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post #1 of 27 Old 06-22-2016, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Givi xs308 really disappointed and a motostorm.it warning

So I bought a Givi xs308 from motostorm.it. Got the bad all appearances looked good. Put the tank lock bracketing on my bike and lock the bag on.

First off something that just comes with buying the wrong bag:
1. The bag is big on the DL 650 and leaves little room on the handle bars for any other farkles. My ram mounts (cell phone, cup) on the mirror extenders are almost useless with this bag mounted. So it's too big, that's my problem.

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1. The major problem with this bag was completely unexpected. The integrated tablet holder (not the add on map holder) reflects the sun straight into my face under my drop down sun shield. And I mean it is bright. Bad design, materials and close to being dangerous. Maybe I just happen to be a freakish height but the plastic here should not reflect anything. The bad part is it is part of the bag. I would have to cut it out and hope I didn't somehow damage the bag to correct this.

2. The fanny belt that wraps around the bag is almost useless because the pockets are way too small.

3. The bag does not really secure with a solid click and it can be hard to tell if is secure. It also lifts right off the tank lock if you pull with any pressure.

4. The inside waterproof liner is very odd and it non removable. It just takes up space. The bottom should be waterproof and if it rains you can put on the cover. This bag is in the way on most days.

Since I bought this from motostorm.it, it's mine unless I sell it. Returning overseas is ridiculously expensive and any savings would be eaten up in shipping. I'm better off selling it on eBay.

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Good to know. I have the much smaller 3D603 tanklock and, while it's a great bag, I was looking for something much bigger like the xs308 and 307. Guess this narrows it down to the 307. Interested in a barely used 3D603?

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Keep in mind I think all of the xs30* bags have the clear panel on the top.

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And since it's soft luggage, I'll be surprised if you don't get a bill from FedEx for import duties.

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Sounds like a bit of buyers remorse? I looked at that bag recently. I liked it because I could remove the outer pockets ( makes it narrower ). Still was too big when you take the measurements and see how they would fit on the bike. I bought the 3D604 instead. It has a clear pocket on top, as well as a removable clear tablet/map pocket on top. I have not had any issue with glare at all. All of the tank ring mounts recommend a security strap. I built a nice tether for mine instead of using the shoulder strap that comes with it.

While it looks like a really good price, I have found that dealing with some of the European vendors isn't always that much, or any, cheaper. Shipping costs are a big part of the bottom line.
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I don't know for sure if it is one of the Givi tank bags my wife and I have/had but so far all of the larger Givi tank Bags can be easily adjustable as to how far forwards or back they mount.

Flip the bag over and look if there are four screws holding the mount to the bag. Look at the bag and see if there are a series of little holes pre-drilled in the bottom. If you want to move the bag rearwards (you most certainly do!) then move the mount as far forwards as you can.


That should eliminate most of your clearance issue and I suspect may move the tablet holder in such a way as to change the reflection. (I have a removable tablet holder that came with my current tank back. I tried it once with one of my ipads. Don't know why anyone would want to do that since the iPad sucks in the sunshine anyway. (Maybe the latest iPads are better?)

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I like my givi 308.. lots of space and in my case few farkles on the handle bars. As Tom mentions try to adjust by moving the screws. I haven't had any glare reflecting and it is SUNNY down here ...lol
The internal waterproof liner can be put inside and is not obstrusive. I would suggest getting rid of the fanny pack.
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I don't know for sure if it is one of the Givi tank bags my wife and I have/had but so far all of the larger Givi tank Bags can be easily adjustable as to how far forwards or back they mount.

Flip the bag over and look if there are four screws holding the mount to the bag. Look at the bag and see if there are a series of little holes pre-drilled in the bottom. If you want to move the bag rearwards (you most certainly do!) then move the mount as far forwards as you can.


That should eliminate most of your clearance issue and I suspect may move the tablet holder in such a way as to change the reflection. (I have a removable tablet holder that came with my current tank back. I tried it once with one of my ipads. Don't know why anyone would want to do that since the iPad sucks in the sunshine anyway. (Maybe the latest iPads are better?)

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Thanks Tom! I planned on giving this a try already. I had my cell phone in that pouch and it actually overheated. I can't imagine what an Ipad would do.
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Sounds like a bit of buyers remorse? I looked at that bag recently. I liked it because I could remove the outer pockets ( makes it narrower ). Still was too big when you take the measurements and see how they would fit on the bike. I bought the 3D604 instead. It has a clear pocket on top, as well as a removable clear tablet/map pocket on top. I have not had any issue with glare at all. All of the tank ring mounts recommend a security strap. I built a nice tether for mine instead of using the shoulder strap that comes with it.

While it looks like a really good price, I have found that dealing with some of the European vendors isn't always that much, or any, cheaper. Shipping costs are a big part of the bottom line.
The bottom line is if you aren't happy with your purchase, you probably will be remoreseful.....so yeah. I screwed up and did not really take into account it may be too big....but I am going to try to adjust it bakwards and hope that will completely solve everything!
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I don't know for sure if it is one of the Givi tank bags my wife and I have/had but so far all of the larger Givi tank Bags can be easily adjustable as to how far forwards or back they mount.

Flip the bag over and look if there are four screws holding the mount to the bag. Look at the bag and see if there are a series of little holes pre-drilled in the bottom. If you want to move the bag rearwards (you most certainly do!) then move the mount as far forwards as you can.


That should eliminate most of your clearance issue and I suspect may move the tablet holder in such a way as to change the reflection. (I have a removable tablet holder that came with my current tank back. I tried it once with one of my ipads. Don't know why anyone would want to do that since the iPad sucks in the sunshine anyway. (Maybe the latest iPads are better?)

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iPads just plain suck.

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