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Old 03-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #1
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Need some R-65 help.

Been out of this for some time now...last visit in 2012!

I have a nice 1983 R-65 and want to get it on the road. I have everything needed figured out, with the exception of a set of luggage.

My intent is to use the old style BMW plastic bags/panniers but need the RACK to mount the bags.

Any other options other than the bmw bags from the 1983 era?

I'd even get soft bags but no matter what I need some sort of fame or rack to keep them out of the rear wheel and off the pipe. This isn't going to go cross country just the 90 mile rd trip to town and maybe the occasional trip to Glacier NP or Yellowstone.

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Old 03-11-2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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Put a wanted at in the flea market here and on ibmwr. I see them now and then. I'd get the stock bmw rack or the Reynolds.

It is best having the racks for soft luggage, so best find the racks first. Sometimes you can find them both together.

As for the luggage, I prefer the early 80s BMW luggage over the earlier Krausers or newer ones.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:03 AM   #3
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My wife put bmw "city bags" on her r65. They worked great, kept the width of the bike manageable, were waterproof, but the carrying capacity was minimal. A tank bag kinda solved that issue. For long hauls, a Joe's U-pak held everything including the kitchen sink. Anywho, city bags are another option.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:20 AM   #4
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My wife put bmw "city bags" on her r65. They worked great, kept the width of the bike manageable, were waterproof, but the carrying capacity was minimal. A tank bag kinda solved that issue. For long hauls, a Joe's U-pak held everything including the kitchen sink. Anywho, city bags are another option.
The City bags are probably exactly what I want.

It's been awhile with this old bike so I have forgotten what was applicable, what wasn't. My terminology is probably off.

The larger cases were called Vario cases when I had my R1200GS. What did they call the earlier bags? The bags I'm looking for, for the 83 era bike.
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:58 PM   #5
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Been out of this for some time now...last visit in 2012!

I have a nice 1983 R-65 and want to get it on the road. I have everything needed figured out, with the exception of a set of luggage.

My intent is to use the old style BMW plastic bags/panniers but need the RACK to mount the bags.

Any other options other than the bmw bags from the 1983 era?

I'd even get soft bags but no matter what I need some sort of fame or rack to keep them out of the rear wheel and off the pipe. This isn't going to go cross country just the 90 mile rd trip to town and maybe the occasional trip to Glacier NP or Yellowstone.

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Old 03-12-2015, 05:40 PM   #6
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The City bags are probably exactly what I want.

It's been awhile with this old bike so I have forgotten what was applicable, what wasn't. My terminology is probably off.

The larger cases were called Vario cases when I had my R1200GS. What did they call the earlier bags? The bags I'm looking for, for the 83 era bike.
The earlier bags were the rectangular "system cases". Prior to that were the trapezoidal Krauser bags.
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