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Well,
I have had the bike for a couple of weeks (not road-worthy yet) and have wondered many times since purchasing how in the @#^%$ to get the bags off. i have unlocked the chassis locks but it only moves a little bit before it collides with the rear blinker lights.....i feel really stupid but have searched for saddlebag removal and haven't found anything.

here is the bag on my bike...


thanks in advance...

john
 

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Don't feel bad, there are threads on this. Unlatch front (frame) lock, swing bottom of bag away from bike, slide backwards till it bumps blinker, lift straight up.

If that doesn't work, cuss, have a beer or two and try again. I have had the z-bracket that holds the bag come loose from the bike, making the bag a total bitch to get off.
 

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Wait until they don't stay on the bike :rotf:
I had the newer style lock bags on my K75S - not sure of the older style - They look like a PITA - Trying to open your panniers - when the bike is loaded up - trying to find the lock to open your bag. I guess that's why they changed / reversed them. I would also strap the bags to the case mount / frame as insurance. No yard sale on the highway. Over time the bags will get looser on the mt. bracket
 

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Well now I don't feel so lonely. The cases on my 1990 KRT slide on like butter, but they can be devilish to remove. Try what Chaos recommended. I would add: don't try to do it in a hurry. You'll get frustrated and might break something. I kneel down beside the case (Knox knee armor makes this position almost comfortable), unlock the case from the frame and pull that latch out of its holder, then work the case forward and back while applying "some " upward pressure. Shouldn't need a lot of force. With the arm facing the rear of the bike, I get that forearm completely under the case and use it to lift. A wiggle here, a wiggle there, continuing that upward pressure, the case will come off. And when it comes off it does so very gently and easily, and you;'ll wonder what was the problem???
Anyway, easy does it and don't be in a hurrry, you'll get the hang of it.
Steve
1990 K75RT
p.s. That's a nice looking S
 

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I feel like I should add this to the 'you know you own a old k bike when' thread.

Even when I was traveling and removing the bags every night for a few months in a row, every now and then one side just wouldn't budge. You're hot, tired and the last thing you want to do is wrestle with the luggage. The locals just stare at you as you swear and struggle with the thing, I'd take a break, take a deep breath, whisper sweet nothings to the bike and normally it come right off. :dunno: I just lived with the fact that German girls can be temperamental.
 

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lukeman said:
I feel like I should add this to the 'you know you own a old k bike when' thread.

Even when I was traveling and removing the bags every night for a few months in a row, every now and then one side just wouldn't budge. You're hot, tired and the last thing you want to do is wrestle with the luggage. The locals just stare at you as you swear and struggle with the thing, I'd take a break, take a deep breath, whisper sweet nothings to the bike and normally it come right off. :dunno: I just lived with the fact that German girls can be temperamental.
no kiddin'...i didn't do too much swearin' :clap: (but i didn't have an audience). i haven't put 'em back on yet either....
 

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A set of bag liners is well worth the investment. When you get to where you're going, just take the bags out of the cases and leave the cases on the bike.
Steve
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A set of bag liners is well worth the investment. When you get to where you're going, just take the bags out of the cases and leave the cases on the bike.
Steve
1990 K75RT
i've been looking at them on flea-bay...looks like a great idea but don't know how dry they will keep stuff (haven't ridden in the rain so i don't know how dry the bags are without liners)...but i do like the idea
 

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My cases are 20 yrs old and have seen 70,000 miles. When I bought the bike (I'm 3rd owner) I wondered about how watertight the cases might be, too. So far, no water intrusion...and I have ridden in some hard rain. My cases arent' in perfect shape, but BMW must have done something right when they designed them. :)
If I didn't have the bags (they came w/the bike) I would just use a duffel or plastic trash bag, anything to spare me the agony of cases on, cases off.
 

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bogus bag removal

I have an R1200CLC with side-firing bags and bag liners. I always thought the removable bags would be a lot better because you could whip them off and walk away with them like suitcases. Now I am finding out that the removal option is kind of bogus. You have to fiddle and fiddle and fiddle and fool around, then cuss and fiddle some more. Yes, I have tried the the slide it aft gently routine. Bull pucky. Does not work. These actually seem to want me to slide them forward, then fiddle and fool and screw around another fifteen minutes....

The Krauts could have thought up a better way here.

grrrrr :teeth
 
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