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ADV NewsAll-New, More-Versatile GIVI Trekker Alaska Side Cases Are Coming

All-New, More-Versatile GIVI Trekker Alaska Side Cases Are Coming

New cases feature maintenance-free release, improved repairability & more.

Published on 07.08.2020

GIVI originally introduced their new full-aluminum Trekker Alaska cases at the Italian EICMA Show in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed production. Now the first shipments are finally on their way to the US from the Italian manufacturer and will soon be available for sale. 

The whole project for a new adventure case kicked off when GIVI decided that they wanted something a little more affordable, modular, and easy to repair when in need. The Alaska cases are exactly that: well balanced, less rivets, less moving parts, a streamlined design and some very cool features, like the fully-serviceable and replaceable mounting blocks at the bottom, where the case sits on the two prongs located on the rack.

With the Trekker Alaska cases, GIVI now offers a new set of rugged panniers that sits in the slot right under the top of the line Trekker Outback series, with a lower price to match. They are also lighter than the Outbacks and Monokey compatible (Trekker Outbacks require the Monokey CAM system). Standard Monokey is a more prevalent rack system, available for a huge number of makes and models, sometimes dating back to the early 90s!


Like all the other cases in the GIVI lineup, the Alaska boxes are secure, weather resistant and quick to snap in place and/or remove from the racks. The Trekker Alaska panniers are sold in pairs and they come with matching keys, plus an extra lockset for an existing or future top case. Read on for more details on some of the unique features available on the new Trekker Alaska cases.

Trekker Alaska Cases Highlights

New Twist Release System

GIVI Trekker Alaska motorcycle side cases

The cases are detached from the side frame by turning an external knob that is placed directly under the Security Lock. The handle operates a steel cable that is hidden and protected inside the case frame. This way not only the mechanism is neat and smooth, but it’s also reliable and maintenance free and all moving parts are protected from the elements.

Spring-loaded Safety Hook

GIVI Trekker Alaska motorcycle side cases

The back of the case is equipped with a spring-loaded hook that locks into its slots whenever you don’t want to use it or you are carrying the case off the bike. When deployed, it prevents the bag from dropping on the ground in case you activate the release system with a little “too much enthusiasm.”  Also, it lets the partially-released side case sit tilted to the side so that its top has more room to swing open when you are using a large top box or top bag. No more twisting or turning the lids, or removing the lids to get access to the contents of your side cases.

Easier to Carry

GIVI Trekker Alaska motorcycle side cases

The new Alaska cases are designed with better balancing in mind. GIVI wanted to create a box that would be easy to carry, without hitting your legs or forcing your wrist into an awkward position. They achieved this by changing the weight distribution and by adding an integrated handle in the molded frame.

The price for the US market has been set at an MSRP $795.00 for the brushed aluminum version, and $825.00 for the black powder coated cases.

GIVI Trekker Alaska Features

  • Aluminum and reinforced technopolymer construction
  • Stainless steel hinges
  • Compatible with most Givi Monokey racks (aside from those made for the Trekker Outback or V35 and V37 series)
  • Ergonomic handle integrated into the lid hinge
  • Four belt-strap loops integrated into the structure of the lid
  • Strength and structure of the hinge allows the lid to be opened completely without retention straps
  • Tilt assist for loading and rack attachment
  • Replaceable components: rack attachment points, handles, hinge and lock assemblies
  • Keyed alike, includes an extra lock cylinder for a top case
  • 56.2cm L x 37.4cm W x 26cm D (22.1″ L x 14.7″ W x 10.2″ D)
  • 36 liters/each
  • Made in Italy
  • Sold as a pair

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GIVI Trekker Alaska

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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July 8, 2020 1:00 pm

900.00 US for the powder coated style – softbags hold more, take a better beating and guess what some are 1/3 of that price. In Canadian dollars add 33.50 to the 100US $.
Will look nice on a Starbucks adventure machine lol.

Mario Perotti
Mario Perotti
July 8, 2020 1:12 pm
Reply to  BCTenerizer

Interesting how you would know that if these haven’t even come out yet.

July 8, 2020 1:57 pm
Reply to  Mario Perotti

It says so in the write up read it – size – volume – suggested retail price.
Hard side cases are old school to off road ( gravel ) riders.

Mario Perotti
Mario Perotti
July 8, 2020 2:04 pm
Reply to  Bcte

I’m referring to the comment about other hard cases being better for 1/3 the price. So you read size and volume and made that judgement. Good to know.

July 8, 2020 3:05 pm
Reply to  Mario Perotti
July 8, 2020 5:27 pm

The best bike luggage ever made was the Dan Gurney/Samsonite system. I had them on my 1976 BMW R90 and I have never seen any luggage since that looked that classy.

July 8, 2020 7:24 pm

I don’t see anything about volume. Outside measurements are in the article but that’s only an approximation of the interior volume. Only thing I noticed in the Amazon link that were sort of comparable were the Wolfman bags, which are approx. 1/2 the price. To be waterproof, they’d be fully rolled, so 60 litres. They’re not lockable and would not attach as securely as the hard bags and would not be as conveniently removable, so apples-to-apples comparisons would be difficult. I went with soft, sort of, and bought Lone Rider bags, which are even more expensive then most hard luggage. They do look good on my 1290 Super Adventure R, although I haven’t had a chance to grab a pic at a Starbucks yet.

July 9, 2020 7:41 am
Reply to  Randy

Cube the dimensions and divide by 61.02 to get litre volume
Patagonia – NSR – Arkel all make good quality waterproof soft bags not related to the motorcycle industry that have quick release frame attachments at allot less cost. Like Wolfman they are diversified. The Adventure Motorcycle Accessories market of lately is well over priced or priced according to the sale value of the range of models sold.
All boxes that are constructed in separate panels and fastened with rivets will eventually leak, the gasket to seal the seam is very thin rubber membrane and that is why the company offers waterproof inner bags. Traxx being the worse.
The other info that wasn’t mentioned or listed was the thickness of the aluminum material being used. The majority of hard case shells are 3mils except Jesse or Hepco Becker Gobi which was exclusive to KTM on earlier models.
Riding the Copper Canyon MX. or Dempster Hwy, on a rain soaked surface is where soft bags will survive on any type of bike.

July 9, 2020 8:06 am
Reply to  BCTenerizer

Good information, thanks. I’m not disagreeing with you by the way, just not a fan of generalization. I prefer soft bags but I don’t love the way they look, which is why I decided on the Lone Rider bags. There are less-expensive alternatives but after spending what I did on the bike, it seemed silly to nickle and dime on the accessories. Lone rider also had racks, which I liked because, to be honest, trying to figure out which rack went with which hard cases was confusing the crap out of me.

I still think your volume measurements will not be accurate without knowing the interior characteristics, but you’d be close. Also agree that the price of motorcycle stuff is crazy. I’m actually going with a Nanuk 918 case from Amazon for my top case. I’m getting too old to get my leg over the large and odd-looking top cases that are out there now.

September 21, 2020 8:22 pm

Well I have a silver/black set I purchased for $550ish from Amazon third-party around April 2020. Bought them specifically because they are compatible with the older monokey racks which I have on both my KLR650 and FZ600. I used to use the cheap plastic Givi E22’s, but a slow speed drop on road sand at a stop sign exploded one of them (albeit it probably saved bike from any other scrapes). No I’m not some super adventurer that goes on treks across the outback or anything, I’m an average guy who uses them mostly for mundane crap like getting groceries, with a once in a while 1-2 day trip that often included fire roads at worst. They are ALWAYS on whichever bike I decide to ride, because the inconvenience of not being able to store anything (unless I wear a backpack which I hate) is worse than the inconvenience of taking 2 seconds of putting them on.

They also looks great on either of my motorcycles! You’d think they would look too bulky and blocky on my FZ600, but they don’t! Not quite as svelte shapely as the slimmer E22’s I used to use, but pretty damn nice still. It helps that my FZ600 and KLR600 both have black and silver themes so the silver/black of the case fits right in. They don’t look near as bulky as the other Givi heavy duty cases that make the back of motorcycles look like an ostrich running away!

They are awesome for quick swapping between bikes and they will hold gallon jugs of milk, and twelve packs of soda/beer far better than any softbag made without squishing the eggs and bread. Soft bags can suck it for groceries! I have been caught out in some pretty good rain along with miles of rattly washboards and they have kept their seal, nor worn loose any mounting areas, lid hinges, or locks.

The included installable spring-loaded doohicky that’s supposed to catch the rack frame and allow the box to tilt outwards doesn’t work on my older monokey racks as they have an angled corner section and are not completely squarish. While a nice idea, the execution is a bit lame. Givi would have been smarter to include a simple 3-inch piece of wire and a clip on the end to do the same thing without the needless complication, and would be more universally compatible with racks.

They didn’t include the bolt spacers (which is supposed to come in box) needed for the bottom monokey rack nubs to fit the thicker nub-grabbers (for lack of a better name). I called Givi USA and they sent me out a set for free. Of course in the meantime I found a solution by simply putting on an extra nut that fit the 3mm nub bolt between the nub and the rack frame. The key is some weird side cutout (vs edge cuts) key. I’m sure it’s near impossible to duplicate locally, but it works fine and I haven’t lost my keys yet, so I can deal with it.

I ride one of my motorcycles to work every single day, and always swap on the luggage and have not had a single thing to complain about and I get to skip all the hassle of trying to swap soft bags with the myriad of straps and such to deal with. Even the cheapo E22’s were far better for daily usage than softbags. Heck I’d use them on my TW200 if Givi made a rack for the bike. Unfortunately, the closest I can find for the TW200 is a happy trails side rack with Monokey adaptor plates and it is far too expensive an option for my old T-Dub..

October 30, 2020 12:10 am

Be aware, on the R1200GS LC, you can not open the left pannier lid of the Givi trekker Alaska as it will hit the passenger left handlbar.
The only way to open the left pannier lid is to unlock the left pannier from the bike, tilt it, and then open the lid while the pannier is sideways (and unlocked from the bike).
Givi said that’s how it is.
It is also not symmetric, right pannier is much further to the right compare the the left pannier to the left.
Far from perfect, all what needed is for Givi to make the left rack extended away from the bike by approx 5 cm, that’s simple.
I have used the PLR5108.rack as advised by Givi.
Hope this will help the next one that need to decide…
Cheers, Jay


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