for 83 bucks i have no regrets
the only pain in the butt part for me was mounting the plate to the stock vstrom rack. ive done lots of work on jeeps trucks and bikes but what do you expect for something so cheap compared to spending 250 plus for the same thing IMO. i had to drill a few holes etc to make future removal easier so as to not have to remove both pieces seperate. i made it so that both the stock rack and the case mount come off at once.
you will need to drill into your stock rack on the vstrom 2007 wee 650. i made two holes. the piece that mounts to the bike has diangonal vents that your bolts go through and so i had to drill away 2 section towards the seat to make access to the stock factory bolts.
ive had it for about 2 weeks now. i was worried it would not fit two large helmet but it does in face hold 2 large helmets.
large SS 2500 lunatic fringe helmet
and a XL modular helmet made by bilt
as well as a L icon full face helmet.
if someone really wanted to open the case im sure a crow bar would get it done. if im gonna for long periods of time i will not store anything expensive in the top case and will actually take my helmet with me if i feel im in a bad part of town.
i accidentally locked both sets of keys in the case and had to pitch the case up in the area and jam my fingers in between the lid and bottom and just barely had a enough room to shake them out without damaging anything so i would say the case is quite durable as long as you regulary check things like the hinges.
it will bounces around alittle bit mounted on the bike when empty but what i did was throw a mouse pad between the mount and the topcase and it no longer makes noise or moves
ive met a few who have givi topcase and when i show them my case they feel jibbed! but the mounting and monokey is obviously the only difference beside cosmetic differences
to mount the case you just slip the plastic tab on the case into the provided mount slot and then insert a allen bolt with hinge pieceand twist until tight.
i ended up replacing the bolt with a quarter inch longer no hinge allen bolt after the one provided would not stay put
hope this helps out alot of people looking for a cheap storage container with a lock.
October 6, 2014
Served as a nice top case for lots of room and backrest for wife. Able to get both helmets in at same time in larger model (L and M size helmets). Installation is kludgey at best. Recommend getting bigger washers if you get this. Also, get some sort of padding for the hooks. It was metal on metal installed on my '11 DL650 .
Hinges fell apart in less than a month of minimal use. Pin fell out somewhere. Guess I will try to pound a short strip of coat hanger in it to get it back together.
Not waterproof. May bead off water in light conditions, but large air gap in between top and botoom.
You get what you pay for.
July 25, 2014
So far so good
My initial thought is this is exactly what I was looking for. Great value for the money. I have only gone on one long ride (two hour trip), but it worked as it should. We'll see how it holds up in the long run. I do think it is stronger than I was expecting based on other reviews that I read.
It rattles a little on bumpy terrain when the top box is empty, which made me wonder how securely it was attached. So the first few days it was on I would pull and tug on it to make sure it was on there good - and it is pretty solid.
Installation was also easier than I expected when I looked at it out of the box. I'm not the most handy of guys, but I figured it out. That being said, they could GREATLY improve on the directions that come with it. They were not helpful at all. There are no pictures and they don't "name" the parts. I really did have to figure it all out on my own.
My review is based on having it on for a week, but I feel confident giving it a solid review. I was not trying to spend a lot of money on a top notch givi box. This box works and serves the function that it should. Great product for the money.
May 5, 2014
Best entry level product I have seen
This top case is a great value - looks sleek with a nice finish - I like the way it looks better than some of the OEM cases out there.... and the installation is a breeze. The universal kit can be easily fitted / modified by anyone with a cordless drill.
April 23, 2014
Great cargo box for cheap
I have a Duke 690 and it fit up good. I had to drill out the mounting hole bracket slightly in order for it to line up with the Duke rack, but it was easy and after putting it all together it's nice and solid. Lots of space and locks with a key. Way better than the soft bag I had on there before.
February 25, 2014
An excellent no frills case for light use
I use top cases on my bikes primarily as a backrest for my wife (who won't ride with me otherwise) and to carry the 10 extra layers of clothes she needs when she does.
I bought this 44L Oxford as a lightweight replacement for the 49L monster that came with my '05 BMW R1200RT. I've used Oxford tank bags and heated grips for years and have always found their products to well made and an excellent value. This top case is both.
This is a no-frills product. With the top case you get a universal plastic base plate, a bag of cad-plated metric hardware, two keys and minimal instructions. Build quality and finish are very good. The case has a decent lock and attaches to the base plate with a 6mm "wing bolt" that screws through the bottom of the case. The carry handle is a simple, fairly shallow lip molded into the case. The combination makes it a clumsy business to remove the case when loaded if you want to carry it into your room at night. Best leave it on the bike.
My two build quality grumbles: The large "reflector" in the lid is very visible in daylight but does not reflect very well at night, a common problem on most low end (and some high end!) cases. Also, the lid could latch down a little tighter.
Mounting the base plate will be the biggest challenge for most and will be more or less difficult depending on the type of luggage carrier you're fitting to. On the RT I was able to fabricate some aluminum brackets that mimic the OEM cases front tabs, as well as a simple rear bracket. An hour's work produced a clean, solid and simple, slide-in mount that fits like stock and removes in 2 minutes with just 2 screws.
Once on the bike the case sits firmly on the base plate. It's well styled and looks sharp on my RT, more integrated than the boxy BMW trunk. On the road its light weight and narrow, aerodynamic profile do not affect the bike's handling at all and it does not block the view rearward in the mirrors.
I haven't used it in the rain or on a dusty road so I can't comment on the the lack of lid seals. However, at this price, I don't really care: My wife has her backrest and a place for her fleece clothing without messing up my RT's handling or appearance. I'm happy!
January 20, 2014
It is a great product and it hold a lot of groceries!
It is clear that Oxford did there homework with this product, because it fits nice and hold a lot.
November 18, 2013
Does the task for a low price
This review is for the 24L case. I purchased it to replace the tail bag I had. Concerns about someone walking away with it or it's contents moved me to get a hard case. If you are trying to keep a skinny profile on your bike this will do the task. The case information says it will hold one full face helmet. With my Shoei Syncrotech it will not. So for this feature chose wisely.
The universal mounting plate did work out on my V-Strom Adventure but it took very creative planning on my part to get it mounted up. If you are looking for easy bolt-on-and-go this is not the product for you.
The top case does not interfere with the lids of the side cases. If I had gone to a larger size I would need to remove the top case to get the side cases open all the way.
Too early to review durability and yes it is a flexible plastic.
July 26, 2013