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Old 04-07-2009, 05:36 PM   #136
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I am very impressed with the Cortech SuperMini. Paid $50. Came with a rain cover. Connects like it was made for the bike. The bottom is very soft and seems like it will not scratch the paint at all. I can't believe the price of the Touratech or Wunderlich bags!
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:34 PM   #137
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The Coretech was close to meeting my needs, but I wanted a mapcase that would hold a full size mapbook. I also am not sure if I would be able to get my EEE PC in it either. So I anted up for the Wunderlich which meets my requirements. IT would have been nice to find a less expensive bag that had all the features, but I could not find one and wasn't willing to waste time and money buying and trying various ones to see if they'd work.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:47 PM   #138
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The Coretech was close to meeting my needs, but I wanted a mapcase that would hold a full size mapbook. I also am not sure if I would be able to get my EEE PC in it either. So I anted up for the Wunderlich which meets my requirements.
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I wanted a small tank bag. But I also want to be able to have at least two panels of a standard road map in view. Those tiny tank bags just don't cut the mustard. The Wunderlich has a reversible map pocket, and can hold a standard letter-sized print. Done.

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Old 04-07-2009, 08:03 PM   #139
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I agree with map pocket size. If you use paper that is. I'm going GPS.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:10 PM   #140
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I agree with map pocket size. If you use paper that is. I'm going GPS.
Well, I use both. GPS is great for many things, like getting from point A to B, or finding the nearest fuel or food. But a map will show you points C, D, E, and F, and prompt you to explore unforeseen destinations on a whim. And that is what adventure travel is all about, IMhO.

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Old 04-07-2009, 08:36 PM   #141
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Well, I use both. GPS is great for many things, like getting from point A to B, or finding the nearest fuel or food. But a map will show you points C, D, E, and F, and prompt you to explore unforeseen destinations on a whim. And that is what adventure travel is all about, IMhO.

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Trust me, I get it. Every tank bag I've owned prior has had an 8 1/2" x 11" full size map pocket. Chase Harper, Wolfman, they were awesome. It's very nice to have. I like being able to see "the big picture" by looking at a map. But not worth $200 for me. If I'm going to spend $200 just to hold a map, I'm getting a frickin GPS!
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:16 AM   #142
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Tried a cortech mini and returned it due to the map issue. Got a 8.5 RKA for $110/small when compressed and full size map holder. It will expand when needed. As David says, I use both it and the gps for the same reason.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:14 AM   #143
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I agree with map pocket size. If you use paper that is. I'm going GPS.
I've been using GPS for seven years, but still like to have the paper map for the big picture. That 3"x 3" screen is great to show your current position, but zooming in and out to get the overall view is a pain compared to a quick glance at the map.

Also, I use some trail map books for some of my backroad exploring and they are a huge aid to the GPS which is often inaccurate or vague for those roads and trails.

There are a number of bags that had good sized map cases, but I wanted the rear straps to fasten under the seat the way the Wunderlich bags do, not down the side of the bike like so many of them.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:52 AM   #144
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Yeah, $189 is a lot to pay for a tank bag. But I had plenty of opportunities to buy a cheaper bag, In fact I did buy one of them (and returned it). Amortized over the number of years I plan to use this bag, it's cheap, especially in comparison to a $100 bag that doesn't do what I want it to, and ends up on a shelf in my garage. Hell, I don't see why they even bother with the map pocket on some smaller bags like that Cortech Mini. What are you going to put in there, your driver's license?

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The Map Pocket on the Wunderlich tank bag will fit a 10" x 13" piece of paper without wrinkling (maybe could squeeze in a 10.5" x 13.5"). It is double-sided as well and easily flipped over.

Just so you know.

Also, I received the Wunderlich F800GS/F650GS seat bag a couple of days ago. It's substantially similar to the tank bag I posted about earlier, though slightly smaller in size and without the side pockets. It uses the same sort of mount/pad that stays attached to the bike, though there is no secure attachment method that is theft-proof like on the tank bag (much to my chagrin). Anyone interested in some pictures and a separate write-up on it as well?
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:06 AM   #146
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The Cortech SuperMini and Super10 have velcro on the top for the small removable map pocket. I'm just going to purchase a velcro full-sized map pocket:

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Access...p_pockets.html

http://www.touratech-usa.com/shop/sh...6143KLx1143614

If I need more velcro to hold it on better, I'll just go to Home Depot and get some velcro and sew more of it on the top.

At the end of the day, I will have spent around $65.

So whatever you guys need to justify your overpriced tank bag purchase.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:13 AM   #147
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If I need more velcro to hold it on better, I'll just go to Home Depot and get some velcro and sew more of it on the top.
Yeah, I can hardly wait to see you cruising down the Intestate, flapping like an ornithopter.

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So whatever I need to justify my Walmart tank bag purchase....
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:18 AM   #148
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Yeah, I can hardly wait to see you cruising down the Intestate, flapping like an ornithopter.


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Nah, it won't flap, it's too stiff. Plus, it's pretty well out of the wind due to the windscreen. You're just trying to make yourself feel better again. Also, I haven't seen Cortech Tank Bags at WalMart. I don't even know where a WalMart is around here!

You're kind of stuck up there, WoodWorks... Turning out to be the classic BMW owner!
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:36 AM   #149
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You're kind of stuck up there, WoodWorks... Turning out to be the classic BMW owner!
Imagine my chagrin.

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Old 04-08-2009, 10:25 AM   #150
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Imagine my chagrin.
Wow. Chagrins left and right today.

And here I've gone all this time on ADVRider and never seen one before. Now two in one day.

Must be some kind of record.
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