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post #1 of 27 Old 08-15-2007, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Running with the Side Cases on...all the time???

Got a question for those of you with hard cases....side and top. I know that most of you constantly run with your top case and usually take off the side cases, but I am wondering......


Is it bad to run with the side cases on all the time? Specifically, I have the GIVI 45's. Do side case mounts and the cases eventually wear and become loose?


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Don't know, but I leave my Givi 21s on most of the time; I rarely have the top case on.
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I have the E45s also as sidecases and do not use them on a regular basis. They are used mostly for trips.

I would imagine that the lock(top mounting point) would wear over time, but probably on the cases themselves and not the racks. More so if the cases were loaded up fairly heavy. The rack mounts are metal and the case locks are plastic I do believe. When I have mine loaded down for a trip I run a bungee cord across the seat from handle to handle, just as a precaution. Keeps the cases from rattling and takes the weight off the top mounts.

The Givi products are very durable though, so I would not expect anything to wear out quickly. If they did wear out and cause problems I'd expect it to take years to become noticable.

If you would have any problems, Givi does have a 2 year warranty on there products and they do honor it and are easy to deal with. I found that out when my first set of engine guards broke and they replaced them with a revised design that came out right after I purchased them. All it cost me was shipping.

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I swap my E46N Givi top box from my Concours to my Wee so it's ALWAYS with me, and has been for 37,000 miles on the Concours, 2,000 miles on the Wee The Concours side bags are also plastic with aluminum supports, and not any more heavy-duty (probably less) than the Givi's, and few Connie riders ever take them off. I never do. Usually have about ten pounds or so of crap in them, also. Every now and then some Connie rider will report a lock wearing out and a bag coming off, but it's rare. Mine are bolted on for that reason and also to deter theft. So far, no noticeable wear on anything. YMMV.

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I rarely use my V46 top case, but the V35 sides are always on.
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For the amount of money you guys pay for those side cases, I would run them all the time too!

Not sayin I wouldnt like to have some, Just sayin they are stupid expensive.

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I usually only run with my V46 topcase. Reason being that the bike is so much easier to maneuver in tight spaces, like my driveway (bumped the side-case hard into my Porsche the first day I put them on) and also, they make a whisteling noise starting at 45 mph which I can live without. Once a week I commute to the coast and back (250miles round-trip) and for that I put them on.
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For the amount of money you guys pay for those side cases, I would run them all the time too!

Not sayin I wouldnt like to have some, Just sayin they are stupid expensive.


Lil'Joe..... You are right...these dudes are expensive, but put it all in perspective.

What does a professional traveler spend on luggage? They pay hundreds for luggage that isn't waterproof, isn't as tough as Givi's, and doesn't have nearly the security.

With that in mind, I think the Givi's are a great bargain, especially since they will go on the side of a vehicle and be there for years.

My business colleague just spent $1,200 on business, travel luggage....My $600 investment on Givi is actually a bargain in my book. Especially since they will be holding my wife's stuff on trips and keeping her happy is the utmost priority. If Momma is happy....we are riding more!!!!

But, I think I will run my side-cases 'on' most of the time and expect them to hold up through thick and thin.

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I run with the cases on all the time. One side case holds rain gear and warmer gear just in case. Top case is for everyday stuff and the other is normally empty waiting for an errand run and whatever else comes along.

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I keep the side cases on permanently. I don't have a top case...that's the wrong place to put extra weight...so high and so far back. I don't put any weight back there on a bike except as a last resort on a long camping trip with a ton of gear along.
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