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Topbox: Givi? Hepco? Neither? Other?

I am after a topbox for my Ten. At the moment it is a toss up between Hepco & Becker Journey Topcase 40 or a similar sized Givi. Just after the topbox as I have soft panniers (Enduristan Monsoons). I had a Givi on a rental bike last year for a 3 week trip and really liked it (the only place to stay dry on the whole trip), nice to have one lockable place on the bike. So, what do you have / would you choose? How do the racks / fixings between the two compare? Any others I should be considering? Not really too keen on the alu cube type boxes.
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I had a givi on my Wee, and it is great for commuting and normal road use, but I will definitely not use it if I know I'm going on gravel/rough roads, because I feel that it's not that secure. I've heard of a few people who lost theirs due to bad roads.

No experience on Hepco, sorry
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Yeah, that does worry me a little: I have seen a few Givi cases "wobbling" around on some bikes which makes me unsure of how securely they attach to the plate. The Hepco mounting looks more secure, but I've only seen photos. Anybody else with experience of either?
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Bought my topbox in 1993, and it has survived 100,000 miles so far including a trip over the Atlas gravel tracks...
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Dave: is that a Givi? Or a.n.other? Cheers.
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Yup, a GIVI 45 litre box - big enough for two helmets which is why it's always attached even though it looks crap. Why lug a lid round when you don't have to?
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Topbox: Givi? Hepco? Neither? Other?-img_0928.jpg
I have Hepco and Becker Gobi on my Tenere. Done BA to Ushuaia to Alaska last year. 5000 and counting around USA this year.
Hasnt fallen off yet.
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I've found the Givi to survive well - my E52 has lasted over 100,000km on some pretty bad tracks.

Topbox: Givi? Hepco? Neither? Other?-birdsville-track.jpg

When using topboxes the key is to ensure the bike's subframe is strong enough to survive the leverage action imposed when riding on corrugations. I broke the subframe on the Burgman twice before eventually upgrading to a subframe from a later model, which was pre-gussetted at the factory.
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Thanks for the input (and photos!) guys; much appreciated.
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I have a givi on mine, for day to day use but when going any distance take it off
& use my otleib roll bag. however if you want piece of mind then yes givi but would never stop any very willing theft
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Kappa = Givi ?

I bought kappa luggage which is almost identical to Givi for a lot less. Loved it even after I tired to squash it a couple of times.
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I have a Givi E45 topbox on the Africa Twin.For many years I swore that I would never use a topbox as they look terrible,ruin the handling by putting weight too high up and far back etc.The Africa Twin came with the Givi box and now I use it all the time,it's so handy to have.
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