I installed my Givi E52 topcase last Friday and couldn't be happier with it. It's my favourite farkle to-date, except for the installation instructions.
For something so seemingly simply, it took me a while to figure out how exactly to install the thing without 1) damaging something 2) driving myself nuts trying to line up nuts and bolts in near-inaccesible spaces.
So, in the hopes of sparing someone else some grief, here are pics of my installation and some tips on getting it right the first time with a minimum of frustration...
It's much easier to get the Givi brackets attached if you loosen the stock luggage rack and tilt it up by stuffing something underneath.
(sorry for the blurry pic) The illustration ("B2") for the "DL650V-STROM" in the instructions show the front bracket going the wrong way :evil: , "trailing" like the rear. It must go the other way or else the screws for the plate will not line up with the holes in the brackets.
This pic shows the bracket in the correct position. After both brackets are secure, lower the Suzuki luggage rack and reinstall its bolts because once the Givi plate is attached you can't get a wrench thru to the rack bolts underneath (you can guess how I figured that out from the next pic).
Here are the slotted washers for the top plate in postion. Orient them with the slots going front-to-back (not side-to-side) and the screws going thru will line up nicely with the holes in the brackets.
It was at this point, with the top-plate screws at the rear installed, that I realized I hadn't reinstalled the Suzuki rack bolts yet and there'd be no way to do it with the Givi plate in the way :shock: so off it came again. :evil:
After getting the Suzuki rack reattached and the top plate put on, there was just the final trim piece that covers the "grid" of the top plate to install (no pic of that). It just snaps in and is secured by 4 small Phillips screws. Be careful not to overtighten them or they'll strip out.
Finally, it's all done. When I first saw the case in its box I thought "OMIGOD it's huge" but it actually matches the character of the Wee perfectly.
A big "+1" for the Cortech "Mini" magnetic tank bag too... I wasn't too sure it would stay in place but on Sunday I took it on a rough off-road ride followed by a high-speed run back home and it didn't budge.
Immy likes the E52 so it must be good!