DIY Tank Bag

Buck and I have some big trips planned – I mean, real big. But we’ll get to that another time.

It’s been wonderful riding weather here in Ontario and with it comes the renewed urge to modify your bike. One of the go-to sites for me is Gadgets Fixit Page for Kawasaki Nomad & Classic. I just found a great tutorial on how to make your own tank bag with ease and on the cheap! The mod was credited to Terry Guolee. The link is here, but below is my own experience with this DIY project:

Materials:

~ Fanny pack (or any type of bag you want to mount on your tank). I found one at Wal-Mart for $3.99.

~ Strong magnets

~ Strong glue

NOTE: There is a reason I say ‘Strong magnets’ and ‘Strong glue’. My first attempt at this I bought a strip of magnet for $2. Needless to say, it didn’t hold any where near strong enough to the tank. For the glue, I used ‘Craft Goop’ because of its versatility with materials and waterproof properties.

Process:

~ If you bought a Fanny pack, cut off the straps.

~ Cut the magnets to fit how you want on the back of the Fanny pack. I put one big strip in the middle and two smaller strips on the far sides.

~ Glue the magnets to the Fanny pack.

All done! The magnets will hold the bag to the tank, and I’ve tested it at speeds up to 120 km/h. This process should work with any kind of bag you want to attach to the tank. I’m thinking of making a weather-proof map bag to mount on the tank next …

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