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Monday, July 19, 2010

Rear Carrier and Givi Adapter Plate

My rear carrier finally arrived today so I decided to mount it up. It's a nice unit... heavy and sturdy-looking. The only problem is that it's a proprietary design and not really meant to carry anything other than the genuine Honda accessory top trunk. I decided to go with a bigger Givi trunk so I had to buy a Givi universal mounting plate and figure out a way to make it fit. The brackets that come with the adapter plate are designed to mount it to tubular luggage racks. The Honda rear carrier is an odd-shaped triangular cast aluminum design so I had to improvise.

The instructions said max load of 6 pounds! Is that a joke? I suppose the lawyers force them to publish a low weight to absolve themselves of any liability if someone overloads it and has an accident. It's a heavy, sturdy rack which bolts up to a heavy, sturdy subframe. It looks like it will be fine with much more than 6 lbs.

The carrier ships in 3 pieces. I used a bit of red loctite to help secure the bolts that hold it together. It came with all of the neccessary hardware and a good set of instructions.


The old grab handles need to come off



Rack goes on... 4 big bolts plus the 2 little cowling bolts:



Next I mounted the Givi adaptor plate. It's a bit of a kludge but it's secure.



And with the little Givi cover to tidy it up:


My panniers and tank bag recently shipped out from David Silver Spares in the UK and should be here in a couple of days. The Givi box will be here from the US soon as well. I'm excited to load the big bitch up and see how she performs as a tourer.

3 comments:

  1. Hi,

    would like to know where to obtain the S shape like brackets (4x) where the screws go through to fix on the bottom of Givi plates ?

    Thanks.

    Kent

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  2. mathias allegaertJune 16, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    is this fixation still ok after 4 years. waiting for the VFR800 and uses the same carrier... having a top case of givi from my old bike and don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on an original honda one...

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  3. it has held on just fine. I double check it occasionally but no issues. In hindsight, I think I would have been better off with the standard Honda top case, small though it may be. I never fill the big 55l box up. I don't like that much weight sitting that high.

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