... Really? I thought the OEM setup was simply the PLX hardware with Versys badging. Did they make it incompatible on purpose?Note 2: The OEM side racks from Kawasaki will NOT work with the Givi top rack. I have one sitting on the floor of my garage (I bought the bags used, and it came with them), and I couldn't make it work. Spent the $$$ for the PLX447 kit, and it went together easily.
Probably. This is the same company which made the OEM top rack (made by SW Motech) incompatible with the side racks (modified Givi PLX). Seems they really don't want people to have both a top case and side cases. Oh well.... Really? I thought the OEM setup was simply the PLX hardware with Versys badging. Did they make it incompatible on purpose?
I stand corrected. Looks like it's possible, but if you're buying all of the racks anyways, you might as well get stuff that works well together from the outset. It would only make sense to try it if you already had the OEM side racks and wanted to add a top rack.I managed to get the OEM bag racks and the PLX 447 to mount up. As stated it is quite a struggle. I had to use slightly under sized bolts (quarter inch) to tie the rear support adapters together. That gave me just enough "slack" to assemble everything loosely, then pull it all together with the bolts.
I have the Givi top box rack plus the adapter kit they sell for monolock. In hind sight I would have purchased an SW-Motec or other aluminium rack that replaces the rear grab handles. There is a guy on this site that makes his own design and sells to forum members also.Selection from the several Givi rack/mounts is a bit confusing. Which mount are you supposed to put on if you are only installing a top box for now but will buy side luggage in the future?
They are rebadged V35s. I got the cheap default finish V35s on sale and ordered the Kawasaki trim panels from my local dealer. Cover swapping was uneventful, just deal with a few screws.So, the Kawasaki side bags are just re-badged Givi V35 cases? So then the color trim panels from Kawasaki will fit on the Givi V35 bags?
This is not correct for the 2007 - 2008 Versys. You can install the FZ477 with the OEM racks. Kawasaki made the OEM side rack incompatible with their OEM top rack. I believe both OEM racks are custom build by SW Motech....I think the OEM (SW-Motech) top rack is far superior to the Givi top rack set-up. It will bolt right up with any of the "regular" Givi side rack set-ups.
Also, the OEM side case mounts ("modified" Givis) can be used with the OEM top rack, you just have to cut the grab handles off and grind the tabs smooth. I have this set-up because I got a really good deal on the OEM side racks and cases, and I think the mounting tabs on the OEM side racks are more robust than on the PLX447s.
However, if you don't want to use V35 style luggage, then the OEM side case racks (modified PLX447s) are useless to you, unless you want to do some additional modding.
The incompatibility between the OEM top rack and sideracks was purposeful to prevent "overloading" of the bike and thus minimize Kawi's exposure to potential litigation, for that reason. The hard bags themselve, however, are identical, except for the center badge.
Well THAT's clear as MUD!
I have the SW Motech V mounts and wanted a top rack and box ONLY to have a place to store my helmet. I know they say you can use one or the other just not both at the same time. True or a insuracne thing?
I found with the SW Motech brackets I can't pop the key in to get the seat off without pull the left box off.