After talking to hundreds of riders around the world, and combining that input with our own personal wants and needs, we decided that, rather than start with a traditional ‘toaster’ shape, we would divide the Nomad’s space into six vertical layers, each with its own specific mission. We compiled a massive list of the things people store in their tank bags and found the majority of the items on the list were very small. A vertical layout maximizes the utilization of space without making the bag too tall.
The top layer of the Nomad features three columns of MOLLE webbing, which can be used to mount an included rain-proof map pocket, or other MOLLE-compatible items that you might want quick access to. For example, it’s a great place to store a MOLLE-compatible multi-tool, fixed blade knife, or protective cell phone holder. MOLLE webbing enables you to customize the rider-facing top layer of the Nomad to suit your individual travel style. Some riders like a map pocket, some riders don’t.
Below the MOLLE webbing, the next layer is an expandable beavertail. If you already have some of our other bags, then you know just how handy a beavertail can be. On the Nomad, the beavertail serves as a quick-stash spot for things like sunglasses, gloves, snacks, or even a small DSLR camera. If you use it for your DSLR, we provided webbing loops on the beavertail side bellows, so you can clip the D-rings on your camera case directly to the bag. Inside of the beavertail we added a pocket for a Delorme InReach or SPOT beacon, and there’s even a gated clip to hold your GPS/camera/InReach lanyards so nothing tumbles out when the bike goes down.
The third layer zips back into your lap, and is specifically designed for small-item organization: things like charging cables, pens, change, batteries, earplugs, chapstick, passport, and bike documents. There are six mesh pockets, three elastic cable holders, two pen holders, and a fleece-lined glasses pocket. No more tangled soup of miscellaneous items floating around in the bottom of your tank bag, everything has a home.
The next layer is a large open compartment, featuring plenty of space for bulkier items like extra maps, spare gloves, wallet, CCW, and food. There are two large mesh pockets (one with side-walls and one flat), which are available if you need them, but compress out of the way if you don’t. Also, for contact lens wearers, on the foam-reinforced sidewall there’s a removable lens case holder, which can be rotated to keep the cases vertical depending on the orientation of the bag.
Under the main compartment, accessible from a pocket at the bottom of the bag, there’s a long, flat pocket that accommodates a 1.8L Platypus hydration reservoir, which is included with the bag. In warmer climates and on long distance trips, it’s really nice to relocate the weight of your drinking water from your back to the tank. If you’d rather keep the Nomad as tight as possible to the bike, and/or if you’d like to maximize space in the main compartment, you can remove the reservoir and store it elsewhere on the bike. With the hydration reservoir removed, there’s a large patch of hook/loop Velcro in this pocket, which is also a convenient spot for a CCW.
The sixth and final layer of the Nomad houses a quick-stash spot for two sewn-on, crushable backpack straps. Simply un-clip the Nomad from the bike, pull out the backpack straps, clip them to the D-rings at the bottom of the bag, and the Nomad converts into a fully functioning hydration pack. The side straps, which normally connect the Nomad to the bike, now become your waist strap. We use these backpack straps on dualsport trips all the time, from morning hikes to running errands around town. And the best part is that the Nomad doesn’t look or feel like a ‘tank bag on your back.’ It looks and feels like a real backpack.
The Nomad includes a waterproof rain cover, with a welded-seam top panel and sealed seams on the side, to keep all your belongings dry even in a heavy downpour. There’s a stash-spot for the rain cover on the top of the bag, and a clip to keep it connected to the Nomad so it doesn’t get lost.
After two years of work, and so much input from the riding community, we’ve tried our best to design the ultimate adventure touring tank bag. We hope you agree!
- Due to the Nomad’s long torso, it may not fit on smaller bikes or bikes without a front gas tank. This is a brand new bag, so we’ll be learning a lot about which bikes it fits on and which it doesn’t.
- We specifically designed the Nomad to sit much farther forward on the bike than a typical tank bag. It’s not uncommon for the top of the bag to extend over the handlebars on some bikes. We recommend rigging it as far forward as possible.
- The Nomad expands & contracts as needed. If you prefer a tight fitting tank bag with a low profile, remove the hydration reservoir and map pocket, and cinch it down tight to the bike. For more capacity, take full advantage of the beavertail.
Download a PDF of the Nomad's footprint to help with fitment to your bike HERE.
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"So versatile and user friendly, this makes my rides better in every way. Ease of access for my camera, spare gloves, small tools, wallet, etc... Does everything that I wanted a tank bag to do and then other things I didn't even know I needed. I can't go back to anything else, I'm too spoiled now.”
So, I had a tank bag from a different company and fell in love with the concept of having handy storage without getting off of my bike. However, it was just one big compartment, and I found myself spending time rooting through all the crap that accumulated in there. So I started looking elsewhere for my options. I discovered Mosko Moto and started looking at their stuff. Long story of research short, I decided on the nomad bag. I am literally leaving for the MABDR tomorrow morning, and have it packed full of the things that I will need to get to quickly and easily.
I love the separate compartments, I especially love the MOLLE straps! The map bag fits great on it. My last bag used hooks, and they ALWAYS caught my jacket zipper and it drove me nuts! I gave that bag to my wife who said "it can't be that bad" now she has to deal with it, and I constantly hear quiet grumblings of her zipper getting stuck.
The fact that it easily comes off and converts into a backpack is a huge win as well. My last bag came off easily, but had to be carried. We like to park and hike. So the fact that it becomes a backpack is going to push me to get one for my wife. That is where that little extra room in the main compartment will come in handy. See gripes below.
Now for my gripes. I believe the main compartment should be just a smidge deeper. Maybe 1" deeper. I am a bit of a "geardo" and like carrying more than I need at times, but don't want the massive tank bag like what I gave to my wife. Just one inch deeper, and I'll likely get another one.
Well thought out, quality design. Ticks all the boxes for what a tank bag should be. Looking forward to outfitting the rest of the bike with gear from this quality company that listens to the customers.
Bought the Nomad Tank Bag for a 10-day trip around Eastern and Southern Oregon. It was a bit of an impulse purchase after falling in love with my 35L Backcountry Panniers. I had not been comfortable with a tank bank in the past but I really wanted the extra space to carry smaller items and water on this trip. The Nomad was amazing, never got in my way and I can't imagine riding without it now. I love the sectioned storage and having a place for everything. I travel with my partner so I kept my Garmin InReach leashed in the beavertail rather than on my person. It was secure and handy. I appreciate not having to dig around in a single well for my stuff. Very easy connect/disconnect so there were times I simply took the bag off and when we stopped during the day...super easy. The straps attached to the bike are very streamlined, at least on my F650GS, and make them very inconspicuous which I really like. Can't wait for the cell phone case to become available again. Great bag - Buy one!!!!
I've been running the Nomad and Reckless on the new T7 and love them. The steep angle of the T7 tank accommodates the Nomad rather quite well and is out of the way when standing and riding aggressively in the dirt.
I wanted to get the backpack ogg my back. So now with the tools and tubes in the reckless and the water and misc items in the nomad it's finally what I wanted. Feels great.
The nomad is so well thought out and I love the ability to accommodate a CCW. I initially thought that all of the little pockets were overkill but I rapidly found myself filling them with the little nicknacks that we have in our pockets and backpacks.
A well thought out piece of kit and I they hit this thing out of the park.
I purchased the Nomad take back for my 2018 Africa Twin. I was initially worried about the straps but it was a non issue. Love this bag. It has plenty of stash areas and friends are envious of the tank bladder. Really nothing I would change.