PaulMaverick
 
 
 
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    March 24, 2013
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    March 25, 2013
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Givi E55 MAXIA III Luxury A Monokey Topcase An extra large trunk that holds 2 helmets, and more. Upgrade your GIVI Monokey trunk to a top of the range. Can easily holds 2 full face helmets. The LUX A comes complete with a remote opening feature (as well as your standard key lock) built-in dual LED brake lights. Features 23.2 wide x 12.3 tall x 18.9 front-to-back 55 liters Includes Led Stoplight Kit Red reflector lenses Same topcase as E55 Tech Luxury A but with red reflector lenses
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Topcase Money Can Buy... and it's a lot of money!
PostedMarch 25, 2013
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PaulMaverick
From Los Angeles
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I wanted something to use on my commute - the space under my scooter's seat is decent, but not enough to hold my briefcase, if it starts raining. Also, I wanted the ability to hold two helmets, and I like the idea of having high-mounted brake lights. There is just so much about the E55 that appealed to me, I figured it was worth it to shell out the big bucks and get the best product possible.
I got the brake-light kit and the remote opener, too - I also got the inner liner and the glossy-black replacement skin to go over the stock black plastic. (I was really treating myself here...) Once I got the bike-specific mounting plate, the price stood at $704 - not exactly a bargain. On top of that, splicing the brake-light kit into the electrical system was beyond my ability - I opened up the bike, and there were wires snaking EVERYWHERE. The lousy drawing which came with the case offered me no idea how to proceed.
So I brought it to my local shop, and even the mechanic needed some time to study the electrical diagram he found for my bike online, before he went in and performed surgery. The operation was a success - the lights work great (especially at night, and they are brake lights only, not signals) - and the bill for the wiring job was $120.
So is the E55 top case worth the grand total of $824, when all the associated costs are counted? For me, it is.
It looks the business, it really does hold two XL-sized full-face helmets, the remote opener has worked perfectly so far and adds such a level of convenience - I am extremely pleased with the case.
Do I have any reservations? Yep. The red-plastic document holder has to be removed to put in the foam liner, and in so doing, one of the plastic buses that hold the screws just disintegrated in my hand. You definitely shouldn't unscrew anything more often than is absolutely necessary on this case. Having only one working screw (instead of two) has rendered the document holder unusable. That's a bummer.
Also, it is surprisingly difficult to close the lid all the way until it snaps shut, unless you are standing behind and above your bike, which position gives you added leverage. Where I park in my apartment building, there is a wall right behind the bike, and it is not easy to get my arm in there at the right angle to put the force necessary on the lid to close it all the way. That really ought to be easier. (I go to the gym and am in reasonably good shape, and shutting the lid on this case has stressed the muscle at my sternum. That was really surprising!)
Overall, I think it's a marvelous case. The size is perfect for me, the features are worth the price, and the downsides of the design are relatively small. I recommend it, though not if you lack physical strength or if you are especially short and would have trouble getting leverage on the lid. If you spring for the E55, get the model which comes with the remote opener and the lights. Those features really elevate this above being just a plastic box.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Givi E55 Topcase Replacement Cover
Givi E55 Topcase Replacement Cover
Givi E55 Topcase Replacement Cover
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good-Looking Skin for the E55
PostedMarch 24, 2013
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PaulMaverick
From Los Angeles
State:CA
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The product description I read did not make it entirely clear how it would go onto the E55 topcase, and I think the product photos I looked at were from the most flattering angles possible. That said, I am glad I got this, and it certainly does snazz up the appearance of the E55 case.
It's not really a replacement cover, because the old one doesn't come off. This product, instead, is a SKIN that fits OVER the existing top of the case. You will have to drill two holes in the stock top. That was easy to do with a Dremel tool, and I do not consider myself a handy guy, by any means.
Once the two holes are big enough, you can slip the skin into place, hooking the lip around the front, and feed the two "buses" through the holes you just drilled. It's really quite easy.
The one element about it which did not entirely please me is probably something which could not be avoided, in the design of the skin. The front fits over the lip perfectly, and the back lines up just right, but the corners don't fit flush to the stock top. There is a small gap on each side of the trailing edge, which to the perfectionist, could give it an "unfinished" look. I thought about affixing the corners flush to the stock top with Super Glue, but my moto-mechanic suggests that may stop rainwater from escaping, and it's best to leave as it is.
Overall, I am pleased with the appearance of the cover - glossy black is so much more appealing than the flat black plastic which came stock on the case. I've gotten used to the look of the corners, and I notice the little gap less over time. I call this a good purchase, and I recommend it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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