Rapid Transit Recon 19 Magnetic Tank Bag
Great tank bag, only wish it could be used on plastic tanks.
I bought this tank bag 3 years ago and have gone around 2k miles with it so it's time for some review.
I bought this because of its size and fuctionality. I usually go for a short ride on weekends under 100 miles and when I do, I prefer not carry my wallet, phone in my jacket or pants. So a tank bag with many comaprtments in a medium size was the one I look for.
First, the bag looks like it's quality built. The material feels sturdy and it holds its shape even when empty. It has 2 compartments on each side both inside and outside, which is very convenient for me and the key fob is a nice touch. Inside the bag there is a removable waterproof pocket for hydration bladder, since I do short rides most of the time this is not much use for me, but still a pleasant feature for future longer rides.
Installation is very easy, the magnets are strong enough to hold the bag well onto the tank when doing a more aggressive ride. It only fell once and that time I had a lowside. Very impressive. The design of integrated tank pad protecting you from scratching your tank is very smart. But after a while I still found some minor marks on top of the tank, it could be the quality of the paint but it may show the bag is still moving slightly when riding, I guess that's how I got those marks. Besides, the finsh surface in the bottom of the bag, the main contact area with tank, is not as smooth as I though. So If you are not sure of your clear coat quality, you might want to put something in between.
The rain cover is stored in the front of the bag and attached to the main body so there is no way you could lose it, which I like the most. It kept my stuff dry dry when I once rode in rain. So no complaint about the cover.
The map window and cell phonce pouch are a little narrow and small, but I don't use it often so not a deal breaker.
I now ride a Ducati GT1000 which has plastic tank so I start using is as a backpack. To my surprise it held up just fine,too. I always wear backpack as high as possible and this bag has a removable strap to connect each shoulder strap. It means you can wear it like a hiking backpack, and it makes you feel more confortable in long rides.
I am very happy about this product, just too bad I can not use it on my GT and I may try to find something to attach it to the tank somehow. Hope anything I mentioned here helps.
April 22, 2014
I ordered the recon transit tank bag to fit my 06 ninja 250. It fits perfectly and looks great too. The zippered cell phone pocket fits my moto x (barely). The pocket is quite low though, so I have to be sitting upright to look at my cell phone and interact with it. The only issue I have with the bag is that the zipper system seems weak. I feel like for the money, they should have put a stronger zipper in it. Only time will tell how durable it is though. Overall I am very satisfied with my purchase.
April 7, 2014
An excellent sport-bike tank bag
This is the second time I've purchased this exact bag. The first time I bought it, I used it with my 2005 Honda F4 which I sold (and included the bag with the sale).
When I bought my '02 VFR800 last summer, I must admit I was surprised to see that this tankbag is still one of the best on the market for size and price, so I bought it again.
As far as tankbags go, this one isn't huge, but it can take a good amount of gear. The bag has a few key features I really like: the dedicated cell-phone pouch, the backpack straps, and the camelpak straw pushthrough.
Overall, this bag isn't the biggest out there, but it's certainly one of the best. I couldn't recommend it more.
March 3, 2014
Great looking functional bag that is almost perfect!
I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of the Rapid Transit Recon 19 Magnetic Tank Bag. The bag has multiple zipper and Velcro compartments to store and secure all of my "pertinents". The magnets are very strong and they keep the bag in place at speed. It's big enough for most day trips however if you are looking to take your stuff on a longer trip you would need an additional backpack or bag for bulky clothing etc. My rain suit fits just fine with plenty of space left over for wallet, keys, phone etc. My only knock on this bag is that I was hoping to use this with my iPhone GPS app and though the phone fits perfectly, where it's positioned on my sport bike tank I can't view the screen as I ride #which is probably good because of safety reasons yet a bit inconvenient#. I would recommend this product.
February 6, 2014
A Decent Tank Bag, but maybe not the first choice for sportbike riders
This was my first tank bag so I may not have sufficient experience to base this review off of. However, I will say that its imperative to anyone who is considering purchasing this bag be very respectful of its size and not try to over pack; I learned this leason the hard way when nylon fabric began to tear at the seams because I overpacked it. Overall, the Rapid Transit Recon 19 does its job very well, and I liked the fact that it can be converted into a backpack with the included straps. If you ride a sport bike like me be advised that you my have fitment issues if your bike has plastic fairings around the fuel tank. At the time I owned this bag I was riding an 07 R1 and I had to use the included AUX strap to secure the bag because of the limited metal surfaces on the gas tank
December 20, 2013
Great tank bag!
First time going with a tank bag and I could not be happier.
Have done a couple all day trips and bag has yet to move even packed with gear and a 70 ounce bladder inside.
October 1, 2013
A good, versatile tank bag with features, may not fit short tanks well.
This is a pretty nice bag. I wanted something magnetic with space and features and that's exactly what I got. It's a longer bag than it looks in photos. While it does fit on my tank, I can tell that it was designed with a slightly longer tank in mind. Because of the way my tank is sculpted, I have to place the magnets carefully when I mount the bag, but once on-board, the bag is quite secure and doesn't move around.
The cell phone case on top will accomodate an iPhone 5 in a Lifeproof case. It's a tight fit, but it does fit, and the zipper allows enough opening to feed the USB cable out to my dashboard charger. Also - the clear plastic top of the case will apparently transmit to the phone screen - you can touch the screen and operate controls even while in the case.
The bag does come with straps to convert it to a backpack, but the straps don't really store conveniently for errand-running usage. I haven't bothered with them. It's not a particularly good design, but this isn't a super-high-end-bag, either. It's a commuter bag.
As I said, the bag is longer than it is wide. I managed to carry my wallet, extra keys, multi tool, and a 4 pack of belgian ale without any trouble. I could probably get a full change of clothes in there but it would be a tight fit.
Is not big enough to carry a computer. Might fit a standard iPad, haven't tried.
September 30, 2013
So I want to come clean... I don't own this bag but soon will. I had been offered the chance to go on a long distance trip across Texas and didn't have a tank bag at the time. I asked a friend of mine if I could use his tank bag since I already had saddle bags and I just wanted the extra space. He let me borrow his Recon 19 tank bag and I fell in absolute love with it. I had this bag stuffed with a clear visor, tool pouch, medicine, water bottles (3), iPhone, charger, sunglasses, rain suit, insurance info, a base ball cap, wallet, house keys, cleaning cloth, and visor cleaner. Never once did this bag move, wiggle, or even attempt to slide off of my tank. Awesome bag that can hold a surprising amount of stuff! The rubber surface on the bottom is like glue on the bike but still goes on and off with ease. We caught some absolutely atrocious rain on the ride up that had the group all over the road from the huge gusts of wind and slippery conditions. This bag performed perfectly and the rain cover was fantastic, 30 seconds (while going 80mph) and the cover was out and on! Only complaint I have is the cover likes to float up from the drag but if you get the cinch piece on the rope that goes through the cover and feed it through the loop at the bag nearest the seat, then the cover will stay put no problem. By the end of the trip I was obsessed with this bag and knew I had to get one. I immediately went to my go-to online motorcycle store and found the bag here for ~$85 dollars. While I feel that the bag is worth this, I do believe that it should possibly be in the $60-75 range. All said and done... Buy this dang bag, because I am right now :)
September 27, 2013