since my bike has the factory saddlebags.I liked the streamined styling and it fit well on the VFR's tank with it's raised center section. I checked the dimensions before ordering and it seemed perfect, but when i got it, it seemed a bit on the small side. I don't know why they call it XL...Anyway, it performed well on a 1800 mile roundtrip from Long Island NY to Quebec and back. I used it to carry a tire repair kit, first-aid kit, spare gloves, spare faceshield,a 7-oz bottle of Plexus, microfiber cleaning cloths, tire pressure gauge, small flashlight, camera, and phone . I discarded the enclosed rain cover since it took up quite a bit of space in the front section, and never missed it,, even after riding 30 miles or so in a moderate rain. The magnets stick really well and once installed it never budged. Also, after the trip there was no sign of paint damage from the magnets. The only problem was one broken fabric zipper pull, no big deal. Overall this bag is pretty good, i just wish it was 20% bigger.
June 17, 2013
This product fits perfectly on my 2012 Ninja 650. My only complaint is that the bag is a little small to be considered an "XL." Other than that its durable and stays in place nicely. Revzilla was a wonderful company to purchase from as they provided excellent customer service and very expidited delivery!
April 29, 2013
The XL is the perfect size
the original is merely too small. it looks much in the pictures
February 26, 2013
Nice tank bag but kinda small
I expected it to be a bit larger than it was but it will be helpful for those extras you want to take with you and don't want to carry a backpack. The contstruction is good quality and the carry strap makes it great when your have your hands full. Overall decent for the price.
November 6, 2012