Rapid Transit Recon 19 Magnetic Tank Bag
Good bag with a few annoyances
This bag works well on my bike and stays in place with the super strong magnets.
It is oddly shaped, but holds more than it appears that it will hold.
The bag is well made, looks good and the numerous pockets really come in handy.
The zipper for the main compartment is fussy and annoys me every time I use it. Next time I will get a bag with a circumferential zipper.
The lack of a built in carry handle is also annoying. I use the detachable strap, but I sure wish it had a carry handle.
I really wanted to like this bag, and for the most part I do, but the nags of the zipper system and the lack of handle keep me from giving it 5 stars.
October 13, 2014
Good bag for metal tanks
I bought this bag for a Route 66 trip which covered over 4,000 miles. The bag did it's job which is to keep my stuff secure on the tank while riding. My only complaint is the same I have with most tank bags these days. The map pocket is terribly positioned! It also needs a pouch that will hold a smartphone in a case. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the pouch isn't even close to holding the phone even without a case! Other than that, it's a great bag!
September 10, 2014
Bought this bag for my USA 4 corners ride. I rode over 11,000 miles in 22 days. The bag worked great, extra room for drinks and snacks. The map pouch works well.
September 1, 2014
Great tank bag, nice features
Just got this tank bag and took it on a 3 day trip. It's unexpectedly well designed. At first, I thought the map window would be too far forward, but it is not. The shoulder straps and single sling strap also make this easy to carry and transform into a backpack/daypack. Other nice features include the way the side magnetic flaps fold in and stick to the back when not in use and the small pouch for tucking away the end magnetic flap. Also got to test the rain cover and can verify that it works. I was able to pack rain gear, water bottle, hat, camera in this bag (including cell phone outside and map). The fit is ideal for smaller, narrow bikes.
I down rated the finish and durability because the zippers seem a little cheap and small for the use they'll have to endure. Also, the map window is really narrow but this is a small bag.
Finally, I have an older motorcycle (we're talking 1972 here) and the horn and starter buttons are very prominent on the left and right handlebars. I have to watch those tight parking lot turns or I'll bump the horn or starter button on the bag.
If you need a good, small bag that is well made and portable, you can't go wrong here.
July 26, 2014
Great tank bag!
Purchased this after seeing all of the positive reviews. Definitely a great product. Goes on and off the bike easily, and doesn't slip while at speed even if nothing is in it to weigh it down.
My only complaint is that there's no solid way to strap the backpack straps down while riding. They are easy to take on and off and there are pockets for them, but I would prefer to stow them out of the way so that you're not digging them out and putting them away every time you get on and off the bike.
All in all though, I love this bag. Highly recommend it!
May 26, 2014
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