Looking at the picture, the small window at the upper right is what you see while riding. You could let your map extend out the top a bit if you have a windscreen. Open the Velcro closure at the bottom to reveal a zippered mesh pouch in the upper half and 3 pockets in the lower half. Two of those are big enough for a cell phone or calculator and the third will hold a pen or tire gauge. Now open the Velcro on the right side to reveal a large map window. But a map in it is not the same map you can see while riding.
On my R1200GS there were handguard clamps occupying the places on the bar where I wanted to Ty-Rap the attachment clips. So, instead of the Ty-Raps, I found longer screws for the clamps and attached the clips with 1/4" nylon cable clamps with1/4" spacers under them. Very nice.
All I really wanted was a map holder that I could read while riding and I'd like to see something simpler with the same attachment points but with the map window extending about 2" higher. And maybe with the closure at the bottom. (Posted on 3/17/13)
Worked great for me, certainly a huge improvement over having to constantly dig the trail map out of my fanny pack. Large map area was really nice too, minimized the need to take map out to refold and expose a new area. Was initially concerned about whether the plastic buckles zip tied to the handlebar would be up to the task but they survived 4 days of serious off-roading without a problem. I didn't encounter any serious rain but I could see where it would be nice to have a bit better weather seal on the map compartment. For my uses (off-road) it would be a bit better without the extra pockets since all I really need is the big map window. (Posted on 9/14/11)
Almost perfect minimalist map holder. However, it leaks a fair amount water into the map pocket during rain. If the velcro closure were on the bottom rather than the top, this product would be closer to perfect. (Posted on 11/15/10)
I used one of these for year on my old KLR as an alternative to a tank bag. Now that I'm back riding a KLR again, I'm buying the barpack for the second time. A great holder for maps, EZ Pass, my phone, and the like. (Posted on 4/9/10)
Excellent product. Very useful. Some construction complaints: the velcro seal on the map window could use a strip of material to cover and shed water and the cllips that are sewn to the case have not been in the same location on each side on the 3 cases that I have seen, so it fits crooked on your handlebar. Otherwise, it is a great layout and excellent value. (Posted on 11/23/08)