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Old 04-29-2013, 09:39 PM   #91
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Since I haven't seen much soft luggage yet ....

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:19 AM   #92
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Looks great! I just ordered a Holan topbox and will be ordering the adventure rack (which it looks like you have) with topcase mount as well from Advmotorrad. I will want the side panniers eventually but I definitely need the topcase for my commute.
Thanks! Yes, I have the adventure rack mounted on and have moved my soft bag onto it for now (until my top case & mounting plate comes in).
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:42 AM   #93
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I've always wondered so I'll ask here:

Why don't the aftermarket pannier folks use the OEM pannier mounts?


I can only assume that it's some kind of patient thing but then we get into the versatility of some of the newer and universal pannier mounts available and it makes me wonder if that's the case.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:57 AM   #94
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I've always wondered so I'll ask here:

Why don't the aftermarket pannier folks use the OEM pannier mounts?


I can only assume that it's some kind of patient thing but then we get into the versatility of some of the newer and universal pannier mounts available and it makes me wonder if that's the case.
I don't think there is a patent issue with using the same mount points (TT for example uses the same upper mount points, but ok they have special deals with BMW anyway), but there migth be a patent on the locking mechanism of the vario cases.

Another reason might be, that many 3rd party vendors sell their panniers as "expedition luggage" systems. I personally believe that the fix mounted systems are much more robust, even can protect the bike and the rider.

However, I agree... there should be at least one brave vendor out there that creates us a nice looking, narrow, easily removable aluminium pannier system for the original mounts :-)
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:33 AM   #95
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Has anyone heard or seen a luggage set up similar to the BMW Adventure cases? I just sold my 09 GS to get ready to take delivery of the new one and I have my current adventure cases that I am bummed that I cant use them nor is there anything out there that is similar. I really like the way they attach and, more importantly, like that they look symmetrical.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #96
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Here is my set-up as delivered by the dealer. Like the expandable feature, top case has back pad for the wife that maks her happy. I liked the top lid feature of ones on my '09 but these work well...

I may get some flack for this, but I just think the Vario cases look the best on these bikes. Touratech comes in 2nd place. For myself, I'll definitely be going with a Vario top case, and I'm debating between vario side panniers or touratech side panniers. I just like that varios mount to the existing mounting system.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:40 AM   #97
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This is how I roll usually.







I prefer the hard cases since I can lock them.
That's how I rolled on my 05 and how Im gunna roll on my 13
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:04 AM   #98
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I may get some flack for this, but I just think the Vario cases look the best on these bikes. Touratech comes in 2nd place. For myself, I'll definitely be going with a Vario top case, and I'm debating between vario side panniers or touratech side panniers. I just like that varios mount to the existing mounting system.
As far as looks, I think the Varios do look good and especially like the clean appearance when the cases aren't on the bike. The extra protection from a strong side mounts isn't a bad trade off though.

I've used quite a few side loading and top loading cases and like top loading much better. My wife is quite happy with side loading cases and likes the look of Varios on her bike. Personal preference just like colour choice of the bike I suppose.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:49 AM   #99
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Hi alls, just wanna hijack this thread, I am gonna recieve my long awaited gsw n I'm in a dilemma on which top case to get. I am looking to get the vario top case but they hv been riders who say the too case can fly on its own. Can someone clarify on that?

If I don't get the vario top case then wat abt givi trek 52?

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:41 AM   #100
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Hi alls, just wanna hijack this thread, I am gonna recieve my long awaited gsw n I'm in a dilemma on which top case to get. I am looking to get the vario top case but they hv been riders who say the too case can fly on its own. Can someone clarify on that?

If I don't get the vario top case then wat abt givi trek 52?

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Can you clarify what you mean by "the too case can fly on its own"?

The cases work fine in my case and stabilty is maintained till about 120mph (depending upon winds).
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:20 AM   #101
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Can you clarify what you mean by "the too case can fly on its own"?

The cases work fine in my case and stabilty is maintained till about 120mph (depending upon winds).
Sorry. Typo error... I meant the top case can fly.

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Old 05-07-2013, 05:49 AM   #102
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You mean the top case can become loose and fly off. I think the locking system is pretty good, and had the impression that it was updated at some time. Before this update, I think folks used to run a couple bolts and nuts thru the rack and case bottom.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #103
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I decided on the Touratech Pro at the strong recommendation of my dealer. He and his shop are GSperts and do a lot of off-road and desert riding. Strength of the boxes and rack were the reason for the recommendation. They are wiiiide, but I will mostly use the side cases for longish trips. I will use a top case (not arrived yet) around town. I though I would be offended by the rack, but it look surprisingly natural.







I am very happy with the capacity, quality, and construction. A low speed get off on the dirt only resulted in scratched to the lower (replaceable) plastic bit.

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:41 PM   #104
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You mean the top case can become loose and fly off. I think the locking system is pretty good, and had the impression that it was updated at some time. Before this update, I think folks used to run a couple bolts and nuts thru the rack and case bottom.
Thanks for the clarification. This kinda put my mind at ease getting it. Cause here in Singapore, it is the cheapest option without waiting 2-3 mths. Thanks all who has helped. :)

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Old 05-08-2013, 12:10 AM   #105
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I decided on the Touratech Pro at the strong recommendation of my dealer. He and his shop are GSperts and do a lot of off-road and desert riding. Strength of the boxes and rack were the reason for the recommendation. They are wiiiide, but I will mostly use the side cases for longish trips. I will use a top case (not arrived yet) around town. I though I would be offended by the rack, but it look surprisingly natural.

I am very happy with the capacity, quality, and construction. A low speed get off on the dirt only resulted in scratched to the lower (replaceable) plastic bit.

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My dealer recomended the vario's (and so did I). Just a question of preferences. My bike is used often in busy city trafic and highways splitting lanes. A few inches more or less can make a big difference.
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