Thursday, June 10, 2010

Givi PLX Rack Install on 2001 SV650

This documents installing a Givi PLX rack on a first gen 2001 SV650.

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Tools Used:


1) Get the bike on a rear stand to make it stable to work on.


2) Using the 4mm and 6mm hex wrench remove the side covers and front seat

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3) Remove the grab handle with the 12mm socket


4) Remove the four screws holding the cowling on


5) Remove the two screws holding the front of the cowling together


6) Remove the two screws holding the cowling to the custom fender delete. Stock bikes will differ on this step.


7) Lift the cowling to expose the rectangular end of the sub frame.

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8) Slide the rack supports into the frame. It works well to loosen them quite a bit first. They attach to the inside of the frame as the two pieces slide apart and grip the sub frame.

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9) Tighten them with the 14mm socket

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10) Reattach the rear cowling tighten the screws and bolts.


11) The attachment points for the rack are arrowed below:


12) Loosen the exhaust hanger with the 12mm socket and 12mm wrench. Remove the nut from the inside and attach the right side of the rack. Put the nut back on loosely to allow the rack to move while the other points are secured.


12) Attach the rear rack supports on the outside of the spacers. Do not tighten yet.


13) Attach the left side of the rack to the left passenger foot peg using the supplied bolt and washer.


14) Tighten all rack mount points. Left side with the 14mm socket, right side with 12mm wrench and socket, and rear supports with a 5mm hex wrench. If you have stock turn signals, you can relocate them to the turn signal mounts in the rear. My mini-led signals are not in the way.


15) Rack installed:


16) Mount the cases. I used a Givi V46 for the top and two JC Whitney (JCW) cases for the sides. I need to scrap about 1/16-1/8 of an inch off the inside mount of the cases to make them work on the monokey based rack. They both work great and are firmly attached now.

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17) Go for a ride and enjoy your new setup!

Because I am using three different cases (not all Givi monokey), I have three keys. I will work on correcting this later.


With all of the cases, I can store ALL of my riding gear: coat, pants, boots, back protector, helmet, gloves, liners, and rain gear inside of the locked, waterproof cases! This will also provide a superb two-up travel solution.


  1. Chris:

    nice set up. When I had my SV650k4, I also purchased the top case bracket but installed a Kappa box. It's nice to have storage solutions when riding.

    Wet Coast Scootin

  2. Bob: Yes, locked storage is nice. I've been using a top case mounted on a custom rear seat pan, but this setup is luxury because I can store all of my gear.

  3. Chris:

    got your message re: Goldwing video. The camera i am using is a full 1080HD videocam. Panasonic HM55 with a good zoom, AVCHD codec. It is very small and has a 1/4" sensor which I wanted for lower light.

    Wet Coast Scootin

  4. Dear Chris:

    This was a magnificent, step-by-step tutorial. Great pictures... Thorough explanations. If I could make a suggestion... Next time, please use your 1995 K75 to illustrate the easy way of changing the coolant. (LOL)

    I was so inspired by this piece, that I did a step-by-step piece on changing a K75 water pump. Still, it didn't quite come out looking like yours.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad

  5. Bob: Thanks. Did you mean the TM55K? I can't seem to find a HM55.

    Dear Jack: Thank you for the kind words. Sure, I could write something like that.
    Changing Coolant in a K75 (the Riepe way)
    1) Review the service manual
    2) Present AMEX card
    3) Sign receipt
    4) Go for a ride!
    I'm thinking the water pump directions were similar with perhaps a small amount of weeping at step 3 after reviewing the total. LOL!! :)

  6. Where did you find that set up! I have been looking for the last few months, but cant find that Givi side case mount anywhere for the gen1 sv650.

  7. Steve K: I bought my rack on craigslist. It was a fluke that it was even available as I wasn't looking for it at the time. They are hard to find since they were discontinued.

    Good Luck with the search! I am really enjoying mine!