Honda VFR750 with Givi E21 side cases
A 1995 VFR with Givi E21 Monokey cases.
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The cases make the bike a little fatter, but the cases are only a little wider than the mirrors. The E21 cases are fairly small (21 liters each). These are sport or cruiser cases. The full touring cases are almost twice as large.
Incidently, any Givi Monokey cases will fit these racks (as far as I know).
The VFR set up to carry a little cargo. The cases are water proof. I never had a leak, but my rain riding is mostly around town. I don't think they'll ever leak, but I never tested them for extended periods in heavy rain at 65 mph.
With the cases off, the racks aren't very obvious. Here I've taken off the left case to show the rack.
A close up of the rack with the case off.
The racks are very well made. I think that's black powercoating. The mounts are really solid. The top mounts to the rear subframe, and the lower part mounts passenger footpegs.
I've had the cases loaded with groceries, and I couldn't tell they were back there. Balance seems uneffected.
From the front you hardly notice the cases.
From the side and back the cases are noticable, but they are well finished.
You notice the cases the most from the rear. I added stickers, and even some LED brake lights.
Another side view.
Front view of the bike and cases.
Low, front view of VFR and Givi cases.
Low, right front view of VFR and Givi cases. The wide angle lens distorts things, but you get the idea.
Lower rear view up close. The cases are a little wider than the handlebars.
Here you can see the LED stop lights I've added. I've since removed the LEDs, which leaves a couple of small holes in each case which I'll epoxy closed.
I guess the cases are quite a bit wider than the handlebars, although the wide angle lens really distorts things. I wish I had measured all this.
Front view, close up.
From the front, it almost looks like the mirrors are as wide as the cases, but I think the cases are wider than the mirrors.
Overhead front view.
Here's just a little of what I packed into the cases. On this ride I was headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway so I had a cap, water, and some snacks.
Comparison with and without the case. The cases unclip from the bike in seconds, without tooks. The Givi system is very nice.
Closeup of the right case before I added the LED stop light.
Closeup rear, side view.
Left side, rear closeup before I added the LED stop lights.
My lunch in the case, with the lid open. Hinges are on the outside, lock mechanism is towards the centerline of the bike.
I've ridden in the rain often, and never had a leak.
Another photo to give an idea of the size.
I think a six pack of drinks will slip in there with plenty of extra room in front, behind, and above, but close on the sides.
Overhead view of the open, empty Givi E21 Monokey case.
Overhead view from the front.