I'm going to be taking a trip to California this summer and I want to add some lockable hard luggage to my bike. I'll be staying in hotel, riding solo, and packing light so I don't think I need the full set of luggage.
I thinking about either a pair of side cases OR a top case. Either one could be augmented by a dry sack bungeed to the rear seat if necassary. I'd like the luggage to have maximum utility after the trip and it would be nice if I could fit two full face helmets in it when riding around town.
Givi seems to be the main manufacturer. According to one website their E470 top case can hold 2 medium size helmets ... mine's an XL. Going to the E52 it will "easily hold two helmets". The thing is pretty big though and I wonder if it will block my rear view in the mirrors, wreck havouc with aerodynamics etc.
With side cases, there's the E21, E36, or E45. Looking around online it sounds like the E21 or E36 will not hold an XL helmet. Two E45's again seems very large.
Any recommendation on a topcase vs. two side cases?
Anyone with Givi cases that can comment on what kind of helmets fit?