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Old 08-11-2008, 10:39 AM
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Default Rear case + backrest, Givi vs JC Whitney

I want to add a rear case + backrest on my DL650. (Wifey wants to feel a little more secure + backrest, and we need to haul some small stuff). The case can be something about 30-35 liter capacity- We don't haul a lot of stuff typically. The two choices seem to be either the Givi E30 or the JC Whitney mid size.

I have a question about the cases' backrests' cush factor. I see the JCW comes with one, but the Givi is another $45 for the backrest. I've searched the forums and found comments on both sides of the aisle for the JCW backrest. I couldn't really find anything on the Givi backrest.

Does anyone have some experience with the backrests on these two cases, and maybe comments in general about the two? And also, if you'd have other rear case suggestions, I'd appreciate any comments on those as well.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:50 AM
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One comment, there is not a lot of extra room on a Strom as far as front to back seating. It is the only measurement that the Strom chassis is not roomy. I have a top box and Givi backrest like you describe and there's not enough room for the backrest unless the top box is moved back, which can be done if you want by adding spacers or a new rack by that company in Carson City NV, I forget the name. When I saw how the setup worked, I didn't bother.

So before you drill 2 holes in your top box, duct tape the backrest in place and see if it works for your passenger.

Good luck with your backrest/top box.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:20 AM
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I have the large JCW box, and the backrest on it is not at all comfy. Almost hard plastic.

Plus, as Cory mentioned, the room gets really tight with a box+backrest on. I ended up taking the backrest off the box, and the wife just uses the box as a backrest if she needs it. She wears a jacket with back armor/padding anyhow, so it isn't uncomfortable at all for her - she prefers it over having the backrest on for the extra room it gives.
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I have a Givi E450 without the backrest pad . . . wife says its plenty comfortable without it.
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I use the JC med. box. The backrest is totally hard, so I gorilla glued a gel type computer mouse wrist rest to it and the wife loves it.
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Thanks for the replies with good input. What's the thoughts on the JCW vs Givi- "about the same for less $$", or "you get what you pay for"?

I'm leaning towards the Givi so I can add the rear light if I want. There's a LOT of grandmas driving around in my town, and more brakelight power = better. (Nothing against grandmas, of course, I just don't want to mowed over by a Buick.)
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:19 PM
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I used to hate top cases, but decided to try one for commuting and my wife wanted a backrest so no one would "fly off the back". I bought the JC Whitney large case for $47.99 in April. I thought the quality seemed really excellent for the price. But right after it shipped, I visited the Luggage thread, page 5 and saw the Givi E33:

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I immediately ordered one and returned the JC Whitney when it arrived. The Givi cost $95 and the backrest cost $36 more. It is small, but can hold a surprising amount of stuff including our 2 helmets. It will not hold 2 full face helmets though.

I switched for the looks of the case on the bike and and I am extremely happy with this purchase. Extremely useful for commuting, shopping and even weekend trips if you pack light.
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I want to add a rear case + backrest on my DL650. (Wifey wants to feel a little more secure + backrest,). The two choices seem to be either the Givi E30 or the JC Whitney mid size.

backrests' cush factor. I see the JCW comes with one, but the Givi is another $45 for the backrest.

Thanks in advance!
I bought the JC Whitney LARGE Trunk. The "Backrest" looks good, but is probably not very compfy. It's made of the same material as the trunk, actually came from one mold. You probably could come up with a cushion for it. Mounting took a little McGyver thinking and a little over an hour. I'm happy with it's function. Others have painted over the ugly orange strip, I'll do the same one day.
Past few rain storms have not penetrated the inside either.
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I got the JC Whitney case (large) and have to say it works just fine for the price. Girlfriend rode it a few times and said the backrest was ok comfort wise. Probably not the best for a long trip, but a passenger should wear armor anyway, right?
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I've got the JCW large trunk, and am very happy with it, the back rest is a hard rubber, so not much as far as padding goes, but does give the passenger some back support, and as for room, I mounted mine back a little further than most I see on here, I removed the rubber mat from the stock luggage rack and used the holes that the rubber piece uses to mount it, 4 of themounting plates holes lined up perfect with the rack/mat holes, looks to be about 1 1/2 or 2" further back than most I see on here, the wife loves it.

As for quality, I think it is an super deal for the money....I've had one for about 3 years now (previously had it on my Former bike, a Moto Guzzi Breva) and have had no trouble with it at all.

Keep in mind I'm a Cheap SOB, so I like good deals....it's big enough for a full face helmet, and more gear, and keeps my stuff dry...which is all I need form it.
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