Had a "regular" tank bag with magnets for the CBR because I thought why the hell should I buy a tank lock bag for 4 times the price. Although I always tried to keep the surface as clean as possible I got quite some paint damage from that.
For the CB I now got a tank lock tank back. 10/10 would buy that expensive sh*t again. No connection to the paint, easy to remove and to put back on. Small enough to not look insane and big enough to get the most important stuff in there (water bottle, Red Bull (no, I am not sponsored), a screwdriver, some zip ties and some other random stuff). Sure, it´s not big enough for a bigger trip but that was not the purpose for mine.
Looked at basically the same GIVI model but went for a SW Motech one instead.
Stuff the GIVI one had going for it: Smartphone "garage", power outlet hole, some inner bags
What I didn´t like about the GIVI: "One size", the finish and the tank lock ring itself - slimmer and therefore closer to the bike (and paint). While those inner bags and pockets are cool - they sometimes limit the space
Stuff the SW Motech "Daypack" had going for it: Better look and finish (my opinion), you can unzip a zipper and expand it (5 - 9 litres compared to the Givis 4 while still looking small), distance between tank and paint, you can choose where the adapter sits (one time only before drilling and mounting the plate)
Stuff the SW Motech didn´t do that great: no visible "phone garage", a bit higher cost
As the SW Motech one was on discount prices with the GIVI were almost the same. Just trusted my stomach and went with the SW Motech.
Hope this helps a bit, maybe give that one a look, too.
Fantastic, thanks for the info will have a look at that, sounds good. I noticed some of the GIVI ones had dividers etc inside and thought that’s half the space taken up before putting anything in. Again many thanks 👍🏼
I hear ya, had straps on ktm tank bag which left friction marks and magnetic one on my old cbr which scratched the sh*t out of the tank. I’m liking the evo ring on the sw motech ones looks way more robust than the GIVI and seems to leave more clearance between the base and the tank. Think I’m sold on the motech Very grateful for all the input guys.
Someone on the Duc forum asked about my SW bag so I snapped a pic over the weekend.
Mine doesn’t “float” quite as much as
Thomas bag does, so it will touch the paint in certain areas. Not a bad thing, it just does, so I put a little 3M protectant at those spots to help slow down the wear a bit.
I bought the Givi and dumped it second hand right away as the plastic screen pocket sits to high and flat to be able to read a phone screen or map. Happy with a ram mount and a Nelson Riggs tail bag now.