Sometimes a gadget or tool – no matter how simple – does the perfect job. This concept materialized when I strapped on a Cortech Micro 2.0 tank bag.
I often require a bit more storage than my pockets will provide. The Micro 2.0, like Goldilocks says, is just right. This is the latest version of the Micro bag and it is pretty easy to get on and off, requiring just a front strap around the steering head and rear strap between the seat and tank. On some bikes you won’t need to pull the seat but our test BMW R nineT did require removal.
First installations with the straps will take a bit longer because directions should be read and care taken to do no wrong – like attaching the front strap in a place that interferes with steering.
Even so, start to finish took 10 minutes. Next time will be a breeze. Many riders will mount the bag once and never remove it. But I have many storage-challenged bikes to ride and appreciate the minimalist design and dimensions.
Cortech has placed three strong magnets, on hide-away tabs in each front corner and at the back. This gives buyers the option to forego the straps and the seat removal if they have a steel tank. There are also magnets built into the bottom the bag so that they attract and stow the tabs when not in use.
Always use a tether strap up front as we’ve heard stories of flying magnetic tank bags in the past. The bottom of the bag is very soft rubber and there is also a soft sheath that covers the rear strap to protect the finish on the tank.
The majority of the bag is constructed of ballistic nylon and the cover of the front compartment is of a transparent vinyl material and can accommodate most smartphones.
They call it the “media compartment,” and it’s tilted slightly toward the rider. My iPhone fits easily and there is room for a slim wallet under the phone. I can even use the GPS on my phone and view the screen; but careful looking away from the road. There is a weather sealed port on this cover through which you might thread a headphone wire and or a charger cable.
The rear compartment has a zippered pouch on top for thin items and another, zippered mesh pouch on the inside. The bag is not waterproof and does not include a rain cover.
There are myriad tank bags of every imaginable size and configuration on the market today but few that are small, easy to attach and well-designed. I liked the Cortech Micro 2.0 when I first saw it on a friend’s BMW R1100S and ordered one right away.
Now I’ve got room for essentials like my phone, wallet, tire patch kit and a few other small items. If you need 5-20 liters of storage on your tank, this is obviously not for you. But if you are tired of bulging pockets and leaving your tire repair kit at home then you should consider this offering.
The Cortech Micro 2.0 Tank Bag retails for $59.99. For additional information, visit Cortech.