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If you can't afford hard cases, this is the next best thing.
I bought this on a whim because I was running out of time before my big cross-country trip from Virginia to New Mexico and couldn't afford luggage racks and hard cases for my 1998 VFR800.
I'm so glad I went with this bag. It is massive, well made, and fit enough clothes for a week of riding, two pairs of shoes, rain gear, and tools. It took a few attempts to find the best way to secure it to the bike, but the provided straps are long and this gives you plenty of flexibility in reaching hard-points on the bike. I didn't need a luggage rack at all. The bag straps right onto the pillion. Once secure it did not move for 2800 miles.
It kept all my gear dry in the rainy West VA mountains. It stayed secure and in place across the windy plains. The rain fly is easy to deploy and permanently attached to the bag so it doesn't get lost. The integrated panniers are genius in their implementation, and though I didn't need to expand them to their full-size, I could have easily jammed another pair of shoes into them if I had.
When I was ready to head home, I was able to check the bag without trouble with the airline.
+ Needs to be fully packed before its strapped to the bike. Once its strapped down, the large amount of space is much harder to utilize fully.
+ Strapping it down and taking it off the bike again is not as convenient as hard cases.
+ It is huge and because it is huge, it does not sit perfectly on the pillion seat. It will rub your fairings on the tail of your bike. I recommend a sheepskin or chamois cloth between the bag and the fairings, but then you lose the benefit of the bag's grippy under-surface. A custom-cut chamois cloth could address this. Some bikes with a smaller tail section might find that it has to be strapped down too far forward into your riding space to be stable.
+ Massive. Tons of room.
+Flexible. The sides are semi-rigid, but have some give so you can always fit in a few more items before you're really maxed out.
+ Integrated backrest and cargo net are nice touches and were used and appreciated.
+ Heavy-duty construction. Seriously. I break everything I touch and the bag still looks new after 2 weeks of riding and exposure to the elements.
For the price, it was a great buy. It carried all my gear except for the few items I stashed in my tank bag. The price more then made up for the lower convenience factor. Would gladly road test more Givi bags after this experience.
October 6, 2014
quality , looks good works great
Nice product , easy install, lots of usable space , practical affordable alternative to hard luggage set up .
September 8, 2014
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