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I have a 2020 ZX-6R and was planning on getting a nice ow profile tank bag to carry small items (like 2 PBJ sandwiches) and a smart phone.
Any ideas what to get?
So far, I'm thinking about this. It look like it would fit good in the headspace in the front of the fuel tank:
What do you all think?
 

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I'm looking for a magnetic tank bag, and that bag doesn't look magnetic at all. It'd be nice to find something like that bag, only magnetic.
 

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I bought the joe rocket manta xl and returned it. Most magnetic bags are gonna have ugly flaps coming out to secure the bag in addition to the underbelly magnets. And you won't be able to use those bolt on types as our gas caps have the bolts hidden.
 

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Practically every ride I go on, I have a magnetic tank bag installed. Mine is a Tour Master which I have used since 2001. You can see it on the tank in my sig photo.... as has been said, you can see the flaps. I don't care, I can't see them when I am on the bike. :) What anyone else sees, is a moot point to me.

The design of the bag has two parts, that can both share the same magnetic base. I normally (90+% of the time) ride with the smaller section installed, set up in the smaller configuration. It has a pleat that can allow it to expand to about double the volume. I could probably force that section to hold a laptop at max dimensions, but I don't. In the smaller config, it's got enough room for a few snacks, some tools, a couple of drinks, and my phone. I have used the larger section as a tail bag on a few occasions, tied over the passenger pad.

I don't know if Tour Master is still in business, or if they offer a similar product now. All I can say, is I have more than gotten my money's worth out of this bag. It's not 100% waterproof, and has probably gotten somewhat less so over the years. Some of the stitching is finally starting to come unraveled, but it's held up at least as well as any other piece of gear I own.

This bag has been used on 4 different motorcycles and still serves me well. It's never come off the bike, unless I physically removed it. It stayed attached, when I crashed my FZ6 which resulted in me breaking 3 ribs and separating my shoulder.
 

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I have used the same DOWCO magnetic bag since about 2002, it measured 22x9x6

I bought a new one (same bag) in July after that old one finally suffered terminal fate when the bike went upside down and dragged the bag along the pavement until it came off the tank and ruined the tank too.....

they offer many models....
 
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Anything hard that you would have to carry in your pockets that you can put in a tank bag instead, makes the bag a Very Good Idea.

Don't be surprised if you decide a bigger one is better after a while. Spare riding gloves, covid supplies, a camera..... the more room you have the more stuff you will be able to take.
 

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Anything hard that you would have to carry in your pockets that you can put in a tank bag instead, makes the bag a Very Good Idea.

Don't be surprised if you decide a bigger one is better after a while. Spare riding gloves, covid supplies, a camera..... the more room you have the more stuff you will be able to take.
yep my bag has grown to be the everything bag....
Gun, spare magazine or three, a couple liters of water or gatorade or powerade, a map, your cell phone, some chain lube, kickstand foot, paper and pencil, some faceshield cleaner and microfiber towels for your helmet visor, a couple of rags, some zip ties ( I have a real tool kit under the back seat.... but some bikes have little to nothing- so you may want some tools), roll of electrical tape or two, cotter pins, toe rope- about 30' in length, I even have some short 6' mini jumper cables, I even bring a few fairing bolts since everytime I group ride some ditzo loses some- or I roll up on some broken down bike or a crash scene etc... can't even tell you how many broken off brake levers I have had to do some makeshift repair just to be rideable enough to get them home with some front brakes.... spare gloves, sunglasses, baseball hat, and I am sure I am missing a few things I have in there all the time........... and then of course the map pocket has about 30 different routes in it at most times....
It is still small enough that it doesn't interfere with my riding at all

Most of it I never need.......... but I always go through the fluids and some faceshield polish every ride......... but I have towed bikes back to the cities behind my bike for over 100 miles, done roadside repairs on others bikes, even walked into a knee deep water filled ditch to pull a strangers bike out of there when he nor anyone else would and spent about an hour getting it running and rideable so he could limp it home the 250+ miles we were from home....... I towed a bike from Mindoro Wi all the way back to mendota heights mn, and even adjusted valves on a friends bike in a gas station parking lot on our way to Daytona back in the 80's when one of his adjuster locknuts backed off and so did the adjuster...... luckily I found them both and installed them back in and got it running again
Hell there is not much I haven't done on rides really........... Usually to someone elses benefit more than my own, as most of the time I could have simply ridden away and left them to fend for themselves- some of the times I really wish I would have............. riding the rest of the day in soggy boots and socks and bottom half of leather pants sucked ass!!!
 
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