Givi’s £160 top­box and fit­tings

Givi 34 litre Top Case £67 and fit­ting kit £97

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Tested by Ru­pert Paul Time tested three years/6500 miles

What’s good? I fit­ted lug­gage to the MT-07 I share with my wife so that she could carry a 15in lap­top. Since then we agree that it has been trou­ble free, and in­cred­i­bly use­ful. Top­boxes never im­prove a bike’s looks, but they are far bet­ter than pan­niers be­cause they don’t open side­ways and you can still fil­ter. As with any top­box it is use­less at car­ry­ing eggs, gold­fish or un­ex­ploded mu­ni­tions. But we’ve loaded it way be­yond the rec­om­mended 3kg dozens of times with no prob­lem be­yond slightly clum­sier hand­ing. Givi do sev­eral mod­els which all take the same base plate. This one (the 34-litre ver­sion) doesn’t af­fect top speed or sta­bil­ity, even in cross­winds. It’s wa­ter­proof, too.

What’s not? The in­struc­tions were in­fu­ri­at­ing. I’m a me­chanic, and it wasn’t re­motely ob­vi­ous how it went to­gether. You have to make small cuts in each side­panel. You never no­tice them af­ter­wards, but it feels wrong.

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