Givi E55 Tech Monokey Top Case
Expensive, poorly supported, loose screws, faulty lighting, but still needed
Well, it's hard to rate just the E55 Topcase without considering some of the other things you'll need:
$60 - M5 mounting plate
$80 - E96B topcase rack
$80 - E111 backrest pad
$65 - E112 stop light kit
$15 - Z880 wiring harness
And you'll need a sidearm mount, like:
$91 - Top Case Monorack FZ Sidearms 447FZ
I've got about six months or so experience with my case, and have all of the items above.
First, I agree with others that Givi instructions are poor. Fortunately you can email email@example.com and they might help, though that has left me feeling dumb and thinking I'm the only one with installation issues.
Here are some of the issues I've had with my setup:
- The E55 lid is hard to close securely unless the case is empty
- I often find screws in my E55 case and I have to figure out where to return them. A few of the screws freewheel, which makes them ineffective.
- The E96B Topcase Rack bolts also came loose so I used locktight. Same with the back rest.
- The E112 Stop Light Kit does not include flashers, turn signals, running lights, it only has brake lights.
- The electrical contacts on the E112 Stop Light Kit don't make good contact between the E55 case and lid so my brake lights flicker, or they don't work at all if there's anything in the case. I'm looking into Admore's E55 Top Case - LED Kit (TS) as a replacement, since it has all of the indicators, is much brighter, and it doesn't depend on a secure lid connection.
- My E96B topcase rack has growing fractures where the rack connects, but the heaviest thing I've mounted on the rack is my yoga mat.
By the time you're done adding all the options you may invest $700 or so, and you have to install the upgrades yourself following poor documentation. It's a pretty expensive case to be having so many issues.
The rack itself looks good and is otherwise fairly sturdy and attractive, and I won't give it up until I can find something better.
July 8, 2016
Sharp looking case!
I've always run with a rack before, but finally decided to try out a top case and went with the E55. The case arrived in perfect condition and appears to be well-made. The lid's retaining straps (plastic) aren't quite long enough to allow the lid to stay open on its own usually (warm weather does allow stretching a bit), so that's something to be aware of. No adverse reactions from the bike at speed ('07 & '15 FJR1300). Mounted on the Givi SR357 rack and seems very solid. Using 3rd party lighting kit (Admore); very happy with the entire setup.
August 18, 2015
Went from a v46 to the e55. Needless to say the bigger the better, cant even tell the difference in weight.
July 27, 2015
Nice case with a flaw.
I've used this case for 5 years with only minor issues (2010 Concours 14). The case is great for hauling alot of stuff and can carry much more than the rated load capacity. As the other reviews have stated, the hinges are weak and won't hold the lid open. The hinges will work well otherwise, just won't hold the lid up when you open the case and are trying to get/store your stuff. It's very irritating to have the lid close on your hands so you find yourself trying to quickly or gently to avoid it. I didn't get the light kit because I don't like screwing with the wiring harness. The base plate is a pain to install but once done it's extremely solid. I've had no issues with the latch and overall the case has worked well for my 95 mile daily commute. For the price, you can probably find something else just as capable. My one email to Givi about the hinge problem went unanswered.
June 25, 2015
Great top case
I would recommend this case to anyone. Very durable and useful. I wouldn't want to be without it!
November 6, 2014
Far better than the OEM
Much better than the OEM top case. Due to a thinner double wall section of the case there is much more usable room inside vs the factory Yamaha case. Plus there is the ability to add aditional lights which increases safety.
October 6, 2014
Good product but a few quirks
This top case does the job well and has resisted to some serious loads. One complaint is that the hinges screws loosen sometimes and as a result one of the microscopic special washer/spacer got lost. Also, after a few weeks of use, some creative thinking was required to work on the elbow of each hinge to prevent the case from closing abruptly (preferably on your hands). After a few trials, it seems that the most effective way is to dismount both hinges, lay them flat on the side and hit the elbow rivet once or twice (gently! It doesn't take much and you want to be able to do it again down the road) to make it harder to fold/unfold. I also filed down the stops on the elbow to allow for just a little more movement span so that the top opens a little more towards the vertical (less vertically offset weight). Fits 2 full size helmets but it is amazing how all those nice stylish rounded corners prevent so many items from fitting in the case! A half way between this design and the completely square boxes would help a lot. Finally, the 22 lbs load limit is useless to me (need to schlep around lots of things and sometimes realize that I took the bike, not the car, as I walk out of the store). Luckily, test has proven that 3 times that weight will work (although I did ride carefully, looking out for even small pot holes). So good point for that!
September 15, 2014
Not built to last
My first and last experience with a Givi product. The E55 is designed to look good, but functions poorly. While this case my hold up for casual use - weekend riding and a longer tour once or twice a year - it's not capable of withstanding daily use in a commuting application.
The latch/locking mechanism is weak, and depends upon two very small, brittle springs which couldn't cost more than 5 cents each - but if one breaks, you'll be stranded with a case that won't latch or lock. It's happened to me multiple times in less than one year of ownership. Also, the hinge supports are affixed to the case with tiny self-tapping screws threaded directly into the plastic body. When the screws loosen - and trust me, they will - the lid will not stay open on its own, leading it to slam shut on your hands/arms whenever you load and unload the case. After several cycles of tightening the screws, the holes become enlarged and the screws will no longer hold fast.
These simple design flaws could be easily avoided - the latch mechanism could utilize higher-quality springs that have a longer service life, and threaded metal inserts for machine screws should be located where the hinge supports attach to the case body.
If Givi had subjected this case to a modicum of product testing, I believe these flaws would have been readily apparent. That leads me to believe that they either don't adequately test their products, or don't care enough to design them for the long haul.
After fixing the latch a couple of times, I have decided to toss my E55 and replace it with a Pelican case, which is guaranteed for life. It may not look as sleek, but I'm confident it won't leave me stranded by the side of the road and/or resorting to duct tape to keep my case closed.
September 12, 2014