Givi E45 Economy Monokey Luggage Case
best for two-up riders
I got this box primarily for use as a helmet(s) storage for me and my wife. It fits two full face helmets perfectly without having to cram it in. Also, when I commute for work I can fit my helmet and my riding jacket easily.Also, since I have Givi side racks I can use these boxes as sideboxes and they don't look too bad if you squint you eyes really hard. They do add a lot to the width of the bike when you do that and will definitely hurt your highway comfort, especially if it's a lighter bike like mine. I only use these boxes as panniers for camping trips and I pack light so despite the size they don't add much weight.I have to warn you though... these boxes are huge. If you have three of them on, as a top box and panniers, you could probably use your bike as a pontoon boat. But if size is what you want, these are the boxes. The best thing about thim, in my opinion is that they aren't as space-age looking like most of Givi's other boxes, which is a good thing. It's very boring and simple and doesn't catch unnecessary attention.The built quality is good. I can't complain about it at all. The plastics are well engineered to minimize flex and it's very sturdy for its weight, which is fairly light. It won't withstand a heavy fall, but then think about it this way... you could very cheaply replace them than pay a bunch to fix the aluminum ones your crushed.If you are a pure funtion-oriented guy like me you won't mind it's lack of looks. It's cheap. It works. It's simple. Two helmets
December 18, 2013
Solid, big case that doesn't break your wallet
I've had this case for most of the summer season mounted on the center givi rack on my v-strom. The case fits my helmet and extra gear easily. It does say that it fits two helmets, but that would be a very tight fit. My helmet has some gopro camera mounts on the sides and a headset mount which prevent another full-faced helmet from sharing the space. It is easily removable as well. In short: big and cheap.
Note: mounting kit is separate, but easy to install.
November 11, 2013
Givi E45 - BANG FOR YOUR BUCK hard cases
These puppies get the job done. They're not pretty, but they're functional.
I have E21 hard cases on my B1200N for day-to-day commuting, etc. But doing two-state jaunts regularly without significant cargo space was getting to me.
They snap onto my already existing Givi side racks specific to the Bandit (http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/givi-pl523-tubular-sidecase-racks-gsf1200-bandit-00-05), so installation literally took 3s.
As I mentioned, you're paying for functionality rather than a nice rack...
They do their job and well. I pack a spare helmet (Nolan N90 XL), spare riding shoes, and a hoodie in one side. In the other, clothing and toiletries for 5 days travel. For longer stints, the N90 goes under a web and more clothes go into the case.
4500mi on them and they're rock solid. They keep my stuff dry, clean, safe, and secure.
November 6, 2013
Best Hard Case Value, PERIOD
I have been using the OEM KLR 650 Tail Bag, but this has it beat by miles for security and capacity. My wife loves the fact it acts as a fixed backrest--and we don't use the accessory back pad. It swallows two helmets, a helmet and my riding jacket; I've used it for groceries. At 45l you can fit a ton, and its all lockable. No, it isn't metal and super rugged looking, but I assure you it will do all you expect and more! GREAT VALUE!!
October 28, 2013
Great top case--good value!
I replaced a Coocase S50 topcase with this Givi topcase. The Givi provides more flexible mounting options to my top rack (doesn't require a dedicated adapter plate) and can also serve as a side case with the AltRider Givi mount kit. Fits my helmet and jacket when I'm off the bike and easily takes my briefcase and civilian shoes for commuting.
September 16, 2013
Its OK but expected the basics to be better
For the money it is a good case...not great...just Good. The thing that I'm most disappointed with is the latch on the clam shell. With it closed and locked i was able to pull the latch off the lip with just my fingers and not a lot of effort. Is it a huge problem? It is if you consider that locking function a security issue. Another thing that I wasn't please with was the red piping tape around the case...out of the box mine was pulled away and hanging off the case. Not a huge deal, but still needs to be mentioned. The case does have enough room for a weekend trip which is great. Big enough for my helmet, rain gear and two days of shirts, shorts and such. Over all my opinion is that the case is acceptable, but I will not be purchasing another E-Series case.
September 8, 2013
Probably the best bang for the buck out there
Pleased with the quality and ease of use. I did not like the red pin stripe, but when my case arrived one end of the pin stripe tape was hanging loose, so I pulled it right off. It now looks much better on my bike. Revzilla matched a slightly better price I had seen on-line, and applied my Zilla cash from an earlier order. Very quick delivery.
September 2, 2013
Not bad for the money!
I love the size, easily holds what you need for a few weeks on the road. They are tough too, my Bandit got knocked over and it barely scuffed finish. My only complaint is it is not water proof...it's barely water resistant.
August 26, 2013