$1 Motorcycle Map Pouch

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About: Hello. I'm a freelance designer who makes a lot of different things for fun.

Back story

My tank bag was stolen recently along with the gloves inside. Besides the storage, the tang bag had a windowed pouch for a map or cell phone. I wanted:

  • a cheap solution that won't get stolen
  • secure and functional while riding
  • waterproof in case of rain
  • can be quickly and easily removed without scratching or leaving residue

Solution

A plastic, zippered pouch that attaches with magnets to the metal gas tank. In addition to a map you could store any paper you've got. If you plan to store a cell phone or wallet, test the stability with something heavier first.

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Step 1: Materials

  • A5 zippered pouches from a dollar store
  • neodymium magnets (minimum 4. I used 8 because mine are small.)

  • duct tape

Since I paid about 10 cents per magnet and 25 cents for the pouch ($2 for 8), total cost was about $1.

Step 2: Assemble and Test It

Tear a small piece of duct tape. Stick a magnet or two to the sticky side. Then stick the tape into the corner of the pouch. Repeat this for all four corners of the pouch.

Put your map or other papers inside. Attach it to your gas tank. You're done. Now go ride outside!

I tested this with a variety of papers and they were all very stable. This will solve my navigation problem for the rest of the summer until I can afford a new tank bag.

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    silvertinkerer

    3 years ago

    I have used to same trick on my bike for the last several years. It is a really simple solution.

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    Nate Barry

    3 years ago

    Pretty ingenious. Good job!