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post #1 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Help me choose a topcase

I've decided to get a topcase rather than panniers, to keep the bike's narrow profile. I can always add panniers later if I'm going on a trip and need the space (but who am I kidding, I'm not going anywhere :-)).

I'm looking for a case that's waterproof, lockable, easily removable, and will hold at least a FF helmet plus some riding gear. I'm leaning towards GIVI because it's the de facto industry standard; they make mounts to fit just about any bike. The cases I'm mainly considering are the E52 or V46 in black (safe choice - goes with everything) but undecided between flat or gloss finish.

Any thoughts/experiences with these cases? Any others I should be looking at? Are the backrest or luggage rack worth getting?

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post #2 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 01:10 PM
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I'm leaning towards the E36NJ for $128. It will hold a helmet, jacket and gloves and is basic black in color.
post #3 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 01:13 PM
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The E36 will hold some helmets. It won't hold my Arai GTR XL size though.

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post #4 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 01:54 PM
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Look at Hepco Becker bags. The 45L holds two FF helmets. They are quick to remove, very well made, strong, and the rack is placed perferctly for my wife's comfort. (no small consideration)

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post #5 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 02:11 PM
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I use a Givi E45 as a topcase and I love it. Nicely built, carries 2 FF buckets with a little leftover. Goes with my red and black Wee very nicely! 8)

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 02:20 PM
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I went with the E460 in flat black. I exchanged the E45 when I saw it "in person." The E460 is not much more than the E45/E45NJ and is more steamlined looking with better looking trim. The red stripe on the E45 is just pin-stripe tape and not necessarily applied straight! You also have to apply the other decals (not on NJ). I went with flat black because it will not show the scratches and other marks, such as kicking it when you throw your leg over) as easily. Because of their size, to me, they are bulky/bulbouse looking anyway.

I also have the E21 side cases, they sit high, and being 5'6"/30" inseam, I kick those...unless I just try to slip my leg through the driver's part of the seat (with help from my right arm).

Hope this helps.

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post #7 of 17 Old 05-24-2006, 09:01 PM
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I have the 46 liter Givi case, and I love it. It holds a lot of stuff. If I had the 52 liter case I would probably fill that up, too. It's like a garage--keep filling until it's full.
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post #8 of 17 Old 05-25-2006, 08:30 AM
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I have the E52 on my Strom - like it a lot! It will hold two FF helmets (and a few more things too). I did not get the backrest - the side towards the passenger is flat with rounded edges, no problem if they are wearing a jacket.

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post #9 of 17 Old 05-25-2006, 05:18 PM
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I've got E52NF for myself (that's the one with the stop lights pre-installed).

Very nice. Fits tons of stuff, and it does not look too bulky.
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post #10 of 17 Old 05-25-2006, 05:58 PM
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Kappa K46.
They produce the Givi cases as well.
Here you can have a look on the installation steps with the included universal plate:


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