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I am planning a 2 week trip, and will need some additional storage. I am not ready to start pulling a trailer yet with my K1200LT, so was wondering...

There is a device call the PakIt Rak that many GoldWing riders use, allowing a large bag to be attached to a receiver hitch.

Does anyone use a similar device on their K12?

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post #2 of 19 Old Sep 18th, 2006, 6:47 am
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link to it

Haven't used it, but here is a link to it:

http://www.dixonymachine.com/Pakit%20Rak%20GL1800.htm

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What type of riding trip are you doing? Camping, or motels? If it's motels, you should have more than enough room on the bike as is. Nothing wrong with stopping at a laundromat along the way to freshen up the wardrobe.

I have a routine I go through when packing for a trip - I lay out everything I want to take, and then look at each one individually and ask myself, "Do I really need to take this?". It usually cuts my packing in half, at least.

Now, if I could only convince Telle to do the same... :-)
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I am planning a 2 week trip, and will need some additional storage. I am not ready to start pulling a trailer yet with my K1200LT, so was wondering...

There is a device call the PakIt Rak that many GoldWing riders use, allowing a large bag to be attached to a receiver hitch.

Does anyone use a similar device on their K12?
On the top box, take out the liner. It will give you a few extra cubic inches. SO and I did 12,000 km last year without a trailer. This year bought a trailer and did 9700 km with no problems. Nice thing about a trailer you can pack a cooler and stop anywhere for a break, cheese and crakers, drink (non-alchol) It was great to be able to stop in the 110f days we had around Pheniox.

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I am using the hitch rack from alsmotorcycleaccessories.com on a Dauntless hitch. I called him and he made sure the hitch would bolt up to the Dauntless. I carried 40 lbs one trip and 30 lbs the second trip. I only noticed something "a little twitch" when coming to a stop. Probably had 40 Lbs on passenger seat. I am not yet settled on a box to mount on the rack. I used a large dry-bag that did not look good. Then tried a Rubbermaid box that was a little wide and touched down on tight corners. Overall happy with the $40 rack on the $400 hitch!! hmmm?
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Have you checked the "trailers, sidecars, hitches" -section?
I had this built on a modified Dauntless receiver.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...69927#poststop

I have an AutoCAd 3D drawing of the rack if anyone is interested.

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Remember that you can always stop and do laundry. We only pack 2 changes of clothes, rain gear, cold gear, tent, sleeping pads & bags, and a soft side cooler.

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Outrigger saddlebags

When we go 2-up long trips or camping we load the top rack and outrigger softside saddlebags.
Warning: it is easy to overload the bike doing this, but if you're like me and just can't go the trailer route this adds significant volume to luggage. Link to an old post below:


http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...ts&Main=140495
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Have you checked the "trailers, sidecars, hitches" -section?
I had this built on a modified Dauntless receiver.
Hi,

what's the effect of a bag that size on the bike? does the front end get light on you or is the luggage mounted low enough as to not affect the bike? I've been thinking about something like this myself.

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spacebags will let you pack more in the same amout of space
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Hi,

what's the effect of a bag that size on the bike? does the front end get light on you or is the luggage mounted low enough as to not affect the bike? I've been thinking about something like this myself.
I haven't ridden the bike solo with the luggage rack and the load but with two up I did not really notice much difference. At least I was not pulling wheelies on the traffic lights...
The extra load (total 24 kg) sits very low, maybe that helps.

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I have contacted the " Pakit Rak " Co. and will be notified when a BMW LT version is ready to be shipped... *Seems it has been in the pipline for some period of time.

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I allowed my SO to do most of the packing, ok she did it all. I strongly suggested that we needed to pack lightly. Well, when we arrived in Atlanta on the way to CCR it was hot I mean HOT,104 F in the stop and go rush hour traffic. We had no place to put our jackets. and vests.
Purchased Chicane bags that hold a lot or a little, they have a strap system that compresses the bag and keeps it small. I mounted them above the side bags. Using a double strap system to fasten them on. one set of straps under the rear seat and another set behind the seat.
A lot of extra storage for not a lot of money.

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I am planning a 2 week trip, and will need some additional storage. I am not ready to start pulling a trailer yet with my K1200LT, so was wondering...

There is a device call the PakIt Rak that many GoldWing riders use, allowing a large bag to be attached to a receiver hitch.

Does anyone use a similar device on their K12?
Remember to turn the underwear and socks inside out every other day and you will be fine.

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Remember to turn the underwear and socks inside out every other day and you will be fine.
For even more time between laundry stops you can turn the underwear front-to-back. The fit is a little funny but it allows more time on the road.

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What kinda of Bible you reading?
Just asked since the first line in your signature is you stole it. Ain't that a conflick of interests
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Or just don't wear any underwear.

Actually, I know guys who save up old underwear for long bike trips. After a coupe of days, just throw them away. That way, the bike get lighter as the miles pile on.

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Or just don't wear any underwear.

Actually, I know guys who save up old underwear for long bike trips. After a coupe of days, just throw them away. That way, the bike get lighter as the miles pile on.
Thats down right disgusting
(from a man that cut a pair of drawers off in a porta potty, after a straight thru run to Daytona)
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