Marsee Mighty Mini Tank Bag
| Owner Comments (Below)
by "Burn". for webBikeWorld.com
World's Smallest and Cutest
"Cute" isn't a word that you see very often on
It's not because we aren't sensitive and in touch
with our inner selves -- it's just that the word "cute"
is too... well, let's just say that it's not scientific
enough and we'll leave it at that.
But cute is the word that just about everyone -- man
and woman alike -- has used to describe this Marsee
Mighty Mini tank bag. So I guess we'll go with it!
Yes! It is cute -- there, I said it!
It's also tiny, at only 215 mm (8-1/2 inches) long,
115 mm (4-1/2 inches) wide and standing about 150 mm (6
inches) tall. It weighs a miniscule 329 grams
(11.625 oz.), but it has all the features of its bigger
brothers and sisters in the Marsee line.
Get one while you can -- Marsee has recently changed
the very popular Mighty Mini, but our feeling is that
they should have left well enough alone. Just like
an SUV, the new iteration of the Mighty Mini has gotten
bigger and fatter and, we think, less useful.
But there are still plenty of the older models (shown
here) available, either through online sources or at
your local motorcycle shop. We found this one
hanging on a wall in the back of the shop, all by its
lonesome, and couldn't resist.
I'm not sure if the pricing has changed also -- this
version cost us $60.00, which seems like a lot of money
for a 3-liter tank bag, but the revised version lists
for $119.00. Yeeeow! That's way too much, in
our opinion. The revised version gives you a
zippered base that allows you to remove the Mighty Mini
whilst leaving the mounting straps attached to the
motorcycle, but our version is so easy to install and
remove that we don't really see the value. It also
has a hand carrying handle on the front, which makes it
easy to transport when detached from the bike.
Mighty Mini has lots of room inside, and its shape
maximizes the amount of relative storage that can be
had, considering its dimensions. The main internal
storage bay is fully lined, and it can be accessed by
unzipping an almost-full-length zipper.
pulls are huge, compared to the size of the tank bag
itself, but in our opinion, zipper pulls can't be big
enough. Big ones make it easy to use the tank bag
when wearing heavy motorcycle gloves. You do wear
motorcycle gloves when riding, right?
I can easily fit four half-liter bottles of water in
the Mighty Mini, or a bottle of water, a camera, cell
phone and a few other goodies. It will hold a
compacted rain jacket, and I can even fit a somewhat
compressed down vest inside.
There's a small pocket under the main cover that has
a clear plastic viewport, and the bag comes with an
owner identification card that can be filled out with
information like emergency contact names and phone
numbers. I use it to store some of my business
cards to hand out to new acquaintances when I'm on the
The Mighty Mini has two side pockets, each with their
own zipper and again using the big zipper pulls.
Each of these pockets measure 130 mm (5 inches) long by
50 mm (2 inches) deep by 65 mm (2-1/2 inches) high.
The sides of the bag use foam stiffeners, which helps
the bag keep its shape. The bag is made from 1050
denier ballistic nylon, so it should last a long time.
These pockets seem too tiny to be useful at first,
but their size is deceiving. I can fit a pair of
sunglasses in their case in one side, and the other
pocket can hold, for example, my Olympus VN-240 digital
voice recorder, which I keep to record my notes on
various products that I help review while I'm traveling.
I've found that these pockets will also hold my tiny
Sony DSC-T1 digital camera with room to spare or I can
just squeeze my Canon S30 digital camera inside.
The Canon is an oldie but goodie, and is now relatively
large compared to more modern digital cameras. At
first glance, the pockets definitely did not seem like
they'd hold much, but their shape again maximizes the
My feeling is that this is one of those "surprise and
delight" features, and I get a real kick out of fitting
so much in such a tiny space. Even though the
Mighty Mini's price is relatively high, I do feel like I
got my money's worth.
There's one more thin pocket on top, this one is not
as useful as the others. It opens with a zipper
and it's about 180 mm deep (7 inches) and as wide as the
bag. I can fit my camera or my sunglasses in
there, but it causes a big bulge on top because the
pocket doesn't expand. This pocket has a liner
between it and the bag's lid, but is unlined otherwise.
I suppose it could also hold some printed materials, but
it's too small for a map.
tank bag has the typical Marsee soft rubber-like bottom,
which helps it to grip on the top of the tank and, I
suppose, helps somewhat to prevent paint scratches.
Paint scratches are the main drawback of using tank
bags, and although some work has been done with new
mounting devices, it can still be a problem.
The Mighty Mini comes with a very simple mounting
system, consisting of two nylon webbed straps with male
nylon clips that attach to dual built-in mates located
on the front and rear of the bag.
One strap is looped around the motorcycle's headstock
and one can be looped under the motorcycle's frame at
the rear of the fuel tank.
The problem is that the Mighty Mini is narrow and
tall, and it can rock side-to-side, even with the straps
tightened up. But this isn't really a problem,
because the bag stays put.
The Marsee logos on either side are treated with 3M
Scotchlite, and they are reflective, but their surface
area is so small, I don't think they really help improve
the visibility of the motorcycle or rider.
I have to say that the Mighty Mini is one of the most
useful tank bags I've tried. It's cool-looking
because of its -- dare I say it -- irresistibly cute
shape. It should fit just about any size tank, and
it really does hold an amazing amount of stuff,
considering its size; certainly enough for a day trip.
It's made in the U.S.A. and it carries a lifetime
warranty against defects in workmanship. Get one
while you can! My feeling is that the newer
versions don't seem to be as useful and are much more
Review: Marsee Mighty Mini Tank
Retail Price: $60.00
Comments: Tiny tank bag is about as small as you can get.
Should fit just about any size fuel tank. Fully lined, nicely made
and zippers have big pulls. The shape is narrow and tall, which
maximizes the amount of internal storage space, but makes it slightly
tippy. Lifetime warranty. Review Date: August
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From "J.A.": "Thank you for the review of the Marsee
Mighty Mini Tank bag by B. K.; it is exactly what I have been looking for.
Unfortunately, I have not had any luck finding an original Marsee Mighty
Mini Tank Bag. (Editor's Note: August 2007)
With Marsee's decision to send the "cute" 3L bag to its
untimely demise, in favor of the bloated 8L version, there seemed to be no
hope finding a small yet useful tank bag. On a side note, Marsee is
probably alienating many potential customers with their poor choice of
having an "Internet Explorer only" web site... feh, like I have used that
browser in 3 years... not.
SBW Concepts has what looks close to being a clone of the original 3L
Marsee bag! The Scout Expandable Mini Tank Bag... and with a fair
price to boot! It might be an inch less in length and height, but it
is expandable up to 7.5" and is a tad bit wider. It also comes in
enough colors to satisfy just about anyone."