Living with the bags
When it comes to a tank bag, my needs are simple: to safely house the items I wish to access easily; the ability to take it with me in a flash when I leave the bike; and to be comfortable in the knowledge that the contents won’t get destroyed in a heavy downpour. Preferably too—the thing isn’t so ridiculously large and rigid that it impinges me when up on the pegs in the dirt, where the connection to the motorcycle is weakened by an unforgiving solid mass. The latter being the reason why I’m opting to downsize to the smaller capacity and softer Diablo Pro. Not too much to ask for, no?
Yet I still want to keep my multi-tool, phone and charging lead, map (the GPS is a godsend but paper maps remain king), kickstand plate (a crushed can does the job well), earplugs, pad and pen, snacks, sun cream, flashlight and my camera. Remarkably at just 4-litres, I can still manage to accommodate all those gubbins. How considerate.
The Giant Loop Diablo Tank Bag Pro meets, if not mindfully exceeds the aforementioned wants and desires. There are myriad rider-friendly features to boot, which include:
- A convenient little porthole designed for feeding power cables through from your electronics inside either the tank bag, or the clear map pocket on top.
- The bag is fully lined with “hook-and-loop accepting” fabric, which coupled with an adjustable divider and an elastic tyre pressure gauge holder, a handy exterior mesh pocket and D-ring mounts for two 2-litre pannier pockets (not included), to my mind, make for a thoughtfully designed tank bag with clever storage.
- The product comes with a tank bag harness, and if your fuel cap is situated beneath, unzipping either side from the harness is child’s play. It also has a concave front, which enables vent hoses to breathe.
- There’s also reflective accents on the outside, keeping me high-vis wherever possible.
The Diablo Pro is made from military spec materials including vinyl-coated polyester Bomb Shell reinforced with foam, Slip-Not and clear vinyl on top, Nylike webbing and water resistant YKK zippers throughout. With a limited lifetime warranty, it’s humble in size but beefy in its offering—I wouldn’t be without mine.