Cycle Case Tank Bag Test
A basic tank bag is a necessity for any sportbike or standard bike rider. I’ve used the same one for daily commuting, running errands, or as an addition to full luggage on a week-long tour.
Tank bags are easy on and off, they don’t detract too much from the styling, and have surprisingly functional storage for anything from rain gear to sunglasses. Grab one with a map window and you’ll find it hard to ride without.
The Cycle Case Rider GPS Tank Bag checks all these boxes and more. It’s an attractive product at an attractive price, and includes a GPS specific pocket under the map window.
I had a few issues with the design layout even before removing the tags. During use, those issues were affirmed, and a few others were discovered. The map pocket is nice and square with an 8″ x 9″ view, but the opening to insert the map is only 6 inches wide. I’m sure it’s not as difficult as building a ship in a bottle, but once slid into the pocket, unfolding the map is bothersome. And forget about it if you’re wearing gloves.
The GPS pocket is in the center of the map window, making it impossible to have a map and GPS at the same time. And the power wire inlet, similar to that in back-packs for headphones, is too tight for a Garmin Nuvi plug.
The Rider GPS Tank Bag is competitively priced. For just under $44, it features: Maxtura nylon fabric, reflective logos, internal key ring clip, two pen holders, an external pocket, and a magnetic rubber coated base with nylon strapping system for plastic gas tanks.
If you live outside Southern California, consider the $10.99 rain cover with clear top, a mandatory option. I was without one during a recent, rain-soaking ride. Luckily I had a few Ziploc bags to protect my electronics as the bag quickly soaked up water, ruining paper maps and drenching everything inside.
The Cycle Case Rider GPS Tanks Bag is available in Black or Hi-Vis. For additional information, log onto Cyclecase.com.Google+