Rapid Transit Recon 19 Magnetic Tank Bag
Love this tank bag!
There is nothing not to like about this tank bag. It is feature laden, and you definitely get a lot of bang for the buck. Plenty of room for all the things I take with me on a typical day and love not having to deal with straps to remove it. The magnets secure the bag perfectly, but it is a breeze to remove the bag when you want to. I love all the special compartments for cell phone, iPod, hydration pack, with room to spare. Highly recommended.
April 29, 2013
The bag has plenty of storage for short trips( daily ride) it dosnt slip or move around even when loaded. It's not to bulky that it gets in your way. The phone pouch fits a iPhone in an otter box with plenty of room. The only thing I found I don't like is that if you put a map or anything kinds stiff in the map pocket the main zipper gets a bit stiff and hard to zipp but not too bad.
March 4, 2013
Great bag, fits the 2nd Gen Ninja 250 perfectly
I swear this bag was designed with the Ninja 250 in mind. It fits on there perfectly. The bag itself is compact yet surprisingly spacious and as long as you're an efficient packer you can carry quite a bit with you. It isn't a bag you could use for a weekend of camping, but it's good for an overnight stay. The main compartment itself has 2 interior pockets along with a compartment for a hydration pack along with a hole through which the drinking tube can be fed. There are 2 exterior pockets on each side of the bag that can also hold a little bit too, I commonly use those to hold my cell phone and wallet on one side, the other holds a small spray bottle and microfiber towel for cleaning my helmet and visor. There's also a pocket at the front of the bag which almost seems like an afterthought by the designers and just threw it on there because they could. It's a perfect size for holding a small digital camera. There are 2 flaps that combine to close up the main compartment; on the larger flap is a cell phone holder which barely holds my smartphone as well as a pocket to hold a map, however it is pretty useless as it's very narrow. I thought it'd be a perfect pocket for when I borrow the Garmin GPS out of my wife's car but it's too narrow to fit the Garmin in there in a landscape orientation which is required since the screen doesn't rotate its orientation. I've used it to hold my smartphone when using it as a GPS or to just be able to keep an eye on the time. The map pocket is really my only real source of frustration with the entire bag. It's just so useless, if it were wide enough to accommodate the GPS I'd be a happy camper. The smaller flap at the base of the bag has multiple see-through mesh pockets for holding pocket change or ear plugs. There's also a zipper pocket for an MP3 player with a hole in the flap to pass the earbuds through. This is a nice feature but I would never use it. I don't like the idea of being tethered to my bike in that manner. The bag also features a built-in rain cover which is awesome for those of you who venture out in rainy weather routinely, the only thing that could make the rain cover better is if they could've incorporated some sort of clear plastic window to allow you to still see the map pocket. Also included is a clip for your keys inside the main compartment. While somewhat silly, yet I still appreciate the extra touch, is they actually label every feature with an identifying patch so that you know what that feature is for - map pocket, hydration pack, change pocket, etc. Lastly, it includes 2 different sets of straps, one to carry it as a backpack, another to carry it as a messenger bag. The clever thing I appreciate about the backpack straps is that it orients the hole for the hydration pack's drinking tube so that it is at the top of your back so if you're wearing it you can easily take a drink of water. I honestly see myself using this thing when I go out hiking or having a day out in the park with my kids since it can hold so much and carry a large amount of water as well.
With all these great features, there are still some cons to this bag. The previously mentioned map pocket is a big one. Another is the rubberized surface on the bottom of the bag leaves smudges on the tank so I constantly have to rub off the black smudges. It also likes to pick up gravel or dirt if I set it on the ground, I've made the mistake already of not doing a good enough job of cleaning it off before putting it back on the tank and got a couple of bad scratches in the paint. The only other odd thing about the bag is that the width of the main pocket tapers down from back to front which can limit what you can carry by a little bit. It isn't that bad, just sometimes need to re-pack things to allow it all to fit.
February 13, 2013
I love this bag! I use it on my 12' Triumph Bonneville and it does not detract from the look of the bike at all. I had a problem with the first bag that came in and Revzilla was very quick to rectify the problem. Thumbs UP to the Revzilla team!!
Once mounted, the bag is very secure and has not shown any damage to the tank. I am very diligent in removing debris from the bottom surface before mounting every time though. I would give this bag a 4.5 star rating but that's not an option. The only reason I didn't give it a full 5 star is because the included water proof cover does not stay on at highway speeds. There is no way to tie it down tightly enough to stop the wind from coming underneath of it.
I also bought a platypus bladder from Amazon and it works like a charm. The bag is very versitale, easy to use, and has a lot of space for what it is. Oh, and if you have an iphone 4 #with a case#, iphone 5, or samsung galaxy, the phone pocket will not fit! Not a deal breaker for me but something to consider.
November 6, 2012
Just what I was looking for
This fits perfectly on my Triumph Bonneville T100 and fits my style of riding/travel as well (commuting, weekend trips). Plenty of room for just about everything you would need on short trips. My ipad fits inside with a change of clothes, tools, ipod/phone, air gauge, tools, etc. I would get protective covering for the gas tank though. I have not had any permanent scratches but it could happen. Make sure to keep tank and attachments clean.
July 18, 2012
Great product with versitle features.
Like the fact it can be used as backpack with camelback bladder.
May 28, 2012
Utilitarian and great at it
Great bag at doing what it's supposed to: 1. carry stuff, 2. provide easy access to things like change/sunglasses/hydration pack/extras, 3. be portable off the bike, 4. be durable, and 5. hold on for dear life.
It really is great. It isn't the most modern or fashionable or lightest bag out there, but it does its job well (I've had it completely filled with a laptop, one change of clothes, and random stuff in the side pockets - going highway speeds - and arrived at my destination with not even an inch of shift). I think the other reviewers do a great job with the features so I won't go into that, but I did want to mention: despite the non-scratch high-tack rubbery material on the tank contact space, it does still seem to take some wear off my tank. I noticed it a fews rides after I had washed and waxed the bike. But this is easily remedied by just continuing to take care of your ride with a little TLC. I definitely recommend it if you need a tank bag.
FYI - my FasTrak pass fits and registers perfectly from the sunglass pocket at the forward end of the bag.
May 22, 2012
Great features, excellent cost/benefit ratio, high quality materials.
I commute everyday and also use the bike on weekends. Transporting my stuff (tennis shorts, t-shirts, underwear, business items, etc.) has always been a problem. I always liked tank bags - they do not add width to the bike, carry only necessary things and carry a lot for their size. I have used several brands in the last 6 years, but this one is right on target for me. It has the right size for my stuff, seats very well and firmly on my Sportster tank, has some great features and the price is right. It has a map pocket, a pocket for the mobile phone, dark glasses clip and, best of all, it converts to a backpack, a very comfortable one. The outer material is Cordura, very resistant and waterresistant. It also comes with a waterproof integrated cover. You also have an inside fully waterproof bag for more protection of your delicate stuff. Zippers are excellent, easy to operate and do not jam. A series of internal zippered pockets help organize things inside the bag.
May 14, 2012