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MD Project Bike: Dirck Modifies a 2019 KTM 790 Adventure, Part 3 (With Review of SW-MOTECH Tank Bag and Luggage Rack)

The EVO Engage is rated at 7 liters, and has a removeable/adjustable partition (see picture). Although not enough room for long distance travel supplies, it offers more than enough room for storage of a water bottle, wallet, keys, face mask, phone and several other items.

Like the luggage rack, SW-MOTECH built the EVO Engage tank bag to last. The bag has stiff walls, robust construction and high quality zippers. Two small side compartments offer additional room for small items.

A nice feature is the pass-through at both the front and rear of the EVO Engage that allows electrical cords/USB cables to enter and exit the bag (see photo).

We can’t really find fault with the EVO Engage tank bag, but mounting it to the KTM 790 Adventure was a challenge. The distance from the gas cap retention ring to the triple clamp is so short (less than 3″) that a quick release retention system for the bag is problematic. Most bags, including those from SW-MOTECH, quite simply won’t snap into place on the gas cap ring without more room. SW-MOTECH only recommends the EVO Daypack and EVO Micro bags for the 790 Adventure due to this space limitation.

We were able to modify the mounting of the base plate under the EVO Engage bag to make it fit the 790 Adventure. We will post a separate story about the steps we took to do this, if you are interested. The bottom line is that the EVO Engage is an excellent bag, and we understand it fits very well on several adventure bikes, including several BMW models. You can input your motorcycle model on the SW-MOTECH site, which will then display compatible tank bag models.

Stay tuned for further reports on our project bike, including modifications done to reduce handlebar vibration, improve the front fork suspension response, and further thoughts on luggage.

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6 Comments

  1. Thomas DeLoriea says:

    I really love my Enduristan tail pack on my 790ADV-R. It fits right onto the stock plate as the U-hooks fit right into the bottom slots in the OEM luggage plate. It’s waterproof and the perfect size for that spot. Fits a Nalgene bottle and a jacket liner and gloves. Perfect!

    https://enduristan.co.uk/products/tail-pack

  2. Jammer says:

    What modifications did you have to make to mount the sw mortech engage tank bag on the KTM790 adventure

  3. Hans says:

    Guys, please post the instructions on how to modify the mounting mechanism.
    Thank you!

  4. Evan says:

    The SWMotech bags are fantastic. I’ve been using a Daypack 2.0 on my S1000R with an electrified tank ring. Charges my phone, keeps wallet, water, or other important things at hand. Very high quality, good looks, and lots of sizes. Literally nothing to not like.

  5. bmbktmracer says:

    Very industrial-looking rig ya got there. Looks like a fun ride. I currently live in Korea for my job. Been here 5 years now. Bought a 2009 Moto Guzzi Stelvio on eBay 2 years ago, that had only 900 miles. I’ve had it for 2 years now, but only get to ride it once per year. It now has about 1500 miles. Point is, bikes like yours and mine are meant for riding and are so rewarding to tinker with. Tinkering makes the bike your own and — for me — is what creates a sense of pride and accomplishment. I also have a 2004 Triumph Sprint RS with GSXR USD forks, Ohlins shock, Staintune pipe, and a lovely blue paintjob I did in the garage. I’m sure I’ll buy a new bike when I get home, but I’ll never sell the two I have now. Hopin’ you’ll have many years of fun on that machine while keeping the wrenches spinning.

  6. fred says:

    SW-Moto apparently got the locking tank bag idea from Les @ LuggageLocker/TankLocker. He’s been out of business for some time, but I still have a couple of his tank bags that have held up well for more that a quarter of a century.

    I’m a big fan of adequate storage on motorcycles, and your setup looks quite functional.

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