Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Northwest of Boston, MA
Givi Maxia 55L Top Case
I bought a used 2012 Vstrom 650 and this case came with the bike. I'm thinking about the Admore Light Kit for this case, but before I invest $140 into it, I have a few concerns:
1. The case is a little beat up, and it has 1 folding metal hinge in the right corner. I suspect there was a matching hinge in the left corner, but it must have broke off. Why even have a folding hinge? Wouldn't a simple nylon cord be better to control how far the top opens?? And incredibly, the top doesn't open up far enough to stay up by itself which is real pain in the a$$. I can't believe they designed it that way. Could it be my 1 hinge is bent preventing it from opening all the way??
2. The case is a little "creaky". Pushing the button to open it, closing the top, the way it attaches to the bike, the whole thing doesn't feel solid and precision like. When I go over a big bump, I find myself glancing in my mirror to make sure the case didn't fall off! I expected more from Givi.
3. At first I hated how the case looked on the bike, it seemed way too big. But it doesn't bother me as much now, and I do like having the extra space. Still, I'm convinced the bike would look better with something smaller.
I'm thinking should I keep the case and buy the light kit or should I start fresh with a different case? Any comments or opinions are appreciated! Thanks.