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Old 02-23-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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New to 1200GS

We are new to 1200GS. So have many questions to come.

First off we need top cases. Alloy not plastic. I don't want to mount them on the 'high rack' affair that came with one bike.

What all do you guys use to mount your top case? Without BMW high rack.

Quick release is not needed. I like to bolt them on.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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happy trails has some nice aluminum boxes.

http://www.happy-trail.com/Products/...B10-12-47.aspx
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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I replaced my "starship enterprise" top rack with one from a GSA when the bike was almost new.

I'm satisfied with the GIVI box though. It's been down many a rough dirt road, but no single track.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:26 PM   #4
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I am really happy with this one...

http://www.advmotorrad.com/index.php...ory&path=86_88
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:24 PM   #5
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Depending on the Aluminum top case you end up getting you can also get specific mounting plates that go with it. What kind of cases are you planning on getting?

You can go here to find SW-Motech Aluminum Top cases and mounting racks
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #6
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Thanks! Nice find. Good price for new.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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Depending on the Aluminum top case you end up getting you can also get specific mounting plates that go with it. What kind of cases are you planning on getting?

You can go here to find SW-Motech Aluminum Top cases and mounting racks
Ideally I'd like to find used Jesse. After that anything aluminum.
I'm thinking the Adventure rack may be the way to go.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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I replaced my "starship enterprise" top rack with one from a GSA when the bike was almost new.

I'm satisfied with the GIVI box though. It's been down many a rough dirt road, but no single track.
Yeah the Givi's are super tough but I don't care for the look. The Mrs Tucker doesn't like the look AT ALL, and with the Mrs her opinion is a big percent of any equation! (She has a new to her 1200 too).

So I assume the ADV rack is a straight bolt on? You remove the Starship and that's all?
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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So I assume the ADV rack is a straight bolt on? You remove the Starship and that's all?
It is, but I would add that it can't be used with the expandable Vario boxes, and more importantly, it's very expensive (over $300 with the attaching hardware) and you still wouldn't have a way to attach the box of your choice.
Jesse and Micatech (and others) sell thier own rear racks made for attaching a top box and often that includes an option for attaching in the pillion position...and you guys don't ride 2-up.
I'd go that way from the start and plan the entire rig as a complete system.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #10
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So I assume the ADV rack is a straight bolt on? You remove the Starship and that's all?

The GSA rack is nice and the one to get but has been said the Vario Bag mounts will not fit with it on if those are what you have now.

So, tell us about the bikes, do you find them a big change from the 1150s.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:41 AM   #11
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GSA rack on GS is nice...

That was one of the first things I did to my GS. It is a straight bolt on, although to my knowledge it is not sold as a kit, so make sure you get all the nuts/bolts/spacers from the parts fiche. And it is pricey. After that, you still have to buy an adapter plate and top case (even for the BMW one).

That said, IMHO it is the sexiest luggage rack offered and it is damn sturdy. It's also one of the few that are stainless steel, if that is as important to you as it was to me.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:50 AM   #12
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Well serendipity came our way and both bikes come with Jesse side panniers! but no tops

Colleen got a 2006 with 6000 miles

James has a 2008 with 11,000 miles, but I haven't picked it up yet it's in Prescott AZ!

Colleen rode back from Sacramento with hers (400 miles) and said it's like a dirt bike compared to the 1150. Slim, light, flickable. Of course we knew all this. We had rode 1200's at various Rallies on demo days.
We want aluminum top boxes, we don't need/want quick release. I bolt them on. Cost is an issue so we look for used and get what comes. Ideally we would want Jesse tops to match and we may bite the bullet and just go that way. The 2008 has no Starship rack, the 2006 does but I will remove it.
I may have an issue with seat height. I know a few on here with short inseams manage well. I lowered my 1150 by 2" and loved it. I got cooked to order shocks from Works Performance. That was when I had tons of disposable income! Now on SS we are not so quick to do that stuff !
Buying the bikes was a stretch, but we decided it was time...especially since I cheated death with my 'hit a cow in baja' circus act. So we pulled a chunk from IRA and went ahead .
I have been thinning my stable too. Sold our two TW200's. Such a shame those bikes are fun. Sold my Honda TL250 Trials...said I would never sell it! Now we are looking to sell Colleen's 1150GS and her 1100RSL.
We did come across two Suzuki DR650's we couldn't live without at great prices......so being addicted I could not resist .

So the farkling begins. It will be a slow process. Perhaps something once a month or so. Windscreens/pegs/seats/top boxes/cosmetics for Colleen, titanium for James .
Luggage is top priority though. We are heading out in a couple of weeks for a test run, Colleen MUST have a top box with a lipstick mirror on the inside lid . Our idea of a test run is: a loop through Arizona to Nevada to California....taking in Searchlight/Las Vegas/ Death Valley/ Mojave....it may take a few days .
We ride only blacktop, sorry guys....and we keep our bikes super clean, sorry guys.
So why the 1200GS? We are BMW Boxer fans and the RT is for old people
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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Colleen got a 2006 with 6000 miles
A 2006 with 6 thousand miles? Servo Brakes?
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:18 PM   #14
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A 2006 with 6 thousand miles? Servo Brakes?

Yeah servo . I had them before. Don't care for the noise but they sure do work good.

2008 doesn't have them right!?
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Right. '06 was the last year
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