GSA Pannier Bags

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Jotski, Jan 4, 2015.

  1. Jotski

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    Just bought 2015 GSA - shame its winter here and can't ride the darn thing but I have a question about panniers since Im a nube. I have got the BMW side panniers and need some liners - not happy forking out extra $300 for BMW when I'm sure there are other good brands out there for less coin, any other recommendations?
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  3. gundrted

    gundrted Been here awhile

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    When I had my 12RT I found some small travel bags at a TJ Max Home Goods store that would have fit well. I didn't end up getting anything because I traded the 12RT for a 12GS with Vario bags. Mountain Smith also makes 'Cubes'. They are mainly used for car camping, but could work nicely if the size is right.

    http://mountainsmith.com/index.php/products/storage-systems.html#page=1

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~mountain-smith-cube/?perPage=96

    If you are willing to think outside the box, I'm sure you'll find something a lot cheaper and better quality.
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  4. Jotski

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    Thanks for info - like these options
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  5. GerJ

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    Now I don't know about the US, but over here supermarkets sell large, strong, simple shopping bags @ € 0.85. These bags fit in a BMW alu pannier perfectly and that is what I use for liners. OK, the supermarket's logo is printed on it large, but I couldn't care less.
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  6. TrickyRic

    TrickyRic Been here awhile

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    I have the Kathy's journey liners for my new GSA. Quality stuff at a very reasonable price. I got the blue to match my racing blue bike.
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  7. JimVonBaden

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    I would just go with the reusable grocery bags. No need to spend bigger money on them, and frankly, I do not use them all that much anyhow. I only use them when on a road trip.:deal
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  8. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I find I use these the most for grocery shopping and touring. I bought mine for $12 from ebags, but these aren't that much more. They seem custom made for the GSA panniers in height and width.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=03V-001E-000B2

    There's also these if you want more of a suitcase style

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kriega-ks-40-pannier-bag

    And our own inmate Corrado makes some as well which is nice because he can add custom features.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487221
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  9. jslyter

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    I've got the BMW bags all around (sides and top), fortunately I did not have to buy them as the PO threw them in with the bike. Frankly, I don't like them much. They are very stiff, the top folds up funny and seems to waste a lot of space, and they are relatively heavy. They also don't pack as easy as the bags I had on my old RT (Cee Bailey's which zipped on both sides). The Adventure bags pack only from the top so I have to dig blindly or pull a bunch of stuff out to get to the things near the bottom. Maybe it will get easier once I come up with a good packing procedure since I've only used them on a few long trips.

    The only thing I really like about the BMW bags are the heavy vinyl exteriors which insures they are waterproof. I keep mine in the cases, but I like the grocery bag idea and may switch to those for daily use for easier loading and in order to keep stuff I pack in the aluminum cases clean. I'll use the BMW Bags for long trips until I find something I like better.
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    Rotorrad Mostly Harmless

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  11. Byrdguy

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    RKA makes some nice ones for about $100 a pair.
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  12. longslowdistance

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    Hard to top the options already offered, but FWIW here's this:
    Check out ebay. You may find inexpensive knock offs of the BMW bags. I found inexpensive expandable inner bags for the vario panniers 4 years ago, maybe from the same 3rd world factory that makes the official branded bags, for about 20% of the official bag cost. The quality is good and they are holding up fine. But they offer little advantage over quality shopping bags.
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  15. Grimreaper7

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    I bought a set of liner bags off ebay, they were made by GreatBikersGear, however the ones they say fit the GSA panniers were a bit too big in my opinion, especially the exhaust side one which would not fit unless some deformation was acceptable.
    These http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-R1200...pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts_13&hash=item46133d2d82
    are the ones they recommend for the GSA, nice in that they have an opening on the top and the sides but ultimately too big. A tight fit, and if filled would need working into the panniers.
    Available from GreatBikersGear.com here http://www.greatbikersgear.com/prod...-inner-bags-for-bmw-r1200gs-f800gs-adventure/
    I sent those back and got a set of these instead, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-R1200...pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts_13&hash=item43bfb9cdec they fitted a lot better, they slide in and out with ease, and as they are smaller height wise when fitted in the pannier, leave space above/below for tent/sleeping bag etc that you may not want inside the liner. They do not have an opening on the top for access while in the panniers however.
    Available from GreatBikersGear.com here http://www.greatbikersgear.com/prod...vario-r-1200-gs-f-800-gs-f-650-gs-expandable/
    Now, They do a version labelled as being for the WC here http://www.greatbikersgear.com/prod...e-bags-for-bmw-r1200-gs-water-cooled-lc-2013/
    but there is no picture so I can't tell, use the dimensions as a guide.
    I didn't see these available in the UK. but as I said earlier, the vario liners are a much better fit for my needs.
    They may be these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VARIO-BMW...67?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item462dd4c85f
    but I don't know if these will fit the Aluminium pannier shape.
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  16. Hoop71

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    Another Kathy's Journey bag fan here. Well made and much less then the BMW ones.

    I would recommend to anyone and would purchase again in a second if I had to.
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  17. Tomtraubertsblues

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    Better than grocery bags and cheaper than liners: Contractor bags. SUPER TOUGH. Basically they are heavy duty trash bags. I used to work leading trips backpacking in the wilderness, a week at a time. On top of that I would have my own adventures...I've been using the same contractor bag for 5 years now. Still no holes in it.
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    To prevent the bare aluminum rubbing off on items in the cases I had mine lined by a pick-up bed liner shop. They scuffed and primed the aluminum first then sprayed them both for $150 which was less than BMW wanted for just liners. The liner is pretty thin only about 1/16" but very tough. Now I don't worry about placing items like my jacket directly in the cases and things like tools don't bang around. When I need to separate things I use reusable shopping bags.

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    RRP13 Kinda superbikey

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  20. Knightwork

    Knightwork Have Coffe Cup--Can Travel

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    Just a thought -----
    I went to Walmart and picked up two different sized gym bags---(waterproof) one fits the larger side and the other is perfect in the one by the muffler......

    Total cost was (they were on sale)----

    wait for it

    $5.00 & $4.00

    they have held up pretty good

    I used to ride KLR's before I got the "Frau" and am still thrifty:lol3
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