MCN's top five tankbags

Published: 08 April 2011

If you’re planning a few getaways this summer, or  just don’t like wearing a rucksack on your bike, take a look at MCN’s top 5 tankbags – most of them are big enough to carry essentials and a change of clothes.

Here’s our pick of the some of the best tankbags we’ve tested in the last few months. Buy a motorcycle tankbag 

Held Task
MCN says:
“Cavernous, superbly made and waterproof. Its 15-litre capacity is enough to accommodate a change of clothes and shoes for a daily commute or alternatively all the phone, satnav, chargers, documents, maps and dry socks needed for a touring holiday. Fits on the tank or pillion seat with webbing straps plus hidden, padded straps convert it into a rucksack. Three optional base plates zip on to the bag for a custom fit on a range of bikes. The magnetic base plate costs £37 and a quick release Velcro version is £27.”
More info: www.held-uk.co.uk

 

Triumph magnetic tankbag
MCN says:
“I love the ease of use. Three solid magnets slap down on the fuel tank and hold it securely in place, and you can yank it off in one pull when you get where you’re going. It’s spacious and has a great mixture of compartments for everything from shoes and books to clothing, keys and documents. You can even fit a helmet in it at a push and it’ll hold firm at high speed with anything short of a bowling ball inside. It’s weather-resistant and even comes with a waterproof attachable cover.
More info: www.triumph.co.uk

 

Oxford Sprint
MCN says:
“This tankbag doesn’t actually fit my Ducati because it’s magnetic and the bike has a plastic tank, so I have to bungee it to my R&G frame protectors, not a big deal as it literally takes seconds to do. There’s lots of room in here, enough to take a pair of trainers stuffed with socks, a chain lock, maps, sat nav and documents/wallet/passport/money in the side pockets. I’ve broken the rubber end on one of the zips by overpacking the bag, which is my fault. It still zips up, though. Thankfully Oxford offer a lifetime guarantee on their zips, so they’ll replace them even if the breakage is your own fault.”
More info: www.oxprod.com

 

Givi T410
MCN says:
“I use it most days when split down into the lightweight base but can handle some serious amounts of luggage when needed too.
Fantastic build quality. I only got this bag to replace a perfectly servicable Givi one that got destroyed in a crash in 2005.”
More info: www.nevism.co.uk

 

Lidl B-Square 32-litre tankbag
MCN says:
“It’s everything you could reasonably expect from a tank bag at a very reasonable price. Undoing a zip around the main compartment doubles its size to make it more commodious than a small top box. It has a clear map pocket on top and three more pockets on the sides, one of which is also a detachable bum bag. The magnetic base is flexible enough to secure to a wide range of tanks, from 125s to big sports bikes. Unzip the base and the bag transforms into a rucksack.
Or you can leave the bag at home, attach the base to the bike and use another clear pocket in that to carry a map. There’s a carrying handle and shoulder strap for when you’re off the bike, and it’s got a rainproof cover which folds neatly into its own pocket, although I’ve found it lets in hardly any water without it. It’s stood up to a fair bit of use and shows no signs of falling apart. Because it was cheap, I feel comfortable leaving it empty on the bike.”
More info: see local stores

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