Givi V47 Tech Monokey Top Case
Great product with an a big problem
I really like Givi luggage. I have owned other brands (coocase, cheap box from Jcwhitney, etc.) and Givi has always stood out as a good design and value proposition. I do not know if they have changed their design, but the locking mechanism on this case is subject to the elements. What I mean by that:
I took a +2K mile trip through Canada this fall, and unfortunately it rained a good portion of the time. By the third day of riding, when I opened the top case to unload the top red button remained in the recessed position. It would not pop back out, and subsequently the key would not turn. The lid would not close and lock, and here I was in the middle of nowhere Canada at a campground in the rain. I took apart the locking mechanism and discovered that there was grit (sand, dirt, other road grime) in the channels that hold the button, which was creating too much friction for the button to release. I disassembled the mechanism and clean it to the best of my ability, and then lubed it with all I had; teflon based dupont chain saver. It is a dry lubricant. After two more days, the mechanism was sticking again, although not severe enough to require disassembly on the road. I was able to get it to operate smoothly after cycling it a few time. Not that it really would matter, but the trip was on paved roads (with the exception of going to and from the campgrounds).
I have completely disassembled it again and cleaned it once I got home, and I have had no more problems, but I have not ridden in the rain extensively either.
It looks great, it feels to be good quality, Unfortunately, I cannot recommend the product at this time based on my experience.
December 15, 2014
Expensive but well-made
This was the first GIVI topcase I have owned. Purchased it for both storage and for use as a passenger backrest (with the 134 backrest) when I bought a used 2006 FJR. Though I am "cheap" and think all these cases are terribly expensive, I find the quality of the Givi case to be excellent. The associated mount fit the bike perfectly and is very sturdy and the case itself clicks into place solidly. The case is well made and the lid closes securely with a great water-tight seal - reminds me of the sound you get when you close a well-made car door. I cut a couple of sheets of kitchen drawer liner to fit the bottom of the case to keep things from sliding around when inside and that worked well. If you need topcase, you can't go wrong with this Givi.
November 20, 2014
Perfect for mutiple helmets or other items, like a backpack.
I had two main needs, two full face helmets (L), and storage for a laptop backpack on my commute. This case nicely accommodates 2 standard, size large helmets. It also holds my laptop backpack, with room for at least another backpack on top of it if needed. It was very easy to install with the brackets for my bike and the proper mount plate. The locking mechanism is better than my prior GIVI luggage. Monokey is the way to go. Revzilla is my new favorite/preferred vendor!
October 22, 2014
Few problems with install
So the box is good. However i found 1 nut was missing a thread completely, had to go to hardware store to find a match. and the rubber double liner in one place is not sitting right so have to adjust it all the time otherwise lid is way too hard to shut.
October 20, 2014
Great quality and finish.
Got this to replace a cheaper box I bought when I first got my bike.
Excellent quality, very solid and sturdy when mounted.
Easy to take on and off with the monokey mounting system.
Can only be opened with a key, would be nice to have the option to lock or not.
September 29, 2014
Excellent style and function
This is a quality top case that functions exactly as advertised. Added the top trim to match the color of my 2014 Yamaha FJR. The shape also matches the style of the FJR. Easy to install, open and remove. A very stable, sturdy top case.
September 18, 2014
Givi makes great products
Givi is a premier motorcycle accessory producer from Italy. Very stylish and always well made. Very nice top box.
August 28, 2014
Can't go wrong with Givi
Fit and finish is second to none. Tiny bit on the expensive side but I believe you get what you pay for. It matches my bike perfectly and it's exactly what I wanted.
July 28, 2014