Givi E55 MAXIA III Luxury BA Monokey Topcase
Worth every penny and not as huge as I feared.
So I wanted something lockable, stable at speed, and large enough to keep two helmets when touring. The ability to hold a decent size backpack would have been a plus. Started looking around and found the givi maxia line and a couple others like the shad, the coocase and the trax cases.
I have to admit, the price point for the coocase was attractive, but the cases just don't seem as well put together and the givi name is synonymous with durability. Plus with price matching i was able to narrow the gap a little.
Installing was a little tricky but that was the fault of my bike having under seat exhaust (fz6) not the givi stuff. Once I got that sorted everything from frame extension to installing the lights in the case was smooth as silk. One little tip in this regard, when installing the light connector on the base plate remember to check that the orientation is correct before doing the full install. Otherwise you may wonder if you did the wiring right only realize you need to rotate the connector 180 degrees.
As for the product, I LOVE this case. I was worried it would be huge as it seemed that way in pictures, but it actually looks great on the bike, and I dont find it affects the bikes handling at all. (I am quite large though as well) Having the extra brake lights is also quite nice as it does obscure the taillight a little, not enough to make it not visible, but when was extra brake lighting a bad thing.
I have been able to get a lot of stuff in this thing, including my neotec with sena attached and my leather jacket at the SAME time when stopping for lunch. Grocery shopping including a medium pizza and a birthday cake have found their way home in my maxia.
People complain about the top needing a little extra effort when closing, in that it needs a two hand approach, but I don't really mind. It takes about an extra 0.5 seconds to close.
I really like that it comes with three keys, two rubberized and a spare all metal key. (Already misplaced the original, so using one of the spares.
When the case isn't on the bike the top rack is fairly unobtrusive, though to be completely honest, I haven't taken the case off, it is too practical.
Thank you to the revzilla staff for helping in the decision to "go big or go home" as I don't think I would have been happy with anything smaller. And really as far as the dimensions are concerned it is so barely bigger than the v46 I can't imagine not wanting the additional storage.
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!
May 21, 2013
Um produto de 1º qualidade muito útil e pratico. Ainda não instalei mais o produto é bem acabado, bonito e resistente.
April 29, 2013
Best Topcase Money Can Buy... and it's a lot of money!
I wanted something to use on my commute - the space under my scooter's seat is decent, but not enough to hold my briefcase, if it starts raining. Also, I wanted the ability to hold two helmets, and I like the idea of having high-mounted brake lights. There is just so much about the E55 that appealed to me, I figured it was worth it to shell out the big bucks and get the best product possible.
I got the brake-light kit and the remote opener, too - I also got the inner liner and the glossy-black replacement skin to go over the stock black plastic. (I was really treating myself here...) Once I got the bike-specific mounting plate, the price stood at $704 - not exactly a bargain. On top of that, splicing the brake-light kit into the electrical system was beyond my ability - I opened up the bike, and there were wires snaking EVERYWHERE. The lousy drawing which came with the case offered me no idea how to proceed.
So I brought it to my local shop, and even the mechanic needed some time to study the electrical diagram he found for my bike online, before he went in and performed surgery. The operation was a success - the lights work great (especially at night, and they are brake lights only, not signals) - and the bill for the wiring job was $120.
So is the E55 top case worth the grand total of $824, when all the associated costs are counted? For me, it is.
It looks the business, it really does hold two XL-sized full-face helmets, the remote opener has worked perfectly so far and adds such a level of convenience - I am extremely pleased with the case.
Do I have any reservations? Yep. The red-plastic document holder has to be removed to put in the foam liner, and in so doing, one of the plastic buses that hold the screws just disintegrated in my hand. You definitely shouldn't unscrew anything more often than is absolutely necessary on this case. Having only one working screw (instead of two) has rendered the document holder unusable. That's a bummer.
Also, it is surprisingly difficult to close the lid all the way until it snaps shut, unless you are standing behind and above your bike, which position gives you added leverage. Where I park in my apartment building, there is a wall right behind the bike, and it is not easy to get my arm in there at the right angle to put the force necessary on the lid to close it all the way. That really ought to be easier. (I go to the gym and am in reasonably good shape, and shutting the lid on this case has stressed the muscle at my sternum. That was really surprising!)
Overall, I think it's a marvelous case. The size is perfect for me, the features are worth the price, and the downsides of the design are relatively small. I recommend it, though not if you lack physical strength or if you are especially short and would have trouble getting leverage on the lid. If you spring for the E55, get the model which comes with the remote opener and the lights. Those features really elevate this above being just a plastic box.
March 25, 2013