R1200GS: New tank bag
There really wasn’t anything wrong with my original tankbag. [link]. The new tankbag has some added features which I thought were worth the money.
Waterproof zippers are one of the new features. The zipper to the main compartment cover as well as both side compartment are now waterproof. This was a nice-to-have feature but not one worth a new bag. I never had any problem with the old bag.
There is also a removable inner bag that is waterproof. The top of the inner bag seals with velcro, then can be folded up dry-bag style and clipped together. I’m confident that anything inside the inner bag when so folded will stay dry.
The old bag used a zipper to attach the bag to the bag mount at the front. Nothing wrong with that, but it made it a pain to remove the bag for gas fill ups. The new bag uses two twist-lock fasteners at the front. This new feature is the one I most appreciate.
The first picture shows the rear mount for the standard bag. The new rear mount is much improved, in my opinion. Touratech even supplied a metal frame that can be used in place of the document holder. I don’t use the document holder to hold documents and found the Touratech frame doesn’t block access to the screw that holds the battery bracket. I like that, too.
The upper part of the rear mount is, like the rear mount for the standard bag, attached with velcro. However, this time a velcro circle is used as the entire tank side of the mount is also velcro, not just a small strip. I removed the protective paper (the white circle in the first image) and applied the circle to the tank after cleaning the tank with an alcohol swab and letting the alcohol dry.
The last images show the bag on the bike from the left and right as well as a shot of the open cover. The cover on this bag has a storage pouch and elastic storage straps built in, another nice feature. Another new feature is the elastic shock cord that surrounds the bag. This can be clipped to the top. When done so the top of the bag will not flop around when it is expanded but not completely filled. This is my second favorite new feature.