Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Givi V35 bags
Did you hear that?
God I hope not... I just my yearly allowance for cursing in for the entire year. I said things that even I don't know what they mean. Why?
I just installed the Givi V35 saddlebags on my bike. Now let me say yes I did get them mounted and they look pretty good. They do look like they were designed for the bike and should have been with the bike when I bought it. These bags have a rather strange mounting mechanism/or latch mechanism on the bags themselves. I will try to show them in some pics tomorrow. On my Concours I installed the E41's and the mounting mechanism I feel was a little more robust looking than the V35's. The V35's have a latching mechanism that you swing the top of the case in place and press up against the bike for it to latch. I guess only time will tell how strong or robust it is. The cases look good. Not nearly as big as the E41's, but I love the way they hug the side of the bike.
The bad? The install instructions... No english to be found. Basically 3 metal pieces. The 2 side mount racks that you attach the bags to, and the problem part the crossover that bridges from one side to the other on the back of the bike that goes just under the license plate light. This cross piece mounts on a single little bolt behind your exhaust of the Vee. How do you get it back there you ask? GOOD FREAKING QUESTION!?!? I swear the people that designed this stuff do not just receive a stock bike and just go out and try to install their stuff... If they did that wouldn't be so damned difficult! Your suppose to use a spacer behind the crossover curved mounting arm that goes behind that exhaust, but I could see no way to get it in there and keep in place while you wrestle with the crossover piece and try to grow 3 hands and get them in place to hold the bolt, line it up, and get it threaded. Let's just say it isn't much fun at all.
I know this thread doesn't mean much without pics. I will take some tomorrow so you guys can see what I am talking about. I had planned to mount the E52 topcase tonight, but after the V35's I am in no mood to curse any more. I will quit while still have all my bodily appendages!