Bags Connection Daypack Tank bag Review
|Friday, 07 December 2012 11:19|
I have previously tested the tail pack from the German firm Bags-Connection so I know just how tough and durable these aerodynamic semi-rigid items are thanks to being manufactured from tough 1680 denier ballistic nylon. So I had no qualms about moving across to their Daypack tank bag for my daily use to save stretching pockets to bursting point in riding suits.
However, the point was not really to test another excellent bag, but more to evaluate the tank mounting ring which allows the bag to be quickly and easily attached to the tank without scratching paintwork, or having to rely on magnets or straps for security. Besides, on modern bikes with plastic covers or aluminium tanks, magnets are out and on some sports bikes there is nowhere to attach straps so this is the only solution.
Basically a raised three-quarter ring bolts onto the top of the ring surrounding the flush mounted fuel filler cap and then the tank bag just clips in place. A small hidden tag releases it in seconds when leaving the bike or needing a refill at the petrol station. It has to be said that like all good ideas, it is brilliant and works perfectly!
However, I went one stage further and opted for the electric ring version which is wired via a fuse onto the bikes battery. As a result now when the bag is clipped in place I now have charging sockets available for the I phone/pad and anything else that needs charging.
Even better, thanks to the clever design of the bag, I now have a small bracket the slips into purpose made channels and mounts on the bag which mounts the Sat Nav which is now powered through the tank bags waterproof connections. As a result, I do not have to have a permanent Sat Nav mount on the bike at all times when it is not needed.
It all works so well and I no longer have to worry about having flat batteries on any of the modern aides (?) to professional living. After all you can charge in a car, so why not the bike?
The quality of all the various components is excellent as you would expect from a German company and there has been no problem with flattening of the bikes battery due to the ring not being live until the bag is clipped in place and the raised ring is hardly noticeable when it does not have the stylish bag clipped in place.
There are larger bags available and the ring mounting system can be used on their back-plates that allow many of their other excellent products to be safely mounted to the rear of the bike in a similar fashion. In fact the websites www.sw-motech.com and www.bags-connection.com make interesting reading, although all the products are available through www.motohaus.com in this country.
Review by Ian Kerr