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Old 03-23-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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BMW vario top case for F800GS

Hey guys, I want to change my Givi top case on my F800GS and I'd like to install this BMW vario case, this is the manual from it, I imagine this is the older Vario Top case from the older R1200GS



Will it fit on my F800GS? If not, what alternative BMW top case do I have for my bike?

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Old 03-23-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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You need the F800GS luggage rack (Same as the 650 Twin) PN 77 44 8 523 309.

Once you have that you can use either the F Series topcase or the R1200GS Topcase. That pic shows the R type.




Mine with a 1200GS Topcase.


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Old 03-23-2015, 02:09 PM   #3
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There's two types of 1200 Topcases. Pre mod and Post mod. Pre mod's fall off the bike.


Can you post a picture of the bottom of your case at the rear mount?
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:13 PM   #4
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You need the F800GS luggage rack (Same as the 650 Twin) PN 77 44 8 523 309.

Once you have that you can use either the F Series topcase or the R1200GS Topcase. That pic shows the R type.




Mine with a 1200GS Topcase.

Looks awesome, thank you very much!

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There's two types of 1200 Topcases. Pre mod and Post mod. Pre mod's fall off the bike.


Can you post a picture of the bottom of your case at the rear mount?
Not until I buy it. All I know about is that it was bought in 2013 from BMW shop and the PN on it is 01 29 7 717 508 but this doesn't give me a lot of google hits
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PN on it is 01 29 7 717 508 but this doesn't give me a lot of google hits
Uh, that's cause the 01 is the QTY and a partial PN is not valid.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:55 PM   #6
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Just make sure it has the post #1 or else it's the old style. Pic is bottom, rear attachment.


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Can you tell if this one is post mod or pre mod??




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It's a Post mod with the pin missing. What's up with that?

Rubber pads missing too. Might be a good candidate for a permanent install with bolts.
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:23 PM   #9
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Thanks, good to know. I am not opposed to permanent install. I rarely take the top case off.
I came across this one for sale. It's pretty beat up but functions.


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Old 03-24-2015, 10:35 AM   #10
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I would strongly advise sticking with the Givi. Even the post mod OEM case can happily fall off and even get lost. Been there, done that. Furthermore, it cannot get a helmet, even when extended.
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A lot of helmets fit inside the Vario Topcase. Our System 5 and 6 do. Not sure about the Hornet.

The Vario is fine if lightly loaded and the roads are smooth.

Mine was overloaded on 3rd world roads for 15K kms. I put a strap around the whole thing and it made it.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:27 AM   #12
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Mine gave up two times after about 50k kms in third world roads. I was lucky the first yime, I went back and found it lying on the road. With a good deal of glue and two bolts through the metal plate holding the lock, it went on about 6 more months before committing suicide again, and this time someone else was apparently quicker than me, so it's gone for good. If only I weren't too lazy to fix the case to the rack with a bolt worth 20c.

Perhaps 1200gs variant may be deeper, but my 650/800 type was way too small even for the wife's size s full face, let alone my caberg konda or nolan n103.
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Mine gave up two times after about 50k kms in third world roads. I was lucky the first yime, I went back and found it lying on the road. With a good deal of glue and two bolts through the metal plate holding the lock, it went on about 6 more months before committing suicide again, and this time someone else was apparently quicker than me, so it's gone for good. If only I weren't too lazy to fix the case to the rack with a bolt worth 20c.

Perhaps 1200gs variant may be deeper, but my 650/800 type was way too small even for the wife's size s full face, let alone my caberg konda or nolan n103.
Even with good bolts the metal under the plastic rack will eventually crack.

The cases use many common parts and are the same size. I've had many of each. Depends on the helmet design I guess. There was a thread about it.
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Even with good bolts the metal under the plastic rack will eventually crack.

The cases use many common parts and are the same size. I've had many of each. Depends on the helmet design I guess. There was a thread about it.
Nevermind, I'm very happy with my Kappa Garda 46 now.
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Thanks guys, in this case I will forget about fitting this one, I will even get the f800gs model or another Givi, there is one that looks just like the 1200 OEM with silver top.
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