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Givi PL188 Side Case Racks BMW F650GS 2000-2007 / G650GS 2008-2014
Poor instructions but monkey system works well
I bought some trekker Givi bags for my 2006 BMW twin-spark F650GS planning to do some adventuring this summer. But the bike didn't have the monokey mounts installed. So I started googling and found Revzilla and bought this mount.
The shipping was fast (nice job Revzilla) but when I opened the box I was dismayed by the single page black and white directions. I tried YouTube and found a few install videos but most were low quality or not of the same model motorcycle.
So I sat down, looked at the diagram, looked back at the parts, looked at the bike, held pieces up, drank a beer, and cursed a lot.
Two beers and two hours later I finally had it buttoned up. The hardest part for me was getting the screws to thread into the back of the passenger footpegs without being able to see them and then tightening them down. This is because righty-tighty has to be reversed when you're screwing towards yourself.
When I finished, the trekker cases went right on and locked into place snugly and I think I briefly saw a sign appear at the edges of my vision: achievement unlocked. ;)
I'm still debating about posting a video on how to do the install. The instructions it comes with really are Terri-fail.
March 4, 2015
Givi mono key mount.
Order and delivery were very smooth. The rack arrived complete with no defects. Installation went smoothly per instructions. Leave it all lose and attach the rear brace to the side mounts last then tighten.
I've ridden forest service roads with loaded cases on the bike ~100+ miles so far. Very secure. No falls yet.
Love the case also. Very happy with both.
August 14, 2014
Overall good value.
Like most reviews on this website, I must first say how fast the processing and shipping was. If you need something quick, Revzilla is your best bet.
The rack came undamaged. The instructions were borderline useless. Just 2 different views of rack with a few labels on them. If you're not handy with motorcycle work, grab a beer or 3 and prepare to spend at least an hour to install this rack. My biggest problem was the 2 bolts that were supposed to attached behind the license plate. They were either the wrong pitch or the holes on the bike were not threaded right. I ended up using 2 M6 bolts and nuts instead of messing around with M8 and searching for the right pitch. It's probably my lack of experience.
Finish is average, not the most durable finish or construction. If you go off-road frequently, this rack may not be strong enough. But considering the price, I really can't complain much.
July 28, 2014
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Donald W:the image shows the trekker aluminum panniers apparently mounted on the side racks. unfortunately you can't see the panniers to get an idea of how they mount, quality of finish, etc. all you can see are the trekker side cases.Feb 6, 2015