Originally Posted by TxWhiteKnight
Has anyone found a tank bag that will fit a '06' GT with a area for a hydration bag and a port for the hose to come through?
I don't like backpacks while riding, so I came up with my own arrangement for hydration using a Bags Connection "Engage" tank bag with the optional detachable map pocket. The Engage tank bag uses the SW Motech mount, which I highly recommend.
On long rides, I put a 1.5 liter Camelbak liner in the front section of the Engage bag. I wrap it in a kitchen towel to absorb the sweat and insulate the liner. I keep the excess drinking tube under the Engage's zipper flap, and zip it so the tube comes out the right corner close to the rider. (If you don't have cruise control, use the left side so you can keep your hand on the throttle.) I tuck the mouthpiece between the map pocket and the top of the Engage bag. It is easy to get a drink this way, and it is easy to put the mouthpiece out of the way when done.
When full, the Camelbak liner takes up most of the wide front section of the Engage bag. You will still have room for snacks and small personal items such as a digital camera, wallet, cellphone, etc., but not too much. A larger tank bag might be better for some people.
Shop around for the Camelbak liner. I found a plain Camelbak backpack on sale for a much lower price than the replacement liner, so I bought it and then removed the liner for my own use. I have never used the backpack.
The Camelbak liner has a very wide opening. It is easy to fill with ice and water. When I start out on a hot day, I fill it completely with ice, then add water. The ice and crude kitchen towel insulation keeps the water cold for many hours. At fuel stops I politely ask the attendant if I can fill my bag with ice and water from their soda fountain. Nobody has ever said no. On cold days, I don't recommend the ice. DAMHIK.
If you want an Engage bag, go here: http://pirateslair.net/Engagebag.htm
If you want other Bags Connection bags with the SW Motech mount, go here: http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productlist/451/
The photos show my setup. The nuts at the bottom of the Engage bag are rounded and won't snag the Camelbak liner, as long you don't stupidly way-over-tighten the screws so much that the screws poke through the nuts. The kitchen towel provides cushioning as well as moisture absorption and insulation. (I just finished using the liner on a two-day ride; the paper towels are in there to help it air out and dry.)
'Hope this helps!