Givi XS308 Tanklock Tankbag
Summary of GIVI Bag - For weekend day trips only.
I had bought a GIVI tank bag in 2012 I just threw out in 2015.
It was very similar to this one with a map pocket, side and rear pockets, and a waterproof cover.
At first it seemed great, but for a few things. First. Water always crept in from the bottom up. The waterproof cover only keeps water out from the top and sides. NOT waterproof. Anything in the bottom gets soaked.
Second, the model I had wasn't a tank lock, it had straps, and you had to run them around the center of the triple tree. Not so good really, and there was no way to get it tight. When riding spirited or off road the bag moved.
During a 8500 mile ride I lost the waterproof cover somewhere along the way, and when I contacted GIvi Spring 2015 they said they couldn't sell me another. I told them the bag was only 3 years old and their response: "Well you can buy a new tank bag." Givi Sales rep at Americade. 3 year old planned obsolescence doesn't do it for me. Short, little, dweeby Sales rep with reddish brown hair for Givi at Americade in 2015, you should do something else for a living, you are not good at your job.
Finally the main zipper crapped out and there was no way to close the bag, so in the garbage it went.
It is very disappointing to spend nearly a couple hundred bucks on a tank bag and after 3 years and 62,000 miles it is junk.
If you want a tank bag to ride to a coffee shop and look pretty, buy GIvi, but if you are a real rider that rides in all weather and conditions, look elsewhere.
So now I'm off to find a decent size WATERPROOF tank bag. I am not a sunny day rider, I ride year round in all weather in Upstate NY (and 41 other States so far.)
NOTE: This review has nothing to do with Revzilla, I've had nothing but positive experiences with Revzilla , it is only about my experience with Givi and their lack of quality tank bags.
November 10, 2015
After looking a several tank bags for my Multistrada 1200, I decided to buy the Givi bag. Overall I have been very pleased with quality, ease of attaching and detaching the bag and the size. The bag is large enough and fits the multistrada tank perfectly. Looks good too. Haven't tested in rain yet but I am sure it will do just fine. Everything on the bag seems to be good quality. Very happy with the purchase.
September 14, 2015
Great tank bag
Have tank bag on a 1200 Gsa works great. Love the tank lock system. Bag is well thought out with many features.
August 10, 2015
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