Givi E450 Simply Monolock Topcase
Nice to have the luggage space, and it was also the cheapest way to get a backrest on the bike.
August 19, 2013
Biggest topcase you can put on a scooter!
My Honda Elite 80 is a fun scooter, but it needs storage space. I was looking around to find out what I could mount on this where I could store my helmet and a textile jacket while it's parked during the day, and I kept hearing good things about Givi. Shad cases are less expensive, but you have to buy a mounting kit separate.
I had questions about installation and returns, so I emailed Revzilla customer service. They got back to me in an hour or two, with useful answers. When I asked if I could just open the box to see if the mounting plate would fit (because Givi's instructions are a bit lacking online) he said I could still return it.
I ordered the case at around 3 PM on a Thursday afternoon. It was delivered by 4 PM on Friday. As in, THE NEXT DAY. In 25 hours. Since I live in NJ and they ship from the Philly area, it was quick as the dickens. I was stunned at how fast the free shipping was.
It took a few minutes to find where on the mounting plate I could put the bolts and brackets to mount it, but once I IDed them, it was just a large Allen key and crescent wrench to tighten everything in.
After trial and error I had the mounting plate in the right position, and I clipped the trunk in place with zero issues. After I figured out the weird means of latching the trunk closed, it was second nature.
There's zero issues with visibility, which is a pleasant surprise given that it's a 45-liter top case. It's easy on and off, and it looks like I can still have my wife ride 2-up with me while it's on.
I definitely recommend this case even for tiny scooters like mine. If you've got a 5" by 6" rear rack you'll do just fine. You can still grab the grab bar to maneuver the scooter should the need arise. For the price I paid, it's a darn fine bang for the buck. Seriously, get this for your scooter and carry ALL the stuff!
June 28, 2013
keep yo junk in yo trunk!
I bought this mainly for commuting. Saves me from schlepping my helmet in & out of the office while wearing motorcycle pants. I think it's about as big as I'd want to go visually for my bike (bonneville t100). I can throw my work bag in it, then when i get to work my helmet, pants, gloves fit nicely in the trunk, locked & safe.
The installation was very easy. I'd already bought the givi rack, but the way this is made it will easily attach to any sort of metal luggage rack. All the hardware is provided, and the mounting plate too.
I guess Givi makes a sturdier model (Monokey version), and if i were carrying heavier things, i'd probably lean more toward that one. But i think for most people this should be fine. Bonus: unlike the Monokey, this Monolock includes the mounting plate. Plus, it's a good $100 or so cheaper. That's not insignificant. I found it online for ~$5 cheaper than at Revzilla, but Revzilla matched the price (thanks guys!). I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to try a top case. It's a very convenient thing to have as a commuter.
October 23, 2012
Ample, affordable top case.
I already had a 30L Givi monolock case on my Vstrom but wanted a little more space. Instead of buying a larger monokey case, which uses a different mounting plate, I decided to get the largest monolock case available. That way, I could switch back and forth as needed between the larger and smaller cases. The 45L E450 is not quite the largest monolock but it is the best bang for the buck, IMO. The E470 is slightly larger (47L) but the extra 2 liters is in the shape of the lid - they use the same lower 1/2. I didn't feel 2 extra liters was worth an extra $45. The E450 is sturdy and roomy enough to hold my Shoei RF1100, Olympia Moab jacket and a few other smaller items.
I purchased the basic matte black version, which is durable and hard-wearing. The red plastic pieces are not reflectors, however. They are lenses. You can add reflective material behind them or purchase a separate lighting kit. I already have additional lighting on the back of my bike, so I simply added some reflective decals to the back of the case. Also, the silver/grey trim on the bottom 1/2 are optional stickers that come with the case.
My only concern so far is the stiffness of the latch mechanism. Their is a push-to-latch tab, which can be a bit of a trick to latch sometimes. I suspect that this is because the case is brand new. I suspect it will latch more easily as time passes and I use it more. One thing is certain: when it's latched, it's secure.
I found the case a little bit cheaper on a couple of other sites, so I decided to test Revzilla's price match policy. True to their word (as always) the Revzilla team matched the competitor's price and let me use my remaining $5 in Zilla cash as well. You guys rock.
April 3, 2012
Decent, will have to see how it holds up
The shell was a bit thinner than I was expecting, but everything else appears well made. I replaced a smaller 'knockoff' trunk with it because I wanted room for a helmet - the knockoff was a bit sturdier than the Givi... which also means it was heavier than the Givi, so as long as nothing cracks I guess that's a push.
August 15, 2011