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Show me your tank bag! (pics, pics, pics!!!)

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I'm a new proud owner (two months so far, and 190 VERY cold miles) of a 2012 tri-color and I'm looking for a good tank bag. If anyone can post a pic of their bag with brand I'd greatly appreciate it.

I'm a bit particular: I'd prefer magnetics and they have to lie fairly smoothly. I used to have a VFR800 and the only bag I liked on it (after four tries) was the cortech tank bag with the gas cap mount. loved it. Because of the setup of this bike's tank (no screws) I can't mount the same bag.

I've been eyeballin' the firstgear stuff, cortech, and Givi. I tend to lean towards the non-rectangle style bag. Max storage capacity isn't a big concern of mine; just need something to hold the essentials.

thanks in advance!
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Well, if you have Cycle Gear stores there, you can forget using any Bilt bag they sell. The pad on the bottom of their bags are not soft enough. In one short trip using one of their magnetic bags, a couple deep gouges in the tank were caused by a small piece of grit which got caught between the tank and pad. Add vibration and bag movement when going over bumps, and it's a recipe for scratched paint. And I keep my paint clean, too, so it must have just been grit kicked up by the front tire. Look for fleece on the bottom of the tank bag, or sew some one yourself. The deep fleece gobbles up stray grit instead of being ground into your paint by the entire weight of the bag. I've toured all over the US with fleece-backed tankbags, some of which I added the fleece, and never had a scratch caused by grit. I sew the stuff to the backs of my saddlebags, too, if it doesn't already have it.
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