The most common question asked about Givi cases is: “What is the difference between Givi’s Monolock and Monokey cases”. They are both actually quite good but it all defers and depends on your individual needs.
To understand the difference you must first understand what a Monolock and Monkey case is. Monokey is the patented locking system that GIVI uses. One key can be used to lock/unlock the case and remove it from the mounts with the added option of matching all GIVI cases on your bike to the same key. It is also the name used for GIVI’s premiere series of cases.
The MonoKey series are actually the top of the line series with a more substantial mount, more features, and better quality construction. MonoKey mounts are sold separately.
The MonoLock cases are generally smaller and lighter top case with a smaller mount and lock up.You should consider MonoLock cases for “light duty” applications. MonoLock cases are sold with a universal mount.
Monolock cases are single skinned and of lightweight construction so they are for perfect use on scooters and small mororcycle but they are not suitable for high speed use.
Each Monolock case comes complete with a Monolock Plate and a selection of generic fittings, so the case may be fitted to any tubular type rear carrier that may already be on a bike.
Monokey and Monolock cases attach differently to their top plates. Monokey cases are interchangeable and can be used as top or side cases. Monolock cases are designed as top cases only, they cannot be used as side cases. Monolock cases come with their own universal mounting hardware/plate which is not interchangeable with the Monokey series mounts. Monolock cases are intended to be scooter cases but can be fitted to a MonoKey mount with the purchase of a special adapter.