Monday, April 21, 2014

KTM Tank Bag [750.12.919.000]

KTM powerparts tank bag on KTM 690 Enduro R

I was able to get the KTM luggage (tank bag and rear bag)  very cheap so I didn't go with the Giant Loop, Wolfman etc. alternatives even though they are very likely better products. I have found very little information on both the rear bag or the tank bag on the net. Especially pictures of the bag mounted seem to be surprisingly scarce. With this in mind I took a few pictures so people considering the KTM bags could get a better idea how they fit and what can be fitted in them.

KTM powerparts tank bag on KTM 690 Enduro R
KTM powerparts tank bag on KTM 690 Enduro R
KTM powerparts tank bag on KTM 690 Enduro R
KTM powerparts tank bag on KTM 690 Enduro R

Tank bag

The tank bag seems better suited for the 690 than the rear bag. The tank bag does not actually sit on top of the tank on the 690 as it would on most bikes. Instead it sits on the front portion of the seat. This is a huge plus as it does not need to be moved out of the way when filling the tank.

The bag comes with rear mounting straps that have a loop sewn on them. The front strap is a one piece that loops under the bike and meets the buckle on the other side. It is sewn on the bike from the left side. The rear straps are quick release, but the front is a traditional hook & loop thingy.

The bag fits the 690 quite nicely and while it's not a perfect fit, it's plenty good enough. Unlike the rear bag that can be "made to work" with the 690 the tank bag just does.

Like the rear bag, the tank bag is not water proof and comes with a separate rain cover. No paint protecting film was provided with the tank bag.

After a short trip to the archipelago it was clear that the tank bag is far more useful than the rear bag. It's instantly accessible and while not as spacious it's still large enough (especially when extended) to hold a good bunch of gear. The bag has a clear plastic window on top so you can slip in your phone, tablet, map or whatever and have a peek at it when riding. There is also a dedicated hole for a charging cable on the front of the bag. The bag has three smaller pockets in addition to the main compartment, two on the sides and one on the back. 

It is worth mentioning that the bag can be unzipped from the attachment "bra" so that you don't need to unhook everything if you don't want to leave the bag with the bike.

UPDATE [Oct. 12th.2014]

After some real world riding and testing I have to say, I can not recommend the KTM bag 100% . It works fine until you need to start fiddling with the rain cover. The rain cover inflates to a huge balloon if attached carelessly and it makes accessing the bag less than ideal. Even if the previous weren't true, it's annoying having tot mess with a separate rain cover. Spend a few extra bucks and get a waterproof bag if you plan on riding in bad weather.

This is the KTM bag

This is probably better


  1. Try the ENDURISTAN tankbag, the SANDSTORM 3S. I have it on my K690 Enduro, it's excellent, 100% waterproof

    1. +1 for the enduristan proven as 100% waterproof and excellent build quality. Adjustable expansion system. Worth every penny.