Givi XS308 Tanklock Tankbag
This is my second Givi Tank Bag
My first bag lasted almost two years, and the top zippers broke within a week of each other. However, the first bag lasted for 15,000 miles of hard mostly dirt riding, so I felt I got my money's worth. I looked at some of the other quick disconnect tank bags before I bought this one a second time, but I really like this tank bag, so purchased it again.
I made a couple of changes to both tank bags to enhance functionality. First, I immediately cut off the front strap of the new bag, as I never used it on the first bag and eventually cut it off. The tank mount keeps the bag firmly in place, even on trail crashes, so the front strap is not necessary in my opinion. On the new bag, I just cut off the strap before I ever used it.
Second, the tank bag comes with a water proof cover that works great, even in pouring down rain that lasts all day. As a result, I don't see any reason to have the gray the water resistant draw string cover on the inside of the bag. On the first bag, I originally put everything under the inside cover, but this just made everything difficult to access, so I tucked the inside cover to the sides and put everything on top. However, I never again used the inside cover, as I use the water proof bag cover when it rains, so the inside cover just gets in the way of accessing the small zippered pocket on the inside of the bag, which is where I keep my registration/insurance info, as well as other small items that seem to get lost in the bottom like my air pressure gauge and extra key. So, on my second bag, I used a razer blade to cut out the inside water resistant cover before the first use. Much, much better. Quite frankly, Givi should add a zipper to this inside cover so it can be removed if not needed or not wanted.
Since I bought this tank bag a second time, I think it's totally worth the purchase. Other riders lust after my quick disconnect system, as they bought the wrong bag the first time around...
July 27, 2015
Great tank bag option
I have never liked the look or attachment method of magnetic tank bags so I was looking forward to trying out the Givi tanklock system. I have not been disappointed. The locking/unlocking mechanism is quick and easy to operate. Initial installation of the flange takes about 3 minutes. The bag has a generous amount of storage and I really like the styling as well. One puzzling feature is the draw string "bag" that is inside the tank bag itself. What in the world is this supposed to be used for other than getting in the way? I have to say it is a very strange design feature in an otherwise well thought out tank bag.
July 27, 2015
Plenty of room
Got this bag, in hopes it would be the best bang for my buck. with 3 pockets around the bag, and the main pocket able to extend, it works well for my lunch box, sweater and 32 ounce water bottle, along with my wallet and glasses without the extension of the main compartment. while I ride, its a clear view to my speedo and never know its even on my gas tank with the offset flange. CONS: Got caught in a down poor, and although it comes with a rain fly, in my set up it wouldn't have helped me at all since the water was soaking through the bottom of my bag. if the rain fly covered the bag 100% including the bottom, it would keep your gear dry. otherwise, amazing buy!
July 20, 2015
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