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Looking for opinions. Just got the ST3s last week. I need a tank bag. I have never had a tank lock bag. Are these good? Or just go magnetic? I typically don't get a huge bag. Just big enough to carry a small camera, iPhone, wallet, a few misc small things. Thanks in advance!
 

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I've used "tank ring" bags and kinda like 'em but find that the bag release mechanism tends to be troublesome most of the time. Perhaps I'm impatient but I've found that a magnetic mount bag tends to work best for me.

Soon after I acquired my ST3 I took it to a local auto specialist/body wrap shop and had them wrap the tank and fairing with a 3M film. I then bought a Cortech expandable bag that holds quite a bit of stuff in its standard for and a lot of stuff when you unzip the base layer to expand its capacity. Under the Cortech bag I placed a microfiber clothe to provide a buffer between the bag's magnets and the film. It easily slides out of the way when accessing the fuel filler cap and has a very clean appearance.

 

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I have a no-name brand tank bag that connects via a ring. Unfortunately the manufacturer is no longer in business. I like it because the bag is completely off of the tank. If you go the magnet route, definitely use a product like Randy mentioned.
 

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One thing I forgot to mention was that in a previous MC life I owned a BMW K1200RS and used the factory tank bag that used straps to fasten the bag aft and fore. For that application I used a diaper. Yes, you read that right, a diaper to shield the bag's underside from the tank's painted surface. It worked QUITE well to protect the tank.

You can't see the diaper in this pic but it's there:
 

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I've used "tank ring" bags and kinda like 'em but find that the bag release mechanism tends to be troublesome most of the time. Perhaps I'm impatient but I've found that a magnetic mount bag tends to work best for me.

Soon after I acquired my ST3 I took it to a local auto specialist/body wrap shop and had them wrap the tank and fairing with a 3M film. I then bought a Cortech expandable bag that holds quite a bit of stuff in its standard for and a lot of stuff when you unzip the base layer to expand its capacity. Under the Cortech bag I placed a microfiber clothe to provide a buffer between the bag's magnets and the film. It easily slides out of the way when accessing the fuel filler cap and has a very clean appearance.

Good idea! Also, how did you mount your GPS? Thanks!
 

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The RAM electronic mounting system offers a lot of mounting options. The have a number of mounts that can fit in various sized screws. People have minted them on the brake/clutch master cover, the plastic key cover on the tank, the center steering head nut (with a modified nut from DesmoTimes).

The ST3 has switched power for heated handgrips. If you don’t have the grips, the wire is tucked under the instrument panel cover above the instruments).

I use my iPhone running the (free) CoPilot app. The app differs from the Apple map or Google maps on the phone by downloading the maps on the phone any only relying upon GPS. You don’t have to rely upon cell signal. I sprung the $9 for opening the Bluetooth turn by turn connectivity feature in the app).



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