Givi is well-known Italian manufacturer of all kinds of motorcycle accessories. These cases and racks from Givi are a basic but good quality solution for adding luggage to the Suzuki V-Strom. The side cases (a.k.a. panniers) were used for the usual long weekend trips and 2-week vacations. The top case was on the bike all the time for everyday riding. Two full-face helmets can fit in the E45 case. One helmet, motorcycle jacket and pants and everyday riding stuff also fit in the E45 case quite nicely. I have used these for touring and exploring dirt roads and they held up great over time. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy these again.
The only difference between the E36 and and E45 is the size. The number is the size in liters and the E45 is just a bit taller than the E36. Both can be used as top and side cases. They are waterproof, dustproof and pretty much air tight. I actually drilled a small hole in the top case to make it easier to open. Especially when there is a change in elevation (and outside air pressure), it can be difficult to open the case because of the seals. The racks are easy to install and you only need basic tools.
These are the racks and cases I used. Cases can be used on many different bikes but racks are often specific for each bike. Please note they make two different versions of the cases. The NJ version like these do not have have reflective tape, inside elastic straps and a document holder.
Givi tubular side case racks – PL532
Givi top case rack – E528
Givi E36/E45 Junior Monokey
The top rack will fit the 2004-2011 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 and all DL1000. Side racks are for the 2004-11 DL650 only and the 2012+ DL650 and DL1000 require different side racks. The DL650 has only one exhaust positioned on the right side of the bike. The PL532 rack will extend further from the bike on the right side compared to the left to allow for the space the exhaust needs.
Using the E36 case on the right side and E45 on the left will result in the same total luggage width on both sides. Total outside width with the cases installed is 43″ / 110cm. Having two E45 and one E36 also gives the flexibility to either use the E45 or E36 as the top case when the side cases are not on the bike.
The top of the side cases are on the same height as the back seat, resulting in a flat surface for carrying other things like tents, sleeping bags, camp chairs and other camping equipment.
These cases only have small strips of orange tape and they are not reflective. To increase visibility both during the day and after dark, a roll of red reflective tape is an inexpensive solution. The red tape matched the orange color of the V-Strom very well. I first tried orange tape which didn’t match very well.
The side racks are not easily removable but they don’t look bad when the side cases are not on the bike. The E45 was the perfect case for my everyday riding.
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