Personally I hate tail bags because they make it harder to swing my leg over the bike, tank bags have their downsides too (mainly having to move them out of the way to refuel), but overall I prefer them (and when I had sportier bikes, they provided a nice place to lay down on longer highway commutes
As mentioned previously tank bags are a pain for refueling.
I commute with a rear box (large, dry, lockable, no impediment to mounting). It looks daft, but is super practical. I've never noticed low speed maneuverability issues.
I prefer the look of panniers, but only use for week trips. Also not noticed speed issues. Ridden over 120mph with both.
I have an axio, i believe now goes under a different name since it was bought out, i've had this on my 1198, sfs and 2 multistradas, for what i need it, it works fantastic.
I added straps and snaps so it's solid and the straps that comes with don't rub the paint off.
As others have posted, you weren't specific on size / capacity.
Although I have the OEM panniers, I've only used them once for an overnight stay.
I wanted something small with some expansion if needed. Moreover, I don't like tank bags.
I also did not intend to keep it on the bike permanently. I got this and it's perfect for me.
It's more or less flat but will fit a raincoat if needed. I gambled $20 with low expectations but turned-out the quality was good and much better than I expected.
After using a tail bag, I ended up making a rack and bolting a Pelican case to it. My rack can be moved forward/back by two inches, depending on which Pelican case I’m using: the 1500, which is normally on, or the big 1550, which I use for trips of 7-14 days.
Get both? I wouldn't be without either one, as they serve very different purposes.
A small tank bag is a great place to put wallet/sunglasses/maps/etc. With power running to the inside, it's where I store and charge my phone while riding.
Tail bag/box is for bulky, lightweight stuff such as a jacket or change of clothes, or rain gear.
I have other bikes I ride for short trips, so it's rare for me to take the MTS out without both of those. The saddlebags, OTOH, see less frequent use, generally only if I'm going to be gone for multiple days.
I use in the same way of post #5 and #7 (below pictures, look at the red Multi).
Use it to carry a bunch of "stuff" that my help in case of an emergency: axle nut, first aid kit, rescue knife, small duck tape roll, allen wrench kit, tire pressure gauge, etc. If I remove all the crap and open the expansion ziper it fits my full face helmet on it.
tank bag is great for daily use, but if you get one big ehough to use as luggage for a weekend ride it's kind of impractical. For trips a tailbag like the one pictured in the post above is what I used before the multistrada. To tankbags the givilok and tank bag combo in whatever size you like is excellent.
Why not make your choice multi use? Something that can be used for either tank or tail.......
This is a tank bag from my old ST4s. I have still
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got a full pannier set but I use this instead of a backpack for blast days.
Also... Be careful with tank bags damaging the paint. I've had magnetic ones with what LOOKED like nice soft contact patches, scratch and dull the finish on several different bikes. I usually use a tail bag with a nice piece of wool or soft cloth between it and the bike. That trick doesn't seem to work as well at protecting tank paint. For long trips when I want to carry extra crap, I use a strap-on tank bag as well as the tail bag. (And sometimes a back-pack too).
Seems like the rack-mounted cases are the best bet. Might make mounting/ dismounting a little clumsy but they won't affect the handling unless you're carrying gold bullion.
If your a mechanic or an armchair mechanic, I'd like to hear your thoughts on a complete power failure of the 2016 Multi 1200S. In summary, at any speed, or gear, or anything remotely consistent, the bike will just turn off completely. It might start again right away or maybe not. I've had some...
All tied up for several days, no chance to ride.
It's getting really, really hot. Thinking about taking the windscreen off the MTS and make that my urban/commuting ride.
Anyone tried it? Pros and cons?
PS: 2016 DVT
I am looking at a 2013 Multistrada Touring in the morning. 14k miles and due for a service. Owned manty bikes over the years, but have kept my trusty friend, a 2001 ST2 all the while.
My last three touring bikes were a 2013, 2015 and 2018 R1200RT. Great bikes, but the ST2 was always more fun...