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Old 11-03-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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Let's talk Top Cases: Givi vs. Shad

I'm looking at the Givi V46 and the Shad SH46. Does anyone have experience with either? Which is better. The Shad is about $35 cheaper and comes with the mounting bracket. The bracket for the Givi is another 60 bux.

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Old 11-03-2008, 09:31 AM   #2
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A pic ....

is worth a 1000 words, and all that stuff.

Givi V46:



Shad SH46:

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Old 11-03-2008, 09:52 AM   #3
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I love my GIVI, I also think it's way overpriced.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:47 AM   #4
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better look at the Shad
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:36 AM   #5
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I actually have experience with both, those exact models.

I had a Shad mounted on my bandit. Now have the givi.

The Shad was a bit roomier but less sturdy. Just feeling the plastics, locks and brackets, clearly the givi is stronger.

I use these to carry my laptop with its bag. The Shad plate broke after less than a year. bought the givi after that. Seems good so far!

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Old 11-05-2008, 08:22 PM   #6
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Easy...Givi

I went back and fourth between Vario Top & Givi. Finally chose Givi...glad I did. It's very sturdy - has already survived dropping the bike onto my car - Givi first, and neither the box nor mount broke.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:09 AM   #7
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Had the Shad for about 30k miles on my Concours and never had a problem. No experience with the GIVI.

I think most agree that the GIVI is a bit heavier duty. I think it probably depends on what your "duty cycle" is. If its something you are going to use a LOT then it's probably worth the extra bucks. If you do two or three trips a year and won't use it much other than that, the Shad would probably be just fine. Was for me.
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:46 AM   #8
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Some points to consider:

While Shad does make side cases, they are not common. If you are considering the possibility of side cases, the convenience of one key for all the bags might sway your opinion.


I bought a used Givi that was rashed up real good. There is so much plastic that I was able to sand it smooth. (One day I will get around to painting the thing.) I believe the plastic on the Shad is a lot thinner and probably would not have survived the scraping the Givi suffered.


I think you will have an easier time getting replacement parts for the Givi. What sort of mounting plate does the Shad use? There are also more aftermarket mounting options directly marketed for the Givi.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:58 PM   #9
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I've had a Shad for 32k miles. it came with the bike. i am pretty happy with it.If the Givi costs more than $80 for an equivalent size, i'd say the shad might be sufficient.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:29 PM   #10
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I have the Givi and it's nice, but for sure not worth the money. I'm a cheap bastard though.
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:21 AM   #11
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I bought a Shad after speaking to two friends, one with Givi, one with Shad. I liked the lock arrangement on the Shad better as I don't "have" to lock it. Quality of the two I compared were very similar. I've been using my Shad all season and am very happy with it. Mine is the cheap and cheerful SH42 (also available for side bag mount. Plastic is quite flexible, so I'm hoping will be able to take a hit pretty good.

Mounting plate is steel with a plastic cosmetic cover, don't see it breaking in a hurry...and it was included in the price of admission. Good deal in my books.
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:06 AM   #12
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I had a shad top case that cracked around the perimeter of the mounting plate....yup, knocked the bottom out of it. Lost my load and never went back. The Givi is much sturdier and worth every penny.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:20 AM   #13
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The Shad is about $35 cheaper and comes with the mounting bracket. The bracket for the Givi is another 60 bux.
What is an extra $9.50 per year, providing you only use it for 10 years?

I used to regret making purchases for a few dollar savings. I've learned since. Buy the one you really want.
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:14 AM   #14
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shad isn't cheaper because its cheaper quality, givi is just overpriced. The SH50 looks really really nice.I've played with both, the shad does not seem flimsier than the givi.

Looking at the bottom of a few shad cases, it looks very similar to the givi mount, I wouldn't be surprised if they fit one another.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:42 AM   #15
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Looking at the bottom of a few shad cases, it looks very similar to the givi mount, I wouldn't be surprised if they fit one another.
Aren't they made by the same company? I know GiVi has a cheaper product line; I just can't remember the name with certainty.
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