Welcome to another page in the series of Givi FAQ questions! Here I hope to answer what questions I can that may not fall into the other categories. If you have a question or conundrum with a Givi item yourself but don’t see a solution here- please post a comment with your quandry and I’ll do my best to find an answer and include it here in the FAQ. I’ve done a bit of looking around as well to include answers to questions found in other FAQs around the net too.
Q- What is the difference between Monokey and Monolock boxes?
A- Put really simply- Monokey boxes are for Motorcycles with a but more power while Monolock boxes are for Scooters or smaller bikes like 125s. Most Monokey boxes are double-skinned and use sturdier materials which makes them a lot more rigid and allow them to take the abuse of higher speeds. Monokey boxes also have a mechanism that allows the key to both open the case and remove it from them fitting plate.
Q- How do I fit a top box to my motorcycle?
A- In most cases you’ll need a specific Givi fitting kit for your bike. You’ll need to know the make, model and year of your bike so you can do a quick google search for the type of racking you’ll need. Or alternatively [And probably a way better solution]- you can visit Givi’s webite and use their My Motorcycle page to find your bike and there it will tell you everything from the arms you need to what kind of Tanklock ring you would need for a tankbag.
Q- Do side cases come as a pair?
A- Usually yes, they come as a pair but I have seen some around where they’ve been sold individually. Pay diligent attention to the product descriptions and have a look at any “contents” pages the product may have to be sure.
Q- What is the universal plate included in the Monolock boxes for?
A- If your bike already has some sort of base or carrier, usually only found on scooters though, you can fit the universal plate to the carrier without having to purchase an additional fitting kit.
Q- What do I do if I can’t find my model of motorcycle?
A- It is possible that Givi may not make or has discontinued the fitting kit for your motorcycle. If you own a new model of motocycle- Givi may still be in the process of designing a kit for it. In which case it’s best to give Givi a call- it’s worth an ask.
Q- How easy is it to fit a Givi fitting kit?
A- I’ve never fitted one myself but I have measured up parts against a bike while looking at the included instructions- and it all seems pretty straightforward. The shapes and locations of where bolts and such is quite intuitive anyway and I was able to figure it out more or less just by looking at it. But the instructions are detailed with diagrams of where everything should go and a list of all the bits that should be included.
Q- Do you have the fitting kits in stock?
A- We stock some but we certainly don’t stock a whole lot of it. It’s best to look at our website and the Givi Products section- see if you can find it on there and check it says “in stock” above where you would click to add to basket. If you don’t see what you need on there- it may be worth ringing us to see if we can get it in or have any on order.
Q- Can you help if i have trouble fitting my Givi fitting kit?
A- We can certainly help you figure out instructions if you’re finding them confusing but we can’t literally fit it to your bike. Especially if it’s not been paid for yet. But we can open them up, make sure you’ve got all the bits, go out with you to your bike and tell you how we think it fits. However- A common mistake when people fit the kits is that they tighten the nuts too much before having all parts in place. The way to do it is- have all the parts in place with the nuts fastened loosely on all the bolts and then gradually tighten them all up bit by bit. This is to ensure that when everything is tightened up fully- the fitting/racking you are using is under just bit of tension which gives it rigidity and sturdiness.
Q- Can you get specific/individual parts for Givi products?
A- Sorry, friend, we can’t help you there as we can’t do specific singular bits and pieces of products. Your best bet there would be to make contact with Givi directly.