SARGENT SUPER BAG
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 15:44:43 -0500 (CDT)
Last night I received my tank bag from Sargent, along with a tank panel to mount the bag to my K-75RT. Time from ordering to delivery was about a week.
My first thought upon unpacking the bag was, "Wow! Complicated!" This thing has buttons, snaps, drawstrings, zippers, and velcro all over it!
An inventory of what I received.
So you get a lot of stuff.
Now, no product is perfect, and this bag had its flaws like anything else.
The zipper that is used to expand the main compartment hangs up at the back left corner. It's getting caught on a fold of the fabric that will become the wall of the expanded section. With a little ironing, I think I can fix this.
This same zipper was "cross zipped" when I received it. I backed the zipper over the bad area, then rezipped it. No problems with this since, but it does raise concern that the zippers may be a bit weak.
The drawstring has a plastic pulltab on the end of it to join the two ends of the drawstring on one easy to grab tab. This pulltab is a soft plastic, and on mine, one of the drawstrings wasn't attached to the tab. Fixed in less than a minute by using a pen to pop open the pulltab and then close it again on both drawstring ends. I'm worried that it may not stay, though.
On the website, the small map pocket appears to have a rigid frame, and in fact, appears to be hinged. ( http://www.sargentcycle.com/images/uba97g7a.jpg ) In truth, it is just leather, and is rather floppy. I think it's unlikely that riders will be using the small map panel in the way that it's portrayed in this picture. Personally, I'm going to look into adding a rigid frame for this panel, because the picture is how I'd like it to work. (Fold up the panel, grab the flashlight, look at the map, stow the flashlight, and fold the map down again.)
The leather flap that holds this map panel has a lousy securing system. It has a rectangular loop of plastic on it, and there's a velcro piece that goes up through this loop, then folds back down and stick to itself. This is complicated, and looks like it would be tricky to do with one hand while riding. I wonder why they didn't just put a piece of velcro on the top of the bag, and a matching piece on the flap. (The velcro loop can be seen on the above image, dead center on top of the tankbag.)
The flashlight. I love the flashlight. Except... The flashlight attaches to the tankbag using the same twist-off connectors that hold the side bags and optional rear bag onto the tankbag. The problem is that the connectors on the side of the tankbag are all male, with the small bags being female. Well, the flashlight has a male connector on it. Yup, you can only attach the flashlight to the designated flashlight area. You can attach the flashlight to the small side bags, but I'm not really sure what purpose that would serve. I'd rather be able to attach the flashlight to the back of the tankbag where I could reach it easily.
The large pocket is not easily accessible while riding because the small map panel and flap prevent you from opening it. If you've got the large map panel attached, forget about it. That's what the side pockets and micro bag are for, though. (BTW, the micro bag can also attach to the back of the tankbag)
So far, these are inconveniences, and a few aftermarket modifications will fix these nicely. However, there's one more problem.
The tank panel attaches to the seam at the front of the tank with two
plastic J-clips, and straps to the frame under the seat in the rear. You
then tighten the straps in the rear to get the panel totally in place.
The straps have quick disconnects to allow you to get under the panel when
you need to clean the tank.
(Warning, if you have a Corbin low seat, the seat will squish these clips a bit. I worried about scratches on my tank's paint for about half a second, then realized that I never see that part of the tank unless the seat's off.)
The problem is, I have a K-75RT. You know, the one with the fairing that was meant for a K-100. The one that also has a K-100 tank? Yeah, that one.
Well, the panel didn't fit quite right. I called Sargeant and advised them of the K-75RT having the K-100 tank. They're going to exchange the Tank panel that I have for the K-100 model, and promised to update their records to show that the K-75RT uses the K-100 panel. However, if you have a K-75RT, make sure you get the right panel when you order.
Lastly, the bag causes my turn signals to engage when turning the bars all
the way left or right. (I turn hard left, the left blinker comes on. I
turn hard right, the right blinker comes on. It's not a bug! It's a
In the city with the bag fully stuffed, your turning radius might be a bit limited, but as long as you don't use the expansion panel, you should be fine.
As a backpack, it's definitely a tankbag. Good for day hiking, but not its primary function. It rides high up on the shoulder blades, and the straps can't be adjusted while it's being worn. However, I have yet to see a tankbag/daypack combo that really worked as a backpack, unless the time I bungeed my JanSport to my Suzuki's tank counts.
So, here's the breakdown.
Well thought out: 7
Customer service: 10
This bag rocks. The panel system rocks. The company rocks. I'm pleased.
Fred (Lonny) Scott
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