Givi E55 with Admore Lighting LED kit - Wrist Twisters
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
Cornicen
 
mambomonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 538
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 1

Thumbs up Givi E55 with Admore Lighting LED kit

You could also call this the "junk in the trunk" review.

Since I only have the bike and needed more grocery-getter utility than a backpack would provide, I decided to try the pricey Givi stuff. I went with the newer and largest E55 case. Mine is the E55NT version which is matte black with clear lenses. I liked it because I didn't want shiny and I also recently went to all clear lenses on the bike. I compared the dimensions of the V46, E46, E52, and E55. They are not very different and I figured that if I was going to have a big honkin box up there it may as well be useful. The E55 allows two helmets to sit vertically and quite a few groceries can get swallowed up. The trim strip around the center is shiny which I don't like much but it's better than the other colors to my eyes.

Install is easy, although three hands would be nice when mounting the monorack. The side bars will require a little twist to get the bolts lined up. If you try to run them in without proper alignment the bolts will try to cross thread. I had one start to cross thread and so backed away for a deep breathe and then got things better lined up before continuing. Note that the monorack is not the color shown on all of the websites. The pictures show it as the same color as the grabrail but it's actually the color of the rearsets/engine case. It's probabaly a 98% match to that color, maybe a tiny bit darker.

The case opens and/or comes off the rack easily with the key is generally high quality. It takes a certain touch to close it smoothly. You have to press down on the top while also pressing inward with the other hand on the Maxia3 label. It's explained that way in the instructions and works. The pop-out carrying handle is also nice.

So far it's a thumbs up. I can't tell any real handling difference. Maybe I'll know it's there when it gets windy. I ride two-up a lot with my GF and thought about ordering the backrest but she says that her back does not touch the trunk. I have a Corbin seat on order so that should finalize the comfort/utility equation for both of us. Talk about an economic stimulus package!

I bought the Givi setup from sporttour.com - they had the best price I could find and also offer free shipping on Givi luggage. That's outstanding considering some shops want $30 to ship a case.The case was $306 and the rack was $135. I opted for the Givi rack over the SW-Motech at twistedthrottle.com because I have the Corbin seat on order and the SW-Motech rack is not compatible with it.

In addition, I spent $139 for a custom LED kit from Admore Lighting. They are in Canada and design kits specifically for each Givi case. This one has bi-color LED strips that fit precisely in the tiny holes behind the reflector lenses in the case. You do have to drill a hole somewhere in the box as can be seen in the pictures. The harness has a mini controller built in that gives the brakes a quick modulation when you tap them - a nice touch. Some of the kits only have red for turn signals but this one has amber. Installation took about an hour as I had to slide the cowl back to access the lighting connections. I recently installed the Clear Alternatives integrated taillight so I already knew which wires to tap. The kit comes with all the connectors required and good instructions.

I will soon lose the reflectors and figure out if I want LED turn signals in place of the stockers - no rush on that. I like the visibility and I need to keep the fender anyway as I don't like rooster tails hitting me on the back - gets wet a lot in Miami.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 001.jpg (56.4 KB, 64 views)
File Type: jpg 003.jpg (50.3 KB, 57 views)
File Type: jpg 004.jpg (79.9 KB, 64 views)
File Type: jpg 008.jpg (95.6 KB, 68 views)
File Type: jpg 010.jpg (73.5 KB, 56 views)
File Type: jpg 007.jpg (35.0 KB, 51 views)
File Type: jpg Honda919_E55NT_TS.jpg (39.7 KB, 55 views)
File Type: jpg 006.jpg (71.5 KB, 60 views)

mambomonster is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 06:50 AM
Serial Monogamist
 
ST-DocLizard1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hampton, NJ
Posts: 1,494
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 21

Nice setup.

I also purchased from sporttour.com for my Givi Bags.

Once you have a top box, you never really want to be without one.

Ride safe,


Doc



"FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS EARLY APEX."
ST-DocLizard1 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
Cornicen
 
mambomonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 538
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Extraordinary Ride 
Total Awards: 1

Agreed, the trunk quadruples the utility of the bike. It also makes for a good horizontal stabilizer for wheelies.

mambomonster is offline  
 
post #4 of 5 Old 01-14-2013, 03:03 PM
no max no more
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: boston
Posts: 1,656
Rep Power: 1
 
high 50s in boston...bike sat for close to 3 months...fired right up took the machine to work then for a highway coffee run.....got my head straight no more dreaming of a dr650

dont need a bike to ride the fast lane
secondchance is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 01-14-2013, 04:46 PM
rmb
Let's go!
 
rmb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sussex Couty NJ
Posts: 7,647
Rep Power: 1
 

Awards Showcase
Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance Wrist Twisters Event Attendance 
Total Awards: 9

Quote:
Originally Posted by secondchance View Post
high 50s in boston...bike sat for close to 3 months...fired right up took the machine to work then for a highway coffee run.....got my head straight no more dreaming of a dr650
Unless the DR would be a second bike....

rmb is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Wrist Twisters forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome