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Explorer Lite Tank Bag

Regular price $ 184.99 Sale

The Explorer Lite Tank Bag was designed in response to riders wanting something "smaller" than our Rainier Tank Bag. It is 2" shorter than the Rainier and has a slimmer width for more handlebar clearance. The same curved bottom makes for an excellent fit on most sloped tanks and it excels on Dual Sport and Adventure bikes. The mounting system allows the rider to adjust the fore-aft placement on the tank.

And expandable gusset adds capacity when you need it. An optional Top Pocket (sold separately) can add even more. Reflective accents add nighttime visibility and a carry handle makes it easy to take it with you when you unclip it.

The Explorer Lite can be unclipped from the harness (choose the harness type to match your bike) and can be carried by its grab handle. Or turned into a backpack with the optional Backpack Shoulder Straps (sold separately).

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How how do you get the water protection you need?

Level 1 - Our standard Wolfman luggage is well constructed using treated ballistic nylon which will repel some water, but should never be considered waterproof.
Level 2 - Raincovers for standard luggage will add more protection from showers and splashes. They are sewn from highly coated rip-stop nylon and drape tightly over the top and sides of your bags. Add protection by sealing the seams of your raincovers.
Level 3 - Expedition Classic Tank Bags are sewn from waterproof vinyl and offer more protection yet. The bag material is waterproof and clever construction does an excellent job of inhibiting water, mud and dust. However, the sewn seams can allow moisture inside under some conditions. Sealing the seams will help.

** Safe Packing Procedures To help keep your belongings dry using any of the above, try lining luggage with trash bag liners or other sturdy plastic bags **

Level 4 - Wolfman 100% Waterproof Luggage Our Expedition Series and Rolie Bag Series are 100% Waterproof when in good condition and used properly. These bags will shrug off the heaviest rainstorms and deep creek crossings. Plus they will keep mud, dust and odors out as well. Wolfman is confident that our waterproof luggage can and will keep your gear dry. For best results follow these guidelines.

Tip and Hints for 100% Waterproof Roll Top Bags

  • For best results, "burp" out excess air, smooth any wrinkles, roll/fold the top of the bag 3-4 half-rolls, then buckle.
  • Do not allow clothing or other items to drift into the roll area while rolling. They can wick water inside your bag.
  • Make sure mounting straps go through the various guides, buckles, loops or the mounting patch AND AROUND THE BAG to support the weight. Never leave a bag "hanging" by a strap, buckle or mounting patch. WRAP THE STRAP around bags and cinch them tight to the bike. This can prevent tearing and other damage to the bag that could cause a leak. Worse, swinging bags can easily cause a loss of control of the bike which is generally less pleasant than a leak. 
  • Do not pack sharp or abrasive items or carefully pad them to prevent damage to the bag's waterproof material.
  • If you pack wet items, they will still be wet when you take them out and water may have spread to other items. This is bad if it is your down sleeping bag. This is good if your luggage is filled with ice and frosty beverages. 
  • Take sufficient care around cactus, nails, sharp sticks and rocks, knives, marauding rodents, and speeding bullets. These and similar items can compromise the seal of your bags. 
  • If it is deadly important to keep an item dry, (passports, cameras or memory cards, electronics, magnesium powder) it is probably a good idea to use additional layers of protection. Think Pelican cases, ziplock bags, or even a small Rolie Bag inside a larger piece of luggage. 

Even when properly using the very best Wolfman Waterproof Luggage and any secondary methods of keeping water out, there is still a chance that your stuff will end up wet. That's just part of the Adventure of Life. Wolfman is not responsible for these extraordinary events.

If you have further questions, please see our Instructional Video Guides or Contact Us.

If Wolfman Luggage has kept your gear clean and dry under extreme circumstances, we'd like to hear about it.Send us the story and photos and we'll probably share your tale on Facebook.

Protecting Your Paint

We hope you are using our luggage because you ride your bike and need to carry your stuff. Great! Please realize that over time your bike may show wear in places where the luggage contacts the bike's finish. Plastic surfaces, being softer, may be more susceptible to marring.

Our luggage is designed to mount securely and to minimize vibration and rubbing. Smooth, soft material is used for bike/bag interface areas to minimize scratches to the bike's finish. However, dirt and grime caught between a bag and a finished surface can act as an abrasive and hasten visible damage.

Hierarchy of Things We Can All Do To Help Save A Bike's Finish:

Level of Effort Technique Who Does It
Level 0 Install luggage. Ride. Ignore. Some riders
Level 1 Clean your bike before installing luggage & keep it clean Most riders
Level 2 Wash & wax painted surfaces to help provide a barrier to scratches Many riders
Level 3 Use clear protective plastic adhesive-backed coating. 3M Paint Protection Film A few riders
Level 4 Wrap entire bike in plastic wrap & store in protective garage Not recommended

Ultimately, using anything will result in wear. Riding a motorcycle will result in an accumulation of rub-marks, scratches, dings, and scuffs that indicate time well spent.