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Old 04-19-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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Show us your 2013 R1200GS LC luggage setup

So, I've gone for the vario panniers with no intention of going down the top box route this time, however, my wife won't go on the back of the bike without one. I could use that as a green light to never take her on the bike, but guess I need to keep her happy, sometimes! I'm thinking of going for a small box, rather than the vario box as that's HUGE, so has anyone on here has gone for a similar setup, if so what did you get?
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:20 AM   #2
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Why not try a sissy bar (nicely padded) with an attached luggage rack? Best of both worlds - no huge top box and your SO will ride with you.

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:43 AM   #3
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Why not try a sissy bar (nicely padded) with an attached luggage rack? Best of both worlds - no huge top box and your SO will ride with you.

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Good idea, but a sissy bar on a GS
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:00 AM   #4
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So, I've gone for the vario panniers with no intention of going down the top box route this time, however, my wife won't go on the back of the bike without one. I could use that as a green light to never take her on the bike, but guess I need to keep her happy, sometimes! I'm thinking of going for a small box, rather than the vario box as that's HUGE, so has anyone on here has gone for a similar setup, if so what did you get?
I'm leaning towards the Vario topbox because I like the adjustable aspect of it. Is there a down-side that I may not be considering?

Panniers can wait simply because I'm waiting to see what some will offer in the future and the adjustable topbox should be fine for my daily needs.

Since you ask for pictures I'll add the Jesse Luggage panniers pic they sent me. (Yes i know that it's not what you asked for)
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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I'm leaning towards the Vario topbox because I like the adjustable aspect of it. Is there a down-side that I may not be considering?
my Vario on 800GS flew away on the highway So I had to bolt it. And buy another one.

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the downside is the weight in general, but in your case you lose a LOT with ultralight baseplate.

Also, it can crack more easily when you hit something, the fixing of another luggage on top is a problem in general.. and.. also.. it does not look as good as the original ALU boxes. IMHO.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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my Vario on 800GS flew away on the highway So I had to bolt it. And buy another one.

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the downside is the weight in general, but in your case you lose a LOT with ultralight baseplate.

Also, it can crack more easily when you hit something, the fixing of another luggage on top is a problem in general.. and.. also.. it does not look as good as the original ALU boxes. IMHO.
Hummm, those are all things worth considering although on longer trips I tend to remove the top box and add the side boxes. (Soft bag(s) for the tent and stuff)
However being able to attach "stuff" to the top of the box would be a nice option.

It seems that every system has it's own up/down aspects...

What caused your top box to separate from your bike?
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I'm now thinking of the small BMW softbag 2, it's a fraction of the price of a vario, and also has a backrest. Anyone here using one?
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #8
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I went the TT route with 31/38l boxes. They are not the slimmest but I like the volume and layout for lots of uses. The asymmetry does bother me as the bike is full of the like.

I don't have a car, so ease with grocery bags was a concern. They haven't disappointed yet.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:54 PM   #9
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I went the TT route with 31/38l boxes. They are not the slimmest but I like the volume and layout for lots of uses. The asymmetry does bother me as the bike is full of the like.

I don't have a car, so ease with grocery bags was a concern. They haven't disappointed yet.
I am thinking of going the same route. As I recall the 31/38 combination is 38 inches wide. That is less than handlebar width. Can you post pictures of your setup?
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:54 PM   #10
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I'm now thinking of the small BMW softbag 2, it's a fraction of the price of a vario, and also has a backrest. Anyone here using one?
I have one. Good choice and can be mounted securely.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #11
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How bout this idea... We take either the BMW bag or the touratech roll and fill whith stuff we need, while taking care to have soft stuff where she rests her back... Best of both worlds!

An if she complains too much on the ride, at a gas stop loosen the staps on the bag. Accelerate hard, problem solved.

















Kidding, I love my wife and would never do anything like that!
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:10 PM   #12
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Ill get a posterior pic later.
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:15 PM   #13
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Ill get a posterior pic later.
Looks right on your bike. Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:47 PM   #14
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My Jesses should be here by the end of next week. Hopefully I'll have them on by Friday. I'll post pics when I do.
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My Jesses should be here by the end of next week. Hopefully I'll have them on by Friday. I'll post pics when I do.
Now that your bike is out of the shop I look forward to your pictures and thoughts. Both Jesse and Touratech are being considered.
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