Viaterra OXUS Magnetic Tank-Bag: Review

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Viaterra Oxus Tank-Bag
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
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  • Viaterra Oxus Tank-Bag
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  • Last modified: May 12, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Utility
    Editor: 70%
  • Mounting System
    Editor: 60%

Summary: The Oxus tank-bag is a worthy addition to Viaterra's range of tank bags. Being magnetic, it is very easy to mount and dismount. Barring a few issues with the mounting system, the Oxus ticks all the right boxes when it comes to utility and build quality.

The Oxus is the latest tank-bag from Viaterra. This is a 13 lit magnetic tank-bag which should easily fit onto motorcycles with smaller fuel tanks as well. Here is our detailed review:

Overall construction quality:

The Good:

  • As with all Viaterra bags we have reviewed so far, the build quality is very good, coupled with equally good stitching. The YKK zippers feel pretty sturdy as well.
  • This being a magnetic tank-bag, I found the magnets to be adequately strong and sturdy.
  • The 1680D x 1680D outer fabric is of very good quality. After using the Claw saddlebag( which uses the same outer fabric ) for more than 13000 km, I can safely say that the material is durable and pretty abrasion resistant. (Click here for our detailed review of the Claw)
  • Even with a half empty or almost empty bag, it retains its shape well, which means you can mount an empty or half-filled bag as well, without causing any problems while riding.
  • The faux Leather at the bottom of the bag is soft and of good quality.

 

The not-good:

  • None.

 

Utility:

The Good:

  • The 13 lit Oxus is best suited for daily commutes, and one to two day rides. I was easily able to fit in a lunch box, a pair of full-gauntlet gloves, and a deodorant can, and there was still a bit of space left in the main compartment.
  • The top transparent pocket can carry a mobile phone which is handy while using GPS on the go. There is also a small pocket at the top of the bag which can carry small stuff like keys or earphones.
  • There are two side pockets as well, out of which, one has the included rain-cover, and the other can fit in a small bottle. Another small mesh pocket is present on the inside, which can carry papers, a charger, or other small items.
  • The bag does not restrict the movement of the handlebar, nor does it obstruct the view of the instrument cluster.
  • Handling dynamics of the motorbike is not affected at all.
  • The sides of the bag feature 3M reflective tape, which sure boosts visibility at night.
  • The detachable shoulder strap helps carry the bag around on your shoulder.

The not-good:

  • The bag cannot be used as a backpack, which is a bit of a disappointment considering the Fly GT can be used as one. Then again, I think the Oxus was made with the aim of being as compact as possible, and hence the omission ( Click here for our detailed review of the non-magnetic 20 lit Fly GT tank-bag/tail-bag)

Pro-Tip:

  • Wipe off any dust on the fuel tank before mounting the tank-bag. The dust particles tend to increase the incidence of scratches on the tank.

Mounting System:

The Good:

  • 3 magnets, one at the top and two at the bottom, make for a pretty strong and snug fit onto the tank. On a 4 hours ride where I was riding at an average speed of 70-80 kph and occasionally going upto 120-130 kph, the bag did not move an inch.
  • Being magnetic, the Oxus can be put on and taken off very quickly and easily.
  • The way the bag is built, it can fit onto the tank in two ways: Either with the carrying handle facing the rider, or the opposite way. Based on the size and shape of your motorcycle fuel tank, you can decide the mounting orientation which best suits you and your motorbike.
  • Refueling is an easy job as you just need to lift and hold the bag up momentarily.

The not-good:

  • If you put on a soft cloth between the tank and the bag, the magnetic strength does reduce a wee bit.
  • There is no way to stop the shoulder strap from flapping around while riding. You can of-course detach it and keep it inside the bag while you ride, but that is again a hassle when you stop riding and want to carry the bag on your shoulder, as you will have to re-attach the strap once again. There should have been a way to attach the shoulder strap somewhere on the outside of the bag, with the help of velcro straps or attachment hooks. Nonetheless, the carrying handle saves the day and lets you at least carry around the bag for a short duration.
  • If you mount the bag with the carrying handle pointing towards the rider, then the top transparent mobile pocket sits very close to the rider, resulting in you bending your neck completely downwards to have a look at the GPS map while riding. This is dangerous as your eyes are completely off the road for those few seconds (Note: This would be less of an issue on motorbikes with an aggressive seating position). To fix this issue, the placement of this pocket could have been more towards the centre of the bag.

 

Weather Compatibility:

The Good:

  • A seamlessly constructed rain-cover is provided, which easily and quickly mounts onto the bag. We could not test the effectiveness of it as there is no rain at this time of the year. However, going by the past experience of the rain cover on the Claw and the Fly GT, I can assume that no water will seep in from the top or the sides of the bag. What remains to be seen is whether the bottom of the bag gets wet or not.

 The not-good:

  • The rain-cover does not have the 3M scotchlite reflective material, which is a shame because visibility is much lesser during a rainy night vis-a-vis a non-rainy night. (Note: I have not seen any motorcycle luggage rain-cover so far that has reflective elements)

 

Verdict:

The Viaterra Oxus is a compact tank-bag which should fit onto smaller sized fuel tanks as well. The build quality is great, as with all Viaterra bags I have used so far. There are a few niggles with the mounting system, but I would still recommend the Oxus for your daily commuting needs or for a one to two days ride.

The Oxus can be purchased here or at any of their authorized dealers.

Pros

  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Strong Magnets

Cons

  • Few Issues with the Mounting System
  • Cannot be used as a Backpack
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