Givi V47 top box, £225 and adaptor plate £115.14
Miles covered/time: 3500 miles/6 months
What’s good? Top boxes never make a bike look really cool, but they are so bloody practical. They save running around with panniers on all the time, especially if you do a fair amount of filtering on regular journeys. The Givi V47 has a very quick and easy system of attaching it to the bike called “Monokey” this is why it is essential to buy the Monokey adaptor plate, which in my case was for a Yamaha FJR1300. The adaptor bolts straight onto the existing rack in about 10 minutes, once the plate is on the top box is ready to be attached and it takes a matter of seconds. The Givi V47 has a capacity of (yep you guessed it!) 47 litres, which is plenty to hold two crash helmets. It is well designed with stylish looks, and being black with aluminium panels and red reflectors it fits in nicely with almost any colour scheme. The Monokey lock is simple to use – unlock the box with the key, press the top red button and you can open the lid, close it back down and squeeze the lid shut using both thumbs, as it has a very good strong rubber seal to keep the water out. Push the bottom red button and the box can be lifted off the bike simply and easily, leaving just the base plate attached. It’s a really good, simple system.
What’s not? Probably the price, as £340 is a lot of money. But if you enjoy your motorcycling it’s worth the investment.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5