Givi E55 Tech Monokey Topcase
Not very good for the price!
Too many parts, the handle and lock section are removable and not sealed very well..I get water and road dust inside the case. Not impressed. The supports that are supposed to hold up the lid when open, are garbage....not up to the task. The lid keeps closing itself in the slightest wind or if you bump the bike. The screws keep falling out of the bracket supports for the lid. I've put them back into the feeble plastic posts so many times that they have stripped out. I had to use plastic weld to hold the screws in. The only redeeming feature is the size.
August 26, 2013
Great finish and detail. The elastic band keeps items from bouncing around the case. I cannot comment on durability as i only had it for a few months. My only gripe is the locking mechanism. It can be difficult to close sometimes. Oh and there are no reflective surfaces.
August 10, 2013
Latching procedure requires practice
1. To get the carrying handle to deploy requires the key.
2. If you don't need the handle deployed, place it in the stowed position prior to closing the cover, because if the top is closed first the handle must be carefully stowed so as not to activate the cover release button under the handle.
3. If not careful it would be possible to lock the key inside, just make sure to always have the key in the lock prior to closing the lid.
4. The V46 model has a much better latch design, but is 9 liters smaller.
July 29, 2013
Great top case for a Kawasaki Concours 14!!!
Purchased this case for a long trip I was going on. You can't go wrong with this case. Very high quality. I like the fact that my full face helmet fit with room for my jacket. I find myself putting all my cloths in the side bags. The gear I need to get to easily in this case.
July 22, 2013
Exactly what I want
I received this case a week before I received the mounting bracket and adapter for my bike. Installing the plate took a while but it wasn't difficult. Revzilla helped me confirm which version of this case I wanted, as this is the only one they have! I love all the space this case gives me. Right now I don't feel the need to purchase side cases and I like the look and slim profile with just a topcase.
July 15, 2013
Amazing looks and great functionality!
This thing will fit my laptop bag that has a 17 inch giant gaming laptop in it and a lunch box when I go to work! When I am at work I put my helmet and riding jacket in it with ease. I highly recommend this top case, it is stellar. I also recommend the lighting kit due to the fact that the case hangs over the back of the bike quite a bit and I felt that taller trucks and semi's might not be able to see my tail light. I bought the light kit and feel a lot more safe riding now that people have more tail light to see.
June 17, 2013
I needed the biggest case I could find, while trying to maintain the good looks of my bike. Enter the Givi E55, which is one really great-looking case.
Pros: Integrated lights look awesome, and work well. Laser cut key is nifty, though kind of overkill considering my bike's ignition isn't nearly so sophisticated. Fit and finish are perfect. Attention to little details is great, like the little arms that keep the lid open while loading. Shad's SH50 doesn't have this, so the lid likes to drop down on your fingers when you least expect it.
Cons: Givi is a bit expensive, and the case doesn't come with a mount plate, so that has to be bought separately.
June 10, 2013
Nice case, but for the price there should be extras
I really like the case. I needed the extra space to hold my Aerostitch w/extra armor, and it fits no problem.
That said though, it is definitely a premium price.
I am not fond of the latch system. I think that the V46-style key/latch works much better and smoother, and after having one, this feels like a step backward.
In the end, would I switch back to a different case? No. The extra space swings the balance to the E55 for me.
June 10, 2013