Looking to start the farkling process on my ’04 Wee with a Givi E450 Simply top case in flat black. Twistedthrottle adds the following language in its description of this case:
"Note that this topcase features the Givi Monolock design, which means it must be used with a special fitting plate (included) designed to fit onto flat tubular-style topracks. Fitting to other types of luggage racks may require custom fabrication and a trip to the hardware store. This case will not fit Givi Monokey racks (Wingrack or Monorack) without the use of another replacement adapter plate (not included). Will not fit most Givi E-series topracks."
Has anyone here had any experience with the "special fitting plate (included)" on the Wee rack? Will it bolt right on or require "custom fabrication and a trip to the hardware store" ?
The above pictured case is the Givi E470, monolock. All monolock cases come with their own universal mounting plate. It's not really a big deal to mount. I pulled off the rubber from the OEM rack and used the included hardware to attach the mounting plate. I use the same mounting plates on both of my supermotos and both of my Kymco scoots.
I was 20 miles away from home and had no problem installing the Givi mount in the shop's parking lot. It bolts right up to the stock luggage rack. I rode home with my new case on the back. You'll need the hex wrenches to take the factory rack off the bike. You remove the rubber mat, bolt on the U brackets. Bolt the mount to the U brackets. It takes about 45 minutes. Not bad really.
Now I just have to decide whether to get a pasenger backrest with it. I will probably start without one. I assume it can be added later if wanted.
My wife, whose jacket has a pretty substantial back pad that extends down to her tail-bone, thinks my top case is fine without a backrest. My younger son, whose coat has almost no back pad, finds it uncomfortable.
Search the forums - my earlier hunt found mostly negative comments about the GIVI backrest, so I've given it a pass for now.
I also have a E450 on the back of my wee. Wife finds it very comfortable without the backrest. More comfortable, it would be dangerous cause she would fall asleep! The fact that there is no cushion on it also leaves more room for installation on the stock rack.