Are your BMW Side and top luggage cases water tight?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by lacofdfireman, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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    I just bought an 08 GSA and was told by the previous owner that the BMW Side Luggage is not water tight and that this was common with all the luggage. Is this right? My last BMW had Jesse Luggage and I don't remember it letting any water in, but then again I don't think I ever rode through any rain storms either. If this is the way it is what do you use for Dry bags for the side and top cases that fit the bags. Thanks. Pic of my bike in my garage..


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  2. Paul Mihalka

    Paul Mihalka Old Fart

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    My retirement job now for over 25 years is selling BMW bikes. When a customer asks me if the bags are waterproof, I tell them that you ride at 75 mph. That's hurricane speed. Nothing is waterproof in a hurricane.
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  3. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    Put all your stuff in a big plastic garbage bag, seal it, then put it in your panniers. No wet, and it's easy to unpack and repack.
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  4. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    I have an 08 GSA with the OEM side cases...I've ridden in many rain storms and I've never had water inside the cases. And that's even with the left one being all dented (on the bottom edge and corners) from a few off pavement spills. That being said, I always use ziplock bags or trash bags if there's anything in there I really want to make sure stays dry.
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  5. v8toilet

    v8toilet Nothing to see here.

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    Guess you haven't had any Pelican or Strom cases?

    No the BMW bags are nowhere near waterproof, worst made "Adventure" luggage money can buy. My Jesses, Happy Trails, Zegas and Pelicans were all waterproof. The Pelicans are by far the best. Even the Varios I had kept water out better than the BMW Adventure panniers. BMW sells expensive dry bags to keep your stuff dry in their leaky panniers.

    The Micatech's I had leaked like crazy too and fell apart.

    Yes I've owned most of the panniers and had all of them mounted on some form of BMW.
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  6. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    I am really happy with my BMW ADV bags. They made Tierra Del Fuego and back without a leak or a problem. I get the impression those bad mouthing them have not used them. Yes the Jesse's are more robust, but they are a lot heavier. My friend had to reweld the frame mounts to his 1200 GS Jesse bags in Ushuaia. Dave
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  7. objectuser

    objectuser Been here awhile

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    I've ridden for hours on end with my Givi bags in the rain and not a drop of water gets inside. I'm expecting the same with my Vario cases.
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  8. Namecheck

    Namecheck Like a Sir!

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    My Touratech panniers are absolutely waterproof. I've had them through the ringer and they never let water in, and I never have to double anything up in plastic bags.
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  9. darrendeep6

    darrendeep6 BMW Dirty Dozen

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    A better variation of that theme is trash compactor bags. They're smaller and more durable. My bags have remained dry, I don't know how as the lids have very little tension when you latch them. Anything that can't get wet gets put in a bag YMMV.
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  10. klondike1

    klondike1 Nobody in particular

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    My case came with a heavy soft waterproof bag that fits in. Great since if away on vacation just open the case and take out the bag with straps and away you go. case themselves are not but the bags are very waterproof.
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  11. Jazz62

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    Sorry to hijack but, what are those aux lights on the top side of your light bar?
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  12. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    It's a total flip of the coin on when and if my GSA OEM sidecases leak during a rain ride. One ride they're both watertight, the next they both leak (an inch or so of water in the bottom after a couple of hundred miles), and the next time one's dry while the other leaks. I've sealed all of the rivet points on the inside with a dab of silicon, so any leakage occurs from the lid/box junction. Although it seems the problem may be the way I'm closing them, I do it the same careful way each time. Even standing on one foot while using threatening language hasn't helped. I've just learned to keep garbage bags handy during a cross country trip.

    On the other hand my relatively inexpensive, old and beat-up Givi topbox has never allowed one drop of water inside.
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  13. stin987

    stin987 R1200GSA

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    When I got my bike I took the cases off and sprayed them with high pressure water, did leak 1 drop. I then filled them with water and flipped over. They are sealed so tight that they did not let the water out either. I've ridden in the rain also and still not leaks.

    Long story short. I've never had my bmw adv. cases leak. All 3 of them.
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  14. bracky72

    bracky72 Been here awhile

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    Try lubricating the gasket with a silicone grease. This will help make them watertight. :deal

    I use a Honda product called Shin-Etsu grease. Honda P/N 08798-9013
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  15. mattjw916

    mattjw916 never wears lip balm

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    No problems with the Vario cases here either. Been through some pretty serious storms with them.
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  16. Sanders

    Sanders Stogiesuckingsinglemalter

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    Mine are tight ass a frogs Ass. I thought they leaked when new, but found that when you wash the bike on a hot day the the air temp inside the box cools and the water condenses out. You'll know when this happens as the pannier is difficult to open and then when it does you'll get the "whoooosh" as the vacuum breaks.
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  17. Land

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    I just searched out and bookmarked the Shin-Etsu Website so that I can legitimately tell people that I'm a follower of Shin-Etsu.:lol3 Should come in handy when the campfire discussions turn to religion.:D

    Thanks!

    My GSA cases leak a tiny bit at highway+ speeds in heavy, heavy rain.

    Chris
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  18. ghostryder

    ghostryder made it

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    That's a good one, I had the vario's for a few years and they were waterproof. I have micatechs for going on 5 years and they haven't leaked a drop yet.
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  19. rebelpacket

    rebelpacket four-stroke earth-saw

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    Quite strange.

    I have a 2000 1150GS with ancient, used (and often overstuffed) system cases. Ridden through plenty of rainstorms. Never had any wet items.
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  20. a1atcs

    a1atcs Adventurer

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    Heavy Rain and highway speeds my right BMW pannier leaks, but the one on the left doesn't.
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