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post #1 of 23 Old 04-17-2010, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Installing Givi side bags and mounting racks on a DL650

Thanks to Pat Walsh's generous offer for Stromtroopers, I could finally afford the Givi side bags to match my Givi truck. I'm thrifty. I bought my Givi trunk and mounting system, with accessory top rack and back rest, off an ADVrider member for about half of it's original price. Sweet deal! The deal I got on the side bags to match my trunk, with mounting hardware and nylon insert bags, was enough to make me dance!

I thought I'd do a few install pics of the Givi side bags on my V-Strom 650, because I had some trouble locating them here or anywhere else on the internet.

Here's what I started with... Givi trunk, top rack, and back rest only:


The hardware:


I popped off my trunk, leaving my Givi trunk mounting plate behind. I actually dread removing this thing, because it takes some finesse and my very best "little fingers" techniques to mount it.



I got it off, and started working through these (limited) instructions:


Mocked up, with the spaz handle resting on top of the side rack, nothing bolted down yet...



As it turns out, those 4 bolts to re-connect the spaz handle on top of the side racks require a significant amount of finesse. I had 3 in place, about half-bolted down, and couldn't get a micron of clearance for the 4th bolt... twice. I did eventually require the help of my lovely assistant, my tall, bald, Italian husband. He brought the rubber mallet with him, and we backed all bolts off enough to raise up the front of the spaz handle to allow the alignment of the 2 rear bolts. After threading those down 3/4 of the way, we used the mallet to bonk the front of the spaz handle back down and tightened bolts. I suspect that Givi's clearances are so tight that this finesse step will be required for others, as well.

The cross-bar that mounts under the fender seems to have a perfect place inside the fender. This is what I mean:

I had to place the cross-bar's mounts BEHIND the side rack's mounts to get this perfect fit without the cross-bar touching the inside of my rear fender. I know, I know, if I'd just complete the fender-chop mod that I want done, this would be a non-issue...
Cross bar bolted inside/behind the side rack, before tightening:



I was pleased to discover there IS a use for those holes in the backs of my passenger foot peg mounts, I'd always wondered about that... the side rack bolted BEHIND the foot peg mount. That was hard to see in the instructions. Also, it was hard to get a big washer between the foot peg hole and the side mount hole, I had to call in Muscles a second time to assist me in flexing the parts apart for me to slip in the big washer.



After ensuring everything was lining up and threading nicely, I began tightening down. Much to my chagrin, and disappointment in Givi hardware, I snapped a bolt on the left rear cross bar. Note to future installers: DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN!


Fortunately, we have plenty of spare bolts and nuts in our garage from prior tear-down/part-out projects. Sadly, I can see that frickin' shiny silver bolt from across the garage, since it doesn't match the matte black of everything else... sigh. All mounted up:





My husband swapped out the lock cores for me, so I now have 6 keys (!!!) and only need 1 to operate all 3 bags.

She's come a long way from the ol' DIAMONDPLATE SHELF OF DOOM, Rubbermaid tub and 2 ammo boxes she was wearing when I first fell in love with her...


Hope this post helps someone along their journey! Special thanks to Pat Walsh Designs!
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Nice looking bike. I bet you could fit a tree in that trunk (get it? Tree trunk!) -- that thing is gargantuan. I'm surprised the bike isn't doing wheelies sitting still.

I like the layout of that rack. Routing the crossbar under the fender is a nice touch, as is using the peg mount to bear some weight.

By the way, there are no bald Italians. We're just differently furred (it migrates to our ears and nose for better protection).

(p.s. As for the silver bolt -- that's why there's Rustoleum!)

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Nice looking bike. I bet you could fit a tree in that trunk (get it? Tree trunk!) -- that thing is gargantuan. I'm surprised the bike isn't doing wheelies sitting still.

By the way, there are no bald Italians. We're just differently furred (it migrates to our ears and nose for better protection).
The trunk can hold a tree (yuk yuk yuk!), which is perfect because I am a girl scout. On a daily basis I carry all sorts of tools, tire patch kits, first aid, spare socks, water, snacks, a towel, and more. To go on a road trip with me is a major packing excursion. Each one of my Givi bags can hold 2 full face helmets.

Trust me, I know all about the differently-furred Italian thing... I like to joke my bald Italian husband is growing a sweater and pants for winter.

Thanks for the reply - I see you're in Seattle (me too). Do you ever ride down to Backfire night in Ballard? It's this coming Wednesday. Great group of bikes comes down there and I am always the only 'Strom. The ALTrider guys are always there, did you know they're making a full line of 'Strom accessories to compete with SW Motech and others now? Right here in Seattle!

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Now that you have side bags, avoid putting heavy items in the top case. It's best to keep extra weight as close to the center of mass of the bike and rider as possible. A tank bag or low and forward in the side cases are much better than the top case. Light density items like riding clothing are better top box items than dense items like tools and water.

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Now that you have side bags, avoid putting heavy items in the top case. It's best to keep extra weight as close to the center of mass of the bike and rider as possible. A tank bag or low and forward in the side cases are much better than the top case. Light density items like riding clothing are better top box items than dense items like tools and water.
Thanks Wolfy, I just ordered a pair of tool tubes also... planning to mount both of them inside the left Givi rack if possible. The reason I finally ordered the side bags was to get my weight lower, as I enjoy riding aggressively through twisty roads and did not like the difference in handling with a high-loaded bike.

Next on the agenda, I'd like to replace my fork oil and purchase a fork brace to improve my front end handling when carving twisties... hopefully a full suspension overhaul won't be necessary to achieve better handling.
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Do you ever ride down to Backfire night in Ballard?
Never heard of it, but I might. Looks cool, even though there's nothing remotely vintage about a Strom.

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did you know they're making a full line of 'Strom accessories to compete with SW Motech and others now? Right here in Seattle!
I know about Touratech; is there another manufacturer in town now? (You should visit Touratech if you haven't already; it's a neat display.)
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Never heard of it, but I might. Looks cool, even though there's nothing remotely vintage about a Strom.



I know about Touratech; is there another manufacturer in town now? (You should visit Touratech if you haven't already; it's a neat display.)
Ohhhhh, Touratech... *drool* they ain't cheap, but they make some awesome stuff!

ALTrider is who I was referring to, they're just making adventure bike accessories. http://www.altrider.com/
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ALTrider is who I was referring to, they're just making adventure bike accessories. http://www.altrider.com/
Oooooh ...

I'm a little dense. Ok a lot. My brain turned "AltRider" into "ADVRider", so I was way off in the weeds wondering who among them was manufacturing stuff here ...

So, yeah, thanks for the tip! Move along, nothing to see here ...
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So, yeah, thanks for the tip! Move along, nothing to see here ...
Bwahahaha! Noted!
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Do you ever ride down to Backfire night in Ballard? It's this coming Wednesday. Great group of bikes comes down there and I am always the only 'Strom.
Surprise! I saw at least half a dozen 'Stroms there tonight. In fact, I parked off by myself, and when I came back, there were two other Wees next to mine. One was very flashy -- red, with full lower bodywork that I've never seen before. Some of the others looked like they'd been around the world. Pretty cool.

Lots of fascinating metal down there. People do some wacky stuff with old bikes. Some of them were truly beautiful.
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