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post #11 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 07:27 AM
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I have owned and used all three types.

I will NEVER use a magnetic tank bag again. While some may think they are strong enough to stay in place, I have not found one that is.

Strap types are cheap and more or less universal. Work plenty good. For a very large tank bag, this may well still be the best option. Keep the area under the bag clean and there is less chance of scratching. But the chance of scratching is still there if not careful with the pad under the bag.

Once you use a tank lock style tank bag you won't ever want any other kind. There is simply no comparison in convenience. In not scratching. I learned years ago that a tank bag isn't meant for everything you own, keep the size down and it is much easier to live with. No hitting the bars when turning, blowing the horn when it hits the button and so on.

If there is any way to scratch the money together for a tank lock style do it. Givi has a complete line of tank lock bags and mounts at good prices. If you ride any longer distances, the tank lock advantages add up quickly. I may fill up 3-4 times a day, which is one lever to move to release the tank bag to get to the fuel cap. Then I take it off and in with me to eat or to take a break. That convenience is a real advantage.

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post #12 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 08:10 AM
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I find the tank lock ones very awkward in practice and the power of the newer magnets much higher than earlier ones.
Cross winds can be an issue for older tank bags with large flaps and weaker magnets.

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post #13 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 08:15 AM
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The third one.

I'm a simple guy, i went for givi tanklock. Slap it on, pull the lever to remove.

Barely used it though.

It does look nice.

But all tank bags suck, none are waterproof.
Well, you can't dunk them in a lake, but for normal showers that you ride through all the ones I've owned have been waterproof enough. As Macdoc mentioned, you should put electronics in something, ziplock baggies work for me.
If you put the rain cover on, you can ride all day in a deluge without worry.

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post #14 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 08:51 AM
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Another vote for tank lock. I don't think the newest Vees have enough exposed steel to attach a magnetic bag.

I have the SW Moto Evo 7 liter. Not very large, but suits my needs nicely. It clicks off easily, and with some practice, it clicks back into position.
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post #15 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 09:38 AM
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Magnetic for a metal tank. i just push it off to the right side and gas and go. I do have the strap around the handlebars though.
The current bag is a Joe Rocket and not too tall. With Aerostich tank panniers, I don't need the room in the tank bag. Just maps and my hydration pack.
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post #16 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 10:06 AM
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I just did a 3 day trip with a Givi tanklock bag. My older tankbag is a magnetic Oxford. In the Southwest it is windy season and I definitely see the tanklock as a better design. The Oxford would get blown off in a strong side wind, good thing I have it on a tether. Once I got used to the unlocking of the Givi everything was great.

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post #17 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 10:19 AM
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My strom was fitted with a tank lock SW Motech bag when I bought it. It is a little awkward the first few times trying to get it to click on, but with practice it isn't a problem. I'm not sure of the size, but it holds gloves, wallet, iPhone, multi-tool, garage opener, and a 20oz Powerade. Take out gloves and two Powerades fit. Unless you need to fit huge amounts of gear in one, go with the tank lock bag.

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post #18 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 10:22 AM
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If you use a magnetic tank bag do not leave it on the bike 24/7. Years ago my wife had a Gen 2 Ninja 250 and she left a Mantha mag tank bag on for weeks on end. One day i pulled it off and the paint was ever so slightly distorted where the 3 magnets were. In all fairness her bike was a metallic dark blue so maybe that why it was noticeable.

I still use the bag from time to time but when not in use it struck on the tool box.

I also had a Wolfman Rainier strap type tank bag and it worked okay. At a fuel stop unclick the 2 back quick connects flop the bag forward and gas up.
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post #19 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 11:02 AM
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I've had strap and magnetic bags, but once I went with the Givi tank lock system......I'm sold on it. Plenty of size choices, very high end bags and the system works very well, plus never have to worry about scratching up your tank paint.
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post #20 of 56 Old 04-23-2019, 12:05 PM
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givi tanklock for my vstrom and sw-motech strap style (with zip off bag) for my crf250l ..both work great..the tanklock is the way to go for the vstrom..glad I spent the extra money
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