Magnets on my tank

My leathers are less sweaty than my textiles so I have worn them through most of this year. If it starts raining hard I need to get waterproofs on fast or it will be too late. On an overnight or longer trip I will have a lot of carefully packed luggage, and extracting waterproofs is a pain. On a recreational ride I don’t want a top box. A small tank bag is the answer. I had a little Frank Thomas one. It was terrible, determined to move about and come off. No Headstock strap and the magnets were really weak.

I bought an Oxford X4 based on BCF recommendations. The magnets are insanely strong, and on a removable board. There are Velcro straps so it can be used as a tail-pack if required. The zips have some kind of rubbery shroud so are water resistant. There’s a satnav holder, an A5 map holder that’s just big enough for my Philips Compact Atlas or directions printed on booklet mode. It has a headstock strap too. Most importantly, it stays put really well. Right now it’s carrying my waterproof overjacket, my waterproof trousers, my goretex winter gloves, visor cleaning kit, hand sanitiser, a spare buff, a pen, an tyre pressure gauge, my disk lock and (because I fail at packing) my ledergris and boot brush. My phone and wallet sometimes end up in the top section, and sometimes I use the map holder.

It stayed put during every crazy run I’ve made since I’ve had it and feels really well made. It is quite small at 4 litres, so consider a bigger one from the same range if you want something to carry everything. For the bits of tat that I want straight away, it’s perfect. Highly recommended.

All luggaged up

All luggaged up

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3 thoughts on “Magnets on my tank

  1. Have you considered 40 liter aluminum hard bags? They don’t add the top heaviness of a top trunk and look fairly nice. I have some smaller 20 liter panniers that I am close to outgrowing.

    • Very expensive, and finding a side rack for the 535 is a challenge. There’s also the issue of fitting the bike through gateways. Less of an issue for longer rides, but every day the top-box is nearly empty so it’s not so much of an issue.

  2. I eventually swapped the rear rack for a custom made jobby that takes a GIvi box on each side. Using a pair of E45 or E21 boxes depending on how much stuffI have to carry. It feels less unweildy.

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