Givi Topcase, recommendations.

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Givi Topcase, recommendations.

Postby Optimus Prime » Tue May 31, 2005 11:22 am

Well, I think I'm going to be mounting an ugly topcase to the beautiful roadster. I have a feeling I'm going to start using the roadster like a mini RT / commuter bike. I have the stealth backrest for the wife, however it eats up enough backseat real-estate (an inch or so) that we actually fit better without it. What I'm looking for is a large topcase that can also double as a backrest, and it'll need to be set far enough back that it doesn't intrude into the back seat area at all.

I really like the Givi e52, and it wouldn't be hard to mount to the bike, however I have a feeling it'll sit too far forward. The E450 simply may be a better option, supposedly I could custom fit that one, but I have no experience with either bag. Anybody out there have any suggestions?

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Postby DG02 » Tue May 31, 2005 12:06 pm

My wife has a Givi top box on her scooter and it is good value for the money. However I got a Hepco & Becker top box for my R since I felt it matched the original saddlebags and lines of the bike much better. PM me if you would like more info.
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Postby sdixit » Tue May 31, 2005 12:21 pm

I went with the E45 (cheapest). Does the job. I can fit a Darien Jacket (XL) with back protector + Darien Pant (size 38 with hip pads) into it. I have put SOLAS reflector tapes on the top case. Looks all right.

(My helmet + winter gloves fit nicely in the right system case.)

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Postby aghogg » Tue May 31, 2005 1:04 pm

Hi,

Just registered on the site and it's my first post here. Hi to everyone :)

I'm picking up my R1150R this Saturday, it's an 03 model in Dakar yellow/graphite with just over 4000 miles on the clock. Test rode a Rockster last weekend and loved it (was my first time on a Beemer) but being short I figured an R with low seat might be more practical.

So I've got my Givi E52 topbox from my CBR600, and it seems that right now Givi have discontinued the monorack arms for the 1150R. They're telling me I can only buy the smaller frame and plate that fits to the system case rails. But this can only take a total 6kg load instead of 10kg so I'm not entirely keen.

Anyone got any experience of this particular frame? Or even better, anyone else here in the UK able to suggest anywhere that might still have the proper monorack arms in stock?

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Postby towerworker » Tue May 31, 2005 1:50 pm

I have to admit I went the cheap route with a combination topbox/backrest for the wife. I primary reason for the purchase was the backrest for my wife. She was having some difficulty with riding any appreciable distance without something to give her a more secure feeling. I bought a box from JC Whitney that has a backrest integrated into it.
About $90 plus shipping and it does a pretty good job. The finish is pretty good and I had to do some home engineering to adapt it to the BMW rack but it fits well and the little lady now feels safer. Also have room to pack more stuff!

I think the ability to submit pics is not working right now so if you want any shots of it drop me an email and I will send some.
wayneb@ntelos.net

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Postby towerworker » Tue May 31, 2005 1:51 pm

Gave the wrong email in the previous post.

Correct email is wbowyer@ntelos.net

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Re: topbox

Postby Optimus Prime » Tue May 31, 2005 2:16 pm

towerworker wrote:Gave the wrong email in the previous post.

Correct email is wbowyer@ntelos.net

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Postby Peter J » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:21 am

Givi only sells the mounting kit SR683 which mounts to the system case side rails. It mounts in place of the BMW rack and is designed for the monokey cases (E52, E460, V46, E350) which limits you to the larger cases. They used to sell a E35 which was a nice mid size case. The instructions indicated a weight limit of 10Kg, and the design will work fine at that weight. You could also use one of the monolock cases on the factory rack not as strong (no additional support arm) and would be limited to 5 Kg or less.

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Postby Peter J » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:23 am

One other advantage to adding the system case rails is the grab handles are built in.

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Postby ctRrider » Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:43 am

This past winter I bought and installed a Givi SR683 rack and a E460N topcase. I also got the backrest pad. It is on my bike more that the side cases. I got it to commute and for my wife who wanted a backrest. My briefcase fits inside.

I used to use a Pelican 1490 case for my computer and strapped it on the seat. The Pelican is too large to fit into the Givi, but my regular soft padded computer case fits nicely. When I get to work I take the briefcase out and put my Stich and fleece jacket in the case. The topcase has ben very handy. It does give my bike a narrower profile for traffic than the side cases.

The SR 683 rack mounts easily and is very sturdy. It is rated for about 20 lbs. but looks like it could easily take much more. It does not flex when I lean or put my weight into it.

Bought it from Keith in Alaska (http://www.rentalaska.com) and got a good deal.

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Postby aghogg » Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:25 am

ctRrider wrote:The SR 683 rack mounts easily and is very sturdy. It is rated for about 20 lbs. but looks like it could easily take much more. It does not flex when I lean or put my weight into it.


hm, Givi's site states that it's rated for only 6kg (I think that's about 12 lbs). I also called them just to be sure.

Last year when I went to France on the CBR I had my E52 *very* loaded - I'm really hesitant to buy the 683 in case it's not enough...

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Re: topbox

Postby Shaman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:00 am

towerworker wrote:I think the ability to submit pics is not working right now


You can find the pic on the JCWhitney website and post it here using their picture address and the tags.

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Postby BobFV1 » Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:09 am

When I had my 2003 R I bought the SR683 kit with nylon replacement mounting rack and a Givi V46 case with back rest. I liked the V46 because it has a built-in brake light option and my dealer told me it was the size that the Givi catalog "recommends" for the R.

Before I mounted it to the R, my wife and I decided that the R was just not the bike for us to do 2up touring on, and we traded it in for my 04 RT. I sold the SR683 mounting kit and plate on EBAY and as part of the purchase deal on my RT, the dealer provided a mounting kit and did the V46 installation on the RT.

PROs:

Monokey system is great - box pops on and off in seconds with less effort than installing/removing the system cases.

Back rest is comfortable (reported by wife) and box is high quality

With installed brake light option and reflectors, along with SOLAS tape I added, the box is great for conspicuity

CONS:

The V46 overhangs the tailight to the rear and in my opinion blocks the conspicuity of the tail light. I addressed this by adding a blinking LED taillight kit from GizmoMill.

The V46 is not big enough to meet my 2up touring needs in the RT - I wish I had a 52 liter box (anybody want to trade???) - although I don't think I would want anything bigger than the 46 liter on the R1150R
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