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Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby terryleeca » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:47 am

Guy,

I will be taking my first trip this July to the MOA Ralley in Oregon on my 1200RT and I'm looking for suggestions for a tail bag. I've never packed for a bike trip before and I am looking to buy a nice tail bag to use along with my saddle bags and tank bag. I see at A & S where they have some BMW duffle style bag for around $220. I'm not interested in the top case because of the expense. I figure, I'll only use the tail bag on trips anyway. I have a tendency to over pack anyway (Yea I know I need to take a class on packing). I don't camp so mostly my packing with just be for myself. Also is it worth buying liners for the saddle bags?

Any Suggestions.

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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby ken » Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:15 am

Terry,
That BMW bag that hooks over the sides of the back seat is a pretty good one, IMHO.
I use a Cortech Tourmaster, which is a little smaller and a lot cheaper.
RKA makes several sizes that are good quality for the money.
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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby Keith_H » Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:31 pm

Can't speak to the tail bag as I have a top box but for the side bags, I've had good luck packing into a couple of those larger cloth reusable grocery bags. They have a cloth handle and drop right into the side bags.
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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby Kim J. » Sun Jun 06, 2010 4:53 pm

I picked up a duffle bag from the Cabelas store in Reno/Boomtown and a couple of Rok Straps from A&S to strap them down. Cabelas duffles come in a ga-zillon different sizes and they're priced right so you can find one for your application - and you don't have to get them in cammo. I was able to find one that fits across the back of my GS with the passenger seat removed and extends to the outer edges of the side bags. Strap 'em down and Bob's Your Uncle.
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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby Dave » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:48 pm

I bought a Dowco -Fastrax Sport & Adventure Tail Bag from Motorcycle SS. About $96 and I really like it, but it's not real big. Worth looking at however.

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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby terryleeca » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:12 pm

I'm sure getting some great ideas on tail bags and I really appreciate the help. The 36 Ltr RKA bag sure looks sweet. I also like the idea of using cloth shopping bags as liners for my bags. Thanks Keith.

Here's something I'm wondering. Is the Rally a good place to possibly shop for luggage? I could maybe strap down some of my old beatup bags for the trip up and look to buy luggage at the rally. Then I could maybe reserve some storage space with the guys that are towing their bikes up for the trip back to bring back my old bags.

What do ya think?

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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby RocklinMike » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:20 pm

like ken, i use a cortech tailbag that bungees to the rear of the seat and is expandable. quite roomy if the need be. about 60 clams at the helmet source in rocklin. nice set -up. bought it after scattering a bunch of my stuff somewhere between commanche lake and cool. :( expensive ride. shouldn't of been ridin' tail gunner!
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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby rtbmr » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:35 am

Maybe you can get an idea from this guy! :D
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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby terryleeca » Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:39 pm

Love it,

Do you think I can get them in Cortex?
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Re: Tail Bag Suggestions

Postby CLYeager » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:08 am

Probably a little late for your specific need, but I rececntly bought the new $220 large semi-soft BMW top bag you first metioned and love it so far. The overall quality exceeded my expectations, even for a BMW accessory. Easy mounting and removal, 55L capacity exceeds the 49L hard bag. Waterproof, sturdy yet flexible packing option for items with a dimension too long for the available BMW hard bags and 1/3 the cost. Color (silver with black trim ) should look good with any bike color. Esp. impressed within the very sturdy, black rbberized bottom. Has carry handles and shoulder strap. Great for day trips, just pop 4 clips and take into tbe hotel room.
Only limiation is not locking, so would need to grab and go if not in a trusted location or out of sight.
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