Are your BMW Side and top luggage cases water tight?

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

  1. SkiFly01

    SkiFly01 Govna Racepipe

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    I found when I first had the GSA with the ADV cases they were bone dry no matter what, but I think we as BMW owners tend to abuse them and stuff the cases which deforms them and that affects the seals. I would get the air temp change whoosh when opening the cases. After a while they would leak, but I did some tinkering and pushing on the cases and got them to seal back up again, there were some areas that were bulged out from stuffing crap into them.
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  2. onesaintsfan

    onesaintsfan BigJohnHart

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    They are not. I own then and have ridden 20K plus with them. Not a lot gets in there, but it does none the less. Mine have been well taken care of. Never down, Never abused. They leak. Had Jessies before..............wish I had them now. THEY do not leak. Even in a hurricane :)
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  3. Ducmonza

    Ducmonza boob

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    I'll tell you...the "System Cases," leak like a hole in the Titanic. I can't wait to get a good Pelican set.:kboom
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  4. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Been here awhile

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  5. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Mine are watertight at 70+ but they do get condensation when it's really cold out...

    To the comment that no bags are... My harley hard bags have always been water tight and have never had a water intrustion issue whatsoever. I'm newer to the GS world, but these bags have stayed dry in a lot of heavy rain... wish I would have tested before stressing and buying expensive liners just for this purpose.
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  6. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    I have the BMW vario luggage, sides and topcase, on my '05 R12GS. Completely water tight. I've ridden through some real frog drowners down here in the lower 48 as well as up in Alaska. I've used them for beer coolers. Never a leak.
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  7. sphyrnidus

    sphyrnidus born to ride

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    I have the original aluminium BMW cases. The first set lasted from 2007-2010. They didn't leak a drop. In 2010 I fell of a mountainside and one was dented seriously. The dealer repaired it and it was almost dry again. Last year a fellow rider hit me from behind, removing the same case from my bike, which subsequently fell over on the other side. So his insurance plaid me two new cases. Those are now 15k km old and don't leak a drop. The top case still dates back to 2007 and doesn't leak either.
    I have several friends with the same cases, no complaints there either.

    So I guess some might leak and after dropping a bike on the case, they are next to impossible to repair, but I'm happy with them.
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  8. BeamingBeagle

    BeamingBeagle n00btube

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    If you can't figure a way to completely seal 'em why not try something on the outside to divert water away from the seam? Like a piece of rubber or something? :wink:
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