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Hey. So here I am, waiting for the weather to get nice so I can go up to Western PA and get my new V-Strom. So, why not start buying crap to tack onto it, before I even get it? :D

It seems that the #1 mod to go for, for me, is a Givi top case. The thing is, I'm not Iron Butt rider. I'll go for a few hundred miles here and there, but mostly I stay close to home. The main role for my new DL is to be one of commuting and getting around in Baltimore. All I really need is the ability to put a helmet and boots in there, and carry my satchel bag and a pair of regular shoes. That's about it, I guess.

So, I'm looking at the Givi options available. I just can't help but wonder about having this big ugly cargo pod hanging off the rear of my new bike. Some of these things, like the V46 for instance, look enormous to me. I can imagine having one or two items in there clunking around as I ride.

So I'm thinking about going with the Givi E35 "Traffic" instead. To me, it doesn't look so overpowering. Does anyone have any experience with this case? Has anybody gotten a smaller case like this, and then wished you had gone larger? Or, conversely, how many of you find that you have way more storage space than you need?

Here's a picture of the E350N. I like those E21 panniers, too, but I'll wait and see if I acutally need them.




 

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you never have enough

I have the e36, its a bit more square but the same overall space. I can just get my helmet in mine at work and theres not room for much more. I will be getting at least the 45 if not the 52 and I also mostly commute and stay close to home. Always seem to need more room than I have. (Hey, can you pick up whatever on your way home, I've heard it a thousand times. I do have the e21s and they are perfect for everyday.
 

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Good timing, my V-46 just arrived today. I hesitated to get such a "big" case too. I have a bad habit of just jumping in the car when doing errands and I wanted to change that. I wanted something that would hold my jacket & overpants if I went to the mall as well as carry whatever I bought there. I use a helmet guardian, so I don't need helmet space. I almost went with the Traffic or the Flow monolock. Now that it's here, I'm delighted with the V-46. It has nice styling and doesn't seem too big at all. Good luck with your decision. Remember, these things come off in a couple of seconds, so it doesn't have to stay on all the time.

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I've got a 46 liter ebay special box ($79 including shipping, thank you very much:)) and I am planning on getting the e21 sideboxes for additional storage. I can't imagine not having a top box big enough to put my helmet and jacket in when I'm off the bike. My 46L fits my helmet and my jacket with it's armor. In the summer, I can get my helmet and mesh jacket in and have some room to spare. I always need more room.

Get the bigger size and you'll be glad you did. Then you'll add some sidebags eventually.

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Get the 46 liter. I use it to hold files, briefcase and lunch for work; holds my helmet, cover pants, gloves, sunglasses when I go in. There's always something extra you may want to carry. What about the Helmet Guardian - does it seem safe for a pricey lid? I'd like to lock the helmet, then be able to fit my jacket inside the case.
 

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Get the 46 liter. I use it to hold files, briefcase and lunch for work; holds my helmet, cover pants, gloves, sunglasses when I go in. There's always something extra you may want to carry. What about the Helmet Guardian - does it seem safe for a pricey lid? I'd like to lock the helmet, then be able to fit my jacket inside the case.
Yes, the lock on the Helmet Guardian seems quite sturdy, at least as much so as any other helmet lock I've used. I like it because if I just go for a ride (without any luggage), I can still pop in somewhere and have a place to lock up the helmet. It has 2 locks BTW and you really don't notice it on the bike at all.

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e52 maxia

i just ordered the givi e52 maxia , this way i can never say too myself ;; should i have got the next size up"""
 

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i just ordered the givi e52 maxia , this way i can never say too myself ;; should i have got the next size up"""
You did the right thing in my opinion....I compared and the size really isnt that much bigger except I can put two helmets in it :) I also have a light kit installed looks cool :mrgreen:
 

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Necro, I'd recommend you take your helmet and boots with you to a place where you can try fitting them inside the case. I would expect that it might be a tight fit in a small top case, depending on the size of your helmet and the size/flexibility of your boots.

The E52 really doesn't look that big on the bike, and I've never had a problem with stuff flinging around inside of it. And I can always seem to fit everything I need to inside of it.

I had looked at one of the smaller versions at the dealership, but my helmet wouldn't fit in without putting a LOT of pressure on the case to close it.
 

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-another satisfied E52 user here. It is always on the back of my bike, if I need more room I have the SW-Motech Quick-Lock side racks and Givi E41's and E21's given to me this past fall. I don't usually have the side cases on but the E52 stays on all the time.

I don't think you would regret having a larger case, but might regret having a smaller one.

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I've got an E46 and two E36s (for the sides). For the most part I run around with the E46 on top (laptop bag, lunch, change of clothes inside), and one E36 on the right (gym stuff).

I'd switch the E46 for an E52 in a heartbeat. The E52 doesn't look that big on the strom, it will take additional brake lights, and my racqetball racquet would fit inside.
 

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I was shipped the 46 by accident, and returned it for my 52. While I had the 46 I tried it on just to have a look. The 52 isn't much bigger. I'm all about the practicality and could care less about how it looks; I don't have to look at it while I'm riding.

If you think that box looks big, wait until you go shopping for side cases and mounts :lol:

Whatever case you get, think about the integral brake lighting upgrade, well worth it IMO.
 

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You did the right thing in my opinion....I compared and the size really isnt that much bigger except I can put two helmets in it :) I also have a light kit installed looks cool :mrgreen:
james at valleymotosport is going too put it on the bus for me in early march . i plan on later getting the rack for the lid and the backrest and tail lights
 

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I have a Givi E460N top case that I swap between the Connie and the Wee. My Wee side cases are Givi E36. Sometimes I wish they were bigger, but 95% of the time they are OK. Very glad I did not go smaller. Remember the Fourth Law of Thermodynamics (as-yet-undiscovered): "S&*t expands to fill the space available." There's no such thing as too much luggage.
 

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james at valleymotosport is going too put it on the bus for me in early march . i plan on later getting the rack for the lid and the backrest and tail lights
Id think twice about the backrest....seems they push the passenger to far forward making it uncomfortable.Also with proper riding gear there is usually a backpad in your jacket that is plenty of padding already.I sat on the back of mine and I wouldnt want to sit any more forward (not that thats ever going to happen..lol) The tail lght kit is awesome...so glad I did that.:-D
I like the way the handle opens like its on a shock...looks coooool :mrgreen::p
James and Cory are good dudes :)
 

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Satisified E52 user here -- it came on my bike along with the keyless sidecases.

Coming to the V-strom after a scooter, I knew I'd want storage -- I've never once removed the top case, but by the same token, I've never once used the side cases.

With the top case I use an elastic storage net -- I always leave my helmet on the bike under the storage net, leaving the top case open for real storage. The helmet has just enough funk in its look to transmit the message "you don't want me."

I like arriving at the office and stowing my jacket in the top case with my other stuff -- so when I "arrive" inside, I don't have the biker look. Then when I leave the office at the end of the day, I feel like Bruce Wayne decending to the Bat Cave... to don my gear and transform into Strom-man!
 

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I have that 30L case...

on my Wee. It came with the bike, and I haven't changed it. It will fit my Arai and gloves, along with a pair of loafers for work, and some odds and ends. Won't fit my aerostich, won't fit my 15" screen laptop. MY 36L side cases just fit both of those items. I can commute and leave all my gear (I don't change my boots in the parking lot) on the bike.

If I were replacing it, I would go for the 36L, but not bigger. I don't want any siginificant weight high in the back, I'd rather it go in the side cases...my opinion, anyway.


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Give E52/E360

I have the E52 on top and E360s on the sides. I only use the side cases when the wife and I are on a mini trip. I have no problem commuting to work with only the E52.

 

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tail lights on a give box

are the givi tail lights just tail lights ? or are they brakelights as well ? is there away too hook them up with out spliceing the stock wireing? i really like the idea of haveing a rack on the lid . good for the bulky sleeping pad that wont fit in the box
 

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Yeah, maybe "more is "more" after all. :lol: The largest I'd want to go with the V46, simply because it's a little "sleeker" looking. That E52 just looks huge to me.

Re: brake lights, I read this rather mixed review. Evidently they don't put out that much light for the effort involved.

http://www.jackphelps.com/vstrom/givilight.htm

I'd probably go with some form of brake light modulator instead.
 
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