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:
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!