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post #1 of 16 Old 09-23-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Change Trax boxes to Givi E-21's?

I am not fond of the Trax boxes that came on my 2012 Adventure. Sure they hold a ton, but they are so wide, and the locks can be a pita. I was looking at the racks they are mounted on, and it looks to me like this could easily be adapted to hold Givi bags using this kit:

SW-MOTECH sidecase adapter kit for Quick-Lock EVO carrier (Givi Monokey/Kappa) - Luggage & Racks - Shop by Product - TwistedThrottle.com

This got me to thinking about changing to Givi bags. I like the E-21's because of their price and the fact that they are top loading. Going to all Givi cases (I already have a Givi top box) would mean matched keys for each bag. My biggest concern about the E-21's is their size. I often have my bags stuffed full as it is.

Has anyone else done this? How did it work out? Opinions are welcome too.

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funny that you mention this, I've been thinking of getting the E-21's to commute with and leave the Trax bags for travelling.
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funny that you mention this, I've been thinking of getting the E-21's to commute with and leave the Trax bags for travelling.
yeah, I guess great minds think alike.

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Would you be better off selling the racks with the Trax boxes and then getting Givi racks? You might get more for the luggage if it is a complete set, racks included. Not sure, just wondering.

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no, using the existing racks, all I need is a $26 adapter kit. The Givi racks are a few hunnert $$$, I guess.

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The racks are the main reason why they are so wide. The clearance between bike and cases is absurdly wide.
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The racks are the main reason why they are so wide. The clearance between bike and cases is absurdly wide.
Absolutely! I declined a good deal on an Adventure model, mainly because of that reason. Saved money and put on the SW-Motech Evo QR racks, which are definitely narrower. I have a 5-piece Givi set (all keyed alike), V46 topcase stays on all the time, and I alternate between the E21's or E36's.

The E21's actually spent thousands of miles on my old Kawasaki EX-500, and even survived a couple of tip-overs plus a low speed lowside. A couple of scuffs on the lower corners but they still work well. For two-up trips of any length, the E36's are required, but for solo trips the 21's work fine. Depends on how much stuff you need to bring! For a little extra space, I had also used a Cortech tailpack hooked onto the passenger seat, when traveling solo on the 500.

FWIW the 21's look oddly small on the WeeStrom, when paired up with the rather large V46 topcase. They looked more "balanced" when I used the smaller Monolock topcase. But they're pretty nice and narrow (I think about 38" wide? I'd have to re-measure to be sure), and I get a little better gas mileage with them than I do with those big ol' 36's. I like the top-loading feature, they're economical, and 100% watertight.

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My '12 Adventure model with the Givi E 21's:







Taken on "The Dragon" and The Cherohalla Skyway. NC and Tennessee.

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This got me to thinking about changing to Givi bags. I like the E-21's because of their price and the fact that they are top loading. Going to all Givi cases (I already have a Givi top box) would mean matched keys for each bag. My biggest concern about the E-21's is their size.

Has anyone else done this? How did it work out? Opinions are welcome too.

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I don't think anyone has said it will or won't work yet -- please keep us informed if you try the adapter kit. After the 0% promo died, Suzuki started "giving away" the OEM luggage, so that's what I'm getting -- once they come in from back order.

So I'm in the same boat -- bags will be too big for commuting and I'd love to be able to switch to smaller Givis.
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My '12 Adventure model with the Givi E 21's:







Taken on "The Dragon" and The Cherohalla Skyway. NC and Tennessee.
thanks for the pics! I would love to see a shot from the rear.

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