Givi 3D603 Tanklock Tankbag
Great little tank bag.
Awesome mounting system. Hold what you need for day rides. Good fit and finish, nice looking bag. I do wish the bag provided a spot to house the shoulder strap instead of inside the tank bag.
July 16, 2014
Perfect size tank bag
This appears to be well-crafted and is the perfect sized tank bag for holding the little things we like to carry around, such as sunglasses, change, sunscreen, microfiber cloth, flashlight, wallet, etc. It is very easy to attach and detach. I can't believe such a little bag costs $100, but it's the best thing of the sort out there! Revzilla delivered as advertised and as promised.
July 1, 2014
Easy to install and a snap to use. Works perfectly and enhances my riding experience with no hassle whatsoever, just like a good farkle should! I'll probably buy a larger size, too, at some point.
June 29, 2014
A great tank bag that wont mar your paint
In the past I have used several different tank bags, some with straps but most with magnets. The magnetic tank bags are much more convenient than the strap style to use whether commuting or on a sporty ride up to the mountains.
The problem is the magnetic bags, even if you work diligently to keep the magnets clean, seem to mar the finish on my beautiful 16 year old VFR.
After researching a few different bag styles that mount without straps or magnets I decided to purchase the Givi Tanklock system. It performs as advertised, easy on/off for refueling stops, the bag doesn't touch the pain and the mount is firm enough that there is no movement even during the most spirited rides but it remains easy to operate even with gloves on.
Because I went with the smaller 3D603 bag there is no fore/aft adjustment of the mount point. For my VFR in normal riding this is perfect but when I am in the mountains and riding more aggressively the tank bag is pressed into my chest. While I would have moved it forward a bit if possible, after about 10-12 miles I no longer noticed it and actually used it to lean forward against.
Great bag for the price and if I can locate a few more of the plastic mounts that come on the bag base I can add the mounts to my other bikes and have the same mobility of a magnetic tank bag.
Might even consider a bike with a plastic tank cover now.
June 9, 2014
The goldilocks tankbag
Perfect tankbag for when you already have other storage on the bike and just need a place for those little things. Though note, most smartphones will overheat in direct sunlight inside the little phone pouch. Also wish it had a cable port, but you can pull the zippers to one side if needed.
June 9, 2014
Great bag. I already had the tank ring installed on my bike when I bought the bike. I have a triumph Sprint ST. I can even tell the I have the bag ins
Great bag. I already had the tank ring installed on my bike when I bought the bike. I have a triumph Sprint ST. I don't even notice the bag is there. Great bag for keeping little bits in!
June 9, 2014
Givi 3D603 Tanklock Tank Bag: good value, quality, and functionality
In the past I swore by magnetic type tank bags of varying sizes. It was nice to have my wallet, glasses, etc. all available in an easy-to-transport carrier. Backpack? Forget it: not my thing. After getting into more of a sport/adventure touring mode with my Ducati Multistrada, I simply stopped using a tank bag for a while. I made do with the other luggage and the pockets on my jacket. But while planning a 5-day trip through Arizona and Utah I started thinking about the practicality of a tank bag. I'd be stopping to take pictures during some of the scenic portions, and a camera accessible while seated on the bike would be nice. I did my research, and boiled down my preferences to either a small competitors' tank lock bag, or the small, Givi bag. After having read and digested every review I could find, I bought the Givi. Here are my reasons for choosing the Givi:
1. Slightly better tank lock system. The bag uses a lever system to release it from its lock, rather than a pull cable.
2. Thermoformed construction. Unlike ballistic nylon bags, the Givi is thermoformed, allowing it to retain its shape. This permits a bit more protection than a softer tankbag.
3. Size. The bag is small but can hold a wallet, keys, a cell phone, a camera, some protein bars, and perhaps a small water bottle. it has a nice little area for your sunglasses too, and a mesh upper pouch to hold the included rain cover. Nice touch, Givi.
4. Phone window. the phone window at the top will hold a phone as big as a Galaxy S5, although that's about its limit. A nice feature if you want to see who's calling you or if you use your phone as a GPS device. The bag also comes with a fabric cover for the window if you don't want to use it.
5. Value. Givi makes its own luggage, as well as the luggage for manufacturers like Honda and Ducati. Despite this pedigree, the price of the bag was cheaper than the other tank lock brand out there.
6. Function. The bag is much lighter and easier to use than a strapped bag or magnetic bag. The magnetic bags are heavy and cumbersome. The magnets can attract bits of metal that can scratch your tank. The strapped bags require you to unclip the bag from several mounting points every time you need gas. The Givi system lets you take the bag with a single motion and it locks back on with a nice firm "click." Super easy. I won't go back.
7. Build Quality. The build of the bag is an interesting tradeoff. While the thermoform construction will likely provide more protection against light pressure, knocks, and drops, I can't say it would be the best application for hard abuse. I suspect you would crush it if you stepped on it or applied more than moderate force. That said, I like the idea of the moderate protection the thermoform provides against normal daily bumps and knocks, I can see getting several years of use out of the bag without tear or abrasion. That said, the material is not as rugged as high denier nylon. If you are a true adventure rider, a regular fire road user, or are simply rough with luggage, this bag will probably not be durable enough for you.
How Does it Sit on the Bike? Its pretty good, even on a bike with a high tank/low seat. It does not sit too high, although the tank lock system "perches" the bag on the tank a bit higher than a strapped or magnetic mounted bag. That said, the bag doesn't hide the gauges from me, and I'm not very tall. I plan on mounting a GPS unit on my triple clamp, and I think I'll be able to see the GPS with the bag in place. Interesting observation: in photos the bag appears bigger than it is when mounted, so don't be alarmed.
Overall impressions: The bag is best used for commuting or sport touring. It is very easy to remove from bike. Solid, well-designed mounting. Good, functional pockets. Easy, quick access to camera, phone, and wallet. Light and easy to transport. If you want rough and tumble, tear proof fabric, and aren't concerned with a refined look, you might want to go with another choice without thermoform and more rugged nylon. If you spend your time commuting, sport touring, or simply want something a bit more refined looking, with a bit more "crush" protection for daily use, this Givi is the way to go.
May 19, 2014
Use it daily, love it!
This bag is the perfect size for commuting. Just big enough for me to toss my lunch in.
The top compartment, separated by a zippered mesh panel, is perfect for the included rain fly, emergency rain gear for myself and I keep an extra pair of gym shorts up there as well. If you plan to use the clear windowed section, I wouldn't keep so much up there since you access that area from the inside. Not as easy to access, but it keeps that area more protected from the weather.
Love the quick connect system. pops on and off in seconds, and doesn't touch the tank at all. It's impossible to scratch your paint with this setup.
April 21, 2014