Givi XS308 Tanklock Tankbag
Best value going
I bought this to replace a 7 year old Touratech tankbag. I needed pockets, room, and the ability to run wiring is nice (but you can cut a hole in any bag).
What sold me were the little touches--fluorescent green rain cover, waterproof zips on the outer pockets, interior access flap on the map pocket (stuff always fell out of my Touratech's), and the iPad/map cover (which I will probably never use, but you never know...it's a neat idea, and I'm a proponent of neat ideas). That, and the mounting system, an affordable version of the SW Motech mounting system, without the outrageous SW Motech price. Time will tell if I got what I paid for with that, but I don't do a lot of offroad, so that shouldn't be a problem. The inner bag is great--use it if you want, fold it down if you don't. It's a semi-rigid design, which is nice--not a lot of bag rolling around on top of my tank. Also, 20 liters of storage seems to be just about right for me. Looks nice on my R1150GSA as well.
It's a versatile bag for the price. I'll be a return customer if it lasts me three years--option 2 was a Wolfman Expedition. Everything else was too small or too expensive. We'll see.
June 6, 2015
Easily on and offable, the bag could use a tweak, though.
On recommendation from a friend I ordered this bag and received it yesterday. It's well made and robust, takes less than five minutes to install and the click on - click off feature is secure and confidence inspiring, but the bag has its weaknesses.
The see through pocket on top is great for maps, phones, pens, etc., but access is only available through opening the bag, quick access - a zip on the side maybe - would make it enormously more useful. Turning to the tablet/map holder which has external access resolves the issue, but it clips on in such a way that you can't open the bag with it in place, which is an odd design choice.
The inner drawstring bag is an act of weirdness I don't fully understand, it just seems to take up space, add an extra level of difficulty to getting things in and out of the bag, and seems to serve no useful purpose. Maybe I'll cut it out.
On the whole it's a good, nice looking, usable piece of kit, and I'm sure I'll get used to it, but my KTM bag (which it replaces due to the zip to the base wearing out after seven years use) was better designed in terms of functionality. Or maybe I'm just nitpicking as I compare the new with what I'm used to.
I'll keep using it and am sure it will serve me well for a few years.
On the whole I would recommend it if you are looking for a quick release tankbag, but if that feature is not a primary criteria for you then you can certainly find bags that are easier to use and better thought out.
If I could just find a way to move the bag's attachment over to my old bag...
June 6, 2015
Good Choice - If you have the room
The bag's fit, finish and function are what you would expect from Givi. Lots of space, high quality construction. Keep in mind the tank lock mount means the bag only fits in one location so make sure you have clearance with bars and anything else you have mounted up front. My GPS mount interfered and needed modification to work. Quick disconnect function is great. If I had a steel tank, I'd likely opt for a magnetic mount since there's more flexibility to move the bag location. However, this is much more convenient than using straps to secure. Too early to rate durability.
May 18, 2015
Too early for detailed review
As the reviews are sent earlier on, I cannot give good praise for durability as I would be able to in about a year time. Since I ride approximately 4 to 5 days a week, there's always some wear and tear that would increase with usage and I will come back in approximately a year to give a better or worse review.
April 24, 2015
Lots of space, (usually) easy mounting
I bought this bag for an FJ-09, and that colors my review a bit because there's no official mounting for it (yet?) and I had to do a little ad-hoc arrangement.
While the standard "works with any Yamaha" lock ring plate is a perfect fit, the FJ has a plastic cowling around the top of the tank that interferes with the locking mechanism on the bag.
My solution was to buy a 4cm long replacement bolt for the top mounting bolt, a 20mm (I think) aluminum spacer in place of the one that came with the lock ring, and a large enough washer to support the lock ring at the top. Other than having to grind away a little of the washer so the tank lid would clear this was all simple.
After that it works fine, only slightly fiddly to mount (perhaps one more washer would fix that, I haven't tried yet) and it actually makes the disconnect lever easier to get to. It mounts firmly enough not to come off even on pretty rough roads although I do recommend the safety strap. Even if the bag doesn't come off it's a help when refueling.
The bag itself has a lot of internal storage even when not expanded. My only wish is that there were internal pockets, e.g. on the flap, for pens and other assorted stuff. I ended up sorting things into several plastic bins, two "sandwich" bins that stack in the middle of the bag and one small "leftovers" bin that fits in the portion of the bag that extends down the back of the tank. With that arrangement things stay neat.
Pens are clipped inside the map viewport, which probably means that viewport will get scratched up, oh well.
The power port access is great. If all your'e going to do is run a USB power cord it's perfect as-is, but I wanted an SAE connection. I bought a surface-mount SAE connector and cut away the rubberized parts of the port on the bag so it fit. It's nearly perfect and looks to have sealed very well.
I'm less enamored with the rain cover, but the bag itself is probably proof against all but substantial downpours or all-day riding. The rain cover has a port so you can see the map window on the bag, well thought-out.
I don't see any chance I'll ever use the detachable "fanny pack" as a wear-it-around item, but the external pockets it provides are nice.
When carrying the bag around by its handle the safety strap tends to dangle and drag on the ground. It would be nice if there were some kind of retention clip.
Overally I like it a heck of a lot.
April 20, 2015
I had been searching or a tank bag for some time and couldn't swallow the $400 for some of the other options on different sites. When I found the XS308 it was 1/2 the cost of the other bag I was looking at and, lets face it, does the same thing. For me the design and shape are a great match for my 09 BWM R1200GS. At full lock my handle bars to touch the fanny pack thing velcroed to the outside. I also Rox raisers that move my bars up and back. If I didn't have the raiser or removed the fanny pack, it wouldn't touch at all. The tank lock system is stupid simple and rock solid. I was worried because it looked a little light weight, but I was wrong. The bag is not going anywhere once you lock it on. The pass through for wires is also very nice. I'm in the process of wiring it up now. The rain cover is Hi-Viz yellow and I love Hi-Viz :) Over all this bag is very very nice and a great value compared to what you can spend.
My nit-picks are a few but they are nit-picky. The internal baffle thing with a draw sting is meant to help keep things dry, but it takes up a lot of room. I'm temped to cut it out if I don't use it. There is no internal organization, but no bag really offers this. It would be great if there were pockets for phones, cameras, tools and so on. Very thing just ends up at the bottom. I'm sure I'll be able to find something a local big-box store to fix the issue. Lastly ... the fanny pack .... meh. The pockets are very small. I'm still not sure what I would put in them. Maybe insurance cards, registration docs, gum, breath mints, a leather-man or something very small. They seem kind of useless as it. There are companies that make pouches, pockets, holsters and other useful items for velcro vests. I may look into those items for something more useful.
April 6, 2015
Works great for 2012 V-Strom 650
Fits the 2012 V-Strom 650 very well. No interference when turning stock handlebars (stock bar, no risers) from lock to lock. I moved the mounting bracket so the bag would be in the aft-most position. The bag does not crowd the rider (it is not pushed into my chest or belly). Easy to reference whatever map/document is in the map holder while riding.
One negative item to note on the 2012 Strom... when the tank bag is loaded, the drooping rear edge of the bag may contact the top of the tank (the flat black paint). I imagine this will cause damage to the paint over time. On my V-Strom I have installed Tech Specs tank pad kit (the kit with left/right/center pads specific to the 2012 Strom). This solves the problem.
I've just completed a 5000 mile trip with this bag on this bike. Minimal hassle at fuel stops. I think this is as good as it gets. I cut the safety strap off of mine. I rely only on the lock-ring to keep the bag attached. No problems.
I have not tried the rain cover. I can't vouch for how waterproof the tank bag or tank bag with cover are.
Rated 4 of 5 on "durability" because I have only used for 5000 miles.
September 30, 2014
Looks great, works so so
Bag looks great on my KTM 1190 adventure r but does impede a little bit on the steering even when moved to the rearmost of its three positions. Not enough to be an issue in most situations, though. The construction of the soft parts are sturdy but three out of four screws holding the bag-side attachment ring fell off, one after another, and had to be replaced. After about 5K miles of usage, the bag has started to come detached from the base while riding, especially after rough riding (off-road, wheelies, bumps, etc). The tether strap has become indispensable, and I don't recommend cutting it off, no matter how enjoying it may seem at first. I can't see any obvious ware that explains the attachment issues but it is possible that replacement of the base ring will solve it. Over all, I do recommend the bag because of the reasonable price, clean look, and quick attachment feature for regular touring purposes, but not if you plan to do much off-roading.
September 28, 2014