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post #1 of 76 Old 05-24-2019, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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What is the deal with Tank Bags?

I am looking for a tank bag for my '17 Wee XT. Prices seem all over the board on tank bags. I was looking at a Givi XS308 with Tank Lock. It's got a lot of cool features and is 20L. $178

Then I run across the Wolfman Blackhawk. It' a strap system, 8L, less features and $180.

Is Wolfman that much better quality? Is the Givi crap? Why the same price for half the size and less features?

Help a noob understand....

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I dont remember paying that much for my XS308 but it was a couple of years ago. I like the TankLock system but if I were going to buy again, Id get something a little smaller. The 308 kind of gets in the way of my legs when I stand on the pegs. As to the price, it fits on a motorcycle! Everything for two wheels costs more than it should...


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I can tell you Wolfman is top shelf. It also seems to retain a lot of the purchase price (if kept in good shape) if you decide to sell.


I do not have any experience with GIVI
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I can tell you Wolfman is top shelf. It also seems to retain a lot of the purchase price (if kept in good shape) if you decide to sell.


I do not have any experience with GIVI
I am seriously considering the Explorer Lite from Wolfman but it is fraking KILLING ME that they want me to pay $30 extra for a rain cover! It just seems like if you're paying that much for a fraking "premium" bag, it should INCLUDE a rain cover!

I know it's dumb but it rubs me wrong!

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Its a purse for the bike, and a handy way to stash essential stuff.

My preference is SW Motech with a tank ring mount. Pricy, but excellent design and function.


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I use magnetic and paid more for my Nelson Rigg 20 Liter tank bag as it came with a hydration bladder and a lot of desirable features


Quality of the material, life time warranty, design features ( expandable to 27 liters ) all influenced my choice ...oh yeah a really good rain cover.

I'm doing without a top case on the CB500x so the expandable space is really useful.



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I have a Wolfman on my CRF250R. It is small indeed as it needs to be for that bike. However it is very robustly fabricated. The Zips are massive compared to some tank bags and it is clear that it will take a lot of abuse. Good product.

I have also used Givi products and found them to be well made.

On my Strom I have used the Touratech tank bag. It has a strap base system that allows easy removal for petrol filling. It is light and has enough capacity without being intrusive while riding. It is not as robustly fabricated as the Wolfman but I am otherwise very happy with it.

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If you use a magnetic tank back be sure to remove it nightly or risk damaging the paint. Wife had a Ninja 250we left the tank bag on for weeks on end. When I remove it where the magnets were the paint was ever so slightly rippled. Not sure if it was because it was metallic paint or if this can happen with any paint but from that day forward magnetic tank bags were removed every night.
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I am seriously considering the Explorer Lite from Wolfman but it is fraking KILLING ME that they want me to pay $30 extra for a rain cover! It just seems like if you're paying that much for a fraking "premium" bag, it should INCLUDE a rain cover!

I know it's dumb but it rubs me wrong!

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I have the explorer lite. If I somehow lost it tomorrow I would order another one without any hesitation. It just fits the size and lines of my 2017 DL650 perfectly and has enough room for all my rain gear plus whatever else I am too lazy to open the rear saddlebags for or want quick access to: a couple library books to return, a sandwich and water bottle etc. The way I use it I dont need a rain cover. I have driven through rain for hours. The maps and my phone in the see-through map pocket stayed completely dry. Same for my wallet underneath. With a Givi airflow windscreen there is not that much water hitting it to begin with. Probably true for the stock screen as well. The rear zipper pocket is perfect for my heated vest controller and cables, a first aid kit for quick access, and a sidestand plate for parking in soft stuff. Two quick detach buckles up front for easy filling of the gas tank. The whole thing fits in my left OEM side case for parking in the city, just detach all four buckles. Also it has scratch protection flaps front and rear along the buckles.
Its a well made product, pretty sure you wont think about the cost once you own it.
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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.

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