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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 2008, 6:10 pm Thread Starter
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Givi Maxia Topcase...any experience?

Hey all - Was considering this case for my '07 GT but was surprised by the cost, once you add a rack adapter, backrest, etc. Anyone have any experience with it? Is it worth the dough? I'll probably only use it a couple times per year and thought it would be a better value than the Beemer case.

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I bought a Givi 460 topcase for my KS. I bought the case from http://www.rlmotorcycles.com/cgi-bin/eShop/index.cgi because the price, especially shipping, was very good. I bought the mount from someone on one of the bmw sites. Installation was easy and my all black case does not look odd on the KS. It goes on and comes off easily and it will hold two full-face helmets when laid on their sides. I didn't run into any rain on the 600 mile trip, but the case does seem to be waterproof. It is also sturdy enough for being made of plastic.
I'm not sure what other case you would use that would be any better than the Givi for the cost.

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I don't have the Maxia, but I do have the V46 and it's one of the best puchases I've made for riding. I thought it would be something I would use occassionally but I leave it on the bike all the time now because it's so handy to put anything I want to carry in it compared to the side cases. The construction is first rate also. The Maxia, like my V46 is made for motorcycle use unlike some of the Givi line which is intended for scooter use (difference being in the strength of materials I believe).


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IMHO, if you can put your hands on a BMW 49 liter case, get that!
I used the following top cases which I list in order of preference:
BMW 49 liter
Givi
Hepco-Becker
The BMW top case looks butt-ugly, but is the sturdiest of all, comes complete with the backrest, installs in seconds, and holds firmly.
The Givi is OK construction, but I was never happy with its locking mechanism.
The Hepco-Becker was my least favorite.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I ended up going with the small BMW topcase. I couldn't find the givi in stock anywhere and after looking at the beemer case, I thought it worth the extra $100. I really only need it as a backstop for the wife for the rare occasion we ride two up anyway.

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I put the Givi V46 on my 06 GT and it works great, no wobble at high speeds and my wife loves the back rest. I had to buy the RT base plate but it fit just fine. I found the cheapest place was the link posted earlier. The V46 has A-LOT of room easily to fit 2 helmet. Givi has some other color covers if you don't like the silver but it matches the BMW light silver on my bike almost perfect.
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I bought the adapter plate for the RT and put it on my GT, then just transferred my old 42L Givi from my Connie to me GT. I can use it on either bike now.

I've had this case for about 8 yrs (maybe more) and it's held up well physically. Cosmetically, it's faded over time. It still locks down securely to the plate and locks with no issues.

I think the Givi's are a little more aerodynamic than the stock BMW 52L box. I really can't tell any difference with it off or on.

The onky thing I don't really like is how the adapter mounts to the BMW rack. I think that could be a lot cleaner looking.

EDIT: Not really a good shot, but I've added a pic of my '06 with the Givi.
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