Soft Bags on ('06 1200GS) Adv Rack?

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  1. bobframe

    bobframe Been here awhile

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    I added a BMW Adventure rack and side cases to my ('06)1200GS. While the OEM boxes are nice, they have me concerned about how robust they are and I'm considering soft bag substitutes...using the existing BMW racks. I'd envision a set of waterproof bags that I could somehow strap onto the OEM Adv racks.

    Anyone done this?
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  2. LVGS

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    I have been contemplating the same question and have come up with a solution:

    The Trax adpater kit uses the standard OEM GSA racks (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trax...mw-r1200gs-adventure-06-current-oem-sideracks) and coupled with the Wolfman bags and mounting straps( http://wolfmanluggage.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=96) could be an ideal solution.

    My only uncertainty is whether there would sufficient distance from the exhaust on the left side to prevent burning the bag. I have seen heat sheilds made by other inmates that would prevent this from happening.
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  4. bobframe

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    We're thinking alike. The exhaust side is the problem side...both from a heat issue and an irregular mounting rack issue. I'd think that as long as the bike was moving, the hot air would be blown to the rear. But summer time stop 'n go traffic could be an issue. I'd like to see a turn-key soft bag mounting solution.
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    I've looked at this closely and I think it just might work. The installation instructions from Wolfman show the bags mounted fairly close to a (non-GS) exhaust pipe. Using the Trax adapter kit positions the bag about where it would be if you started with the Wolfman rack. This looks like a good approach.

    The only drawback is their capacity...just 19 liters each. Current OEM boxes hold 35-40 liters...although honestly, for me, this is just a invitation to overpack.
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    The Wolfman Rocky Mountain saddle bags hold 32 liters each. I have them on my F650GS twin and like them.
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    Drawback...bag's not waterproof. You are given an inner liner that's waterproof. Not a fan of clothing or bags with the waterproofing coming from inner liners. Though as often as I ride in the rain, the biggest problem here is between my ears.
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    I'll be ordering a set of these soon enough.

    €350 is somewhere near 450 USD, last I exchanged. Waterproof, lockable to a point, tested tough, easy to mount to any rack.


    I never did like Jesses. They are tough. They are also heavy. They have never linked the arse end of the bags together well enough to keep the bottoms from caving in towards the centre of the bike. In almost every photo you can see them toeing in. Not photos of the fresh installs, the photos of the bikes that have been dropped.

    I know he's a good fellow and lots of a people like them, but not for me. A 41 litre Zega is 5.5 lbs. 11 lbs for the set of panniers. Add the weight of the what is perhaps the best rack in the business and you're good to go.
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    Price on their website is shown as $540US. http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/adventure-spec-magadan-panniers.html

    Seems like a robust system...but not cheap either. Still...I paid nearly that for EACH of my OEM boxes, so maybe not so bad.

    What is NOT clear (at least to me) is how exactly these would mount to myAdventure racks. Particularly on the exhaust side. Thoughts?
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    Here's someone who makes a heat shield. Looking at the design tells me something about how much clearance is needed (not as much as I'd have guessed)....
    http://www.giantloopmoto.com/products/hot-springs-heat-shield
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    Just ordered this combo...will review it when they arrive. Thanks for the tip...
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    All this talk of soft bags got me thinking about using some on my CDR trip this summer. I'm really liking the Rocky Mountain saddlebags, but see where the exhaust would interfere on the GSA racks. So far I think I'll buy the Trax adaptor, but surely someone has made their own adaptor.
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    bobframe - I was in the same position as you, and simply couldn't get around the fact the exhaust-side OEM mount was shaped like it was, so I replaced both sides with the stainless rack mounts that Touratech has (flat on both sides) and added a set of Magadan panniers to the GSA. Couldn't possibly be happier with these.

    The weight savings I personally measured between the Jesse Odyssey boxes and the Magadans is about 19 LBS or thereabouts - Magsdans being the lighter of the two of course.


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    I like what you did with AS bags...what is the Touratech mount that you refer to?
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    That setup with the Magadan bags looks nice. Did you order the bags direct from Adv Spec?
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    I'm running Touratech Part Number: 051-0134

    Not sure what years this specific rack will fit, but they'd have something that would work for you.

    I prefer the round tube of these as opposed to the squared edges that the OEM adapters have, when dealing with straps.
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    Thanks. Yes, direct from Adv Spec.


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    Found it...a bit pricey for me since I just bought the OEM Adv rack. I'll give the Twisted Throttle Trax adapters ($130) a shot and see how the Wolfman soft bags work. I'm thinking these smaller bags (19L each) will be good for day rides and if I like using soft bags, I might buy a 32-35 liter soft bag and from that point, I'll see how I feel about the Adv panniers.
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    Do you find these bags will hold enough for long trips? Also, is there enough room left in the straps to allow for rotopax mounted to the racks?
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