Winter is in full swing and I had the time to tackle one of my winter projects which is to purchase some luggage and racks based on the reviews of awesome fellow Strommers from the forums. I appreciate all of the posts, pictures and feedback given here. It helps anyone looking for insight to make an informed buying decision.
The Wee-Strom has been in slumber since winterization in November. Here she sits thus far undisturbed with Tender Jr. steadfastly working its magic to keep the battery in check. To the left the new luggage components await installation. But before I delve into that part I want to make it clear that I am indeed going to discuss Giviís PLR532 for the DL650; the ĎRí denotes Rapid Release. These racks have been mentioned a time or two but not given any lengthy discussion or pics. The E21N 21 liter bags have already been discussed at great lengths.
In the photo above are the components that must be installed on the DL650. Since these racks are detachable, the components are rather small and unobtrusive. The left and right sides of the bike each receive three brackets that are somewhat similar and of course there are some replacement brackets for the rear fender. The two smaller brackets in the middle of the photo require some comments.
Take note that the smallest bracket for the right side (R/S) is slightly flatter than its counterpart. This can be seen clearly when the two components are brought together. The larger middle brackets are identical in construction. There is no mention of this in the documentation at any point. Documentation is pictorial and contains nary a sentence.
The reason for the differences in the small brackets was unclear until I considered the muffler. I concluded that the flatter bracket must be for the (R/S) to reach further out than would be needed on the left. During installation I attempted no trial and error; I simply placed the flatter farther reaching bracket on the muffler side. In the end everything fit together perfectly.
The securing points are fairly straight forward and here I use one of the smaller brackets to give you a close-up of the front and back sides.
The racks themselves are of small stature and have a low profile.
The key slots are three pointed.
There is only a single key provided with the racks. Iím not too crazy about this.
Further inspection of the mating points reveals how they fit together.
The components used to secure the rear portion.
The spacers on the right are flipped over and inserted into the holes.
When you place the rear luggage carrier in place over the spacers you must route the brackets into the recessed slot on the luggage carrier itself. The instructions do not make this part very clear. For this part, Givi provides replacement bolts.
In the photo above you can see the smaller bracket in place. You will use the original factory bolt to secure the small brackets and carrier at these points. Itís important to note that you should only make the bolts for the luggage carrier snug at this point. When you are ready to fit the racks on you will be able to make minor adjustment to their position by swiveling them slightly for the best fit.
For the lower side brackets you must remove the passenger footrests. The narrow thin bracket fits on the left side and goes between the footrests and rear sub-frame. Givi provides replacement bolts for this application. Be sure to use Loctite.
The right side utilizes the curved bracket for the purposes of the preload adjuster. Replacement bolts are also provided here.
Depending on your locale and configuration the rear fender may have a bracket already installed to support the license plate and rear reflectors. You must remove this bracket entirely in order to fit Giviís rear fender bracket. In doing so, you will lose the rear reflectors. That is of course until you decide how you are going to address that.
I had to cut out the slots in order to remount the license plate.
Once I installed the front and back portions of the new bracket, I mounted the license plate with a set of rubber washers to reduce contact vibration and provide space between the plate and the bolts used to secure Giviís bracket to the fender. Givi did not provide mounting nuts/bolts for mounting the plate. I had some spare pieces available for this purpose. Also visible in the image above is a spare hole. This hole appears on both sides of the fender and allows for the use of padlocks.
The installation is very clean.
The mounts are solid with no play at all. There are no loose fitting components or rattles of any kind. The rack key fits securely into each mounting point and a quick twist to lock or unlock results in a very positive action. You can have both racks removed within 30 seconds.
The mounting points permanently installed on the bike are solid and will not bend or flex at all. They will take some abuse and the powdercoating will scratch with repeated installation and removal of the side racks.
All tolled with top case I have 78 liters of storage which is more than ample for my needs. I neglected to take a photo of the setup with a rack removed but based on the install photos above you should be able to discern that with the racks removed, the ONLY visible mount points are the small brackets at the forward end of the luggage carrier which stick out and cover the nomenclature on the side panels.
Retailer: Sport Tour
PLR532 Rapid Release Racks = $205.95 US
E21N Matte Black Monokey = $169.00 US
Shipping = $0.00
The Mega Tool Tube with 4 liter fuel bottle was purchased from TheToolTube Dot Com. A nice kit that included mounting hardware for $52. The top case is a Givi knockoff from JC Whitney item # 27022 for about $80 bucks shipped.
I hope this helps someone interested in this particular setup.