Since my post with the SW Motech PRO tank bag, I’ve been getting more and more questions about my experience and reasons why I have chosen this tank bag. In order to answer all your questions in detail, there is now a detailed test and comparison of the different sizes.

To make this test possible, SW Motech lent me three additional tank bags from the PRO series. All of these tank bags were specified by SW Motech as being suitable for the MT09.

First look and setup

The first impression of the tank bags is very good. Included in delivery is the PRO top ring, a rain cover and a bag for storage or transport. The PRO tank ring must be purchased separately for a specific bike model.
The assembly is very easy. Compared to the previous series, you don’t need to drill holes in you tank bag, the top ring is simply screwed onto an adjustable slide. This makes it easy to adapt and also to use it on different models.

Models and sizes

The Micro, Daypack, City and Trial were tested (from left to right). The gap between the daypack and city is immediately noticeable. While Miro and Day are quite similar, City and Trial are on a completely different level.

Pro Micro

The Micro is the ideal for everyone who does not have usable storage in the motorcycle but wants to take the most important things with them. Wallet, phone and a bunch of keys fit in here without any problems. However, it is not enough for much more. The volume can be extended using a zipper located at the bottom, but this also reduces the stability.

  • Material: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
  • Color: black / grey
  • Size: 27,0 x 20,5 x 11,0 cm / 10.6 x 8.1 x 4.3 in
  • Weight: 0,9 kg / 2.0 lb
  • Total Volume: 3,0-5,0 l
  • Price: 95,00 €

Pro Daypack

The daypack lives up to its name, it is ideal for a day trip. It has enough space for a phone, wallet, keys etc. but there is also space for something to drink and a snack. The daypack can also be extended using a zipper at the bottom, but like the micro it also reduces the stability.

  • Material: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
  • Color: black / grey
  • Size: 29,0 x 22,5 x 12,5 cm / 11.4 x 8.9 x 4.9 in
  • Weight: 0,8 kg / 1.8 lb
  • Total Volume: 6,0-9,0 l
  • Price: 135,00 €

Pro City

Now it’s getting a lot bigger. With the size and shape you have to check whether it is suitable for your own motorcycle. In the test, this was ideal for the MT09, but not for the XJR due to the strong curvature. The size is decent, it not only fits the need for a day tour, but offers also space for a camera and other things. The outer pockets offer additional space for small items such as charging cables or the rain cover. The Pro City can be extended on the top, that keeps it in shape.

  • Material: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
  • Color: black / grey
  • Size: 37,0 x 29,5 x 25,0 cm / 14.6 x 11.6 x 9.8 in
  • Weight: 1,4 kg / 3.1 lb
  • Total Volume: 11,0-14,0 l
  • Price: 190,00 €

Pro Trial

The Trial is the largest in comparison and definitely not suitable for every motorcycle. It fits perfectly on the XJR and doesn’t look too big on the 21l tank. There is more than enough storage space for a day trip or a weekend. The outer pockets and inner compartments allow a good organization of many small things.

  • Material: 1680D Ballistic Nylon
  • Color: black / grey
  • Size: 37,0 x 31,0 x 24,0 cm / 14.6 x 12.2 x 9.4 in
  • Weight: 1,6 kg / 3.5 lb
  • Total Volume: 13,0-18,0 l
  • Price: 200,00 €

Conclusion an thoughts

Quality and functionality are unrivaled, there is nothing that is currently comparable to the Pro tank bags. The new tank ring is so flat that it doesn’t bother me in any way for my pictures. Locking is much faster and easier thanks to the magnets in the ring and snaps in straight away every time.

When it comes to sizes, even after this test, I’m not sure what is right for me. The city is definitely the end of the food chain on the MT, everything fits in. But for a day trip or a short after-work tour, it is still quite large. I really appreciated the daypack for this.

The daypack is recommended to everyone for day trip. The price gap between the micro and the daypack is not lage. The solution to extend the tank bags is not as good as the solution for the city and trial.

Something is missing in the gap between Daypack and City, a tank bag that is slightly higher than the Daypack, without the outside pockets and with an option to extend the top, which provides more stability and is easier to extend if necessary.

I will add a video with a feedback of the trips with all of these tank bag in a few weeks. stay tuned.

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