I took delivery of my 2012 GS on Tuesday and am trying to figure out where to keep all my "glove compartment" items: sunglasses, small towel, flashlight and GPS (when not mounted). The things you want quick access to on-the-go. I've developed the habit of not carrying anything except for maybe a wallet and cell phone, in my jacket out of fear that it will become part of my anatomy in a crash. Santa brought a Givi topcase but that's not exactly "quick" access.
I bought a tank bag in anticipation of the bike's arrival and am now having second thoughts. Even the small one I bought looks like it might get in the way of me shifting position and I'm not ready to stick adhesive strips to the virgin paint job...just don't care for the way it will look when the bag is detached: velcro patches take away from the glory of the color!
I'd appreciate some experienced advice as to where you stash your glove compartment items and how often do you need to get at them. My inclination is to return the bag and keep everything locked in the Givi. At the very least, it's locked and I can walk away from it.
Thanks for sharing your riding experience.