We review Kriega USA's latest - a tank bag for all conditions.
What you are looking at is a tank bag that is not made in the traditional style we are used to seeing and it certainly performs its job differently. Then again Kriega doesn't do things the traditional way, they do things their way. Kriega makes end of the world quality equipment - the kind of gear that you want when the floods come, tectonic plates are disrupted and Mad Max is in charge of traffic enforcement. Kriega backs their gear with a 10 year guarantee. That shows real confidence in their products - and it means that they had better deliver.
How does it mount?
Kriega's US tank adapter has a rubberized bottom to protect your paint, multiple hook loops to allow for mounting accessories, and it uses a robust velcro attachment system under the seat to keep it in place. The straps attach to the velcro and are then sandwiched by the seat and tank. This makes for a secure mount, yet allows for quick and easy removal compared to a traditional wraparound strap you have to thread and unthread through the frame.
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Since you can't do that on the front of the mount, Kriega uses a more traditional strap that wraps around the upper frame tube on either side of the steering head. It can be removed for filling of the tank or cleaning via four quick releases that are easy to use and do not touch the paint.
Once the base is attached you can mount any of Kriega's US5, US10, and US20 dry bags to it. Kriega uses a cam and buckle system that is both secure and versatile. When not used for the tank bag mount, you can use it to mount the dry bags to almost any secure surface on the motorcycle, a Jeep, or anything else you want.
What is it like to live with?
The system is great if you don't need to access the tank bag regularly. I used it to carry a tire repair kit, tire pressure gauge, and the liners from my jacket. The bag itself is a typical dry bag. It uses a roll-top closer with buckles to keep it cinched. When clamped to the tank mount the mount straps are used to compress the bag to keep it from moving. If you need access, you have to undo the straps and unroll the top to get to what you want and remount it. The down side: it's not ideal for commuting or riding that might require you to get at what's in the bag quickly. This is for a rider going long distances who needs to make sure whatever is in that bag is protected from the elements, and who may need to take that bag and utilize in other ways. It is a different kind of versatility. There aren't any other tank bags that could double as a way to get water from a stream, work as a backpack, a tail bag, a side bag, and then get remounted to the tank.
I ran this bag through rain, heat, a little cold in the mornings, and even just hosed water onto it. It never leaked. No water got inside and it doesn't look any worse for wear. It has some softness to the overall bag and it seems like it would do a good job protecting items inside from a pretty good impact. I did not test that.
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At roughly $135 this isn't the least expensive setup and it definitely isn't the most convenient. It is the perfect setup if you need to carry items that don't require regular access but do require maximum weather protection. This is a tank bag that offers unmatched versatility both on and off the motorcycle, just not unmatched convenience.
Mounted in the rear of my Jeep.