I searched a lot to see what other people are using as tank bag on the new VStrom 650 2012. I liked the Bags Connection products as they seem solid and well built. I wanted mid size bag, not too bulky and not too small. City bag seem to be a good size and it can expand as well, I didn’t get a chance to see or try Trial bag though.
The 3 hard cases that came with the bike, Canadian EXP model, are made by SW-Motech as well and I couldn’t be happier with anything else, so I was confident to go with SW-Motech for the tank bag as well.
I checked the catalog from sw-motech for their line of products for Suzuki, Download here, and the City tank-bag is not listed for DL650 2012! but Trial bag is, which was surprising as Trial bag is slightly bigger than City bag. However I saw on Stromtrooper.com that others have it and are happy with it so I decided to go with it anyway. I did a trip to A Vicious Cycle and picked up one.
I tried it on the bike and I have enough space when I turn the handle bar all the way to the side, so it’s a keeper. Now let’s install it on the bike.
Find the correct size replacement screws from provided screws with the EVO tank ring. For DL650 2012 I had to use M5x20 socket screw for top right, M5x25 socket screw for top left and two M5x25 countersunk screws for the bottom two.
Install the EVO tank ring with the new screws and tighten to 5Nm torque as specified in the manual. But I don’t have torque screwdriver, so I hand tighten it!
Will check it again after about 50Km riding.
Put the bag on the top ring and move back and forward until you find the best position. for me it was to install the bag all the way back and away from the handle-bar to prevent interference with any accessories that I will mount on handle-bar in the future.
Support back of the base and drill hole with provided drill bit from outside of the bag. As you drill the holes, put something in the hole to keep the drill template from moving. I couldn’t secure the drill template to the bag and with drilling it is possible that drill template moves and holes will become off from each other. If you are planning to use the anti-theft feature, make an additional hole for it as well.
I will just use one of the spare screws that came with the package as anti-theft pin and will lock the zipper of the bag itself with a small lock. It works fine for me. You can use anything with the same shape and size and with a thread secure it somewhere in the bag so you will not loose it.