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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! :D
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blkbmwrider1256 said:
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! :D
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:D ............ 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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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.

alow...
 

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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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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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I eventually needed to glue rubber "shims" to the lower mounts and a couple wraps of tape around the upper mounts to take up any slack.

On trips where I'm fully loaded, I have "Bungee Buddies" screwed into the rear of the lids - I run bungees from the bag lid to the luggage rack. That seems to help as well.
 

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The big safety pin thingie....

I remember a pic of such a self securing pin that can be inserted through a drilled hole in the bottom holder. Anyone else remember that pic or the link? That is a project I have been meaning to tackle some weekend.
 

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If possible, find someone in the area with system cases and try their bag on your bike and vice-versa (a deccent delear might let you try some of theirs). Isolate if the wobble is caused by a problem with your bag or your bike (mount). After that, do a side-by-side comparison of the offending item (bag or mount) with the other one to see if you can locate something that is different...
 

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Bazra is right on. I checked the bags plastic opening and its clearly wider than the black rubber stop that is supposed to fit in it. i am thinking of attaching some additional rubber spacers on the bag itself so that it fits more snuggly into the bracket. i also noticed that there is flex in the furthest rear support bar next to the seat. it is clearly not rigid enough.
thanks for the help.
 

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Left Side Bag Movement

Replace the left side black piece which holds the bag at the front mount with one like on the right. I know on the 88 and 89 model K1200RS the left side one was thinner on one side then the other. I found the right side one was the same thickness on both sides. I changed mine and it took care of the side to side movement.

Darrell
 
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