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Old 11-11-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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Best Panniers and Bags for the R1200GSA

Very excited about putting my new 06 GSA in the stable. Looking for advice on the very best adventure panniers, topcase, and soft topcase and tankbag (large) for these bikes.

Looking at the BMW cases, they look kinda weak compared to Jesse and some others, but I like the 'system' and way they fit over the exhaust on oem racks. Not sure if that's a feature of other pannier mfrs. The Micatech seems heavy and not sure I like the side door concept - hard to get stuff out maybe? Is the soft luggage a bad concept? Seems like it could save my legs in an incident, but I realize stuff may get crushed too. Soooo many details to consider. Thought I'd benefit from some real wisdom and cut to the chase.

On my KTM 690E I use a Giant Loop and its great. Now I'm looking forward to long comfortable hauls! Thanks all
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:39 AM   #2
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Tried searching? You may not be the first to ask... there might have been the odd person before you.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:11 AM   #3
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Very humorous on the search thing....

I have the BMW Adventure aluminum cases on my 09 GSA. They are light construction. In a side fall or hit (like um, a collision with a Fiat while lane splitting in Istanbul) they will deform. They can be pounded out with a rubber mallet though the lid may not seal watertight again if not perfectly straight. With vinyl liners they are always dust and waterproof and convenient to use. Take the stuff into the tent or hotel at night without touching the aluminum. I like being able to lock up everything I need to at stops. Using one bike key is nice. They tend to get pretty grubby looking if that is your thing. If I was riding all dirt I would go soft bags.

For tankbag I use SW-Mototech Bags Connection GS bag (got mine at Twisted Throttle). Uses a docking ring, floats above tank cover. Huge. Can be electrified. Works.

For soft bags on top I use Ortlieb Waterproof Duffles. Bombproof (?) and waterproof and I use them as intercontinental luggage too (!)
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:41 AM   #4
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Oh joy, a completely new, never before discussed topic!

Seriously, this has been discussed endlessly. Search is your friend.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:57 AM   #5
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Oh joy, a completely new, never before discussed topic!

Seriously, this has been discussed endlessly. Search is your friend.
I'm going with the vast majority here. I think in the 6 years since this bike first hit the market somebody has probably ponderded this same topic a time or two.

There are probably hundreds of reviews, or thousands, so decide what's best for YOU and get it.
If you want to be told what's best, my Micatech Pilot cases are, and you should buy them from me now for $1200
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:12 AM   #6
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Search the Oilhead Boxers forum for "Panniers" and you'll return 268 Threads in the title.

Good cup of coffee...a little light reading...and you'll know what YOU want.

Good luck...
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:32 AM   #7
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FWIW, back when I was considering one of these bikes, I was gonna go with the touratech specials with the cutout for the exhaust and their stainless rack. Pricy as hell, but looked like a better system than anything else I looked at.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:40 AM   #8
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FWIW, back when I was considering one of these bikes, I was gonna go with the touratech specials with the cutout for the exhaust and their stainless rack. Pricy as hell, but looked like a better system than anything else I looked at.
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Your Giant Loop will work if you're not carrying a passenger or worried about security.

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Your Giant Loop will work if you're not carrying a passenger or worried about security.

Dude! Where are your cans? The Blob is eating your rear.
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Thanks all for enabling my midnight laziness (not searching). So cool to see the giant loop in action on the GS. I really love that thing on my KTM690e, but thought the BMW warranted more capacity for the longer hauls. As a backpacker, I'm pretty confident I can make the giant loop work and it's worth a try before I go for heavy cases. I'll search more info out too.
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but thought the BMW warranted more capacity for the longer hauls.
Uh... wut?

Just because the bike is bigger doesn't mean you HAVE to carry more gear, or use a certain luggage. It's also an unwritten rule that the more luggage capacity you have, the more shit you're gonna carry.

Have a read of the threads to learn about hard vs soft luggage and then once you've chosen a way forward decided on the best brand within the category, or like most of us, have a mix to suit different trips (thereby satisfying our inner gear whore). You may find the loop suits you perfectly, so you don't have to buy anything, thereby re-allocating the excess money to some other shiny-bling-you-simply-must-have.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:54 PM   #13
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Thanks all for enabling my midnight laziness (not searching). So cool to see the giant loop in action on the GS. I really love that thing on my KTM690e, but thought the BMW warranted more capacity for the longer hauls. As a backpacker, I'm pretty confident I can make the giant loop work and it's worth a try before I go for heavy cases. I'll search more info out too.
If you're a backpacker you'll be fine. This set up was for a 2 week trip. Tent, pad, bag, clothes and some food. And if it hadn't been early spring I could have ditched the Kreiga 20 on top. I had it stuffed with electrics and cold weather gear.

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Dude! Where are your cans? The Blob is eating your rear.
Dude! That Blob only weights 2 lb. more than my ADV cans and frames weighed empty... I'll let it eat.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:26 AM   #15
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Genuine GSA panniers for sure ,IMHO they look the best ,easy to take off and fit the standard brackets.
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