Finally, OEM soft luggage for the GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by GreyThumper, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Panorama of road just past Lundy NV with BMW Atacama setup in the foreground.
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  2. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    I just picked up the Mosko Moto Backcountry duffel. I liked the cordura construction and rolltop at each end. I needed a tough, weather proof bag on the passanger seat during long trips. I have had pvc/vinyl rolltop bags before but they eventually split at the seams. This bag should last quite awhile. Looking forward to using it next spring.
  3. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

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    I just finally got my AT set mounted onto my Givi Outback Trekker pannier racks. I had no need to take the big duffel out but otherwise liked the soft pannier set up with similar observations about the lack of symmetric sides. I appreciate the smaller width than my hard cases but yes they both could be 35L. You wouldn't really notice it looking un balanced. The front and rear roll top pouches for fuel and water bottles are handy but tight and hard to cram things into. They could be looser at the top and have elastic shock cords or something sewn in maybe. I used two of the MSR fuel bottles for a friend with limited fuel range. They fit on the 25L side but are a squeeze to get in the top then slide in easily. All in all a nice set and vast improvement over other hard and soft panniers. The wedge system is the real deal. Thats what makes these special. I look forward to more real world testing.

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  4. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    I ordered a 30L Duffle and sent it back. I have a (2010) GSA rack and found even if I did mount it lengthwise (parallel with the bike front to back), I failed to get it to strap down tight enough due to the shoulder strap compartment. It's ergonomically shaped, so in essence not totally flat. This made the bag sort of rock sideways.
    At any rate I'm thinking maybe a Scout Duffle may work better because it's not so stiff (?). The 30L was to small to get all my camping gear in.
    Anyone tried the Scout? I'd be using it for camping gear exclusively, probably a 60L.
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  5. Norduro

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    I have a hard time deciding between the 35L Mosko Backcountry bags (on both sides) versus one 35L Backcountry and one 25L Scout pannier. Do the panniers compress that well with the four compression straps on the sides so that fitting a 35L on the exhaust side won't look too unbalanced?

    Anyhow, really like the look of the Atacama bags on your bike!
  6. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    They compress pretty well, yes, of course when empty.
    As a note, they still sell (some) back stock of the 25 liter Backcountry bags, you just need to compact them.
    I got complete set maybe 6 weeks ago 25L left/35L right for my 2010 GS for about $530-ish.
  7. Kel Than

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    Christmas is coming up. I think I'm going to have my kids "lose" their gift cards to soften the blow if I decide on those OEM bags. I'm sure there nice!
  8. sarapicos

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    I will be picking up my Atacama kit from the local dealership after doing a ton of reading and talking about the multiple choices which each had its pros and cons

    After placing the order I remembered that some of the soft bags manufacturers offered a heat shield for the muffler... none of them appear to be anything special but, I am not sure if the BMW kit will include one or not... heck, is there one needed? Is the mounting plate sufficient to "shield" and protect the bag?

    Thoughts?


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  9. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Hey -

    I have the Atacama on my 2016 GSA. There is absolutely no need for heat shield the way the system is configured. It is WAY too far from the pipe for any heating issues.

    Muffler heat shields are for use if the bag contacts the pipe or gets very close. Any significant air gap is enough to stop burning of fabric bags. Very few rack based systems require the use of a muffler heat shield.

    Looking at pix of the F800 version it is the same, no heat shield needed.

    You will love the Atacama system. It is quality through and through, and developed by people who really ride dual sport. It's as close to perfect as it can get.
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  10. tentative_rider

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    Hello I have the BMW branded set, I would have no reservations about a 2 x 35L system, the pouches on the front and rear of the 25L bag (exhaust side) are smaller than I would like and the bags are so much narrower than hard bags even with 2 x 35L back country bags it's still narrower than the BMW OEM aluminum hard cases.

    My 2c.
  11. Norduro

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    Thanks for the input guys! :clap
  12. sarapicos

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    I pulled the trigger and got the Atacama's from BMW and are very happy customer

    I was in a dilemma between going with the hard cases or the soft bags and after a ride down Baja from San Diego have no regrets getting the soft bags.

    My setup includes the two bags and the hard case mounted in my GSA and was able to get everything packed inside for my trip including camping gear, clothes, food and tools... the only item that didn't get packed and had to be strapped across the rear seat was my tent. After a few stops and setting up camp I have only realized that I missed my flask with scotch and my all-weather camera. Other than that, all that I needed came for the ride and some extras.

    I will start my ride back on Friday and will be able to provide a complete review. The bags feel secure on the bike and have keep its contents organized and clean. A bit on the pricey side but fit and quality made the purchase easier to take.


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  13. EScott

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    Man - if someone would make a setup like this (or almost anything similar) with a mount that would just snap onto the stock Vario mounting points I'd be all over it.. I'm not super impressed with BMW Vario bags for the $$$ but also don't really want to pay for/install/ride around with the aluminum frames that almost everything seems to require when I only need the luggage for longer trips..
  14. kuyaed33

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    Has anyone tried to mount a toolbox (touratech etc.) with the Atacama luggage?
  15. sarapicos

    sarapicos Adventurer

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    I got the Atacama side bags and the aluminum top case and worked out perfect for my needs

    I was able to pack my camping gear and clothes on the side bags and on top kept my food, first aid and electronics

    Put the setup through the test in Baja


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  17. sarapicos

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    Sorry... I miss read the question...

    I have installed the touratech toolbox on the adventure rack and during installation of the Atacama mounting plates/bases, I only had to loosen the toolbox up to get things lined up and once set, got it tightened and have had no problems

    It's a tight and snug fit but they can coexist


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  18. tentative_rider

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    That is great information, I had been thinking they would not fit but since they do I will order the TT box!!
  19. sarapicos

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    My advice would be to install the TT box but not tighten... just present it in place leaving some movement on the brackets on the frame... then do the same with the Atacama plates and line them up

    Let me know if you want a picture of the final alignment to get a better idea


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  20. tentative_rider

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    Yes a picture would help! Thanks in advance!