I use mine (BMW) a lot, especially now that fall is coming and I need a place to stow layered clothes. They hold a surprising amount of junk. The only time I mount the hardbags is for a trip longer than overnight.
The tailbag and BMW mounting rack come off as one unit with a push of the ignition-key lockable latch. The bag can be easily removed by itself(Velcro strap over sewn-in slot) and I would not consider it's mounting theft-proof.
If I were to buy a tailbag over again, I would look for the BMW mounting rack on eBay and buy a new Chicane tailbag. If purchased new, a BMW tailbag is on the cheezy side and the plastic that helps the bag hold it's shape breaks down with age.
'04 K1200RS Capri Blue(totaled)
2008 Triumph Sprint ST
Last edited by brucecha; Sep 20th, 2007 at 1:10 pm.