I’ve had this bag for nearly six months now and have put in a lot of miles since then. I did most of the testing while shooting in the Sierra Nevada mountain range on a stock Honda XR650L. While riding I never noticed the bag to be in my way when sitting or standing on the pegs. It tucks right up nicely to the meeting point of the tank and seat. When I needed to stop and take a photo, I could do so while sitting down and just pull the camera out, snap some pictures, put it back and ride away. It was just as easy when I was off the bike.
It was so nice to not have to carry a larger pack with a camera and lenses. On my back I just carried a standard hydration pack with a 70-200 lens, which felt like nothing compared to other trips where I have carried much, much more on my back.
My only issue with the pack came towards the end of a super dry and dusty summer season. I found that the zipper began to stick, making it tough to open and close the pack. Not being a zipper expert, I contacted Giant Loop and they told me to put a little lube on my zipper. Even better, if I had an air compressor, blow away the dust and then lube it. After a little bit of love I was back on track and zipping faster than Ron Jeremy.
I’ve also spent quite a bit of time using the pack on my Suzuki DRZ400, which has a desert tank. I did notice the bag between my legs a bit more with this set up, but it wasn’t really enough to cause any issues with my riding.
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In the end, this is a great addition to any dirt bike I ride when I have to shoot. The ease of access to the camera and taking the weight off my shoulders make every ride that much more enjoyable. Even if I’m not shooting a job, I find that I still leave the pack on my bike and utilize it’s practical storage area for other things I’d normally put in my pack.
Priced at $255 it isn’t the cheapest option out there, but it’s a quality item Made in the USA and it works great. It’s adaptable so if you need more space you can even add little pannier pockets to the bag. Giant Loop is a passionate, rider-owned business that puts out top shelf, American-made products and we have no issues recommending the Diablo Pro if you’re looking for a tank bag for your dirt bike.