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post #1 of 25 Old 06-16-2006, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question Magnetic Tank Bags - Good or Bad?

I'm looing to get a small-ish tank bag to use while commuting. I like the Nelson rigs but not sure if I should go magnetic or straps. I've got the 06 919 with the candy red metalic paint. Read somewhere that magnetic bags could damage the metalic paint. Anyone have any experience with this issue?

Any other suggestions for a simple gear bag? I usually don't like backpacks (did that all through college) as they are typically uncomfortable with the riding jacket.

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I have a Joe Rocket magnetic. The underside of most magnetic bags is covered with a very soft material that doesn't seem to scratch. I would rather have a magnetic bag for a lot of reasons, but one is it doesn't move around like the strap on ones, therefore less chance of scratches. The straps also become another point of scratch/rub wear. The Nelson Riggs look like pretty nice bags. Get one that expands if you can.
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I have a Frank Thomas expandable magnetic tank bag for my 919. I've had to catch it several times under my arm while riding. I never had any problem with it on my F4, but it seems that the wind can get up under it. I have a Buell wind screen that I haven't installed yet, but I don't think it will help because the wind comes from underneath, not over the instrument cluster.

I shoould note that the magnets are strong, and the times the bag detached, it was empty and I was riding relatively fast.

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Good point, I run mine on the 9er with a Givi windscreen. It's been as high as GPS clocked at 137 and didn't move, but naked could be a different story. It's got 6 hearty magnets that secure it. It came with a strap on the front to connect to the upper triple tree, but I cut if off. Might want to make sure you have at least one strap if your going to run without a windscreen.

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I have a couple of extra small bungee cords that I'll try out to keep the front of the bag from lifting next time I'm out riding. Another point, when your tank is freshly waxed and the bag has some weight in it, it will slide around.

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i use the smaller nelsonriggs mag bag that still has a map case on my 9er.Iv'e never had it move.It does expand and will hold two 2-liters of coke plus a few small odd and ends (wallet etc..).

If you carry a lot of eletric items I'd get a strapped one.

Oh one more thing the scratches are from stuff the mags pick up(like metal shavings from work!)

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I've got a nice magnetic bag I used and never had an issue with it... even when fully loaded.

Never used it naked though... I tend to wear full gear when riding.

As for a comparison to strap bags.... the straps will scratch your paint up from rubbing.

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thing about magnetic bags, you have to be certain to check the magnets (even those w/ ample backing) to make sure they haven't picked up any debris...

remove the bag at say, something like a fuel stop...put it on the ground, pick it back up later and a little piece of metal something was attracted to the magnet, you didn't notice it, now it sits between tank and the bag for the next trip....scratchin it up

can happen w/ strapped bags too, but the magnetic ones attract little bits all the time

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Thanks for the inputs... I'm still thiniking about picking up a Givi windshield so that should help prevent any blow offs. I've also seen a web page where they suggested puting that rubber toolbox padding down under the bag as a way to reduce the likelyhood of scratches... but I assume it would increase the possibility of getting blown off. I definitely prefer the idea of magnets as it just seems like a much simpler design.

Nobody mentioned anything about metalic paint. Is the 06 the only year with metalic? Just wondering.


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I run with a cheap Tour Master mag bag. It has blown off twice at speeds above 85 MPH and I caught it both times. I think I was just hitting the wind at the freak angle to cause the lift. Anyway, It's got lots of room inside and expands. Has map pouch and a mesh pocket on back for keys or cell phone or whatever. As far as scratches... I have the Matte Black '03 and it hides scratching very well, so even though I know there are scratches there.. they are virtually invisible unless you get in the correct light. If I had gloss paint, I would consider that clear film made by 3M to put in strategic locations. Also consider a tank cover made by Targa. It doesn't cover where a tang bag sits.. but it sure protects the back of the tank nicely. I have a spare I'd sell for $15 + shipping. They go for over $30 new. It is 2 years old but looks as new as the day I bought it and is already formed its shape nicely to the 919 tank. I replaced with a CF look one to match my seat better.

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I run Naked with a Magnetic tank bag almost all the time. I do have the front strap attached around the head stem, but i have never had any trouble with it. I have a friend with a Duc that wraps his tank with saran wrap before he puts on his bag to keep it from scratching. the old guy rides like the wind and i've never seen him have trouble with his bag, and i don't think he has any straps at all. the only problem anyone in our group has has is with the Map pouch getting blown off. if you get just the right cross wind or what ever.

The 919 having no storage, your going to need some place to stash your rain gear, a tank bag is a good choice.

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I've been using a Honda magnetic tank bag for years. It could withstand a tornado and not come loose. Ultra powerful magnets. If your really anal about scratching the tank you can place a piece of that synthetic rubber kitchen drawer liner between the tank and the bag. It's not needed but whatever makes you feel safe from potential scratches then go ahead and use it.

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I'm always careful to place my tank bag upside down if I lay it down on anything... I'm sure it still picks up some debris, but so far my tank is scratch-free (from the tank bag, at least).

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i use a marsee expandable magnetic tank bag on my 03 919 and it has never been anything but rock solid even at high speeds. It has scratched the tank somewhat over time but this is my constant travel companion for anything i have to carry; a few scratches are acceptable in my daily use of the bike.

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Thanks All,
Looks like I'll pick up a magnetic bag. I like the layout of the Nelson Rigg bags. I don't need a lot of storage space so the expandable looks like a good mix of functionality and size. Their CL-300 or CL-350 look pretty decent.

Again... appreciate the feedback.


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After keeping my 1984 Nighthawk spotless for years, I purchased a Nelson-Riggs #CL-300 magnetic tank bag last year. I used the bag for a while without any problems, but during a trip to Deal's Gap I noticed that the magnet pads were leaving marks in the paint that matched the texture of the pads. I'm not sure if this was caused by the strength of the magnets or the heat from the sun softening the paint, but they were permanent. On the positive side, I sold my Nighthawk and picked up my new '06 919 yesterday. What a rush!! Back on subject- Based on my experiences, the magnetic tank bag won't be touching that beautiful candy red paint anytime soon!

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After keeping my 1984 Nighthawk spotless for years, ........ On the positive side, I sold my Nighthawk and picked up my new '06 919 yesterday. What a rush!!
I've think I saw another 919 owner, on this forum, that also had an '84 or '85 Nighthawk. Mine's an '83, which I've owned and loved since '85. For me, it just seemed right to get the 919.

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What about Luggage Locker? A little pricey, but it never touches the paint.

http://www.luggagelocker.com

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Hey MadMotor - congrats on the 919 pick up... Yes it is a sweet color and I would hate to screw it up! I also had an 84 Nighthawk 650. Bought and rode it out here in CA for a few years before buying a home made me reduce my expenses. Also noticed that your in Ohio! I grew up in Cincy and went to UC. Been out in San Diego area for the past 20 years now... (Wow time flies!)

Anyway... So far I love the 919... It rides and handles great! I'm looking forward to many years of fun riding on this bike. I might have to re-think my bag purchase based on your comments. Appreciate the input.


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Thats and interesting piece of luggage balbrecht. Hadn't found that one online! I would have to do some research to find out how rugged that gas cap contraption is. I could see it failing over time... but just don't know.


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Hey Stiggy8 - Made a discovery last night. The small tank bag from Nelson-Riggs fits perfectly on the back seat of the 9er. Tuck the magnetic flaps under the seat and lock it down. I've not done any high speed testing, but I never was a fan of the triple digit speeds. The map pocket becomes useless, but the shape of the bag looks pretty cool! I'll upload a pic if I get the chance.

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I have the Cortec that comes with a large and small bag and it works great. I did put the wife's on once and it scratched the sh*t out of my tank. It had set it on my workbench and the magnets picked up a bunch of metal shavings that were raxor sharp. Wasn't too upset since the tank needs a dent taken out and be repainted. But now I check it before I put it on.
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Hey Madmoto,
I use to go to Ohio State for the great parties!!! but had some good ones at UC and Miami Oxford as well!

I had thought about hanging that Nelson bag on the back... just not sre the best way to lock her down. I'll keep an eye open for the pic. The parts dealer out here that I go to is out of the CL-300 and they have one ordered so I can at least try it out. But some of the other options look decent as well.


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I got the Joe Rocket Blaster Tank Bag. Works great expandable if needed. I just took a long trip 1400 miles and only took it.

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