Givi E21 Monokey Sidecases
Great little cases
These are perfect for my application. Lockable, waterproof, streamlined hard cases without being too large and unwieldy. Large enough internally to store plenty of stuff.
April 16, 2013
Good quality, easy install, great cases
I installed the Givi E21s on my WeeStrom (DL650) using an (also purchased from RevZilla) PL532 rack. The ordering and fullfillment process from RevZilla, was, of course, flawless.
I am, at best, a mediocre mechanic.
After bolting up the rack with the usual amount of fiddling that comes with aftermarket luggage/bars/handguard/etc., the cases went on nicely - I was even able to get my JC Whitney top case to re-attach and be fully functional.
I purchased these cases primarily for space on my commute - with a laptop in the topcase, there was only a small amount of room left for my lunchbox/etc. and I prefer to not use a tank bag.
The cases are spacious (enough) for lunch, extra clothes, an extra visor, tools and a bunch of other stuff. They also look good (black cases/black bike), and, perhaps most importantly, the come in just a hair under 36 inches in width, or about the same width as the OEM bars - this is important as I didn't want any extra width while lane sharing. So far the cases have done well, and fit nicely in between the cars on my commute.
One thing to note - the cases did make the bike handle slightly different - it rides a bit lower, but I'm sure I can work around this by adjusting preload. The cases actually lower the center of gravity, so, after some time getting used to the cases, I think the bike actually handles better at parking lot speeds.
With all this in mind, I'm really happy with the E21's
March 13, 2013
Just what I was looking for!
After selling my car to go on a motorcycle-only diet, I realized that I needed additional storage capacity on my V-Strom 650. As I had read in a message board post somewhere, these cases are pretty much the same size as those reusable grocery bags, so you can get an easy sense of how much will fit into them (and have access to convenient case liners). The closest thing to a complaint that I have is that the lock doesn't have any detents on it, so you simply have to make sure the key is turned all the way before trying to close it. Easy enough habit to get into.
December 10, 2012
Solid construction and easy installation
Just like the Givi sidecase racks these mount to, these cases are durable and very easy to install. They kept my stuff perfectly dry even after riding through pouring rain.
September 4, 2012
I installed these sidecases to a Givi WingRack attached to my 1994 VFR750F. They're the perfect size for my daily commute through traffic: the best balance of capacity and bike width. Givi made a wise decision in making these small cases top-loaders. They're easy to load and unload, plus, when you open the lid, the contents don't fall out! The plastic is more flexible than I expected, but I imagine that this would allow the cases to take some damage without shattering, which is good. They don't click and lock to the rack like my E460 topcase does; I have to press down on the red buttons as I lever them onto the racks, then release the button to secure them in place. They do mount very solidly and I have complete confidence in their ability to remain attached regardless of how aggressive I ride. One downside is that to take advantage of the 'monokey' system and have one key that can open these cases and my top case, I have to spend an extra $30 for three new lock cores. I guess that's not TOO bad, but it's one of those "non-advertised" costs. Still, Givi cases are top notch.
September 3, 2012
Small cases but good for the $
Cases are good quality.Small for any trips but good for around town.
July 2, 2012
Lot of bag for the buck
I bought these to complement the Trekker 46 on my F800GS. The case is much lighter/thinner than the Trekker so it springs a bit when trying to mount/lock it. I sprayed a little silicone lube in the catch and it helped smooth it out. The case is no Trekker but its also 1/3 the price. These are a nice size - great for commuting and light duty touring - and the style compliments most bikes.
April 10, 2012
Great hard bags
Awesome top loading bags that secure beautifully. The locks are a little stiff, but nothing a little lube didn't fix. Thin profile is great for sport touring.
August 29, 2011