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post #11 of 76 Old 05-25-2019, 09:26 AM
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I also have the Givi XS308. I had a magnetic Tourmaster that I used on my previous bike and served me well, but I didn't like how it fit on my D'elle, not enough magnet contact. Givi's Tank Lock system has the largest ring and base mount and is very stable on the bike. It also has a quick release lever to remove the bag, which I like better than other bags which use a pull cord mechanism. With any tank ring system, the bag makes negligible or no contact with painted surfaces. Very well made, quality hardware, and comes with a removable map holder and clear panel rain cover.
Givi also has come out with a key-lockable Tank Lock system (UT309 & UT310) which locks the bag to the tank ring. Pretty pricey at US$309-$319. I emailed them and the locking base is not available as a separate accessory.
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Here is picture of my bike with the Wolfman Explorer Lite.
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Pay the money for a tank ring mount. No matter what brand you choose.
don't like the rings at all.
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I use a Nelson Rigg magnetic mount. Metallic red '06 Vee. I've had the bag on there for about 11 years and no sign of damage from the magnets. I think it's an old wives tale. People with problems with the magnets likely got some type of cleaning solution or fuel under there that caused the problem.
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I use a Nelson Rigg magnetic mount. Metallic red '06 Vee. I've had the bag on there for about 11 years and no sign of damage from the magnets. I think it's an old wives tale. People with problems with the magnets likely got some type of cleaning solution or fuel under there that caused the problem.
Fuel sitting stagnant under the magnets is the likely culprit for OP's rippled paint.
I'll stand ready to be corrected, but I believe that the metalflake in automotive finishes is aluminum, bronze or gold- non ferrous- so the magnets weren't sucking the flake out of the pigment.
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No matter what brand, go with a quick release tank ring mount. Magnets, straps or anything that touches the paint will eventually mar the finish from riding. I love the XS307 sold by Adventuretech. It is a perfect size and holds a 2L camelbak bladder perfectly in tue bottom. https://www.adventuretech.biz/givi-x...-tank-bag.html
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The key to not scratching the tank with a magnetic bag is to not drag the bag across the tank. And, wherever I remove it, like to get gas, I fold the ears under before setting it down, even on the seat. And give the tank a gentle wipe with my forearm before putting it back on. No scratches. Nothing that the bag is made of will scratch. It's dirt that scratches. If you happen to ride in the dirt, get a different type bag. Not magnetic. Does everyone know that there is also a quick release tether on the bag to keep it on, even if the magnets fail to hold on a major bump. Mine has not come loose in 60,000 miles and I often forget about the tether. I am not claiming that magnetic bags are the best type, only that much of the bad press is from people that don't know how to care for them or haven't tried one. And I have not tried any other type. My Nelson Rigg has lasted all that time. And it's cheap.
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I've had Wolfman . Cheaply built ( well marketed with a catchy name ) and loose and floppy with no padding in the base. Similar to a cloth walmart shopping bag. Gladly let it go when I sold the bike. My SW Motech clip-on was very difficult to re-mount and had tiny slivers for side pockets. Would only hold a condom and a book of matches . My Givi 308 was much easier to remove and re-mount but rubbed the paint glossy at the back edge . Givi was my favorite of the clip-ons. My good old Oxford Sports "Humpback" magnetic tank bag . I've had the same one for 20 years . It's faded to a light gray now and still functions perfectly. I treat it just like bobbystrom does and it has never scratched a tank. Thousands of miles on my 2 Triumph Speed Triples and my 2 FZ1s and many thousands on my V-Stroms. It now serves as a tailbag on my KLR and I wash it with soap and water and hose it down. I would buy a new one if they still made this model.
Two things to consider on the clip-on bags- 1. If you get the adventure style that droops down at the back it will probably rub the paint when loaded . 2. The clip mechanism is mostly INSIDE the bag and takes up lots of the interior space.
I recall hearing about magnets leaving a "shadow" in paint but I've never seen it.

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No matter what brand, go with a quick release tank ring mount.
it's an adventure FFS not a showroom princess. Quick release ain't and it does not allow you to shift the location of the tank bag the way the magnets allow.

I did scratch my pretty CBF1000 tank but that was just being careless


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Pay the money for a tank ring mount. No matter what brand you choose.

I have used Nelson Rigg and Givi. Givi has been quite good. Be careful to not buy one too big.
I'm with RealShelby. I happened to go with SW Motech Bags Connection; started with the Engage and then moved up to the City. Very happy with both.
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