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What is the best motorcycle tank bag on the market in 2020? As with most buying decisions, the answer is very much dependent on your specific needs, your budget and this case the type of motorcycle you own.
In this top 5 review round up we have carefully selected a range of tank bags covering the different requirements of today’s rider.
For our findings at a glance, check out the table below. For in-depth look at each of our selected picks, plus a dedicated buyer’s guide, keep on reading.
Top 5 Best Motorcycle Tank Bags
TOP PICK: Cortech Black Super Magnetic Tank Bag
Max: 18 Liter Internal Organizer Clear Top Pocket Backstraps
The Cortech Super 2.0 magnetic tank bag is our top pick for 2020 for good reason.
Not only does it have a generous, 18-litre capacity the design of the bag features a top flap internal organizer, along with a very useful removable and replaceable snapped pocket to store your map.
The soft lining ensures that everything is nicely cushioned within the bag, there’s also a hidden external pocket for easily accessible, item storage.
Another great design addition is the built-in sip tube/headphone exit ports, have complete access to your phone’s audio while safely having the device tucked away inside the tank bag.
There’s also an integrated stowaway rain cover for when the weather turns for the worse. The bag also contains some hideaway backpack straps for when the day’s ride is over and you need to conveniently carry the bag yourself.
Not only does the Cortech have all these features, but it is also damn stylish too. The striking, 2 tones red/black soft lining interior is complemented with a red and black soft lining shield pouch.
You can buy the Cortech tank bag in either a magnetic mount version, or should you prefer, a strap based system.
Pros of the Cortech Super 2.0 tank bag
Stylish, durable 18l capacity design
Top flap organizer
2 x headphone exit ports
Internal removable shield tote
Hideaway backpacks straps
Includes a water bladder holder
Quite narrow which can make some items hard to pack.
Overall, the Cortech Super 2.0 magnetic tank bag stikes exactly the right balance between design quality and price point.
It’s generous capacity along with well thought out features such as hideaway backpack straps and earphone exit ports make for a bag that is very convenient to use.
Add that to the sophisticated styling and you have a tank bag that really hits the mark. Our top choice for 2020 for good reason.
2. Nelson-Rigg RG-1045 Trails End, Adventure Motorcycle Tank Bag
The Nelson-Rigg Trails End Adventure Motorcycle Tank Bag, is a great choice for those going the distance with their trail bike.
Featuring sturdy, quick release straps for convenient and fast removal for refueling, the base of the bag is specifically designed to fit the tanks of off-road, adventure motorcycles.
With a capacity of 16.25litres, you will be able to carry much of what you need for a day excursion, (anything more and you will need to consider larger volume storage with saddlebags or rear luggage solutions).
Build quality is exactly what you would expect from the highly reputable Nelson-Rigg; this durable UltraMax polyester constructed bag is loaded with UV protection to ensure greater longevity against the elements.
Thoughtful design has provided the bag with easy-access side pockets for more essential, smaller items (keys, wallet phone).
The Trails tank bag also features reflective piping and a smooth, lined interior.
Other additions for the adventure motorcyclist include reverse coil zippers to help keep the dust and dirt from entering the bag. This type of zipper will also continue to work, even when caked in dirt.
For navigation, the Nelson-Rigg includes a clear map pocket that is of course, touch screen device friendly.
Finally, the bag is built with a protective base material to ensure that no unwanted slipping or marking happens against your tank.
The Coleman Magnetic Motorcycle Tank Bag is our number one budget pick for good reason. It has the low, low price point for one. A factor that makes the bag accessible to everyone.
However, it still as the capacity and features you need for a convenient, quality tank bag.
The 1680D polyester constructed bag can be magnetically attached to the tank. It has a scratch-resistant, non-slip bottom for sturdy and reliable mounting.
For easy storage of your valuables, the Coleman features a good-sized expandable cargo compartment, (this is fully zippered). There’s also a top compartment that has a clear window that can house your map or GPS phone/device.
The overall dimensions come in at 9 x 8 x 5.1”. For peace of mind, the tank bag also comes with a generous 2-year limited warranty.
Pros of the Coleman Magnetic Motorcycle Tank Bag
Durable 1680D polyester construction, with scratch-resistant base
Conveniently attached to your tank via inbuilt magnets
A good sized, zippered main cargo area that is expandable
Features clear top pocket for map
2-year limited warranty
Rather basic from a storage and features point of view
Overall the Coleman Magnetic Motorcycle Tank Bag is an excellent option for the price. Designed for those that do not need any extra bells and whistles, this bag will conveniently store your items with no fuss.
However, if you are looking for extra versatility or cool features such as hidden pockets, backpack straps etc, our top pick from Cortech is definitely worth the extra outlay.
5. Givi ST602 Sport-T Range Tanklock Quick Release Tank Bag
The Givi Sport-T Tanklock bag is one of the smallest in our top 5 at just 4 liters capacity. However, if you are looking for a no nonsense bag to carry essentials this could well be the solution for you.
This thermoformed Tank bag features a convenient quick fitting tank lock system that similar to the Wolfman can be used across a range of Givi products.
(see the Amazon product page to check compatibility with your model motorcycle as well as other Givi items you may already own)
The bag features a durable EVA laminated Polyester 1000D construction. This is designed to semi-rigid so that both your items and the bag itself holds its form whatever the current riding conditions may be.
Other features that help ensure your valuables remain safe and dry include, sturdy, waterproof zips, waterproof bag design, and an internal pocket to hold your smartphone in place.
The main negative here is that the bag is not shipped with the BF series Mounting Flange Adapter that you will need to buy separately.
Dimensions: 11.4″ L x 9.5″ W x 6.7″ H
Volume: 4 Liters
Pros of the Givi ST602 Sport-T Range Quick Release Tank Bag
Convenient quick-release tank lock system compatible with other products in the Givi range
Sturdy, EVA laminated Polyester 1000D waterproof design
Small and easy to carry after use
Requires BF Series Mounting Flange Adapter/Fitting Kik that has to be bought separately
Small capacity at just 4 liters
Doesn’t hold up to our best budget option in terms of value for money
The Givi ST602 Sport-T Range Quick Release Tank Bag is a sturdy option with superior build quality and a cool tank lock quick release feature.
However, it is marred by its small capacity and the fact you have to buy the locking /mounting system separately in order to use the product.
What to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle Tank Bag
The tank bag is a fantastic accessory for any motorcycle owner. However, with the wide range of models, sizes, materials and mounting options available, it can be difficult to decide which is the best tank bag for you.
If the reviews above did not help narrow down the process, hopefully, these following tips will.
Here’s what you should be thinking about when choosing a new tank bag.
One of the first things to consider is what sized tank bag to go for.
This is very much dependant on the type of riding you do and how much you need to take with you, (whether you have other luggage options available such as saddlebags or rear tail bags is also a factor).
For short, day-use journeys you might easily only need a 2 to 5-liter maximum capacity tank bag. This will store essential belongings and will not make riding any more difficult.
If you are a commuter and need to store things such as a change of clothes or a laptop, a larger 10 to 20-liter bag might be more appropriate.
Likewise, if you plan on lots of longer travel with overnight stays, you will want to opt for the largest bag your tank can accommodate without your riding comfort being unduly impaired.
The same applies to tour riders where max capacity over 20 liters will be desired.
The shape and style of motorcycle tank is also an important issue when buying a bag to fit on it. Essentially, you need to be sure that everything is compatible.
Small capacity bags will fit most tanks. However, large capacity bags will struggle to be safely mounted on small tanks.
The shape is also a major factor. A large bag will struggle on top of highly sloped style tanks you might find on a cruiser or adventure bikes (unless the bag is designed specifically to fit such tanks).
Flat tanks will accommodate a wider range of bag sizes as the flat base provides more surface area for connection.
It is recommended that you become aware of the dimensions and style of your tank and then buy accordingly, even seeking advice from the brand directly before you purchase.
There are 3 common mounting options when it comes to connecting a tank bag to your motorcycle; magnetic, strap-mount and ring mount.
There are pros and cons to each and it is good to know what these are before you buy.
Magnetic Tank Bags
Magnetic tank bags are very simple to mount. The bags feature magnets sewn into the base and the bag will hold fast against the tank, as long as it is metal.
This is the main disadvantage however unless you have a metal tank you will not be able to use a bag of this nature.
If you can, you will benefit from a very fast and easy method of mounting. The same bag can also be used across a range of bikes as long as the tank is metal.
Another benefit is that the soft underside of the bag makes contact with the tank and doesn’t leave scratches.
However, security can be a problem if you leave the bag unattended.
Strap Mount Tank Bags
An increasingly popular method of mounting is to use straps. The advantage here is that they are more difficult to steal, (although not impossible) and are useful for off-road bikes where extra fastening ability is required.
They are also useful if you do not have a metal tank.
The disadvantages include not being easy to disengage and the possibility of scratching due to the straps.
Ring Mount Tank Bags
A tank ring is mounted to the bike’s fuel tank using the bolts around the gas cap. The bag then conveniently clicks onto this using a quick-release mounting connector.
The advantages here are the fact that it is so easy to dismount and that the bag is kept of the surface of the actual tank, hence preventing scratching.
However, these are motorcycle model specific so you will need to buy a mounting ring suitable for your bike.
There are standard features that most tank bags will have and you will want these as part of any normal functioning storage option.
These are things such as carry handles, expandability to increase volume capacity, reflective piping for better visibility and top window pockets for maps and devices.
Extra features that are worth looking for include extra pockets, (inside and out); interior dividers, hard-wearing zippers, earphone inlets, backpack straps for use while off the bike, and other neat additions.
Durable, water-resistant materials are a must for a high-quality tank bag.
Look for materials such as 1680-denier (or 1680D) ballistic nylon and other rather grand-sounding inventions.
The light-colored lining is good for interior visibility. Hard-wearing zippers built to withstand dust and dirt are another good option.
lockable zippers with extended tabs at the end that can be locked with a padlock are also recommended.
Built-in storm flaps are worthwhile as is robust linings to ensure that the bag holds its shape while empty.
Price is always a factor when buying anything for your motorcycle. The standard rule of them is to buy and spend the most you can afford to in order to purchase a bag of quality.
That doesn’t mean that budget options cannot deliver, however you do need to shop carefully and do your research in order to buy the best model tank bag your budget will allow.