Givi XS306 Tanklock Tankbag
Givi XS306 Tanklock Tankbag
Great bag, lots of space and very convenient to use.
I commute to work and keep a pair of size 12 dress shoes, a water bottle, a cable lock and can still fit my lunch in it too. When I get to work I can fit my riding pants in the tankbag. I use the cable lock to lock the bag (through the bag handle) and my helmet to the bike so I don't have to carry everything around. The tanklock feature works great, bag is secure at all times and easy to remove when I need to fill up the gas tank. I really like the tanklock feature so the bag is not rubbing the gas tank.
Tanklock bag is more than a little pricier than magnetic mounted bag so slight ding in "bang for buck" catagory. I had a different brand tail bag and the zippers gave out on it so have a concern about these zippers too. In the 3 weeks I have used the bag nothing seems to be stressing the zippers so this might not be an issue, time will tell.
September 19, 2014
Great touring bag
It's a great tank bag that doesn't leave scratch up the tank. It seems like it will hold up( although it hasn't been rain tested). Has a great fixed internal bag that can seperate items or use it as a waterproofing shield. Outside pockets are small put hold a glasses case.
August 11, 2014
Pretty good finish
The locking ring is more than enough for me so I removed the front safety strap.
It's amazingly easy to connect the bag to the tank. Multiple placement is useful.
The next thing that I might remove is the internal rain/humidity cover. This piece of material is always in the way to access your stuff so I'd rather spray the material with some waterproofing spray than swearing every day about it.
July 22, 2014
Excellent Bag and Outstanding Craftsmanship!
I've owned this bag for about a month now and I must say the best feature it has is the tank lock system. You never have to worry that going through a turn, highway speeds or high winds will throw your bag off the bike.
I own a 2012 GSX-R750 and the main reason I purchased the bag was for the tank lock since part of the tank is plastic and it works phenomenal.
Side Pockets: Small, small, small, they will hold sunglasses and that’s it. I use them to store the rain cover and carrying strap as those are items I may not use often, but they are still convenient to get to.
Main Compartment: My Shoei RF-1200 barely fits with the bag expanded (stress on the zippers), but I never intended to carry a helmet or store one in it. I have enough room for my lunch, rain suit, sunglasses and extra gloves (I'll post some pictures). You could easily use this bag for weekend jaunts as long as you don't pack like a pre-Madonna. The extra 2 inches on the expansion is actually a ton of extra room.
Lock System: Easy on and off operation. Someone posted that it was hard to use, but I've had zero issues with or without gloves (even in my winter gloves). Install of the tank ring was easy as could be three bolts and then all you do is adjust the locking mechanism on the bottom of the bag for where you want it to sit on the bike. They screws that hold the mechanism on may seem weak, but I think they suit the purpose and you shouldn't ever have an issue with them.
Zippers: Everyone on every post is like YKK Zippers blah, blah, blah.... The zippers function easily they are not YKK and I have had no problems with them. Zippers are zippers and they can all fail just as easy as the next. They have a small port that overlaps on each one so you could put a travel lock on your bag if you felt the need to.
Map Pocket: This pocket is great it is large enough for my iPhone and garage door opener and a whole lot more if you have any notion to put a map in it then resize print and you're good to go. I never print maps always the directions so it will function nicely when I use it.
iPad/Map Attachment: The bag comes with a sleeve that will hold and I pad and straps on the bag once it's closed up I've never used it but would be great if you needed to fold up a large road map and use that for directions. If you have your iPad playing a movie or using a GPS function I think I'd call you an idiot for using it. It's handy when you need it and that was why they provided it.
Never had it in inclement weather, but it has and internal dry bag and a bag cover so I'm sure it would be fine and the zippers all have rain guards. I read on another smaller Givi bag review the guy had his in a downpour and nothing got wet and he didn't even use the internal bag or the exterior cover.
Overall a great bag I wish it wasn't as pricey as it was but it is excellent for people who don't trust magnetic tank bags and once you own the ring you can use Givi's other bags on your bike also if you wanted.
Revzilla is also an excellent company and when I called the customer service was extremely polite, professional and answered every question I had. They spoke English also which was a breath of fresh air. I'll use them with all my bike gear purchases from now on.
May 15, 2014
Tanklock bag - the good an the bad.
The most appealing feature of this bag is the Tanklock mechanism. Installing the ring on my Triumph Tiger 800 tank was easy. The latch mechanism on the bag snaps on easily and securely. Removal can be a little more difficult as the latch mechanism is difficult to find underneath, especially with gloves on. However, that makes it more difficult for anyone trying to steal it.
The small side pockets are very small and won't hold much more than a pair of sunglasses or something of similar size.
Inside there is a lower compartment with a drawstring to separate long term storage stuff from stuff you want quick access to. I store my lightweight rain suit underneath and all my electronics above.
The cable port does not open to the inside of the main compartment. It ports only to the tablet/map pocket up top. However, if you wanted to run a cable to the main compartment it can be done by running it through the cable port, into the tablet pocket and out through the internal access to the tablet/map pocket.
The comparable product would be the tank lock bags from Bags Connection, which are probably a better product, but at almost twice the price it makes this bag a pretty good deal.
May 7, 2014