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.
Product Creation at Mosko is an effort born of necessity. Everyone on our team rides – and time on the trail translates to an innovative, always improving product line. Crafting gear that will outperform in even the most harsh riding conditions means we make no compromise, ever.
"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.”
Like very much the Nomad Tank Bag! It is not too big, the quality of material is stunning and is easy to mount and take off from the Tank of my Yamaha T7. I intend to use it only for all-day or longer trips where especially the hydration system become a very important add for us bikers. Higly reccomended!
I got this tank bag for my KTM 1290 Super Adventure, it fits great, doesn’t move around on or off road and having water handy is a must in Arizona in the summer.
I had been looking at the Mosko Moto gear for some time. I watched reviews and read articles about the different items. I decided to try the nomad tank bag and I am very impressed. The bag is well made and fairly easy to install. After seeing mine I got my riding buddy to buy the same one.
Since using the nomad, I am definitely going to be buying more Mosko products in the future.
I can't ride without a tank bag. I have had tank bags on my bikes since the '70s. I need a place to organize all those little things that go with me for a day ride or a month long ride. I recently picked up a KTM 390 Adventure as an additional bike, and I needed a smaller bag that would fit well on the smaller tank- and allow me to stand when needed off road without interference. The Nomad sold me on it's size- durability - and excellent design. One of the best design elements for me is the built in hydration bladder- I'm one of those people that hates to wear a backpack on a bike- so I'd often find myself waiting to stop and take a break on a really hot ride until I got to a "good place to stop" and as such- I'd end up dehydrated by the the time I did. I also find the mounting to be secure enough to use on a bike that will end up on its side (hopefully only occasionally) with my expensive and essential electronics in it. I have other Mosko Moto products for my other bikes, and I am planning on more. Looking at the "Reckless 80" system as a possible solution for longer trips carrying my camping gear and whatever else for week to month long trips on the little KTM and my other bikes. Designed by riders- well thought out for real world use, rugged and durable- what more can you ask for?
This bag caught my eye because I found myself wanting a water reservoir for my riding. I didn't want to just stuff a bladder into my existing bag, and when I found the Mosko it looked like the right fit!
After purchase, I found that not only do I love the included water bag, but the overall quality, build and design. Now I can't stop checking out the catalog and wondering to myself what piece of Mosko gear I want next!