Nooks and Crannies under the Seat: K1200GT (K1300GT?) - - Excellence in Motion
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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 9:29 am Thread Starter
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Nooks and Crannies under the Seat: K1200GT (K1300GT?)

I would like to advantage of the nooks and crannies under the seat for those days when I can leave the side and top cases at home.

What do you store under there? How do you attach them so they don't rattle or fall out?

All I have right now is the user manual and paperwork, plus a BMW toolkit (part #: 71-60-7-704-086) in the rubber strap, plus two small (thin) Rok straps crammed in the gaps next to a plastic-covered electronic module.

I've noticed other "available" spaces under the seats:

* A small area on either side of the tail light. The left side (rider facing forward) is larger.

I thought about tucking a pair of wide Rok Straps on either side, but worry about heat issues, damage to the taillight, or interference with the seat lock.

* Large areas behind each rear side panel. On the left side there is a thin "basket". The right side is smaller, and doesn't have the basket. I haven't figured out how to attach items there in a convenient manner so that they wouldn't rattle around, fall out, or be exposed to the weather from underneath. I thought about storing a first aid kit and a few extra tools there.

Any suggestions? Are there safety or damage risks?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2009, 10:09 am
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I use Velcro. A lot of it.

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I have a cargo net, for the days of no bags and the honey can you pick this up on the way home. There is also room for the rain jacket for my firstgear mesh jacket. (Some day it will be warmer than 60 and I can start thinking about wearing the mesh jacket)

I use straps glued to the plastic with velcro on them to hold things.

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I keep a ton of stuff in all those little nooks and crannies:

Digital multi meter
Jumper cables (homemade)
Tiny air compressor
Tire plug reamer and needle
Tire plug glue
Tire plugs
Vise grips
Air gauge
Nuts and bolts
Extra wire
Extra fuel line
Zip ties
Hex wrenches
Screwdriver with driver bits

I keep most things in ziplock bags. The stuff that can rattle around gets wrapped in a small rag or shop towel.

You have to get creative and experiment with locations, but there's a lot of small storage available under there.
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See photo.
  • A cargo net in a plastic bag secured in the tool tray with a light bungie.
  • Additional bungies hooked to the frame to keep them from getting tangled.
  • A bicycle cable and padlock looped around a frame member and tucked in the cavity on the left side.

I use the cable to lock the helmet and/or riding suit to the bike when thereís no room in the cases or when I donít have the cases on the bike. I pull the free end of the cable out, close the seat, run the cable through the pocket of the riding suit and around the helmet chin guard, then lock the cable to itself.
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