Vulcan Nomad - The Givi Boxes

Givi boxes on the bike - just like new

Givi boxes on the bike - just like new

When I first acquired this bike, I was handed 3 Givi boxes and various attachments. The original panniers and top box were obviously long gone in favour of the bigger Givi boxes. However, it also became evident that the side boxes had not been used since the Vance and Hines pipe modications.

After playing around with the various fittings, I realised that some small modification would be needed to ensure that the box on the side of the pipes did not melt.

I also noted that the push button latch on one of the boxes was broken and I would need to fix this.

Personally, I have never needed to use the side boxes, but the top box has been invaluable. The top box is 45 litres and easily fits my leather jacket and helmet and that's on top of basic stuff like my tools and wet gear. More importantly, it easily carriers a 12 pack of beer.

The side boxes are 36 litres each. That amount of luggage space means you can definitely take the kitchen sink with you if you're so inclined.

These boxes have the Givi Monokey system and that makes it easy to attach and detach the boxes - no need to dismantle the bike.

tired old boxes

tired old boxes

lock fitting

lock fitting

latch

latch

In any case, the boxes looked tired and worn and it was about time I fixed them up and gave them a new lease of life.

It took a bit of scrubbing and preparation to get the boxes ready for a coat of paint. I stripped out all the lock mechanisms so that they could be cleaned up and repaired. Some plastic welding was need on one of the latches and on a small fitting in one of the locks.

I also noted that the push button latch on one of the boxes was broken and I would need to fix this.

I wanted the boxes to look as part of the bike rather than just a Givi addon. The paint job involved 3 coats of the dark green (pearl bolougne - same as that on the bike) and 3 coats of clear.

Painting the side attachments

Painting the side attachments

The painted boxes to match the bike colours

The painted boxes to match the bike colours

I wanted the boxes to look as part of the bike rather than just a Givi addon. The paint job involved 3 coats of the dark green (pearl bolougne - same as that on the bike) and 3 coats of clear applied to the top part of each box. The bottom part of each box was done similarly except that I used satin black.

All in all, I think they came out looking pretty good.

Here are some pics of the finished result and there is also a short video below.

Bike fully kitted out - left side

Bike fully kitted out - left side

Bike fully kitted out - right side

Bike fully kitted out - right side

With side boxes removed - right side

With side boxes removed - right side

With side boxes removed - left side

With side boxes removed - left side

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