Givi V46 Monokey Top Case
Superior quality, expensive and worth it
Got the stop light kit with it, which complicated the install on a non-Givi rack. Extra hour to accommodate the contact button on the rack in exactly the right place and as flush as possible. Tricky, but the light works great and I'm sure keeps me safer from tail gaters. All Givi bags are first rate and look good. This one I have figured out is big enough for overnight trips, no side cases needed. The straps inside are stupid, they should be on the lid, I cut them off immediately.
March 16, 2015
Good but I hate the latch
It's a good size, seems durable overall and has some nice touches, but I really don't like the latching mechanism. I have stood there for minutes trying to get the stupid thing to latch. It's the kind of annoyance that builds up over time.
I have the case and I'll make it work but if I had the decision to make over again I wouldn't get a Givi.
January 5, 2015
Definitely worth the money!
I purchased the Givi V46 along with the rack (specific for my 13 Concours) and have to say - well worth the money!!! Have had several bikes and always added the top box but usually went with the less expensise "off-brands". The saying is it is hard to justify the costs if you don't see the value and can assure you that the value for both by far and away are worth every penny. Quit being cheap because with the Givi case and rack, you get what you pay for!
November 26, 2014
Second Givi - Don't get the light option
This is my second V46. Great bag, easy install, all really good. With that said, I ordered the one with the light kit, not realizing that the connection is dependent on installing the Givi rack. Unfortunately, I didn't like that rack, so I ended up having to rig the thing a bit on my Concours14. If I were to do it again, I'd get the one without Givi's proprietary light kit and get an aftermarket kit that has the running lights and the directionals. All in all, however, they make great stuff. The one I had on my BMW was excellent and this one is the same. The running lights are really bright, which is good as the Kawi is pretty dark back there. As far as Revzilla.....awesome. I remember meeting Anthony and his crew out in SFO, when they were pretty fresh and my buddies and I commented that they seemed both genuine and motivated. Looks like the hard work has paid off. The videos are so worth the time they must take to produce. It's become my top choice for online gear shopping.
November 15, 2014
Clearly better than the Monolock case from Givi
This Monokey case is well designed, easy to install, and use. Had the Monolock (lower price/value product from Givi) case before, and the Monokey is clearly better designed.
November 11, 2014
Great commuter option
I spent a lot of time looking at laptop-friendly cases because I didn't want a hulking box on the back of my hyperstrada. In the end, I went w/ a 46-liter moto topcase, not a scooter one, and am happy with it. Looks wise, it doesn't completely destroy the "cool" factor, but I wasn't super concerned about that anyway.
I can fit my work bag, TNF Surge, with a 15" laptop and a lunch box on my way to&from work. At work, my helmet, pants and glove fit in there, along with some extras like a grocery bag, bungee, straps, tire plugger kit, extra gloves, and sidestand plate.
I now adjust my mirrors to just see the sides of the V46, an extra convenience, and the finish is good but it does show scrapes easily (poly bag or rubber boot soles rubbing against it) but they can be wiped off.
The wind & water proofing is great and installation was very easy using the Givi mount for a hyperstrada - important if you really want the weight limits the case is capable of, without risking cracking the plastic side rails. I haven't yet installed the brake kit, but looks straightforward enough.
September 19, 2014
Probably the best addition to my bike so far
The V46 top case is not the biggest they make, but it is size proportionate to my V Strom 650 and holds plenty of cargo. It has allowed me to use the bike for all sorts of things that would not have been possible with only side cases. The build quality and aesthetics are excellent and it draws compliments wherever I go. NOTE: if you intend to store helmets in it, be aware that it will hold two average size Larges or one XL modular.
September 9, 2014
i've previously owned the touratech zega top box with rapid trap ($$$). it's a great box, but i destroyed it in a crash (saved my camera gear though). not wanting to spend as much on touratech, but wanting a solild brand, givi fits the bill. it's also lighter and roomier plus it's aerodynamic (this could have been a factor in my crash) also the reflective elements up high are real plus for visibility. no idea if it will protect my camera gear going down at 80 mph on the highway like the touratech box did... i don't see why not... but i don't intend to find out. it's a nice system with a high quality of build—and a real key (can't say the same for the touratech locks). i pair it with the aluminum SRA5112 givi mount designed for the R1200GSWA, it's a great piece. much better than the plastic givi mounts i've seen. the bike looks very stock with the top case off. it's a hard part to find in stock at the moment. if i could have purchased it at revzilla i would have. with the V46 on, there is the perfect amount of clearance to still open the stock pannier lids.
September 1, 2014