Realshelby, I know you are one of the senior contributors here, but I don’t understand where you are coming from with this statement. Did you ever own a good quality one like a Wolfman? It takes me two seconds to undo the two top buckles right under the handlebar, and another second to flip the bag upside down onto the tank. It’s a total non-issue! I’ll take a video next time I buy gas and post a link here.
Well, I am a Senior! I go out of my way to give reports that are unbiased and based on facts as I have learned them. Which doesn't go over well sometimes.
Yes, I have owned at least 3 strap type tank bags. Two magnet type tank bags that I remember.
I will never, ever even consider a magnet tank bag again.
One of the strap bags was rather large, I don't remember the brand for sure but it was a Nelson Rigg or Wolfman. Been 10 years or more that I gave it away. Not because it didn't work well, but was simply too large. The strap on tank bag that I still have, and would not hesitate to use again if needed, is a Nelson Rigg. On the smaller side of average. Many miles on it. It is what I used up till I went with the tank lock bags. It has the nylon buckles you squeeze to release. Two up front, one in the rear. I know it doesn't take too much effort to release the buckles....
I can have the Givi tank lock bag released and set in front of the handlebars before you get the second buckle loose. Givi tank lock bags are that easy to use. I also run a tether, optional, that I do not have to release unless I take it in with me.
Common sense tells you that no matter how careful you are, strap on bags are going to have a chance of scratching the paint or rubbing places in trim or paint. Ride a week in rain and if you don't clean under it often, there WILL be scratches from the rain water that has grit in it.
All strap on bags need you to fit and secure the tie down straps to the frame or other secure mounting point. That isn't too hard, but I will bet that many owners just leave them on the bike. I did on my BMW as getting them on and off was a bit of a hassle. When the bag is off, are the straps flopping in the wind? Maybe they need secured, another task. I don't run the tank bag unless I am traveling, so the straps are not welcome when I ride locally without the bag.
Probably the biggest reason I don't use a strap on bag, once I finally spent the money on a tank lock, is that I don't like to move my bag onto the seat. When travelling I usually have gear on the passenger seat. Then when I stop for fuel I sometimes remove my helmet, which I always put on my seat. No room for the bag there then. What I normally done was loosen all three buckles to put the bag away from the tank, or sometimes loosened to the two front ones and let it dangle to the side off the rear buckle. Worked out ok.
But again I can flip the lever on the Givi with the hand I grab on the right side with and lift it up and over the bar to set between the bar and dash. I will bet I can have it in place quicker and easier than you can undo the strap type buckles up front. Then you still have to move it around.
So while you have a good way of tending your bag by flipping it over, that isn't what I want to do with mine. I really don't want my bag turned upside down, due to what I carry in it. That is personal preference.
Negatives of a tank lock bag? Well you do have to leave the tank ring in place. But I hardly notice it. Cost? Yes you will pay more for a tank lock bag. Security? Well, I do run a tether on mine. But I have never had it come loose. ( I can tell you that I have forgotten to insert the buckles bag into the strap bag more than I want to admit!)
It is soooooo much easier to just plop the tank lock bag in place and snap the tether. No hunting for straps. I will go out on a limb here and say that anyone that buys a tank lock system will never want to have any other style. There is simply NO comparison in how convenient they are to use!