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genka 12-08-2010 06:05 AM

Vario Cases Modifications
I want to see how you modified Vario cases. Straps to prevent stuff from falling out? External loops? Reinforcements? Lights? Something else?

NachoRoto 12-08-2010 06:38 AM

I am doing mine now. I put footman loops on the doors. And ROK 12"s in them. I use the stock mouting points under the seat for the other halves. The drawback is you need to unclip the straps to open the doors. But I only put my tent and small duffy on them. So its no big deal.
For inside I bought liners from Feebay. $65 and no worries. Just pull the bag out and dig around in it. Then put in back in.

genka 12-09-2010 06:24 AM

Only a single reply! I guess everyone like their Varios the way they are...

mb90535im 12-09-2010 06:39 AM

I use my Varios all the time and when traveling backing forth between home and weekend cabin typically add the BMW Vario liner bags. Haven't felt the urge to farkle them any further at this point.

I do disassemble and clean them a time or two a year depending on how much dust they see.

NachoRoto 12-09-2010 06:47 AM

I think most are afraid to try anything with them. Mechanically its real easy to screw them up. Even what I am doing might not be strong enough to strap things down tightly.
My first idea was to sell my bags and buy something else that is meant for what I have planned. But I am one of those poor BMW owners. To spent 1500-2000 on luggage is insane in my finacial situation would be selfish and careless. I would have to give myself a huge kick in my own ass if I spent that money like that. For what? A few more liters of storage? Vario 37-45 liters is not bad. The Tourtech stuff is only a liter more. I know they are stronger. And I would like them. But I already have these. SO I will use them until they are beat to crap. Hopefully the Footman thing works out. It would be a shame if it just ripped the cover off the door. I assume if i just strap things down tight enough it should be ok.

Lensgrinder 12-09-2010 07:14 AM

I added a 12v power supply to my top case so I could recharge my laptop and cell phone while I was riding. It worked great on my trip to Alaska and back. It plugged in under the passenger seat in the socket provided.

Z50Pilot 12-09-2010 08:11 AM

power supply

Originally Posted by Lensgrinder (Post 14661995)
I added a 12v power supply to my top case so I could recharge my laptop and cell phone while I was riding.

+1 I have an SAE connector under the seat and can disconnect it when I remove the top case (which is almost never).

I also carry a couple of straps in the top case, in case something breaks and I need to strap a bag on/closed.

NachoRoto 12-09-2010 11:24 AM

I got one bag this morning. But my ROK straps are not here. But here is the way it looks.

I know its not rocket science. But those blank spots looked like they were waiting for Footman loops.
I put fender washers on the inside. As long as you don't try to animal the straps down with anything heavy, they should be ok. I only plan to put a tent, duffel or small gas can there. It should be ok.

JethroDog 12-09-2010 12:37 PM

I think the mod that the Vario side cases really need are an additional brace for stability. These cases essentially attach at the top and side and allow too much "wobble". I've thought about attaching a brace between the two cases at the bottom rear corners to reduce the sag and take the wobble out. There is a big difference between the way the bags hang on the bike empty and then loaded/extended. I've not ridden with the Varios off road, but I think the plastic side attachment point would eventaully fatigue and fail.

NachoRoto 12-09-2010 01:05 PM

Mine Offroad did surprisingly well. But I agree. They will not last forever. I give mine 3 years tops.

Juvat 12-09-2010 01:09 PM

I consider my Varios to be a commute only option for hauling my stuff. I really like the expandability feature but I realize it's plastic and would probably not hold up consistently to a more serious ride. You have spurred me into thinking about some kind of netting install to keep the junk in place when I open the cases. :1drink

LaurelPerryOnLand 12-10-2010 07:54 AM

To keep varios from opening...
I've drilled both the latch and the corresponding 'square piece' that sticks out from the case with a small 1/8" hole and inserted a "R-clip". While normally these latches will not open...taking a spill or extremely rough roads might (and does) unlatch them and the cases can go flying if the mushroom bolt is not properly adjusted.

Also...not pictured...I've drilled a hole through the back of the case (nearest the center of the bike) and continue through the vario mounting bracket. Then, I inserted a 1/4" diameter x 1 1/2" ? length clevis pin (the ones with variable hole lengths) with another R-clip. Put washers on both the outside of the vario mount and the inside of the case. This setup positively keeps the cases from falling off if the 'mushroom' bolt is not, or becomes improperly adjusted.

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Most importantly...keep the 'mushroom' bolt properly adjusted. Seems important enough for BMW to have issued the bulletin below.

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BTW...this stuff is GREAT for keeping the cases looking NEW! It's CLEAR acrylic that remains CLEAR! Clean first and apply with sponge or soft cloth.:clap

<a href=";current=DSC00382.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> yourself a favor and before each ride or at a gas stop...try to LIFT upwards on the cases to insure that they're properly secured.
Takes only a moment and can save you $466.95, per MAX BMW!

genka 12-10-2010 11:08 AM

DenniSMC, nice loops! I think they will hold. Plastic cases are not that bad. This summer I had a spill on my Moto Guzzi, the affected case ended up with some serious rash and loose hardware, but wasn't affected functionally. And those Aprilia sourced cases look much flimsier than Varios.

Since we are talking about caring for the cases, I found a thread about cleaning the expansion mechanism:

DangerMoney 12-13-2010 10:01 PM

I added Bungee Buddies. I positioned them so the cases can be expanded/contracted without interference. Makes it easy to carry and lash something across the pillion.

NachoRoto 12-14-2010 03:11 AM


Originally Posted by DangerMoney (Post 14696481)
I added Bungee Buddies. I positioned them so the cases can be expanded/contracted without interference. Makes it easy to carry and lash something across

How do they attach?

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