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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 2013, 7:43 pm Thread Starter
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I saw one of these for the first time at my local dealership today. I like it, and I think the next time I'm taking a long trip I may buy one. Does anyone have any experience with this thing?
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I saw one of these for the first time at my local dealership today. I like it, and I think the next time I'm taking a long trip I may buy one. Does anyone have any experience with this thing?
I bought one last year for a 2 week trip. Held all my gear, clothing without a problem. It fastens very well to the rear rack. EZ on and off every night. It is waterproof. I went through a lot of downpours.

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Thanks Larry, that's helpful. I just wanted to confirm that it's a worthwhile piece of gear before I spend my hard earned. That will be first on my list the next time I'm going on a multi-day trip.
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Hey Chuck,

Just a quick note to tell you that I bought from a member of this forum what I thought was the very same thing but wasn't. I know this may seem like a simple issue but my sport softbag was billed as being for a K12s but was intended for use on a GS. The bag itself is well made and worth the bucks but is a PITA to mount properly. Anyway, make sure what you're buying is for YOUR model bike because there is a distinct difference between the two softbags.

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Huuhhh... that's interesting. The one I'm talking about looked like more of a generic made to fit any luggage rack rather than just one. I took the one off the shelf at my local dealership and walked outside to my bike. It looked like it fit... that is, the underside depression seemed like it was a good footprint over my rack, although I was a little confused about how the straps work. But that's good to know, and I'll be sure and ask that question before I buy one and walk out the door.
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........ It looked like it fit... that is, the underside depression seemed like it was a good footprint over my rack, although I was a little confused about how the straps work.......
Yep, that's the one I got. The bag has a hard under pan that's intended for the GS. The soft bag you want, when viewed on end, is almost a perfect circle sans any, ANY hardness to it.

This is what I have:
What I don't like about it is that the ends cover up the lock and handle mechanism of the K1200S' factory luggage when mounted on the rear portion of the seat. It also crowds the rider in the sense that your back is in contact with the bag. That means a sweaty back and the constant feeling that your seating area is crowded.

This is what I wish I'd bought:

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Forgot about this photo

Oooops, I forgot about this application. Here's bag #2 mounted on my RT. I LOVE this configuration but have to tell you that messing with the mounting straps is a hassle. Once you get the correct length straps at each corner it works out well on a bike with a large seating area.


Bag #2 holds a lot of stuff and is extremely well made but in my humble opinion it just doesn't translate to the K12s as well as it does the R model bikes.

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Mine fits perfectly. The pocket in the bottom of the bag slips over the back of the rack. Yes, the 4 tie down straps are a pia until you get the right combo. I used the ones marked "s" to tie to my grab bars and to the openings in the back of the tail rack. Never shifted once. The bottom of the bag is stiffend to lay flat on the rack and the ends fit perfectly at the sides of the rack.

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The Large BMW softbag 2 (With the under depression) is in fact designed to fit pretty much all late model BMW's, the exception in fact being the little 650GS, but, and this is the bit I cant remember clearly, for certain bikes you cant use the Large Softbag with panniers at the same time, or at least BMW say you cant. The installation Notes that come with the bag list all the models it will fit and how and where.

Im thinking of getting one as I don't ride with pillions and I reckon with a Top Box and that bag on the seat, Ill have loads of carrying space without having to have the barn doors sticking out either side stopping me filtering.

I also like the fact that as the bag attaches from the base you can get at all your kit without having to undo any bungees or the like. I use an Ortlieb Roll bag at present which is great and waterproof but a nightmare if you want to get at anything at the side of the road.

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Well, this has been interesting and it's exactly the sort of discussion I was hoping for. I have the big BMW roll bag pictured (Softbag 1?), and I like it, but as noted, it's a little harder to get into when everything is lashed into place and zipped up. It's good for heavy clothes and coats and things which you don't need to get at during the day. I lash it to the back seat when I'm on trips. Still, I have a need for something like the big 49L top case when I'm on trips, but I didn't want to pay the price. The Softbag 2 will fill that need, I think. I can put it on the rack, and the Softbag 1 on the seat, and have plenty of storage.
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