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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 2005, 5:09 pm Thread Starter
 
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my left bag is flopping around!

Has anyone had the problem with BMW side cases on a k1200rs loosing their rigidty? Especially the left one. When I put anything that is just a little heavy in it it tends to flop around and i am afraid that it will eventually fall off. Is there a fix for this? No viagra jokes please!
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 2005, 6:59 pm
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Has anyone had the problem with BMW side cases on a k1200rs loosing their rigidty? Especially the left one. When I put anything that is just a little heavy in it it tends to flop around and i am afraid that it will eventually fall off. Is there a fix for this? No viagra jokes please!
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............ Hmm, if its hanging on the upper mounts and locked in the 'lower peg bracket', it should be really secure. It should take a good push to latch at the handle, my guess somethings going on at the handle latch. I checked mines and seems tight.

Did you check if they got distorted by heat from the exhaust? How much weight are you carrying?

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I lost one that was properly secured, had less than 10 lbs in it while I was going around a curve on a smooth road @ 60 mph.

My other one of that set had a large gap where the rear most claw is supposed to mate to the mountng bracket even when latched down.

The claw is not worn, but I felt that a good bump and it could come loose and once it was loose the bag could come off.

I filed down the plastic on the bag where it mounts nearest to the passenger footpeg and this reduced the gap at the rear mount to where it now seats as it should.

Wish I could attach a picture or two but my camera is NF.

I bought a set of new bags and they fit to the mount snugly. They are slightly different than the original bags, with smaller clearances at the attachment points, looks to me like the change may have been an attempt to make the bags more secure.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 2005, 7:16 pm
 
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Loose left bag

Might try removing the black cap on the end of the passenger foot rest and inserting a spacer before reattaching cap-takes up a bit of the "wobble"
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thanks

thanks to everyone.
As far as weight is concerned i just put in a jean jacket and a disk lock and that was enough to make it wobble up and down on any freeway bump. Riders that were following me said that the amount of movement was very noticeable.

I will check some of these suggestions tonite when i get home. The idea of putting a spacer under the black cap seems really simple. Ill try that first. It sure seems that trying to secure plastic to plastic on top of a very hot pipe was shorsighted.
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If you are referring to a wobble while the case is attached to the mounting bracket, there is a large hex bolt that screws through the black mounting bracket (into the frame I believe). It is right around the area where the case latch (near the handle) latches onto the black bracket.

Anyway, previously, I had found that one of those hex bolts had worked itself out. It will cause the whole side case to wobble quite precariuously. Check to see if that is still there or loose.....

If you need some help locating this bolt, I can probably take a photo or 2 later.

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The wobble is definitely not normal. Once you locate the source, you may want to consider this simple and inexpensive modification to make sure they don't come off on a severe bump!

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If all the bolts are tight and it still wobbles I'd look at the points that the bag ataches too. The Plastic maybe worn enough to allow the slop. Is the bike still under warrenty? The bag mount is covered ,should be able to get it replaced.
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I have thin leather strips sitting on the frame. Clamp the catches over these. Stops wear marks appearing on the frame, and holds the cases nicely.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 2005, 8:28 pm
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Yep my left bag is loose in the lower mount too. and so was the 03 RS I was following Friday.
The lower spacer needs to be wider to hold the bag tighter.

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