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Best Tail Bag?

Posted By: markgoodrich

Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 01:35 PM

NOT hard top case, waterproof (only) tail bag which can be used on trips, quick on/off for hotels imperative. I don't like tube-style dry bags.

TIA
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 01:40 PM

Originally Posted by markgoodrich
NOT hard top case, waterproof (only) tail bag which can be used on trips, quick on/off for hotels imperative. I don't like tube-style dry bags.

TIA


Morning Mark

How big do you need?

Do you want it expandable?

Do you want or need a quick attach/removal or something solidly attached & leave in place.

I have a number of tail bags & they are different sizes & different attachments for different needs.
Posted By: LittleBriar

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 01:47 PM

I've got both the large and small soft OEM bags. I like them. They fit neatly under the rear structure and use 2 squeeze clips at the front. Takes a few seconds to install or remove. The big one is waterproof and works. Been through multiple rains without problems. It has inner liner which is rolled up and fastened with clips. Can't remember if the small is waterproof. Both come with shoulder straps which fit neatly into side compartment.
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 01:48 PM

Hi, DR, not particularly large, 25-30l,,although a larger bag would be okay. I can barely fit a week's worth of gear into the side cases, would be nice to have extra room.

Quick attach/removal imperative.

This might fit the bill, although the zippers might be problematic...at least, they have been on my Rukka suit over the years:

http://www.oxfordproducts.com/motor...es_lifetime_luggage/t40r_tailpack_black/
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 02:02 PM

I have a Nelson Rigg Bag I used it on my 1150RT, Vstrom and R1200R easy on and off while traveling, bone dry in heavy rain. Loads from the top and rolls closed. It has a shoulder strap that makes it easy to carry.
Posted By: realshelby

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 02:10 PM

I wanted an auxiliary bag for the passenger seats on my bikes. One that didn't look like I was carrying a dead body in it when not crammed full. This Dry Spec Rigid has surpassed all my expectations. The way it attaches is so much more secure than other styles and the multiple points to attach other bags/gear has been most useful. If this one ever went bad I would immediately replace it with one just like it. Would work just as good as a tail bag.
Posted By: dirtrider

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 03:20 PM

Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Hi, DR, not particularly large, 25-30l,,although a larger bag would be okay. I can barely fit a week's worth of gear into the side cases, would be nice to have extra room.

Quick attach/removal imperative.



In the 30 liter class one of my favorites is the BMW small tail bag (small in a misnomer).

The bag is basically a 30 liter bag with a waterproof inner membrane (use the inner or not as you wish)

It is expandable to about 35 liters if needed (I have seldom needed to).

It looks pretty decent on a BMW bike (mainly made for the BMW GS but it comes with lots of strapping extras to fit about anything).

One nice feature is IF your rear luggage rack/plate has a small rear lip behind the support stands there is a pocket on the bottom of the bag to slide over that lip so you only need to secure the front with quick disconnect buckles then slips off & is easily carried as luggage.

Size is around 13" tall x 16" wide x 13" long. (when full it also becomes a passenger back rest)

Might be worth a look at your local BMW dealer (they usually offer this bag on sale about twice a year & when on sale not a bad bargain for it's usefulness)




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Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 04:58 PM

The best tail I ever bagged . . . Oh wait . . . whistle
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 05:34 PM

Originally Posted by workin' them angels
The best tail I ever bagged . . . Oh wait . . . whistle


I'm sure your comment isn't a bit offensive to our female members.
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 05:37 PM

Okay, the BMW, Oxford, or Dry Spec is it. Thanks to all who made constructive suggestions.
Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/18/17 05:39 PM

My wife thought it was pretty funny.
Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/19/17 02:42 AM

Originally Posted by dirtrider
Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Hi, DR, not particularly large, 25-30l,,although a larger bag would be okay. I can barely fit a week's worth of gear into the side cases, would be nice to have extra room.

Quick attach/removal imperative.



In the 30 liter class one of my favorites is the BMW small tail bag (small in a misnomer).

The bag is basically a 30 liter bag with a waterproof inner membrane (use the inner or not as you wish)

It is expandable to about 35 liters if needed (I have seldom needed to).

It looks pretty decent on a BMW bike (mainly made for the BMW GS but it comes with lots of strapping extras to fit about anything).

One nice feature is IF your rear luggage rack/plate has a small rear lip behind the support stands there is a pocket on the bottom of the bag to slide over that lip so you only need to secure the front with quick disconnect buckles then slips off & is easily carried as luggage.

Size is around 13" tall x 16" wide x 13" long. (when full it also becomes a passenger back rest)

Might be worth a look at your local BMW dealer (they usually offer this bag on sale about twice a year & when on sale not a bad bargain for it's usefulness)




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If mounting to the rear rack on my RTW or GSA this small BMW bag can't be beat! Looks great and on my 2 bikes fits like a glove on the back racks and pops on or off easily. Comes with various size straps for mounting which is really nice.

For use in the pillion I have used a Cortech Sport Tail bag like this but in black since 2004 and like it so much I bought a 2nd as a back-up but never needed it as the original is still going strong!

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Posted By: workin' them angels

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/19/17 04:44 AM

Originally Posted by RTinNC


For use in the pillion I have used a Cortech Sport Tail bag like this but in black since 2004 and like it so much I bought a 2nd as a back-up but never needed it as the original is still going strong!

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I have one as well - comes with rain cover. I've used it in place of my hard case on the rear rack, and also in the pillion position.
Posted By: JR356

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/19/17 06:12 AM

Have that Dry Spec bag,won it at Top O the Rockies BMW Rally 2 yrs ago.
Great bag that can hold a ton of stuff,the internal stiffener(formed plastic) really helps with keeping shape and allowing easy access for loading,unloading.
Also the stiffener on mine is white,which really helps when digging for gear.
It is definitely waterproof.

Maybe wait a couple days,might be some good Black Friday deals coming up.

JR356
Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/19/17 06:39 AM

Originally Posted by JR356


Maybe wait a couple days,might be some good Black Friday deals coming up.

JR356


That is a great suggestion. I know there are a few items I need and am waiting to see what the Christmas Sale time brings.
Posted By: markgoodrich

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/19/17 04:35 PM

A member here PM'd me with a great offer for an RKA bag. I'm done:

http://www.rka-luggage.com/A03%20Seatbags/33_STARR/STARR%20III.html

Thanks for all the great suggestions.
Posted By: Lowndes

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/22/17 02:29 PM

Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Hi, DR, not particularly large, 25-30l,,although a larger bag would be okay. I can barely fit a week's worth of gear into the side cases, would be nice to have extra room.

Quick attach/removal imperative.

This might fit the bill, although the zippers might be problematic...at least, they have been on my Rukka suit over the years:

http://www.oxfordproducts.com/motor...es_lifetime_luggage/t40r_tailpack_black/


This "Oxford Products" bag looks a lot like a large tank bag turned backwards, which gives me an idea for some of my unused tank bags. THANKS, Mark!!

I bought a cheapo "bum-stop" pillion bag a few weeks ago but it is too small to be of much use. If it was twice the volume it would be ok. Amazon tail bag
Posted By: Lowndes

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/22/17 02:39 PM

Mark,

"This might fit the bill, although the zippers might be problematic...at least, they have been on my Rukka suit over the years: "

Try soft candle wax rubbed on the zippers (not beeswax). It sure helps "difficult" zippers of all types. I've used a small votive candle with a very "oily" wax for a long time. It stays in place (on the zipper), doesn't smell or stain.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/22/17 03:24 PM

Originally Posted by Lowndes
Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Hi, DR, not particularly large, 25-30l,,although a larger bag would be okay. I can barely fit a week's worth of gear into the side cases, would be nice to have extra room.

Quick attach/removal imperative.

This might fit the bill, although the zippers might be problematic...at least, they have been on my Rukka suit over the years:

http://www.oxfordproducts.com/motor...es_lifetime_luggage/t40r_tailpack_black/


This "Oxford Products" bag looks a lot like a large tank bag turned backwards, which gives me an idea for some of my unused tank bags. THANKS, Mark!!

I bought a cheapo "bum-stop" pillion bag a few weeks ago but it is too small to be of much use. If it was twice the volume it would be ok. Amazon tail bag

Oh man.... that's going to take a BIG black sharpie!

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Posted By: RTinNC

Re: Best Tail Bag? - 11/22/17 04:11 PM

Originally Posted by Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted by Lowndes
Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Hi, DR, not particularly large, 25-30l,,although a larger bag would be okay. I can barely fit a week's worth of gear into the side cases, would be nice to have extra room.

Quick attach/removal imperative.

This might fit the bill, although the zippers might be problematic...at least, they have been on my Rukka suit over the years:

http://www.oxfordproducts.com/motor...es_lifetime_luggage/t40r_tailpack_black/


This "Oxford Products" bag looks a lot like a large tank bag turned backwards, which gives me an idea for some of my unused tank bags. THANKS, Mark!!

I bought a cheapo "bum-stop" pillion bag a few weeks ago but it is too small to be of much use. If it was twice the volume it would be ok. Amazon tail bag

Oh man.... that's going to take a BIG black sharpie!

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That is exactly how I use my Cortech tail bag. With the 4 bungies it mounts up in a snap and never moves.

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