Givi Monokey 52 Liter Trekker Case
Great For Commuting
I use this box daily on my 25 mile highway commute for carrying my laptop, lunch, work clothes and bike cover. It has held up great in the 3 months that I have been using it. It will indeed hold two helmets but not much more. (I have a Medium Shoei GT-Air and my wife's Medium Kabuto Aeroblade 3)
The built in straps do keep everything in place while riding but only with a full load. It would be great to have loops inside the corners of the box for tying down smaller items. The locking system took a few times to get used to but is easy to operate, and installation is a snap...well more like a "click". I have used the external tie down slots a few times with great confidence. All that being said Givi seems to have a monopoly on the market for top cases so it would be great if they got their S#*t together.
For example: (My reason for the Average Rating)
The bracket support bars that attach to my motorcycle arrived in the box with a sticker on them that read "13LBS Max Load"... The rated maximum carrying capacity of the mounting bracket for this box is listed at 22LBS. The box alone weighs almost 12LBS, so is Givi telling me that I can only carry 10LBS worth of stuff? But the product description on Givi's website reads that the box can carry up to 22LBS. I am confused...
When I asked Givi about this they couldn't explain. They simply told me that they were working on it. These cases are not cheap so it would be great to have all the details before making the purchase, but I am not sorry I did...yet.
November 15, 2015
Well made but expensive
It's big and expensive. You need the key to close the top. Latches tightly to plate.
October 19, 2015
Perfect size for my F700GS
Product as advertised. A perfect size for my F700GS
September 21, 2015
Another great GIVI product
Great top case with a TON of capacity. On my 1200 GS is does not look out of place relative to the factory Panniers and almost a perfect match. Other than one extra key it is seamless and about $300 less.
September 14, 2015
A really good product, easy to use & install
This is a very different experience than what I'm used to for a top case. My previous was the stock BMW top case for the R1200RT. That top case was heavy, thick, robust, and bomb proof. When a hand grenade would go off inside the case, it would really mess up the contents, but that's about it. (that's literary license, I never really set hand grenades off in my top case, or anywhere else#.
By comparison, the Givi is much lighter weight, but then of course does not have that bomb proof feel.
For most bikes, the Givi approach is far preferred, unless you plan on laying down at speed. This case easily swallows 2 size large modular helmets. It secures easily and firmly to the Monokey rack.
Installation is far easier than easy, Givi does a great job with design, fit, and instructions.
The only thing I do *NOT* like is that you have to lock the case. You cannot remove the key from the case without locking it, so there's no option to just leave the case latched but unlocked. :-# That's a really small nit, and it's probably better that I'm forced to lock it any way.
August 22, 2015
Very practical fitting 2 helmets, easy to operate and still looks great after 2 years. Never used it off road though…
August 9, 2015
Love this case.
One major complaint. Givi needs to learn a better way to package this product. The case ships locked and the key is wire tied to the handle. Unfortunately, because it is a loose tie, the key moves around during shipping and scratched the aluminum on the lid of the top case. They should tape or attach the key in a method that does not allow movement and scratch up the lid.
July 13, 2015
Nice top box,plenty of storage room
Nice large box with plenty of room for storage. Mounted on my GS1150, looks good and should serve well. One minor issue.. the thickness of the walls seems a bit on the thin side. I mounted the back rest pad too. Will have to see how it holds up to use as a backrest.
May 4, 2015