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Old 01-04-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Wicked GSA Pannier Bags

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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Old 01-04-2015, 10:13 AM   #2
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try this http://kathysjourneydesigns.com/cate...W-R.../R1200R/

I have a set on my 1150 and they work bitchin
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
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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/p...ms.html#page=1

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~m...be/?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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Old 01-04-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
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Thanks for info - like these options
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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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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Old 01-04-2015, 11:55 AM   #6
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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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Old 01-04-2015, 11:57 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:53 PM   #8
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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/Produc...03V-001E-000B2

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

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/k...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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Old 01-04-2015, 01:08 PM   #9
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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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Old 01-04-2015, 02:37 PM   #10
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I have a set of these: http://www.bestemusa.com/BMW-R1200GS...ket_p_975.html

They fit perfectly and are holding up well after a year. The Beemer bags are nice but I couldn't stomach the price.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:48 PM   #11
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RKA makes some nice ones for about $100 a pair.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:54 PM   #12
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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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Old 01-04-2015, 10:32 PM   #13
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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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Old 01-05-2015, 04:16 AM   #14
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I use these.

http://www.bmwgsemotion.com/borseinglc.html

Almost daily use for 2 years and they do a good job. They also let you use the full capacity of the cases.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:01 AM   #15
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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-R1200G...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/produ...0gs-adventure/
I sent those back and got a set of these instead, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-R1200G...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/produ...gs-expandable/
Now, They do a version labelled as being for the WC here http://www.greatbikersgear.com/produ...ooled-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-...item462dd4c85f
but I don't know if these will fit the Aluminium pannier shape.
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