Givi V35 Sidecase
good quality, better than average value
This review focuses mostly on construction/durability, as it was my foremost concern when ordering.
** also very important note, there is no rack kit that will fit these bags to my bike (2012 CB1000R). I'm fabricating my own. Just want to leave this note in case another CB owner reads and assumes this is a bolt-on job. Not the case. Sorry CB owners - bolt on options are limited to soft luggage. Hard luggage = custom work on this badboy.
There are no shops in town that even keep this kind of inventory in stock, so I was never able to touch and feel the product before ordering. As a result, I did a lot of watching reviews, install videos, and reading about people's experiences about various hard luggage products. Still, it's pretty hard to tell the difference between cheap plastic and high quality ABS on a youtube video.
Even after all the research, I was apprehensive paying so much for a set of hard luggage not knowing the real quality and durability of the product. For real durability, I have faith in certain brand names like Pelican, but had 0 first-hand experiences with Givi. Ultimately, I wound up choosing this particular set specifically on the curved aesthetic (from the back), which seems to stand alone amongst competing products.
After all that, I can say this: do not worry about the durability or quality of the product. I was impressed by every aspect of the craftsmanship of this product. The outer shell is firm, thick, and well built. The material resists marring, the lids close and latch firmly, and the mounting hardware is built heavy enough to last (I'm pretty critical of welding, and the racks are top notch). They've also nailed down the finish, with important details like rubber grommets for where the luggage makes contact with the rack.
I will mention on install, that (at least with the toprack hardware) there could have been simpler hardware. Rather than engineer a single bracket, they give you a bag of small parts that need to be assembled into what could have ultimately been one piece. The result is a confusing installation at first, but also one of those jobs where you wish you had 3 hands and 5 opposable thumbs.
March 31, 2014
Givi V35 on NC700X
I had the V35 side cases on my NC700X for over 2000 miles. I usually commute and did some touring with my wife. The installation is easy and the looks are good. I had a small crash and my bike landed on one side. Since there is a colored plate part that can be changed with screws, just change the plate, voila no crash marks.
You don't feel like there's 70 litres of side cases when you are commuting or touring both from weight and aerodynamic perspectives.
June 25, 2013
Give V35 sidecases
I ride a VStrom 650 and I chose these bags because they are contoured well to this bike and sit low unlike some of the other bags which are higher than the seat.
June 3, 2013
The quality, styling, ease of use surpass my expections. Their bags just keep getting better with time and I can honestly say that GIVI has spoiled me rotten!
April 29, 2013
The sidecases are manufactured with attention to detail and construction - the black gloss painted inserts match my motorcycle. Proportioned very well - not too big and not too small. Definitely enough volume to stow the items needed for a trip!
April 22, 2013
Although a bit pricey, the fit and finish of this system is excellent. Looks factory on the bike.
February 4, 2013
Solid & stylish cases but not complete
I have read the other reviews and just want to be clear to everyone, HELMETS DO FIT in these cases. I have both an Icon Airframe and an Arai Profile - both size large and they both fit (not at the same time). You need to get the position right but that is not difficult, the cases will close and stay sealed against water.
If they came with something reflective or with lights under the red plastic I would give them five stars but just get some solas tape and\or a light kit and they are complete. They hold quite a bit in them even if their overall shape is more for aerodynamics as opposed to storage.
My stock turn signals had to be moved (PLX mounting) and the included bracket was fugly for my bike so I chose to replace them entirely.
Other than the signal issue they combine function and style quite well. The colour choices are also changeable, just purchase the other panel you want and swap them out if you feel the need.
November 25, 2012
I installed these on my Honda NC700X along with the V46 topcase. Installation was fairly simple. The silver finish is almost an exact color match to my bike. The luggage looks almost OEM from Honda. The Givi logo is kind of cheap as they were not glued properly but an easy fix.
The video states it will fit a full face helmet. Maybe a small will fit, but my XL Shoei Qwest will NOT fit. I can store a Klim XL jacket, Gerbing liner, pants, socks, and G3 gloves. My helmet fits in the V46 topcase. Love the product and dealing with RevZilla!
October 13, 2012