Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:08 am

Petty Tyrant
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Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
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Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32167
Location: Bay Area, California
Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:08 am linkquote
Most of my project reports these days have been on my cannonball blog, but this one seemed too interesting to sequester away over there.

I just finished installing the GIVI T444 on my Cannonball bike (the Plan B version of my bike, that is).

The T444 normally uses a nylon web strap to secure the bag to the tunnel by wrapping around the underside of the bike. I didn't like that solution, and anyway the strap wasn't quite long enough to fit all the way around the GTS, and would have interfered with foot position. I could have gotten a longer strap, but I decided for Cannonball I would take a different route.

So I drilled some holes in the bag and secured it to the battery cover, using fender washers to keep it from tearing out. There are two upsized sheet metal screws that go into the stock screw locations on the front of the battery cover, and one screw toward the back of the bag in the center, which screws directly into a (new) hole in the battery cover. It's very secure.

The bag has very nice fit and finish. It feels like a good, solid bag. The main compartment is cavernous, and there are two narrow side compartments as well. The zippers are beefy, and velcro holds down the front flap of the main compartment. There is a generous amount of reflective piping on the bag as well.

The bag does not have a mechanism by which it can be locked, so during Cannonball I will be keeping the important contents (tools, mostly) in a reusable nylon grocery bag. This way, I can lift out the entire contents and take them into my hotel room at night. I could probably figure out a way to lock it if I thought about it hard enough, but at this point I'm pooped and can't take on any new projects.

I'm actually really excited about this bag. It gives me a significant amount of extra storage, does not impact my leg room, does not drag in the wind, and is reachable while riding. Plus, I can keep a hydration pack in there along with my tools. Big pluses all around.







Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:51 am

Ossessionato
07 GTS250(RIP), 13 GTS300, Several Lambrettas
Joined: 25 Apr 2007
Posts: 2705
Location: Raleigh, NC
 
Ossessionato
07 GTS250(RIP), 13 GTS300, Several Lambrettas
Joined: 25 Apr 2007
Posts: 2705
Location: Raleigh, NC
Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:51 am linkquote
I think you'll enjoy having heavier tools and such at a lower centre of gravity, rather than say in the pet carrier.

My steering wobble, non existant with nothing loaded in the scooter, was very pronounced when I was fully loaded on my journey.
Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:32 am

Ossessionato
'07 GTS-250ie - sold and gone
Joined: 23 Aug 2007
Posts: 2023
Location: the Queen City of the West, aka Porkopolis
 
Ossessionato
'07 GTS-250ie - sold and gone
Joined: 23 Aug 2007
Posts: 2023
Location: the Queen City of the West, aka Porkopolis
Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:32 am linkquote
I like it a lot. Does it interfere at all with opening the glove box door?
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:04 am

Petty Tyrant
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Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 32167
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
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Posts: 32167
Location: Bay Area, California
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:04 am linkquote
starreem wrote:
I think you'll enjoy having heavier tools and such at a lower centre of gravity, rather than say in the pet carrier.
That was my thinking in going this particular route. I'm already going to have a lot of extra weight on the back in the form of the gas tank. I might as well try to re-distribute some of the other weight forward and lower to the ground.
starreem wrote:
My steering wobble, non existant with nothing loaded in the scooter, was very pronounced when I was fully loaded on my journey.
Yikes!
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:05 am

Petty Tyrant
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Joined: 11 Oct 2005
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Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
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Location: Bay Area, California
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:05 am linkquote
Cincinnati John wrote:
Does it interfere at all with opening the glove box door?
Just a little bit. I can still open the glove box, but not quite as much. The more I push down on the front corner of the bag, the wider I can open the glovebox. I think it will be an acceptable tradeoff.
Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:31 am

Addicted
2008 Blue GT200 (Cringer)
Joined: 07 May 2008
Posts: 686
Location: Wilson NC
 
Addicted
2008 Blue GT200 (Cringer)
Joined: 07 May 2008
Posts: 686
Location: Wilson NC
Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:31 am linkquote
Re: GIVI T444 Tunnel Bag Installation
jess wrote:
The bag does not have a mechanism by which it can be locked, so during Cannonball I will be keeping the important contents (tools, mostly) in a reusable nylon grocery bag. This way, I can lift out the entire contents and take them into my hotel room at night. I could probably figure out a way to lock it if I thought about it hard enough, but at this point I'm pooped and can't take on any new projects.
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Just get a room on the bottom floor & drive your scooter inside
That is a nice bag by the way.
Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:57 am

Member
Vespa GTV and PX 200
Joined: 06 Sep 2008
Posts: 13
Location: New Forest, UK
 
Member
Vespa GTV and PX 200
Joined: 06 Sep 2008
Posts: 13
Location: New Forest, UK
Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:57 am linkquote
Im liking that very much, tell me does the bag rub against any of the scoots paint, if so do you reckon it would scratch or mark the paint?
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Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:32 pm

Ossessionato
looking again
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 2080
Location: northshore, la.
 
Ossessionato
looking again
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 2080
Location: northshore, la.
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:32 pm linkquote
ghosts of threads long gone....
was reading through the current CBR threads and one pointed here...i have, i hope, not a smart assed observation, but could this bag be turned 180° to allow for better access to the glove box? sorry if i'm stating the flippin' obvious...
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