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Hi there, Louis tank bag:

https://www.louis.eu/artikel/louis-t...3522dbc00e2105

Photos and impressions here:

https://www.kawiforums.com/ninja-650...s-again-4.html (Page 4)

For 34 euros you get a very practical tank bag that never moves (7 magnets)

I have it for several years now and it is still like new despite abuse and weather exposure, I can't recommend it enough!
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Hi there, Louis tank bag:

https://www.louis.eu/artikel/louis-t...3522dbc00e2105

Photos and impressions here:

https://www.kawiforums.com/ninja-650...s-again-4.html (Page 4)

For 34 euros you get a very practical tank bag that never moves (7 magnets)

I have it for several years now and it is still like new despite abuse and weather exposure, I can't recommend it enough!

Cool, practical sounds great. Bit worried about magnets and potential scratches, I'm guessin that's not been an issue for you? Is it comfy/doesn't get in the way? Thanks!
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Cool, practical sounds great. Bit worried about magnets and potential scratches, I'm guessin that's not been an issue for you? Is it comfy/doesn't get in the way? Thanks!
It is impossible not to scratch the tank surface when you attach a bag on it. But with this tank bag I only get micro scratches and never immediately visible, normal scratches. Even after one week on the road and repeated use of the magnetic adhesion my tank is absolutely presentable after a good wash, but there are micro scratches visible under certain lighting conditions. I don't mind them at all but you can use good quality 3M clear film from the beginning and simply stop worrying about scratching.

It is very comfy on my Er6-n and it even doubles as a windscreen

It is affected by motorway speed wind only when expanded to its max capacity because my bike has no wind protection at all.

Other than that, you just check the handlebar clearance right and left and you are ready to go!

I even stick it on the tank transversely when using my action cam, not the most comfortable placement obviously, but it's really versatile.
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If possible, I'd recommend going with a tailbag rather than a tank bag. A tank bag is going to interfere with your riding at the worst possible time by preventing you from leaning forward and down if you find you're running out of lean angle.

But, if you do want the tank bag, I really appreciate my Rapid transit commuter expandable tank bag. You can get magnets, and you're probably best putting the magnets in the sort of sleave between where the bag comes into contact with the tank and the inside bit. It includes a buckle system if you're able to get under the tank completely. The magnets are for sale separately.

I've had mine for several years now and it's held up quite well, despite riding in all sorts of weather.
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If possible, I'd recommend going with a tailbag rather than a tank bag. A tank bag is going to interfere with your riding at the worst possible time by preventing you from leaning forward and down if you find you're running out of lean angle.
I am sure this a matter of tank bag shape, size and placement because I've never had any such problems. As I wrote above, the only thing I have to check when sticking the bag on the tank is handlebar clearance, both left and right.

Of course I can't kiss the tank with a bag sticked on it but the bag itself is blocking the airstream so I don't have to do that anyway. Also I've never run out of lean angle while riding with a tank bag attatched because it is very dangerous, the bag raises the center of gravity and can cause instability. But I had no problems with body placing during casual sport riding, at least on my bike and with the specific type of tank bag attatched.
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I am sure this a matter of tank bag shape, size and placement because I've never had any such problems. As I wrote above, the only thing I have to check when sticking the bag on the tank is handlebar clearance, both left and right.

Of course I can't kiss the tank with a bag sticked on it but the bag itself is blocking the airstream so I don't have to do that anyway. Also I've never run out of lean angle while riding with a tank bag attatched because it is very dangerous, the bag raises the center of gravity and can cause instability. But I had no problems with body placing during casual sport riding, at least on my bike and with the specific type of tank bag attatched.

Yes, it isn't something that should normally happen, but if it does happen, the bag will cause a problem at the worst possible time. It just seems foolish and ill-advised to toss out that extra margin of error just because you shouldn't need it.


You don't always know when you're going to enter a decreasing radius turn or where something will pop up around a bend. Ideally, you'd want to be going slow enough to allow for the reaction/adjustment time, but being humans, we don't always properly judge things.


Around here we have a lot of roads where there's limited visibility and you don't always have the luxury of just assuming the car behind you is going to properly slow. Especially if that turn you need to make is just the other side of a bend in the road.



Just my two cents here, but it's a serious consideration to make when buying luggage. It's hardly unheard of for luggage to kill riders.
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Yes, it isn't something that should normally happen, but if it does happen, the bag will cause a problem at the worst possible time. It just seems foolish and ill-advised to toss out that extra margin of error just because you shouldn't need it.


You don't always know when you're going to enter a decreasing radius turn or where something will pop up around a bend. Ideally, you'd want to be going slow enough to allow for the reaction/adjustment time, but being humans, we don't always properly judge things.


Around here we have a lot of roads where there's limited visibility and you don't always have the luxury of just assuming the car behind you is going to properly slow. Especially if that turn you need to make is just the other side of a bend in the road.



Just my two cents here, but it's a serious consideration to make when buying luggage. It's hardly unheard of for luggage to kill riders.
When shit does happen, any bag will cause problem at the worst possible time, a tail bag can cause oscilation and handlebar shake even while moving in a straight line.

Unfortunately riding is dangerous and luggage makes it even more dangerous but it's foolish to blame luggage for everything.

So are tank bags inherently dangerous? No, riders have been using them for years, eponymous luggage companies are making them, and there are many different types and mounting systems to choose from.

Are tank bags more dangerous than other luggage items? Not if they are chosen and used correctly.

Are they more practical than other luggage items? Yes, you can stick a paper map or tablet/gps in their transparent top pocket and use it effectively, you can pay toll fares or present your papers/passport without even taking your gloves off and they are fast and simple to attach and remove.

In the end, our friend asked for tank bag recommendations and I gave him one

If I had even the slightest doubt concerning safety after tens of thousands of kilometers of use, I wouldn't have made the recommendation in the first place.

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