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post #1 of 20 Old 06-15-2011, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Another Givi Luggage question

I am still debating on getting a top case E55 or some side cases (Will get both at some point). I am personally leaning more toward side cases just because I like the look more but its more feasible to get the top case. I mostly commute right now and the E55 would hold my work stuff (Computer, lunch, clothes, shoes etc. Once at work I can place my helmet, jacket etc in the case.

While riding with my wife we both could use the top case to put both helmets in and maybe both jackets. She would either do that then use her bike helmet lock on her bike.

Now to the help, I only see pictures of Wees with the E36L as panniers which Givi says holds one helmet, Medium and below (I wear Large with current helmet.) From what I can tell the E45 would fit my helmet but I don't know the size difference when it comes to how they look on the bike.

Pictures of either or both?

Also, is it over doing it going for 45L? I do plan to do some rides to Upper State NY and FL but not sure if itís something I can use on a daily basis.

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Check the overall width of the bike using the bigger bags. The smaller ones make the bike pretty wide, the bigger ones will be very wide.

It's a bike, you need to pack light. There's also a weight limit to consider, if you pack a 55 liter trunk, two 45 liter bags, you and your wife, I'd bet you'll be way over the maximum limit of weight for the bike. It'll also get very tail heavy and the handling will be just awful.

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In the words of my wife, "I doesn't ride Bitch." So I don't ever see riding two up. It would just be me and the luggage and my wife on her bike.
Mainly, this is my first bike so this is all new to me, easy to pull the trigger on the bike but hard to know the best luggage setup to go with. I have had the bike for two months and put 1255 miles on it.... loving every minute of it.

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While not an answer to your exact question, I find the top box more useful and convenient than the side cases in general. If I'm only going to go with one setup, it will be top box and no side cases. I know it doesn't look as good, but the top box is just easier to get in and out of, doesn't make the bike any wider, and doesn't spill things out on the ground when you open it.
Just something to think about...
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Stratlanta's right..... it looks a little goofy, but running with just the topbox is the way to go. I do it all the time, but I could care less how it looks.... it's that functional. Also, I have the E52 and don't think you're gonna get two helmets and two jackets in there..... not with armor in the shoulders, elbows and back anyhow. I squeeze my sz lg helmet and sz lg jacket in the E52.... but not much else if those two items are in there. I have the Givi V35s on my Honda and a lg helmet fits in those sizeways if you choose to go that route. They are nice boxes.

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If you are going to do it in stages, then go with the top box first. Way handier than the saddlebags for everyday use. Plus you can get a pad fopr the top box and use it for a backrest for your passengers.
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Stratlanta's right..... it looks a little goofy, but running with just the topbox is the way to go. I do it all the time, but I could care less how it looks.... it's that functional. Also, I have the E52 and don't think you're gonna get two helmets and two jackets in there..... not with armor in the shoulders, elbows and back anyhow. I squeeze my sz lg helmet and sz lg jacket in the E52.... but not much else if those two items are in there. I have the Givi V35s on my Honda and a lg helmet fits in those sizeways if you choose to go that route. They are nice boxes.
I've got the V35's as well and I like them. They don't make the bike quite as wide and there is still symmetry from the back (that kind of thing bothers me.. haha). But my Vee is all about functionality as much as fun, so if it's not functional it doesn't go on the bike.
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I've got the V35's as well and I like them. They don't make the bike quite as wide and there is still symmetry from the back (that kind of thing bothers me.. haha). But my Vee is all about functionality as much as fun, so if it's not functional it doesn't go on the bike.
Yeah I love the V 35s..... They are the Honda OEM hardbags made by Givi for the VFR. Truly the best option for the VFR.

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Wow, that's a great looking bike.
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Wow, that's a great looking bike.
For a Honda
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