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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-17-2020, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Need a top case

New to the forum and this is my 1st post. I知 considering a top case for my 2015 FJR. I知 planning a multi week trip (post Covid) and I could use the storage space. I値l be mixing camping and hotels for the overnights. I have a dry bag, but the camping gear takes up most of that space. Plus there痴 not much security when you stop if your dry bag is just strapped to the bike. I致e looked at both Givi and Shad. A 40段sh liter size should be sufficient. Shad is a bit more economical. Especially when you consider the mounting rack, adapter, etc that are needed. Any pros or cons on either that anyone has come across? Hopefully there will still be some trees left after all the crazy fires going on out west.
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In the old days I had 46 litre and it was fine. I wouldn't go smaller. Last bike had a 55 litre, holds a lot of bulky stuff, but it might be a bit big. These days, I'd look hard at the Shad convertible..... best of both worlds.

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The only noticeable difference between a SHAD and Givi is that you can leave the SHAD unlocked. You can open and shut it without using a key. Or you can lock it each time and require the key to open. The Givi always requires the key to open. Givi makes the Yamaha OEM topcase. SHAD is the manufacturer for BMW's cases.

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Givi Monokey has been serving me well since about 2004.
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I have the Givi V56NNT and Givi rack, which is perfect for all that light stuff like a jacket liner, bike cover, sleeping bag, tent, walking shoes, etc. I keep my top case weight to 16 pounds. Can't even see it in my mirrors.

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I've used a number of Givi cases and just like my V46 the best out of all of them. It's the largest case I've tested that doesn't really cause interfere with wind flow. I had the Maxia 55 and it was great for the space, but I just didn't like the view back from my mirrors (blocked too much) and I could definitely tell it was affecting the way the air flowed and I didn't like that. I also had the E52 and I liked that one a lot, but I sold it with my '13 FJR.

The V46 is still a good 46L of space and it doesn't interfere with my view back in the mirrors and I don't feel any difference in the air flow. I also had/have a small Shad, but I found that I really liked the quality better from Givi and that SR357 rack is the answer for my rear subframe support.

For grins and giggles, I think I'm going to check out the Givi WL901 Weightless trunk, though it's not really lockable. I'm looking to use that as a day trip trunk and save a little space and weight for those days. But it doesn't have the weather protection like a normal trunk. If I were to look at Shad again, I would look at the SH58X model, but that's not cheap and I still don't like the subframe support on that compared to the SR357.

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A Shad 48 liter has been sufficient for my long distance touring needs. I went with Shad because I like that you don’t need the key to open it if left unlocked. I also like it because the Shad mount is flat so you can use it as a platform for bungee netting things on it when not using the case - the Givi mount is an oddly shaped contraption.
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The V46 is still a good 46L of space and it doesn't interfere with my view back in the mirrors and I don't feel any difference in the air flow. I also had/have a small Shad, but I found that I really liked the quality better from Givi and that SR357 rack is the answer for my rear subframe support.

For grins and giggles, I think I'm going to check out the Givi WL901 Weightless trunk, though it's not really lockable. I'm looking to use that as a day trip trunk and save a little space and weight for those days. But it doesn't have the weather protection like a normal trunk. If I were to look at Shad again, I would look at the SH58X model, but that's not cheap and I still don't like the subframe support on that compared to the SR357...
This. Or plan to spend money on a Stiffy Kit from Garauld.
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This. Or plan to spend money on a Stiffy Kit from Garauld.
Wouldn't work with my PDM60 setup plus I just like Givi trunks more anyway. Better mount, doesn't shake as much, quality is just a 'shad' better...see what I did there?
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This. Or plan to spend money on a Stiffy Kit from Garauld.
When I talked with people at both Shad and Givi, they said that with their racks a trunk on an FJR Gen2/3 should be good for about 30 pounds, and that the lower limit was set by lawyers rather than engineers.

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