Originally Posted by frankr
Thanks for the info. I am presently looking up the different bags. I do not see the Engage XL on any of the sites. Does this one start small and expand? Will it fit the 1300gt properly?
You can find the Engage XL at Twisted Throttle, which has a fairly complete collection of Bags Connection bags.
The Engage XL is a double tall version of the Engage, so it has twice the volume. It does not expand. I go on long rides, and keep a 1.5 liter (litre) Camelbak liner in my Engage to stay hydrated while riding. When it is completely full of water and ice, the Camelbak liner takes up nearly all of the wide front space. After that, there is enough room for my camera, cellphone, and a few small items, but not much more. It would be nice to carry a larger Camelbak, and also have more room for other stuff. I originally bought the Engage because I wanted a small bag, not one that is luggage-size.
The Engage tank bags fit the contours of the KGT tank very well, although I suspect that the other Bags Connection tank bags that are wider at the bottom will still mount high enough that they won't interfere with your legs or the operation of the motorcycle. YMMV
In the interest of full disclosure, there is one caution about the Engage and many other tank bags, related to the GT: If you turn the handlebars full-lock to the left, the GT's horn button may come into contact with the tank bag. It isn't a big deal, but it can happen on occasion. If you own a K1200GT, you can buy a special horn guard from Wunderlich. This is a superb design, but it uses the left mirror hole, which is available on the K1200GT, but not the K1300GT due to its newer switchgear. See:
Bottom line: I really like the SW-Motech mount. It has a positive lock that is very easy to use, you can buy it with or without electrical connections, and there are so many varieties of bags, camera mounts, and more that fit it. I really like the Engage bag as well, because it is so well built. All of the Bags Connection tank bags support a variety of accessories, including GPS mounts, map pockets, electrical connectors, etc.
I am attaching some photos that I took when I installed the Engage tank bag on my K1200GT. I took them in November 2008, and the Engage tank bag still looks brand new, after only 36,000 miles of use.
(Hint: Whenever you work on your bike, and especially when you install accessories, take photos. You never know when they might come in handy.)