Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: London, ON, Canada
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Givi and SW Motec racks basiclly do the same job by setting a tray at the rear of your seat. The main difference is the Givi is slung along the subframe and the SW replaces the grab handles along the upper outer sides of the passenger seat. IMHO, that feature makes the SW rack more seamless and therefore nicer looking on the Versys.
Givi does have an advantage too though, in that the mounting plate for your top case, the "shelf" so to speak, is the one piece on the rack. Whereas on the SW rack, you have to mount an additional plate on top of the rack's universal "shelf" to dock your top case onto. So you may find the Givi is a cleaner look with the top case off. For me, again IMHO, the Givi "shelf" looks like a toilet seat when the top case is not installed.
I have the SW Motec with a Givi E26 monolock box installed. With the top case off there is just a low flat plate exposed on the rack with one protruding tab, I think it looks fine.
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