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Old 10-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #1
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Question I need a decent adventure tail bag

When I'm out riding on the big KTM, I have two huge panniers that I can put a lot of stuff into. However, on the XR650L, so far it's been the few tools I can fit into the little tail pack thingy right behind the seat, or whatever I am willing to carry in a backpack.

I was on a ride on Saturday with a few other riders and one of the KLR650's got a flat front tire. He had a spare tube and the right tools to fix it in his tail bag (after using a big log to get the front wheel off of the ground). If I were on my XR650L on that ride and had the same issue I would be stuck many miles from anywhere and no way to fix the thing.

So I'm looking to put a metal rack on the back and would like to find a decent tailbag that can hold a first aid kit, a few tools, some bottles of water and maybe a couple of spare tubes. I would like something that doesn't need separate bungee cords to attach it to a rear rack, but that doesn't take five minutes of unwrapping to get to whatever is inside it.

What suggestions do you all have?

I would like to make my XR a bit more adventure ready. I figure it could be me next time with the flat tire.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:47 AM   #2
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I've had good luck with my Motofizz medium sized tail bag.

Straps on easily, securely, and accessible from either end. More straps and strings than is necessary, but the unessential can be easily removed.

I've used it on several weeklong trips including some mild off-road with no problems.

Available from Aerostich, so a bit pricy... http://www.aerostich.com/medium-moto...-seat-bag.html

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Old 10-21-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Okay, I can see that the Motofizz has everything that I want but the price. I have something to compare others to.

Now if I can find something roughly similar for about $120 less I'll be all set.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:21 AM   #4
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This looks about right:

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/index....&product_id=85

I have the Wolf tail bag, and it's been great, although bigger than what you want. The Peak is the Wolf's little brother.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:31 AM   #5
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Okay, the Wolf tail bag looks good and I like the price better.

Anybody else have a recommendation?
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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I use this on my V-Strom when I don't need the hard bags... Expands sideways when needed. Built in bungee cords...

No reason it could not work on an XR.. Under $60, so the price is right..

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:02 AM   #7
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No reason it could not work on an XR.. Under $60, so the price is right..

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Thanks.

Their web site lists it at $109: http://www.motocentric.com/street-bi...=price&dir=asc

But I see it listed at $51.77 here: http://www.motosport.com/motorcycle/...FWtxQgodIHkAng

Looks like I've got a few decent choices now. Thanks to all.

Anybody else got some good recommendations?
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:47 AM   #8
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Have you looked at Pelican Cases? I've seen plenty of motorcycles with them bolted (using brackets) on to tail racks.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:08 AM   #9
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Have you looked at Pelican Cases? I've seen plenty of motorcycles with them bolted (using brackets) on to tail racks.
I'm not interested in anything hard attached to the back of the XR. I don't want anybody mistaking it for a KLR.

I'm after something that is fairly small when there isn't much in it, but can be easily installed and removed when the need arises. I'm thinking that I'll take it off of the XR and toss it into one of the KTM cases when I'm going out into the dirt on that one, then I'll stick it back on the XR when heading off for an "adventure". That way, all of the tire changing stuff and first aid kit will be in one place and I'll be more likely to take it along when I might need it. Plus I could attach it as a tail bag on the KTM and leave those big aluminum cases at home for some rides.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:25 PM   #10
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Check out the Kriega stuff. A US30 would work well.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:45 PM   #11
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Check out the Kriega stuff. A US30 would work well.
http://www.kriega.us/us30-motorcycle...FQmCQgodT3UAng

Looks good, but if I'm going to pay that much, the Motofizz from Aerostich looks like it would better fit my needs.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #12
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Moose racing has some tail bags that are nice and cheap.
had one on a ktm exc 450 and liked it.. actually still have it for next small dual sport bike that comes my way. Could hold pair of tubes and tools and little extra. Doesn't need a rack either

like this but couple years older: http://www.mooseracing.com/products/...oductId=174317

here is comparable to wolfman tail bag: http://www.mooseracing.com/products/...oductId=136821
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MotoFizz. The best tailbag I have ever owned
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:14 PM   #14
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I already have a tool bag from Moose, that is a slightly taller version of the stock tool bag that originally came with the XR650L. That's good enough for a few tools and things, but not big enough for tire irons and an air pump and you would not be able to fit two tubes in there.

But I'll look over whatever else Moose has. They make good off road stuff.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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I already have a tool bag from Moose, that is a slightly taller version of the stock tool bag that originally came with the XR650L. That's good enough for a few tools and things, but not big enough for tire irons and an air pump and you would not be able to fit two tubes in there.

But I'll look over whatever else Moose has. They make good off road stuff.
the first link in my post above is biggest you could get away without a rack and the second link is a good size tail bag that would need a rack and could fit what your asking to.. its $99 retail, but i'm sure it could be had for 80 or less somewhere.
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