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Aprilia Caponord Givi top case and HyperLite installation

Ask anyone, they'll tell you--I like having it with me. Tools, spare helmet, books, even my laptop, I want it and I want it now. The Givi 46 liter top box looks great, holds lots, makes my passenger more comfortable, and adds another brake light. Conspicuity is good!

Top case installed

Givi makes cases for every bike ever made with a set of 'Universal Adapter Plates' that go between the bike and the luggage. I got the Monokey top case E460 (a 46 liter case) with the optional brake light kit and the optional back rest pad. For the Caponord, you need Givi adapter plate E313. The adapter plate has two rails that attach to the four visible bolts on the luggage rack, then the plate attaches to the two rails with two bolts. I show the left side rail in the photo below, with two pan-head allen bolts attaching the rail to the sub-frame, and one socket-cap allen head bolt attaching the plate to the rail. The mounting allows plenty of adjustment for left-to-right and forward-to-back.

Mounting plate detail

The top case has an optional brake light, and consequently the mounting plate has an electrical hookup that needs to be attached to the brake wire, and of course ground. The wires are behind the brake light in the tool compartment. To get to them, I needed to remove four bolts, the rear two on the luggage rack, and the two large Allen head bolts on each side under the luggage rack, just to the rear and above the muffler. With those four removed, the entire rear mud flap/brake light/license plate holder rotates down and rests on the rear tire, leaving enough room that you can reach in to the brake light wiring. After tapping in to the brake and ground wires I routed the wire out through the top rear of the tool compartment.

Mounting plate electrical

While you're in there, you might want to install a set of HyperLites brake light flashers.

When you apply the brakes, the HyperLites 32 super bright LEDs flash on and off, augmenting the existing brake light. They attach to the same wires, the brake light wire to turn them on, and a ground wire. The LED units attach with foam mounting tape; I put them on top of the light that illuminates the license plate.


Hey, remember, we're all buddies, right? I'm telling you what I did to my bike, you're telling me what you did to yours. If you mess up yourself or your bike, well, I'm sorry, but I wasn't twisting your arm. Of course, Aprilia has trademarked their name and logo, and they don't know me from Adam.

Feel free to contact me: todd at caporider dot com You can always go home again