Show us your luggage setup!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by lukeinlondon, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    Thought i would start a thread where people can share their setup and maybe share a bit about why it serves them well?

    Seeing as the BMW luggage is so expensive i was thinking of getting the Top Box alone
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    then getting the Wolfman Expedition as saddle bags with their $18 mod to fit to any luggage rack
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    Pros-
    Aesthetics
    Weight
    Durable
    Price ($250 for both bags + $18 for links)

    Cons-
    Practicality (unlike opening a box with theirs you have to pack things in)

    Total Cost

    $800
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  2. Spaggy

    Spaggy Long timer

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    Had system cases on my '04 and didn't care for them. Sold them and found a really good deal on a set of Touratech Zegas. The racks were from a klr so I had to remake them for the GS. Pretty close to a break even deal. Then my dad gave me an old Pelican box that had cracked from having something too big in it for decades. Pelican replaced it with a new one so I built a rack and mounted it as a top box.
    BTW, I know the Kolpin gas can is overkill, but it was already mounted on the Zegas when I got the so why not?[​IMG]
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  3. TuefelHunden

    TuefelHunden Been here awhile

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    Why not??? Left hand turns come to mind. I'm not an off road guy, but there are some forest roads with some traverses that have water crossings that just might catch it as well. IMO, the can needs to get higher.
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  4. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    Top Box ordered...
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  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    JCWhitney, $47.

    Jim :brow

    PS Wait until you see my custom side cases.:evil
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  6. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    Packed

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    Not so packed

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    Dirty

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    Day trip

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  7. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    Wow
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  8. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    JCWhitney, $47.

    Jim :brow

    PS Wait until you see my custom side cases.:evil[/QUOTE]

    HA don't rub it in Jim!! Their is still the smell of a burnt pocket over here
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  9. justinallen03

    justinallen03 Been here awhile

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    Based on previous experience, you should add a way to strap or secure your stuff inside the top case. The case as a whole is pretty sturdy, although the walls are thin and dent really easily. I went on one off road day ride and my tool bag inside put little dings all over the place.

    I ran some 1" x 0.125" AL flat bar stock between 2 pairs of mounting bolts inside the box, raised off the bottom by a few washers. This allowed me to run some elastic tie-down straps around my bag. Highly recommended.

    The top case is what i always run with. When I need more, I strap my BMW dry duffel over the passenger seat, along with chairs/tents, etc. I don't like having side panniers, i feel like I would catch them on all sorts of crap.
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  10. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i had softbags i threw over the seat with the saddlebag racks i made. i cant find a pic of the bike with the bags though.
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  11. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    found a pic with the softbags on my 1150, same gs just different paint job.
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  12. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    thankyou sir, information that could only be passed on from experience
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  13. Quirky

    Quirky Been here awhile

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  14. JoshBMW

    JoshBMW Been here awhile

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    What crash bars/head covers are those? Have a better pic of just them?

    They look nice anc compact vs the big old ones I have.
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  15. lanceputnam

    lanceputnam Hayden's Dad

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    45L nomada pros

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  16. LINDA K

    LINDA K Adventurer

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    where did you get the side cases and what brand are they?
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  17. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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  18. ducnek

    ducnek Trying not to feel it too hard

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    Day trippin mode Held brand tail bag

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    3 day camping trip mode including food/water

    Vario side cases, with wolfman meduim duffle



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    Thats my eureka 3 man tent in the back shown packed in the above pics

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  19. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    If not camping, this is adequate.

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    If camping, something like this.

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    Just a tailbag will suffice for a walk about.

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  20. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i made the crashbars myself. i sold the bike but loved those crashbars.check out kubiaks 1150gs build and i have the whole write up on the bike build including the crashbars. thanks!
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