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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Doc says go ride! Which tank bags are good?

Finally got clearance to get back to riding today! I haven't been on the bike since last autumn. First I fractured a collar bone in August on an adventure ride. It didn't hurt too badly until I got home. Then back surgery for a long-ago work injury kept me down. The winter was so mild and dry I could have ridden almost every week, so it's been a tough 6 months to be grounded.

Anyhow, the number of choices in tank bags is overwhelming. Which brands are good and work well on the V650? I want a map pocket on top for Butler maps, and a bit of cargo capacity for my gun pack, wallet, and cell phone. Easy fueling is a necessity. Theft resistance would be nice but not a deal breaker.
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Finally got clearance to get back to riding today! I haven't been on the bike since last autumn. First I fractured a collar bone in August on an adventure ride. It didn't hurt too badly until I got home. Then back surgery for a long-ago work injury kept me down. The winter was so mild and dry I could have ridden almost every week, so it's been a tough 6 months to be grounded.

Anyhow, the number of choices in tank bags is overwhelming. Which brands are good and work well on the V650? I want a map pocket on top for Butler maps, and a bit of cargo capacity for my gun pack, wallet, and cell phone. Easy fueling is a necessity. Theft resistance would be nice but not a deal breaker.
I would look for a tank ring mount regardless of which bag you buy. Lots of good choices from Givi and SW-Motech. Most bags on the market do not fit the bike that well so be sure to check fitment first. Many interfere with bars turning, or do not fit slope of tank, etc..

Bags that do fit the Versys 650 well:
Givi XS320
Givi 603 & 602
SW-Motech City

Not sure which other bags fit but suggest Twisted Throttle for fitment info.
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I got the ring mounted, Givi XS320 for my 3rd Gen. I've had it for a year and a half and am very happy with it. It's roomy enough for a few tools, tire repair kit, air pump, gloves, food, SPOT, spare glasses, etc. It's the perfect size for me as I do a lot of sport touring out in country. I especially like that it has a map pocket. The bag is easy on, easy off for quick refueling.

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Givi XS320 it is then. Thanks for the recommendations.
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I have the Givi 602. The Givi tank ring system is both secure and easy on and off. That said SW-Motech stuff is it is generally the creme de la creme of the accessory market compared to Givi which is typically more average in quality, and slightly cheaper in cost. Lots of youtube videos out there.
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