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I just took delivery this weekend of the Verholen Mini Tank Bag ($48 from Pirate). I have the Big Mac Airbag, and I like it for taking trips. Around town it's more than I need and it gets in the way when I want to really lean into the bike.

I saw the Mini Tank Bag on the Pirate's site, and thought, what the hell, for $48 how can I go wrong? It installs over a couple of stainless steel bayonet studs that replace two of the fuel cover cap screws. The bag comes with two of these screws and they replace the screws that are at the 9:00 and 3:00 position. The bag fits over the studs, and it is secure - very secure in fact. I don't think it's going to come off unless you want it to come off.

The bag is just big enough to hold an iPOD, DC adapter for the iPOD, Mix-It2, cell phone and a few odds and ends. Enough for everything you need for a Saturday ride. The bag takes up very little room and doesn't interfere with your upper body when you're really leaning in the twisties. Once I snapped the bag on, I knew I had to do something about the exposed power supply that runs from underneath my battery cover. I also have a lead that connects the earphone port on my radar detector to the MixIt. I just didn't like the exposed wires on such a clean bike. What do do?

I used an X-Acto knife and cut away just enough of the right rear tab on the battery cover to allow the power supply and radar detector audio lead to pass though to the side of the Mini Tank Bag. Very clean, minimal hassle. I'm on the road so til Thursday so I can't post pictures until then.
 

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Here's the link to Pirate's webpage with pictures and dimensions

http://piratesk12site.net/Verholentankbag.htm

How's the quality of the bag? Will it hold up? I like the idea of a smll bag and thought maybe the small marsee bag (mini-something) might work, but it's got the aesthetic appeal of a cinderblock on your tank. Looks funny w/ the lines on the k12s/r. That verholen bag looks nice and probably holds the same stuff.

Any worry about magnets holding the bag down messing with your ipod memory? (Should a guy worry about that anymore? I'm not tech.-inclined. Maybe they've figured that out)
 

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The quality of the bag seems okay. It looks like it'll last, but for $48 even if I only get a couple riding seasons out of it I'm okay. Because it's so diminutive it doesn't really affect the overall look of the bike. As to the magnets, I honestly didn't know they were there until you asked. Yeah, I know, brilliance on my part huh? They must not be very strong because I didn't feel them grab. So far there doesn't seem to be a problem.
 

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A friend and I also got the bag for short day rides because the BMW bag is big and gets in the way for spirited riding. This little bag is OK but it is "real" small and the map window is worthless. Quality is good. Only thing I don't like about it is that if you need gas, you must move all your "stuff" that's in the bag out of the way to get to the two release "caps" that are on the inside of the bag...a bit of a nuisance. But, on the other hand, it's so small that there ain't much in there anyway :)
 

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Loggiebone is right. You have to move the big when you refuel, but it's not that big a deal because there isn't that much in it anyway. On a motorcycle, everything is a compromise. This mini tank bag is a good compromise between a big bag that is in the way and nothing at all. The only reason I have the bag is to hold my iPOD, my cell phone and Mix-It2. For day rides that's all I need. By the way, the map window is a great place for the remote control for the iPOD.
 

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Here's the picture

As I mentioned at the start of the thread, I took an X-Acto knife and trimmed away some of the right rear tab of the battery cover. This allowed me to pass the power supply and the audio output of the radar detector through to the bank bag. In this picture the tank bag is removed from the mounting studs and just laid aside so you can see where the wires come though.
 

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