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Bagging up

Posted: 05/04/2015 in Modifications archives
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Today I have spent a few hours in the garage looking at where to mount a Kriega US-5 to carry my tool-kit or my medical pack. First I was looking at the rear fender.

Took a while to disassemble the rear of the bike, only to find out there is no space for the bolts. Looking at the above picture, two most left holes, didn’t have enough space below the fender for washer and a nut. So I reluctantly reassembled the back end together. Checking out the bike with a stuffed bag, I have found a nice spot, on the fairing just above the headlight. On a second thought, that fairing might not be strong enough to support the weight of my tool-kit over rough terrain.

So the only spot on the bike left, was the tank. The stuffed bag looked good on the tank, but I don’t have Kriega tank adapter, so I needed to figure something else out. Bottom strap was not a problem, just threaded it under the seat. Top was a bit more challenging. Straps wouldn’t fit around the frame tube, so I threaded them around radiator shrouds. I was quite happy with the position of the bag, but didn’t like all the straps hanging around. After a few more attempts, I was happy with the result.

There is enough room at the handlebars not to interfere with steering, or steering lock.

It sits nicely on the tank. And it won’t get in the way when standing like a standard tank bag.

That is it for now, field test will be done as soon as the weather improves.

Stay safe!



Having a GPS on your motorcycle can often spare you some headache when you get lost in the middle of nowhere or help you find a point of interest (gas station, hotels, camps,…). But as we all are aware of motorcycle GPS systems are quite expensive, due to being dust and waterproof. And because of that a lot of people are using car devices that are cheaper but not so resistant to the elements. In this case, if you want to protect your GPS, you need a bag for it. Most of the bags protect from dust and water and there is also a wide variety of brands, styles, and quality of the bags.

For my GPS unit I chose the SW-Motech bag and clip adapter to mount it to the bike (still in process of designing). I like SW-Motech’s products a lot so I prefer to stick with it, though it is a bit on the expensive side, but the quality of the product is really on a high level (personal experience).

Here are the links to the SW-Motech’s site for the products I bought. For the clip adapter click here, and GPS bag is here.

First lets take a look at the packing in which the items came. Clip adapter is in a hard plastic case with hardened paper backing, inside you can see both adapters, male and female, and a black paper box. GPS bag comes in a soft plastic bag, and there is only the bag in there.

Now lets take a closer look at both items. First the clip adapter. Inside the box there are both plates and a cardboard box. The adapters are made out of plastic with brass (i think) inserts which are threaded.

Inside that black box are all the bolts, washers and nuts to mount the adapter to the bag and to the GPS holder you have on the bike. There is also an instruction sheet which is in English and German.

Now moving on the GPS bag. SW-Motech makes different sized bags to accommodate the wide variety of GPS devices. The bag I got is a medium size. The dimensions are 145 mm x 95 mm x 35 mm. What I found interesting is that every single bag they make is individually checked that everything is included, there is no damage and everything works.

Here is the bag itself:

It is really well made product, no bad seams or any faults on the bag. It has a sun visor to give some shade to the GPS so it is better visible on those really sunny days. The zipper is inverted and feels rubberized to deflect water. It also includes a eyelet for a lock.

On the bottom and on the right hand side there are integrated cable lead-through holes for cable such as power supply or headphones if your device has this option.

Now lets open up the bag. Inside the bag there are two foams that are different in their density. The back one is stiffer that the one in the front. There is also a set of bolts and instruction manual, that is again in English and German.

Back plate of the bag is made out of thick plastic which is riveted to the fabric. This plate has factory drilled holes for mounting the clip adapter or any other mounting plate in SW-Motech’s line. Only thing left to do is to cut through the fabric and make holes for the bolts.

In this bag I will be using my Garmin 2460LT GPS which is quite large with its 12,7cm (5 inch) screen. It is bigger than zumo 660 which is the biggest motorcycle GPS and it costs one third of the price of zumo 660. Here is the picture of the Garmin in the bag with only the hardest foam in the bag:

Here is a short video I made to show that touch screen works through the bag without any problems. Quality is a bit low as I didn’t have any good cameras to make a video and the music sucks.

At the moment I am still working out where to mount it on the bike, but once I will have a fixed mounting position there will be a write up in the modification section of the blog.

Have a nice day!

For city commuting, a day ride or a long ride a motorcycle tank bag can be a really handy little piece of kit. A tank bag can store enough essential gear to get you where you’re going and back, carrying just the items you need to get around or need to have in a reach without having to get off the bike. There are different tank bags on the market, from small to big ones. They also differ in shape(flat for street and curved for enduro bikes) and in the way they mount from magnetic to strap to special attachments like to a tank ring or a tank cover.

I have been searching for a tank bag for a KLE the whole season. Surfing the internet didn’t produce any reasonable options that would state that it fits or was made for KLE. There was a SW-Motech tank ring tankg bag but at price 120€ for bag and another 25-30€ for a tank ring. So after looking for a new one, and getting nowhere, I started searching our local sites with used motorcycle gear. My theory is if you are not sure if something will fit your motorcycle, buy it cheap or used and save the rest of the money in case the bought item doesn’t fit and you can’t return it.

One day I got lucky, a man was selling his SW-Motech Enduro strap on tank bag that he had on his BMW F650GS. Since GS and KLE have similar tank shapes, I called him and arranged a meeting to see if it will fit my KLE. We meet the next day, checked the bag if it fits and closed the deal.

Here are a few pics when I got home:

Side view



The bag has 3 outside pockets (one at the back side of the bag and one on each side of the bag). It also has a transparent map pocket and a nonslip base which can detach the bag with a zipper.

Nonslip base

Main compartment is big and red

Fitting the bag on the bike:

The bag comes with 2 different mounting options, a plastic hook for round frame bars and a loop strap.

I chose the loop strap fitting as the hook is too small to go around the frame tube, but it fits SW-Motech’s crash bars perfectly.

I took the side covers off the bike and looped the strap around the main frame bar, just below the sub frame tube. On the right side there is plenty of room for the strap, but on the left side you have to take a bit more care because of the cables that are there.

After this just reinstall the side covers. Side covers have a curve right at the spot where the strap comes out from underneath, looks like it was made for for it.

With this done, we move to the front. In the front there is only one strap that should go around the head tube. But I don’t like warping anything around there that could interfere with steering. So I warped it around the top main frame tubes.

Here the strap is not tightened yet, when tightened the strap in the middle goes under the tank.

Leftover strap just tucks under the bag

This is all that is needed to mount it up.

The cockpit view is unobstructed

I forgot to mention before that the bag is also expandable

Even when extended the cockpit stays in full view

After a short test ride I was surprised at how unnoticeable the bag is. It doesn’t move around at all and full turning radius is possible. The only time the bag got a little in the way was when standing on the pegs going in a steep hill off road and when refueling you have to unclip the back straps and turn the bars on one side to clear the gas cap.

Clearing the gas cap

Going for a ride

Safe riding everyone!