ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Thumpers
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

View Results: KTM Tank bag - No Tank Bag - Other Brand
Factory KTM Tank Bag all the way 28 48.28%
Factory KTM Tank Bag Blows 1 1.72%
Other Brand Is what you need to get. 21 36.21%
Tank Bags in General Blow 8 13.79%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-10-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
v8turbo OP
When in Doubt.... Gas it.
 
v8turbo's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: SoCal
Oddometer: 695
640 Adventure Tank Bag Review

Thinking about purchasing the KTM LC4 Tank bag.

I tried it out at the dealer and not sure if its a good fit.

Suggestions?
v8turbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2007, 05:07 PM   #2
v8turbo OP
When in Doubt.... Gas it.
 
v8turbo's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: SoCal
Oddometer: 695
If you mark other brand... what did you get?
v8turbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2007, 05:52 PM   #3
ChrisC
Molon Labe
 
ChrisC's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2003
Location: Prescott, Arizona USA Earth
Oddometer: 6,306
I purchased the KTM bag because it fit reasonably well and the price was right. After using it for a couple of seasons the following is apparent to me:

1. It's construction is OK, not great but OK. Leaks water like a sieve (cover comes with it).

2. It is big. Good to hold alot of junk, but also big enough to get in the way (some).

3. I figure if I were to do it again it would likely be the waterproof Wolfman bag. Better built, water-proof, and somewhat smaller. More money too. Creeper might chime in here. I know Eric sent him one to try and I think he likes it.
__________________
Chris
'03 KTM Adventure 640
'43 BSA M20WD
ChrisC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2007, 06:39 PM   #4
ktmnate
Beastly Adventurer
 
ktmnate's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2003
Location: Somewhere
Oddometer: 3,010
If you are touring, the KTM bag is prety good. Like ChrisC said, it leaks. It did come with a cover (more like a showercap) but it got all torn up. If you go off road, a shorter bag would be much better. I have been considering a shorter woolfman.


Nate
ktmnate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2007, 06:51 PM   #5
rapiti
IOR Veteran
 
rapiti's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: On the island
Oddometer: 1,896
I have a Touratech tankbag. Very close to KTM bag, with heavier materials. On steep climbs it gets in the way. If you have 34 or greater inseam, less of a problem than for shorter legs. Wolfman holds less, but is rarely in the way. What do you plan to use bike for?
__________________
...its the best paint scheme that has ever been or ever will be on an Adv...-AussieRob
rapiti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
Zerodog
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: SLC, UT
Oddometer: 1,233
I have the KTM bag. Overall it is pretty good. It fits on the bike really nice and I like that it zips off easy. It fits my camera and some other crap in there. It is expandable so that is a big+ for touring or just if you need it. It does get in the way enough while standing that I don't ride with it when I do any serious offroad. I think any tankbag that holds much of anything would be in the way too. For road work and just dirtroads it is great.
Zerodog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 04:22 AM   #7
bmwktmbill
Traveler
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: Traveler
Oddometer: 4,733
Going out the door for a ride I hooked the side pocket on the door latch and it pulled right off. If you look at the stitching it is a single thread loop, not a lock stitch. Nothing was damaged or torn so I took the pieces to the shoemaker and he immediately fixed it and resewed the other pocket too.

Other than that it is a nice tankbag as long as it doesn't rain. The map zipper needs a Velcro flap.
No issues with leg interference but I have bar risers and strap the bag as far forward as possible.

I owned mine for a year before I knew it expanded.
Kinda made me feel dumb. It came with the bike.
Heres a photo:



Bill.
__________________
'02 KTM 640 Adventure-lowered
"On the road there are no special cases."
Cormack McCarthy-The Crossing

The faster it goes the faster it breaks.
And high performance=high maintenance.
Bill Shockley

bmwktmbill screwed with this post 01-12-2007 at 06:36 PM
bmwktmbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 05:12 AM   #8
gunnerbuck
Island Hopper
 
gunnerbuck's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: N.V.I, B.C.
Oddometer: 3,707
I've had the tank bag for 2 1/2 years and it has seen a lot of use. In comparing my bag to my friends brand new Tourtech bag, I would say the KTM bag has much sturdier material but lighter zippers. After many zips and unzips the zippers are OK but 2 of the pull rings have worn out so I fabricated replacements out of SS bailing wire. For touring the bag is good, but offroad I would agree with the others that it does impede movement on the bike somewhat. Ideally I would like a 2nd smaller tankbag for offroad riding and dayrides. In the wet you definately need the raincover which comes with it otherwise it doesn't take long for things inside to get soaked. For the money I would rate it as a good buy.
gunnerbuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 10:49 AM   #9
v8turbo OP
When in Doubt.... Gas it.
 
v8turbo's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: SoCal
Oddometer: 695
Quote:
Originally Posted by gunnerbuck
I've had the tank bag for 2 1/2 years and it has seen a lot of use. In comparing my bag to my friends brand new Tourtech bag, I would say the KTM bag has much sturdier material but lighter zippers. After many zips and unzips the zippers are OK but 2 of the pull rings have worn out so I fabricated replacements out of SS bailing wire. For touring the bag is good, but offroad I would agree with the others that it does impede movement on the bike somewhat. Ideally I would like a 2nd smaller tankbag for offroad riding and dayrides. In the wet you definately need the raincover which comes with it otherwise it doesn't take long for things inside to get soaked. For the money I would rate it as a good buy.
ok. my local shop has one they will give me a discount on.

question- the top straps... they strap to the fork tubes?
v8turbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 11:46 AM   #10
ChrisC
Molon Labe
 
ChrisC's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2003
Location: Prescott, Arizona USA Earth
Oddometer: 6,306
Quote:
Originally Posted by v8turbo
ok. my local shop has one they will give me a discount on.

question- the top straps... they strap to the fork tubes?
Around the backbone behind the steering head...
__________________
Chris
'03 KTM Adventure 640
'43 BSA M20WD
ChrisC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 12:10 PM   #11
creeper
Still alive...
 
creeper's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Puget Sound
Oddometer: 10,718
I had one of the very first Wolfman Expedition tankbags... and although I'm not what you'd call a "tankbag guy", I have to admit that after using it, not only would I be hard pressed to not use it, I'd be hard pressed not to use the Wolfman bag.

The design of the Expedition bag is absolute genius... the small bag (there is a large and a small size available) is a perfect size for a DS bike, not too big to get in the way, not so small as to be useless.
I can carry all my tools, plus a camera, plus a spare tube and tire irons in it.

Although Eric doesn't mention it, the Expedition bags are for all intents an purposes, waterproof. You'd have to submerge one to get it to leak.

Last thing... all Eric's gear is made right here in the USA.

__________________
So... how's tricks?
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 12:38 PM   #12
sherpa
...Robert
 
sherpa's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2002
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Oddometer: 3,175
Here's a comparison thread I did with pics on the Wolfman bags.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=sherpa

Since posting that thread I've purchased one of Wolfmans small expedition tankbags like in Creeper's photo above.....it's awesome....
__________________
Trebor Home Inspections


05 640 Adventure
08 KTM 250 XCFW

I'd trade all my motorcycles for one Flying Dragon.
sherpa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 12:46 PM   #13
creeper
Still alive...
 
creeper's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Puget Sound
Oddometer: 10,718
Quote:
Originally Posted by sherpa
Here's a comparison thread I did with pics on the Wolfman bags.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ghlight=sherpa

Since posting that thread I've purchased one of Wolfmans small expedition tankbags like in Creeper's photo above.....it's awesome....
Wow Robert! For some unknown reason, I never saw that post. You really went all out... that is a great review/comparison.
__________________
So... how's tricks?
creeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 01:20 PM   #14
scottcolbath
Beastly Adventurer
 
scottcolbath's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: The north edge of 85050
Oddometer: 6,528
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChrisC
I purchased the KTM bag because it fit reasonably well and the price was right.
I talked the dealer into tossing in the KTM bag after we had closed the deal on the bike purchase. Saved myself $100 on something I wanted anyway.

I have zero complaints about mine. I've loaded the shit out of it. Unzipped and zipped it back up a million times while out on the trail, taking pics. Nothing has broken, ripped or even faded.

Oh, and it says KTM right on it and that's just plain fuckin' cool poser points right there.

S.C.
scottcolbath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2007, 02:27 PM   #15
losiu
wheelie addict
 
losiu's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: POLAND
Oddometer: 570
I tried to get a tankbag for my 640 several times and when I finally got to the KTM importer in my country and they said they had one, it turned out it was for a 950. (After I drove there for 2,5 hours)
I ended up getting a Touratech tankbag and I think it does the job well.

I think the KTM importer gave me a good enough reason to go for an aftermarket bag, though I'm not going to vote cuz I can't really compare it to other bags on the market.

Welcome to Poland...

Losiu
__________________
KTM 690 R - The new wheelie weapon
Husqvarna TE 250 - The little beast
Husqvarna 333R - The ...umm..... how do I put it....
losiu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 01:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014