Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Sequim, WA - "on the sunny side of the Strait"
Re: Givi T496 Tunnel Bag
I have a tunnel bag on my 650 and find it super handy for the smaller stuff I need to store and grab often, like gloves, sunglasses, snacks, etc., especially when I have the underseat storage and glove boxes full, and also have a tail bag on the passenger area and don't want to have to move that to get to needed items underseat.
Personally, I don't like the idea of having anything that isn't tied down on the bike with me, in the event I have a very sudden need to stop or avoid a tipover, or move my leg to swat at an angry bee, for example, i.e., when my natural tendency is to also worry about loose cargo or carriers. I also don't like the fact that if I have the storage full and want to leave the bike, I either have to cable the tunnel bag to the bike somehow, or take the bag with me.
My tunnel bag has a strap at the back edge on each side of the bottom for securing it, and I've put that under the very front inside of my seat, so the bag is attached there with a snap closure on each end and also in the door of the glove box. When it's too much trouble to put my leg over the bag, I can just unlock the glove box and the bag will swing away enough, and then it's easy enough to re-secure it by simply closing and locking the glove box. I don't need to take the bag with me when I leave, though it's very easy to do it I need to do that. I don't worry about someone taking the bag, and even though someone might attempt to remove the bag by unsnapping the ends of that tie-down, they'd also have to cut the strap that's fastened inside the glove box. If they want it that badly, I'm sure they'll just open it and take what's inside, instead of hunting up a knife.
Knowing the bag is going to stay with the bike, I don't have to worry about it shifting or that I might lose it along the way. I just don't like the idea of thinking I need to keep track of anything that's unattached to the bike, just as I don't like having any hanging straps or loose fitting baggage. And the thought of having the bag disembark from my bike and land in front of some other unsuspecting rider just worries me too much. I know, the likelihood of the bag getting away is remote...but history shows me that if Murphy is around, he'll probably fine me in a weak moment.
I think I have enough to think about when I'm riding without such a concern, and I suspect the manufacturers of tunnel bags that fit and are designed to be used on maxi-scooters feel there's reason to secure the bag to the bike.
Just my 2-cents worth, but it works for me.
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