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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Got my Givi Bags (Thanks Wall!)

With many thanks to Wally Colly, I ordered and installed some Givi hard luggage on my VN750. I got the E21 Monokey side cases and the E370 Monolock top case with the brake light kit. I'm very pleased with the results. I leaned heavily on Wally's experience and advice since he had already installed the side cases on his bike. That made it much easier. The Givi Wingracks are mounted to the Kaw saddlebag supports. Since I have Knifemaker's turn signal relocation bar, the T/S were already out of the way. The saddlebags even blend well with the dresser bars, IMHO. I was a little worried about how that would look.

The Givi bags are very nice. You can pop them off in seconds and carry them into your hotel room, and they snap firmly into place on the mounts. Very good quality, solid construction. And with Wally's help, the installation was relatively easy. I did have to remove the extended passenger backrest in order for the trunk to open. It still hits the seat back and won't open all the way, so I am working on a spacer to raise the mounting plate just a little and provide more room for the lid to open. I got the optional brake light kit for the top case -- $50 extra and sort of a pain to install it, but it works pretty well. I can only assume that the Italian section of the instructions is much clearer than the English section! It's kinda neat how it attaches and makes the connection for the brake light wiring, though (you can see this in the pics), but it did require drilling a couple of holes in my brand new case, which I was a little hesitant to do. But it worked out OK in the end.

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So now I am ready to travel. Hmmmmmmm........ I wonder where I should go? If only I had some more vacation time...........

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Where did you get these bags at? Any problems you had in mounting I would like to hear about also. Thanks
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I got the stuff at Freeport Honda-Kawasaki (about 40 miles from me) because they matched the best price I could get online. I just used internet searches to find the nearest Givi distributors. Unfortunately, they tend to not have any in stock, so you have to guess at what will work. I got lucky.

If you check out Wally's earlier thread you can see where he got his -- twistedthrottle.com and cyclestuffusa.com. The mounting of the saddlebags was a snap, thanks to Wally who did it before me. The trunk was easy to install also. You do need to have a luggage rack to mount the trunk and the Kaw saddlebag supports in order to mount the Wingracks for side bags.

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WOW! That top case is huge !!
Looks good Pick.
If ya want, I'll write a letter to your boss explaining that you need some time off, atleast a week, w/pay.
I'm sure he'll understand. LOL


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this is very nice solution. there is plenty of room in the topcase but be very carefull not overloading it. as far as i remember (read somwhere, more likley here) you can't have more than 10Lbs of weight on the rear rack.

how does this affects handling? i would think adding weight so far past rear wheel going to seriously impact it

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Hey, thats funny. I have a brother in law named Jim Foster !

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Well I haven't had a chance to ride with it yet, but I didn't have any problemse with my last trunk, although it was smaller. Of course the luggage rack says 5 lbs. max, but we all know it will hold FAR more than that.

The cases themselves are not heavy, so unless you put heavy stuff in them, they shouldn't affect handling very much.

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Hey, thats funny. I have a brother in law named Jim Foster !
Small world, eh? Is he strikingly good-looking also? <g>

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Is he strikingly good-looking also? <g>
Ya mean more like me ?? LOL


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That look's great Jim! The photos tell it all. You have a very nice arrangement there. It's good to see how things worked out with the top case. I may do something similar in the future with mine.

Maybe we should send photos of our bikes to Givi USA to show them that their products mount very nicely on the VN750, even though they tell everyone Givi cases won't work on the VN750 (at least they told me and a dealer that).

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