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Piaggio MP3 250
Joined: 07 May 2007
Posts: 269
Location: Nelson BC Canada
Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:40 pm quote
I saw your bike a few days ago and noticed you have a top box. It is the one for the MP3 or is it a custom mount? And where did you get it?
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MP3 250
Joined: 30 Jul 2007
Posts: 88
Location: Vancouver
Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:03 am quote
I'm Batman
Yeah the box I picked is the Givi E52, matt black with the lights installed. I have the lights hooked up to a brakelight flasher so when I hit the brakes the MP3 lights come on solid and the top box lights flash before going solid. Seems to work well.
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MP3
Joined: 24 Jul 2007
Posts: 8

Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:51 am quote
Forgive my intrusion into your conversation.

Does the Givi case come with the break light flasher, or was that something you added. If added, can you provide the make/model of the flasher.

Thanks.
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2016 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 21 Jun 2007
Posts: 112
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:14 am quote
Sorry for my intrusion also, but I bought a brake flasher but can't find where to tap into the brake wiring. Can you tell me where you found the wires?

Thanks!
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MP3 Black
Joined: 24 May 2007
Posts: 18
Location: Vancouver
Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:28 am quote
The brake lighting is built in.

Info on the case and how to wire it can be found here:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-luggage/givi-luggage/givi-e52.htm
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MP3 250
Joined: 30 Jul 2007
Posts: 88
Location: Vancouver
Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:53 pm quote
My Givi top box install with brakelight flasher
In answer to your questions I repost below the text of one of my posts on the Yahoo MP3 Group:

More complicated was the Givi top box install. I bought the E52 in
matt black with brakelights from twistedthrottle.com, along with the
Monokey rack and mounting brackets. Installing the rack was
relatively easy once I figured out how to get the old backrest off,
though I needed to use a couple of washers behind one of the brackets
to get the two sides perfectly even.

The Givi trunk has electrical contacts on the bottom that line up
with another set that you pop into the rack, so that the circuit is
complete as soon as the box snaps into place.

I ran the wire from the rack alongside one of the brackets, then made
two small drill holes, one behind the new backrest into the trunk,
another from the trunk into the cavity where the right hand
brakelight sits. Tucked the wire behind the access panel in the rh
side of the trunk (loosened with a 10mm wrench) to keep it out of the
way. Connected the Comagination brakelight flasher to the wires
leading to the light, tucked all the wiring and the small flasher
unit in behind the brakelight assembly (plenty of room back there)
and voila! Now when I hit the brakes the stock lights come on solid
and the upper lights mounted in the top box flash three times before
coming on solid. Works great, and probably took about an hour or
maybe two in all.

The crazy thing is the Givi Rack cautions that it should only hold 13
lbs, which is ridiculous given that the top box by itself is 11.
Does Givi seriously expect that 52 litres of gear will only weigh 2
lbs? What are we carrying in there, styrofoam? Jeepers. Anyway I
tested the brackets by putting some weight on them and they're solid
enough, so I won't worry about the weight limit.

The only problem is that now I've run out of projects. The heated
grips and 12v accessory socket (in trunk) were the first things to go
in. What is there left to do? I'll keep checking back here for
inspiration.
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Piaggio MP3 250
Joined: 07 May 2007
Posts: 269
Location: Nelson BC Canada
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:12 pm quote
Does the Givi rack hinge up to give full access to the trunk like the Piaggio one does?
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Kymco Grandvista 250, Yamaha Vision
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 71
Location: Chicago, IL
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:13 pm quote
Re: I'm Batman
Craig Jones wrote:
Yeah the box I picked is the Givi E52, matt black with the lights installed. I have the lights hooked up to a brakelight flasher so when I hit the brakes the MP3 lights come on solid and the top box lights flash before going solid. Seems to work well.
Pardon my ignorance, but how does the Givi case work with the MP3's trunk? Can you open the trunk with the Givi topcase mounted? I have seen photos of the Piaggio trunk, that seems to hinge with the trunk lid somehow.
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Kymco Grandvista 250, Yamaha Vision
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 71
Location: Chicago, IL
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:25 pm quote
Re: My Givi top box install with brakelight flasher
Craig Jones wrote:
The only problem is that now I've run out of projects. The heated
grips and 12v accessory socket (in trunk) were the first things to go
in. What is there left to do? I'll keep checking back here for
inspiration.
How about splitting the turn signals?
Got both headlights on at once?
How about better passenger footpegs?
Have you done the "Highway" pegs shown on this forum?
Lighted your underseat storage?
Cupholder?
Make use of the space behind the cowling -- a nice glovebox.

gimme my own MP3 and I'll think of more.
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Piaggio MP3-500, Aprilia Mana 850, Aprilia SR 50 Factory
Joined: 23 Apr 2007
Posts: 543
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:41 pm quote
Here is one for you! How about figuring out a place and a way to mount this puppy on the MP3.

http://tinyurl.com/yq6km7

I've got one but haven't had time to tackle it yet.
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MP3 250
Joined: 30 Jul 2007
Posts: 88
Location: Vancouver
Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:51 am quote
Give Trunk
No, the Givi Monokey platform does not hinge up and out of the way like the Piaggio unit; this is the tradeoff for the larger, better and cheaper Givi trunk. When the top box is installed, the trunk opens only maybe 2/3 of the way. This is enough to give reasonable access to the trunk for smaller items (I keep a small half-helmet, tire repair kit and emergency rain gear in there) but will not open wide enough to store a full face or even jet helmet.

Craig.
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