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thanks for the posts.

how does the bike handle with all the extra wind resistance and weight?
also are there any alternatives to givi? (possibly less expensive)


My Fz6 does not handle any different, since the trunk has been added. The extra weight is no different than my side bags fully loaded. It was not a problem.

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My Fz6 does not handle any different, since the trunk has been added. The extra weight is no different than my side bags fully loaded. It was not a problem.
+1 It'll wheelie a little better if you really try but other than that it's minimal.

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Overall which ones has a better balancing effect on the geometry and C.G. - side or top case? I guess the side cases. I have been contemplating either of those but not both. Wondering which one would be the best bet?

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Overall which ones has a better balancing effect on the geometry and C.G. - side or top case? I guess the side cases. I have been contemplating either of those but not both. Wondering which one would be the best bet?
To do wheelies as Defy mentions, I have to have the topcase fully loaded for it make wheelies easier. BTW, My bike has stock gearing. Overall though the bike rides as if the topcase was not even back there.

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Overall though the bike rides as if the topcase was not even back there.
+1 I don't like the idea of being wide...it's a motorcycle! There are quite a few other side benefits to a top case as well. Some people just prefer saddlebags...

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well i read the thread that was poster earlier, that was great info.

i want to do all three, but i also want to be able to remove the mounting without too much hassle. it will be expensive, but it will be worth the storage space and comfort of hard luggage that is lockable (not to mention a backrest for the woman)

is there is better to buy givi than another? all the prices seem to be the same where.


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I wish....

I have the same cool looking Yamaha rack that Jen has, and it takes a Givi Monolock case, but I haven't bought one yet.

I wish that somebody made an angular looking box that fit, as the round lines on the Givi boxes don't compliment the lines of our sexy FZ6.

Here's a Aprilia rack, but I'm guessing it's just a rebadged givi:
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I'll probably just end up with a big stinkin' E52, E470, E450. I just wish there was an angular looking topcase that didn't hurt the appearance of the FZ6 so much.

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i've been looking at the givi v35 (i think that is what it is called) with some sort of topcase. i also need to know if passengers can ride comfortably with the luggage that you have.
that's what i've got, along with the v45 topcase:

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i've sat back there and the cases don't get in the way, actually, the topcase makes a great backrest.

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So how difficult is it to mount the Givi topcase mounts? Where do they bolt in? Is this a rough job for an apartment-dwelling, relatively mechanical noob?

: And what's the difference/advantage of the monolock vs monokey?

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So how difficult is it to mount the Givi topcase mounts? Where do they bolt in? Is this a rough job for an apartment-dwelling, relatively mechanical noob?

: And what's the difference/advantage of the monolock vs monokey?
I had no difficulty with the top case rack... took about an hour to do... It's pretty easy. I think the side racks would be about the same, however you do have to re-locate the turn signals (I believe)....

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The topcase mounts aren't THAT hard to install. You just have to exercise patience when removing some of the bolts that you're required to remove, as they can be hard to access. But once you've got the rack on there, it's amazing how sturdy it is. It doesn't move, wiggle, or otherwise have ANY free play.

The front of the arms bolt in under the side pods next to the seat. Then there's a bracket (the hardest part of the install IMO) that goes around the exhaust cover and it has mounting points higher up and further back on the side of the bike. That's pretty much it. It's a well thought-out design.

IMO...you wouldn't want to do this in the parking lot of an apartment just because you'll have so many bolts to keep track of. But you could try it.

Read this for info on the difference between Monolock/Monokey. RL Motorcycles - Givi cases Btw, go with the Monokey. You'll thank me later.
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thanks for the posts.

how does the bike handle with all the extra wind resistance and weight?
also are there any alternatives to givi? (possibly less expensive)
I've never noticed the wind, at 135 I felt a little wobble that went away at 130, but it wasn't bad enough for me to figure out what was causing it (I think things were loaded unevenly.)

The weight is noticeable at slow speeds when you have them loaded up (I probably have 120-150 pounds behind me when I got camping) but you quickly get used to it.

If there are alternatives to GIVI, they aren't as sturdy.
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Overall which ones has a better balancing effect on the geometry and C.G. - side or top case? I guess the side cases. I have been contemplating either of those but not both. Wondering which one would be the best bet?
When I ride with just my top case I don't even know it's there, if that helps.
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So how difficult is it to mount the Givi topcase mounts? Where do they bolt in? Is this a rough job for an apartment-dwelling, relatively mechanical noob?

: And what's the difference/advantage of the monolock vs monokey?
If you look at the link I posted above there are some install notes listed. I'd say it's a good project for a Saturday morning.

Monolock is for scooters, I would highly suggest you get monokey as well.
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I had no difficulty with the top case rack... took about an hour to do... It's pretty easy. I think the side racks would be about the same, however you do have to re-locate the turn signals (I believe)....
I know the SW-MOTECH side racks come with the stuff to move the turn signals, they work well, making them easier to see.
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