Saturday, August 17, 2013

Another Farkle - All Bob's Fault!

Having Bob visit was a real treat, but an expensive one. You see, he showed me his Givi Blade Tech 47 litre hard case top box with lock and instant removal system. Had to have one of those, so my bike now looks like this:

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And, there the bike sits, for a while, during the construction of a home theatre in the basement. [Blog entry to come soon.]

Installation was not the 10 minutes advertised by Bob. He must be a mechanical genius, or perhaps the R1200R has more room under the luggage rack to reach the mounting straps and nuts. I had to fiddle and force my hand and wrench under the rack, but got it done.

Before

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Givi Plate retaining strap

There are 4 of these.

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After some time, I attached two of them at the front of the Givi plate, let them dangle, fed each through the holes in the BMW luggage rack, reached awkwardly under to fasten the nylok nuts, and just snugged them up. Since the nylock nuts resist tightening as much as loosening, this is not the easiest thing to do.

After - Givi plate attached

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Not shown: there is a flat cover plate that conceals the grated area of the Givi mounting plate shown in the picture above.

Functional Storage

The box is suitably large:

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Looks Great!

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When I picked it up, the parts guy said this was his personal favourite Givi model. I too think some of the other designs are a bit too rounded, and kind of plain as a result.

Conclusion

Guess Bob is not really too much at fault for getting me to part with my money. He did all the leg work in finding such a bargain. I was able to get this box for $289.95, tax included! And, that was about $100 less than Bob paid. Some dealers seem to sell them for much more than the Givi recommended price.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bob's On His Way Again

Bob stayed with us for two nights. He said he enjoyed the stay and we sure enjoyed having him visit. Two days of Dianne's cooking made for a happy Bob.

I wanted to ride a ways with him. We left western Mississauga at 0800 as was his wish. I lead the way to the 401 and off west we went. After we settled down and I was sure he was ok with the heavy truck traffic, I turned the lead over to him. We stayed that way for an hour or so, until I knew the service centre just east of London was coming up. I took the lead and we went into the centre. After a while he took off for a family meeting and I went off to return a pair of rain boots. Those of you who followed my blog last year will recall I had two left foot boots. Crazy Al's cheerfully gave me a new pair - after checking there were a left and right boot.

I see Bob has made good progress towards Chicago. Way to go Bob!

Thanks for dropping by our home - you are welcome to return at any time and we both hope that will be soon.

And, do stay safe and happy on that great adventure.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bob's Here

Bob arrived yesterday around 1pm, saf and sound after battling the 401 traffic and interchange changes that did not match up with his memory. But, he was able to get it all straight. Part of the adventure.

He enjoyed his steak dinner last night and his pancakes this morning.

You could see his progress on his blog, See http://wetcoastscootin.blogspot.ca/ for it, or find it in the list on the right.

He will continue tomorrow.

In the meantime, he has been entertaining Dianne and I with tales of his journey.

 

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