Givi 3D603 Tanklock Tankbag
Nice Little Glove Box
I bought this for my F700GS. I wanted a bag for the tank that would serve the same way a glove box in a car does; for maps, the camera, maybe a spare pair of gloves. The requirements were as follows: Quick release, clear "map pocket" on top, not too big.
In the past I've had a magnetic tank bag that worked wonderfully on my old R100GS and a TransAlp, but it was stolen off the TA when I ran into a pet store to grab something for my dog. I also had a very nice Ducati Performance tank bag where the base strapped onto the bike and the bag zipped on and off of it, also allowing access to the gas cap without having to unstrap the base. But I had modified it to make it fit as cleanly as possible to the Monster S2R I was riding, and I let it go with the bike when I sold it.
The F700GS has a plastic "tank", so a magnetic bag was out of the question. Most of the strap bags are very large, and I didn't want to go with straps again anyway. That kind of cut the list down to Givi, which was fine with me since their bags seem to be well-respected (this is my first Givi product ever).
So far so good. The installation couldn't be easier, and the fit and finish are both very nice. At first I was worried that the bag might sit up a little too high and back too far to be comfortable, but I don't even see or feel it when I'm sitting on the bike. I have to look down to see it at all; it doesn't interfere with the controls or seeing the instruments in any way. On a sport bike it might get in the way of a really tight tuck, but on the GS it's just about perfect. My chest rests lightly against it in about the most extreme tuck I would ever be likely to take on this bike, although, admittedly, I don't tend to tuck that much at all. She's a dual sport, and I ride her that way.
The interior compartmentalization is nice, with a divider for sunglasses and other stuff (the divider comes out), plus the top pocket. I'm an old-school non-GPS guy who prefers to get good and "lost" before the map comes out, but occasionally I need written directions to somewhere specific, and that little window intended for an iPhone is great for that. I would not have bought the bag without it.
The only "improvement" I would suggest is that it would be nice to have a totally soft option. The rigidity is nice, but I also wonder how it will hold up over the long haul. It seems that a good shot or two, or a drop, might do it some damage. But only time will tell.
Once nice advantage to this system is that the next Givi bag, if there is one, will just lock onto the same plate on the tank right out of the bag. I don't know that I will ever put a bigger tank bag on this bike, but at least the option is there. And you never know. They may come out with a soft version of the same bag.
February 9, 2015
The bag and mount system are great. Build quality is very good. Storage space and features are good. My issue with this tank bag is, if you ride a supersport and do not have long arms the bag will be pressed into your chest when you reach for the bars. There is no adjustment forward or back on the mounting system. I might have to go with a tail bag, very dissapointed.
February 5, 2015
Quick release feature makes bag versatile.
Love the quick release feature making it eaasy to remove & lock in top box.
Combined cost of bag & tank lock makes it pricey.
Excellent for those who want a bag that is not too large.
January 19, 2015
Perfect size for one day or ten
I have had the Givi tank bag for about six months and never ride without it. I had a bmw large tank bag and it was a pain to take on and off. The Givi mount is brilliant and easy to use. No magnets or anything to mess up your tank or make it difficult to fill your bike. The tank bag is a bargain and Revzilla did an excellent job getting it to me before I took off on a long trip.
January 14, 2015
Dosn't Work well with Ducati 848 Superbike
First of all this is a great product and looked great on my Ducati 848 Superbike. The staff at Revzilla was excellent when clarifying a discrepancy between Givi and their website when it came to the tank adapter. Once that was ironed out I ordered the adapter and bag. I already have the Ducati branded tank bag but wanted a tank lock bag for convenience. Now the rest of the story! PROBLEM with this tank bag is if you don't have long arms the bag hits you in the chest and prevents you from reaching the bars safely and is impossible to get low on the bike for anyone. Would probably work on other sport bikes which you don't lay so low on the bike. Even the Ducati spec tank bag allows that. Probably awesome for an adventure bike
November 9, 2014
Perfect size for a Monster 696
I quite liked the Motocentric magnetic tank bag I used on my previous Suzuki GS550, but my new Monster 696 has a plastic tank, and even if I knew where the straps were for the old bag, I'm not a fan of straps rubbing against my tank anyway.
Enter the Givi 3D603, which is easy to install/remove via a tank ring. Installation of the tank ring was easy, though the 3 inner bolts look a bit unfinished without the bag attached. The mounting system seems secure enough; the bag vibrates noticeably at idle, but that's probably just the nature of the Ducati L-Twin. The bag stayed nice and secure at non-go-to-jail highway speeds, so I'm not too worried about it coming off.
While fairly expensive compared to my old tank bag, the Givi is comparably priced to the SW-Motech quick lock bag of similar size, with which the bag is cheaper but the tank ring is more expensive. Ducati Performance sells a bag which appears to be identical apart from Ducati vs Givi badging, but costs $50-60 more.
The windowed phone pocket is big enough to hold my Nexus 5 without a case, but larger phones are unlikely to fit. I would like a slightly larger bag, but this size appeared to be perfect for the bike and myself. A noticeably taller bag would block the view of the instruments for me. If you're taller than me and/or ride with a bar riser on your Monster, you may be able to get away with the larger 3D604 bag.
November 5, 2014
I bought this bag because I didn't want to scratch the paint on my new Monster, it has plenty of space to carry things in and it doesn't even touch the tank at all. I rode in a rainstorm with the rain cover on and while it kept the top completely dry it was still moist on the bottom because the cover doesn't go all the way under. I was in a hurry putting it on so maybe I didn't do it properly but it's something to keep in mind. Overall I'm happy with it specifically because it doesn't touch the tank and it only takes a second to pop it on and off.
October 11, 2014
Identical to the Ducati bag, but $80 cheaper
Just bought a new Ducati Monster 1200S, and this fits perfectly. The Givi tank lock system is brilliant; the bag clicks on with no effort at all, removes by just pressing the lever. Holds just enough: radar detector, shield cleaner, patch kit, jacket liner. Very satisfied.
September 11, 2014