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post #1 of 16 Old 04-11-2010, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Givi E21

Okay, I got the bike all ready for this weeks commute; washed, waxed, lubed, inflated, etc... Afterwards I was putting my Givi sidecases back on and I noticed that my self installed reflective stripe was now facing forward, instead of the back, simply meaning I put the left one on the right/and the right one on the left side. Upon closer inspection, I notice that the shape of the Givi E21's top lid are slightly larger on one end.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a "correct" side to have facing forward, the bigger or smaller? It works fine eitherway, just saying...

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Wow, I never noticed this before.

I must have lucked out since they are apparently on "the right way"...

That little "swoop thing" is a little smaller in the front and gets a little wider in the rear.

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I always run mine with the taller side toward the front, but it won't hurt anything the other way-round. Do what you prefer, or pay it no mind.
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Thanks so much. I was going to install some reflective tape so know I will pay attention.
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Yeah, I've noticed this too. I wouldn't think that they were built to be put on any specific way though, if that were the case I would imagine them putting a little "L" on one and "R" on the other in an inconspicuous spot. I usually carry mine with the taller side forward. I look at it from an aerodynamics stand point, kind of like how a fish, tuna for example being a very hydrodynamic creature, is fatter in the front and tapers down toward the rear. But considering that the rest of it is pretty much nothing but a square box I'm pretty sure it doesn't make any difference at all.

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Okay, I got the bike all ready for this weeks commute; washed, waxed, lubed, inflated, etc... Afterwards I was putting my Givi sidecases back on and I noticed that my self installed reflective stripe was now facing forward, instead of the back, simply meaning I put the left one on the right/and the right one on the left side. Upon closer inspection, I notice that the shape of the Givi E21's top lid are slightly larger on one end.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a "correct" side to have facing forward, the bigger or smaller? It works fine eitherway, just saying...
Mine have red reflectors on them so I put the reflectors to the rear "Doh".

I have seen several pics posted with reflectors facing the "front", is it really that hard to figure which way around they should go???

Don't get me wrong, my bike came out of the dealer's workshop after pre delivery and it took me three days to notice they had them on the wrong way round [first time I washed it ].


Edit.

Just looked at E21 pics.

They don't have reflectors on them

Go figure, different regulations for different countries I guess.

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Just ordered a pair of E21,s and i have a question or two.
Are you happy with them considering there size.Also can you lug the bike onto its centre stand without taking them off.
These are to be used with a V46 topcase, is this a good set up as im going touring around europe for two weeks pretty soon also ordered a suzuki gel se
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E21,s

Just ordered a pair of E21,s and i have a question or two.
Are you happy with them considering there size.Also can you lug the bike onto its centre stand without taking them off.
These are to be used with a V46 topcase, is this a good set up as im going touring around europe for two weeks pretty soon also ordered a suzuki gel seat.
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Just ordered a pair of E21,s and i have a question or two.
Are you happy with them considering there size.Also can you lug the bike onto its centre stand without taking them off.
These are to be used with a V46 topcase, is this a good set up as im going touring around europe for two weeks pretty soon also ordered a suzuki gel seat.
I've never had a problem putting the bike on the center stand with the E21's attached. I use mine with a V46 and there is plenty of room...unless I want to bring a bunch of stuff then I slap on my E41's. :mrgreen:

FWIW, I did a 7 day trip last year with the E21's and V46. The V46 was empty and used only for riding gear storage when stopped. I don't use my E41's unless I'm hauling camping gear or have some special reason for the extra room. If I don't plan any stops that would require storing my gear I leave the E21's at home as well. My wife and I did a 3 day trip not long ago and used only the V46 for all our stuff.
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Just ordered a pair of E21,s and i have a question or two.
Are you happy with them considering there size.Also can you lug the bike onto its centre stand without taking them off.
These are to be used with a V46 topcase, is this a good set up as im going touring around europe for two weeks pretty soon also ordered a suzuki gel seat.
First, they are smaller than I thought they would be. They have a sticker inside limiting capacity to 5kg too. I thought they ought to hold more like 7 or 8kg, since the rack is rated higher. I'm still happy with my purchase though.

I have a JCW topcase, about 35 litres maybe?? I would have no problem touring one-up for two weeks with this setup. Camping will be a little more challenging.

No problem with the center stand, they are not in the way at all.

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