Advice needed. R100GSPD Panniers

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by nolleman, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. bikecat

    bikecat Long timer

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    Need an education here.

    The stock R100GS mounts, how sturdy are they? Can any panniers be mounted to those with the right puck/mounting system?

    Thanks.
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  2. Stagehand

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    I think they are sturdy enough, just a funky parallelogram shape thats hard to mate.
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  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    One way that worked for me was to clamp the bags on the racks then remove the rack to mark where the mounts will be located on the bag. The first one is easy, getting the second one in the same location takes more work and four hands.


    There's probably an easier way, but not in my simple mind.


    I haven't had any issues with the stock reinforced mounts (check the G/S below), but don't have as many off road miles as I would like. No problems w/ the mounts busting in the mentioned wreck. No racks were available for the G/S, but HT sell's them for the GS, there were some fitting issues so one rider mentions elsewhere. If riding rough trails get the racks or spend the time adding gussets. Given a choice I'd buy the racks.

    BTW-
    you will need at the very least a rear cross bar/brace, not w/ soft bags though.
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  4. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    If you are planning on riding some tough off-road miles and want durability go up to whatever racks you are thinking about getting, and while wearing sturdy boots pick the weakest area of the rack and give it a few seriously hard kicks.... if it bends, don't use 'em.

    One note, try that with the TT racks and you might hurt your foot, BMW racks I think you have a good chance of breaking 'em :lol3
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  5. fishkens

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    I've found the stock mounts to be pretty durable. They've survived a number of low speed off-road get offs...until one didn't. Fortunately, I was just a day away from home in New Mexico and I held it together with a ancra strap (the welds didn't break completely). Got back into town and had it welded back together with sturdy gussets. Sometime I'll add similar gussets to the shaft side (R100GS).

    The failure was at the arms that extend over the muffler to the hoop. They scissored. Looking at the design, it's not surprising.

    Here's my best ASCII art showing the diagonal gussets that were added (just imagine that it's 1995 pre-photos :lol3):

    ....../|\............................/|\
    ...../ | \........................../ | \
    __/...|..\_______________/..|..\ ____

    Bottom line: If that's what you've got I'd say that they're sturdy but I would add a few reinforcements including welding the cross brace between the two hoops. If you're buying now, some of the sturdier racks may be a better start.
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  6. tennessee thumper

    tennessee thumper Don't Text Me Bro

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    I'm in the minority on this, I know...I find the big alum bags way more than needed for everyday use. Not to mention I like being able to stash a helmet in a side open bag.

    If I were heading out on a cross continent trip I could really use a set of alums, but most of my traveling does not require these monsters.

    For those not looking for the alum route I found this review with pics on the Hepco Juniors....Appears to be a very stylish and sturdy alternative to stock bags.


    http://www.cyclepathic.com/HepcoBecker/HepcoBecker.htm
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  7. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i ditched an old set of HT bags after vibrating one almost in half. i didn't realize until after i was home that the subframe was split. this was using the stock bmw mounts.

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    now i'm using either the stock bmw bags if i need bags in town or a giant loop great basin for traveling.
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  8. Stagehand

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    I can fit a helmet in the larger of the two Zega bags, but barely at that, and not much else. I dont keep them on for my twenty mile commute.. I just spider bungee the computer bag to the rear rack.
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  9. Screaming Chicken

    Screaming Chicken Been here awhile

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    I swapped the stock BMW rack for a TT one. The stock rack will certainly keep the bags off the ground and probably more, but the TT rack feels a lot sturdier, there's less flex which is good since there's plenty of flex in the main frame as it is. :evil
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  10. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    My first set of HT bags were the largest they made, sold them and got smaller ones. A plus side on small bags, it forces you to carry less, which most people could do anyway. If you have large bags you'll find that you'll carry more stuff that you can probably do without.

    Less weight is better for the bike handling plus the sub-frame!!!
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