The Givi E52 Maxia Top Box
by Shawn Cochran for webBikeWorld.com
Owner Comments (Below) | wBW
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Looking for more space on your ride? How about
adding a top case?
Givi has the solution if you have a space issue - or
if you just want to dress up your bike!
the "Mother Of All Cases" at 52 liters in capacity: the Givi E52 "Maxia" (part #E52), a continuation in their
successful line of "Monokey" motorcycle luggage.
To the best of my knowledge, this is the biggest fish
in the sea. The case comfortably holds two full
size helmets and still has room for a light jacket (see
How flexible is it? Consider this: they even
had a stock mounting plate for my 1990 Honda Pacific
Coast (part #SR10. That's flexibility!
The case comes painted in a standard matte black
color (part #E52N) or it can be ordered in variants that
are color matched by Givi to factory paint codes for
most motorcycles. Their "Candy Apple Red" (part
#E52R301) is a dead-on match for Honda's "Candy Glory
Red" on my PC800.
Options for the E52 include two types of backrests
(parts #E95 and E95S) a rack for the top (part #E96), an
inner liner bag (part #E73) and my favorite option: the
brake light kit (part #E97).
The main case can function as either a regular top
case, or it can easily be removed to carry as a
suitcase. The latching mechanism and key locks the
case to the mounting plate, allows for easy access to
the inside of the case or pops out a convenient carry
Integrated electrical contacts provided in the
optional brake light kit mean that even if you are using
the case's optional hookups, you'll never have to worry
about disconnecting wires to remove the Givi.
The low and wide stance of the E52 gives the case a
very stylized, even streamlined, profile; very Italian
indeed. Performance and construction is excellent.
The case lid makes a solid opening and closing sound,
which gives its owner a high degree of confidence that
the contents are protected from the elements. The
design of the lip on the E52 ensures that even a driving
rain isn't a cause for alarm, at least as far as the
cases' contents are concerned.
The back pad option is an easy installation,
requiring about 5 minutes of effort to complete.
The included template matches up perfectly with the
case, and there are even "dimples" where Givi marked the
case for drilling to help ensure an easy installation.
All of my passengers have said that the back rest on the
case is extremely comfortable. I chose to go with
the soft rubber back pad, although the overall
dimensions for both styles appear to be identical.
Installation of the optional brake light kit is
straightforward. It requires removing two side
plates from the outside of the case by removing a small
set screw from the inside and popping out a precut panel
on either side of the back. You simply install a
rubber gasket, push in the light assembly and connect
the wires and reinstall the plates you removed.
Completing the routing of the wiring is simple,
placing the wires in preformed channels and installing a
cover plate to protect them. The wires terminate
into the electrical quick connect plug, and voila
- you're in business.
The case mounting plate attaches very easily, and all
the mounting hardware is a perfect fit. A quick
slap from a hammer removes a preformed knockout plug to
allow the installation of the bottom electrical
connection, which will need to be routed to one of the
motorcycle's rear brake light wires. Electrical
quick connectors (provided) make connecting the Givi to
the bike's brake light electrical wiring a simple job.
The first time riding after installation you may
notice that the motorcycle's handling is a touch
different, especially if the case has been loaded with a
pair of helmets. The increased weight and shift in
the center of gravity takes some getting used to, but
there are no severe handling challenges; the benefits
far outweigh any negatives.
The additional brake lights send a clear message to
anyone behind you that you're stopping. The brake
lights are very bright, even in the daylight, and they
place the rider's intentions at eye level of drivers in
most four wheeled vehicles.
The additional space frees up other bags (or the
trunk in my case) for anything else you feel you might
need to carry, such as a rain suit. More
importantly, this intelligent design looks as if it came
with the bike. I've seen some top cases added that
stick out like a sore thumb, saying "I'm aftermarket"
but the Givi E52, when color matched, tends to blend in
with the lines of the bike.
All in all, this product gets the three "f's" right:
form, fit and function. With a standard two year
warranty, the Givi E52 isn't much of a gamble. If
you want to add storage, this top case might be just
what you've been looking for.
Review: Givi E52
List Price (2006): Shown here - color matched
bag (E52R301) is $350.56; Backrest (E95S) is $70.00 (soft
rubber); Rack (E96) is $70.70; Inner Bag Liner (E73) is
$71.10 and the Brake Light Kit (E97) is $54.00.
|Colors: Color matching
for many different motorcycles.
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From "Tb": "I've only owned my GIVI top case for a few
months now and I agree its very useful. Even though I got the flat
black one on my copper SV650s, it still looks great.
I would personally recommend the SW-Motech top rack rather than the GIVI
one. It's overall a much cleaner design both mounted or un-mounted and
is quite simple to install. I think that its similar price and
unobtrusiveness and quality should warrant as an alternative to the GIVI top