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post #1 of 12 Old 04-18-2014, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Givi V46 back pad

I bought the Givi V46 top case and back pad as my wife will be riding a lot. The back pad protrudes out quite a bit and is not comfortable at all?? It's pokey as my wife says. Anyone get this same complaint or have a fix? Thinking about pulling the cover off and shaving the foam down flatter but that may make the cover not fit great. Thoughts?
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My wife hated the back pad on the Givi I had on my ST1300, so I replaced it with a Mustang back pad (used a cruiser model) and she was much happier. I used a hinge to mount the mustang back pad so the Givi box could still be opened.

I have a V46 on my DL650 now, and knowing she wouldn't like the back pad, I didn't get one and figured I'd put another back rest on it like before. But she has been okay without a pad so far (her jacket does have padding).

I've also talked to others who've had issues with the Givi pad (and I use that term loosely), so you are not alone.

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My wife hated the back pad on the Givi I had on my ST1300, so I replaced it with a Mustang back pad (used a cruiser model) and she was much happier. I used a hinge to mount the mustang back pad so the Givi box could still be opened.

I have a V46 on my DL650 now, and knowing she wouldn't like the back pad, I didn't get one and figured I'd put another back rest on it like before. But she has been okay without a pad so far (her jacket does have padding).

I've also talked to others who've had issues with the Givi pad (and I use that term loosely), so you are not alone.
Guess I may be stuck with it. Might try to sell it as the dealer won't take it back I don't think. Guess I will be looking in to other options. Her jacket works fine for cooler days but warm days without a jacket I think she will want something.
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I think I am going to just buy a garden kneeling pad and attach it with some double sided tape. It's black and waterproof and 3/4" thick soft foam. Should suffice.
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So I have been trying to get creative. The dealer will not return the back pad. Oh well. Not sure if I can sell it or not. I'm thinking about pulling the cover and padding off, using the already formed plastic back and spray adhesive some waterproof foam to it. Or just spray adhesive the foam directly to case. Anyone try this yet?? I can find some 1" thick waterproof foam for under $20. Cut to size and attach. May not be exactly the prettiest but what else is there??
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I tried the double sided tape on a piece of foam and it didn't work for me. The tape just let go when the case heated up in the sun. Others might have better luck (or better tape!).

My wife is very particular about her comfort so she straps a small pillow to the case. It looks a little stupid but she likes it, and that's all that's important.
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Yeah the case is not smooth so I'm thinking that will not work. But, if I use the plastic piece that is on the givi pad that makes a smooth surface to attach a pad to. I'm thinking extra strong spray adhesive though!

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So I have been trying to get creative. The dealer will not return the back pad. Oh well. Not sure if I can sell it or not. I'm thinking about pulling the cover and padding off, using the already formed plastic back and spray adhesive some waterproof foam to it. Or just spray adhesive the foam directly to case. Anyone try this yet?? I can find some 1" thick waterproof foam for under $20. Cut to size and attach. May not be exactly the prettiest but what else is there??
I did this on a V52 case I used to have. Same issue with the pad. I was lucky in that I already had plenty of minicell foam, of various thicknesses, laying around for use on my kayaks. Also already had a Sureform and stapler and 3M spray contact cement, so the project cost me nothing.

To be honest, if it wasn't for the need to cover the two holes drilled in the top case, I'd have left the pad completely off, as it's really unneccesary. What I made was less than a half inch thick.

The minicell foam is very easy to sculpt with the Sureform. You'll see once you pull the cover off the pad it's really made to fit foam that has contours in it. I suppose if you used very soft foam you could get away without sculpting contours into it. The minicell foam and the Sureform make it very easy though.

Here's a pretty good pic of what it looked like on the bike. I think you can see that it has virtually no thickness at the bottom edge, and is thicker at the top. If I recall correctly, I used two pieces of 1/4" foam glued together to achieve this.
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If you're going to use the kneeling pad I'd suggest using velcro to attach it. That way it can be multipurpose

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If you're going to use the kneeling pad I'd suggest using velcro to attach it. That way it can be multipurpose
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