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I like the idea of a tank bag but cannot see how it could not effect the finish. I could be wrong. I have a 05 midnight and the finish looks great but does not seem durable. Want feedback from other members who have tank bags.
 

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I use a Givi magnetic tank bag.
To protect the tank, I lay a soft, meshed material over it prior to use.


It is sold in the uk bike mags as a non-slip material for luggage. example: http://www.motrax.co.uk/index.php?page_name=product&product_id=1094

It can be picked up in many hardware stores too ( cheaper ! )

It is VERY important that the tank is spotlessly clean before anything is laid on the tank!!!

There is no perfect protection, but this is very good.

Hope this helps.
 

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I have been using a tank bag since the bike was new. At first i was real careful and as time has passed not so much.


It does effect it. I can polish it out but after a day or two you can still see it.


On the other hand, it isn't a show bike. I bought it to ride and to be comfortable. A little marred paint isn't going to bother me too much.
 

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That's the main reason I am not doing a custom paintjob. My girlfriend and I enjoy our long trips like our 6300 miler last year too much and a tankbag is great for maps/lunch/raingear etc. My tank is still in pretty good shape at 32000 miles so it can be done. That mesh stuff would help a lot I imagine.
 

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I use one on my Kawi but dont like using on the warrior.I do have marks in the paint on the Kawi from the bag.They do polish out.
 

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I use "INSTA-CLING LIMO DARK" self sticking window tint film from WAL-MART. It's a static cling type thick plastic film. It sticks without adhesive and protects the paint. I cut out a shape a little bigger than the bag and move it from bike to bike at will.
 

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Make sure the underside of the bag and the tank are both clean and free of dust, dirt and grit and you should be fine. In the last 6 years, the only time my tank bag scratched my tank is when I got careless.
 

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I bought my 08 Midnight last september and used the magnetic yamaha tank bag until I put the bike away for the winter. Like you I was concerned about scratching the tank. So before I put the bag on, I make sure all the surfaces are clean, and I also lay down a piece of Kobolt tool box liner. The only problem is the magnets will not work through the liner, so I had to cut pieces out of the tool box liner where the magnets sit. I do have some very minor scratches that are only visible if you really get down there and look for them. It's nothing that I can't polish out. I might have to look into that static cling window tint though. That might be the answer.


I love the tank bag because I hate wearing a back pack to carry my stuff. I also hate the idea of saddle bags on a warrior. I think they look good on some bikes, but theyjust don't fit the warrior image in my opinion.
 
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