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post #1 of 15 Old 02-24-2007, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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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!

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-24-2007, 10:22 PM
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Don't worry too much about the latch. It survived a slip and slide on oil that put me down on Route 95 in Delaware. The left side V35 sidecase did a fair job of protecting the the back end of the bike and the wifes leg. The lid was toast, though.

The install went pretty smooth for me, no issues other than real tight tolerances on the fit of the mounts. Left everything loose until it was all together.

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...The bad? The install instructions... No english to be found...
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... no issues other than real tight tolerances on the fit of the mounts...
Givi's with bad instructions and funky fitments? No way! I just can't believe it.

Honestly, I can overlook the bad because the cases are extremely durable and watertight. I would probably get a set of V35s for mine if I didn't already have an E45 sidecase setup. They do look really good on the Strom.
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For the life of me I could not get that crossover piece lined up and then get that bolt started. I spent better than an hour just trying to get that one part in place. The other parts all went on pretty easy once I got the crossover in place.

It was suppose to have some spacers behind it, and figured out there was no way that was going to work for me.

That is good to know that they held up when the bike went down. Were you able to buy just a single bag or lid? Or did you have to buy another set? I am glad they did the job and your both alright. That is some scarey stuff.

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I have the e41's on my Strom and those look almost nice enough to make me switch. Very nice!

(Well, the fact that I'm cheap is a bit of a factor too.)

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It's only money They are sweet lQQking bags, but I wanted the extra capacity of the E41's for my Wee, so even if they were available, I wouldn't have purchased them

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(Well, the fact that I'm cheap is a bit of a factor too.)

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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!

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The trick is to leave everything loose to be able to move it around and align the holes. Sometimes it is a beaaach though. i just installed mine. the gripe I have with Givi is the bolts they send. i go to the local hardware store and buy stainless ones to match.
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Installing Givi V35 PLX Bags

The dealing with the bracket around the mufflers was a nuisance, but not too hard to overcome. The problem I had was with the top mount which goes under the OEM rack. I had a hard time getting that in place and getting the two racks in place. It was made more difficult with the JCW trunk brackets under the rack.

When I put in my Hyper-lite, I wasn't about to take off the tail section, so I just reached into the tail section and worked in there.

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I have the e41's on my Strom and those look almost nice enough to make me switch. Very nice!

(Well, the fact that I'm cheap is a bit of a factor too.)
Heavy, do you have pics of your givi 41's side bags? you have maxed out in the accessorie dept and I have made nearly all of the same mods that you have, so thanks for all of the hints and help.... the bags will be the last thing.
I did pu the $60 Whitney trunk bag on and it works fine for me. A friend with 950 adventure put one on also after seeing mine!

Do you have pics or link to pics of where the #23 pin is for the sensor removal or disabling?

Also, april 24th for the dyno run. I will report results. Should be very interesting. Last 2 tanks have been 37.5 and 45.2 mpg with the weather warming up, using 89 octane with no alcohol. Wierd that it would jump so much even with my same agressive riding.

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Not so sure about the #23 pin, what's it for?

My fuel economy can jump a lot from tank to tank. I attribute it to not getting the same fill each time. Its not a huge tank so a variation in how you fill it will make a big difference in your calculations. I usually go by a rolling average to track my economy.

Good luck with the dyno.

e41 from the side (that's actually a pretty sharp looking bike, isn't it?)...





e41 from the rear (sad and forlorn, after a number of days on the road) ...


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