Originally Posted by mjkuhno
Thanks for the info. Can you please expound on the expansion capability of the bag - how does it work?
Also - anything else you can add to this would be appreciated (photos?) as I'm trying to get things moving on this quickly.
The price does seem steep but comparison to other things mentioned to me (although less than the MagsBags option), but sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes, unfortunately, you just overpay. Just trying to determine for myself which scenario this falls into.
Be sure to read the article on the link I provided in an earlier post.
To expand the bag you have a zipper which encircles the end, unzip and the bag expands 3.5 inches on each side. To collapse you zip the zipper closed which encircles the end.
Each end also opens by unzipping, this zipper opens 3/4 of the end, leaving the bottom attached. The zipper has two pulls so you can unzip partially down on each side so the side doesn't flop totally open and drop everything.
The biggest surprise to me was the pocket on top of the top opening flap. This is a large pocket with a drawstrig opening. You can put a lot of stuff in this pocket which is technically outside of the bag dimensions. Then the flap with the bungee cord and straps on it covers the pocket as well as the top opening.
There are compression straps on the bag to tighten things if the bag is not stuffed full. Stuffed full and tight seems to be the best for this bag. The straps on the side help to secure the removable pocket but seem to hold up the bag and keep it from sagging is the ends are not supported on a hard bag or seat.
I bought this bag bacause I had been using an Oxford Sport hump seat bag and I did not like having to put the seat on with the bag because the bag had an underseat strap; the Oxford also would sag and the bungees allowed to much lean when the bag had weight in it. The Moto Fizz bag mounts with four straps. There are female clips sewn onto the bag and a nylon loop to feed the male end of the strap through. I find that the loop helps to take stress off of the attachment of the female part to the bag. The male end is attached to a nylon strap with a loop, simply feed the male end through the loop and then feed the male end through the loop on the bag and then clip into the female portion. Position the bag and take out the slack. When you remove the bag use the X female ends supplied to keep the male straps from dangling down into the muffler and/or wheel.
I also bought the Moto Fizz for the three openings and the easy access while stopped. I don't have to loosend or undo the mounting system to the bike to have access to the three points.
There is some rubbery type grip material on the bottom to help keep the bag from sliding around. One of the pockets can hold valuables that you can detach and take with you into a restaurant instead of leaving on the bike.
There are two internal straps for securing items in the bottom of the bag as well as about 6 incles of hard material to help the bag hold it's shape when empty.
I leave the male straps attached to the bike and have found that I can place an Ortlieb waterproof duffle on the seat and then attach the Moto Fizz bag on top of the Ortlieb. Connect the four straps to the Moto Fizz and away we go. You can secure the duffle underneath if you feel the need but once the Moto Fizz is on top and cinched down I don't think the duffle will do anywhere.
Quality of construction and attention to detail is first rate in my opinion. Sometimes you do get what you pay for and I am more than pleased with the price because of all the features I got. I measured the distance (width) of my passenger portion of my seat and bought the medium because the large would would intrude into the riders portion. I've toyed with the idea of getting the small bag for shorter trips or local day trips. The medium bag suits me well because it holds so much for a trip and even though it's large for a day bag it still functions well and I can collapse it down by 7 inches once established at a motel or camp site.