Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I check cases and latches every time I get on the bike to make sure they are securely attached. It is just a quick lift on the bottom rear of the side cases, and a lift on the top case if it is attached. I also check the latches on the side cases and top case.
I do it because:
* Sometimes I accidentally turn the key the wrong way and the handle pops up. Of course I latch it down again, but it is good to be certain that the cases are locked in place.
* Sometimes I forget to latch the top case. I have never lost anything because the lid stays down due to gravity. (I cannot remember a time when I left the latch not fully locked down on a side case, but it is good to check anyway.)
* I have heard stories from people who lost a case and then continued riding down the road a considerable distance before noticing. I find it hard to believe that any rider would fail to notice the weight, balance, and wind resistance changes, but it has happened to riders whom I greatly respect and are very skilled and aware. If it can happen to them, then surely it could happen to me.
* I have seen loose cases on friend's bikes. One friend's BMW 49 liter top case was missing pads underneath the case which made it scary loose. I am not sure why other cases loosen (e.g., side cases). I don't know why mine have stayed tight and while others have become loose.