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k1200lt luggage capacity

I can't find were are the capacity for each saddle bag and trunk on the K1200LT.
Any one know it?
I would like to know the Litres capacity, not the weight but if you know the weight that would be a plus.
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I can't find were are the capacity for each saddle bag and trunk on the K1200LT.
Any one know it?
I would like to know the Litres capacity, not the weight but if you know the weight that would be a plus.
Thank you
Elton - book sez 22 lbs (10kg) each for the side bags AND for the top trunk. I couldn't find the litres info. HTH.
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Elton It looks like 22lbs. (10kg) for both side cases and the same 22lbs. for the topcase. Been told not exede 10lbs. for the rack on topcase. Of coarse we all seem to exceed these weights on a regular basis. Like any other manufacturer they set up limits well under the designed parameters. The manuel says to make sure you load the heaviest items as low as possible.....Hope this helps....

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Elton - book sez 22 lbs (10kg) each for the side bags AND for the top trunk. I couldn't find the litres info. HTH.

I would like to compare with space on a GS with Jesse saddle bags...

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Elton It looks like 22lbs. (10kg) for both side cases and the same 22lbs. for the topcase. Been told not exede 10lbs. for the rack on topcase. Of coarse we all seem to exceed these weights on a regular basis. Like any other manufacturer they set up limits well under the designed parameters. The manuel says to make sure you load the heaviest items as low as possible.....Hope this helps....
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What I'm looking for is the volume (litres) and not the weight.
I want to compare with Jesse bags for a GS and see how is the difference in space.

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Jesse cases beat the capacity by a long shot. But will your wife handle riding on the back of a GS with the same comfort as the LT. Unless your going to leave the excess bagage at home and venture out solo......

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Elton,

This report claims the LT's saddlebags are 35 liters each, and the trunk is 50 liters. That's 120 liters total.

It looks like the Jesse Bags are 108 liters for both, so slightly bigger than the LT's trunk each. Plus they have several options for trunks (35, 45, & 65 liters). Also, the Jesse Bags seem to be shaped better so you can get more stuff in easier.

You will have more storage capacity that's easier to use with any of the custom saddlebags made for the GS.

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Wink Saddlebags? Who needs 'em?

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Love the pic of the mirror.

I often saw young guys in South Korea with three propane tanks strapped to their bikes, darting through traffic randomly, sometimes even splitting lanes into oncoming traffic. My local guide pointed and said "they call them Widow-makers".

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Jesse cases beat the capacity by a long shot. But will your wife handle riding on the back of a GS with the same comfort as the LT. Unless your going to leave the excess bagage at home and venture out solo......
Solo is not an option.
What I'm trying to do is get Rick Mayer's seat for the bike. If he can make a confortable seat for the GS adventure (one piece seat), then it will be 'GO' from the wife to get one

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Elton,

This report claims the LT's saddlebags are 35 liters each, and the trunk is 50 liters. That's 120 liters total.

It looks like the Jesse Bags are 108 liters for both, so slightly bigger than the LT's trunk each. Plus they have several options for trunks (35, 45, & 65 liters). Also, the Jesse Bags seem to be shaped better so you can get more stuff in easier.

You will have more storage capacity that's easier to use with any of the custom saddlebags made for the GS.
Thank you Ken. That was the number I was looking for.
I have to agree that the square shape of Jeese sound more usefull then the odd shape on the LT, so probably the 120 liters total has less 'usefull' liters.

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No problem. It just took a little Google work.

You can always start with the saddlebags, then add a trunk later if you need one. Or if Elaine wants a back rest.

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No problem. It just took a little Google work.

You can always start with the saddlebags, then add a trunk later if you need one. Or if Elaine wants a back rest.
She does want a backrest... (of course... it's not going to be THAT easy... )

The bike I'm seeing now has the saddlebags, but I could not see a picture of the trunk bag yet. It is a Chicane tail bag but I don't know which model.

BTW, I did a search on Google, but was getting only the weight capacity responses... those foreign... they have no clue how to search google...

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The trick with Google is to try and hone in on what you're looking for using well-chosen key words. Remember that you're looking for individual words, not necessarily an English phrase. I searched for k1200lt saddlebags liters so that I would hopefully get a mention of the liters capacity. It worked. Sometimes it doesn't so you have to try a few more or less key words.

And sometimes my posts are instructive and/or informative, rather than just fluff.

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Lightbulb Maybe it's worth measuring the bags

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I would like to know the Litres capacity, not the weight but if you know the weight that would be a plus.
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I was wondering the same thing, but I don't want to know badly enough to do the following:
Line each compartment bag (if you have them all) with a thin plastic garbage bag. Fill each bag with small packing peanuts until the bag is can barely close - kinda of like the wife is packing for the trip. Dump the peanuts from each bag into a bucket with volume marks.
I actually thought about doing this before seeing your post. I'm thinking about buying a GSA and putting Jesse bags on it. I want to know if it'll carry more or less than the LT. However, I dropped the idea because the odd shape of the LT Panniers is probably not a good comparison to the Jesse bags with its' pile-on-top space as well.

If you do the exercise, please let us know how it turns out ... I'm too lazy.

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Line each compartment bag (if you have them all) with a thin plastic garbage bag. Fill each bag with small packing peanuts until the bag is can barely close - kinda of like the wife is packing for the trip. Dump the peanuts from each bag into a bucket with volume marks.
... not worth commenting on?
Well, if it is, let's blame the Percocet I'm taking for the Shingles. The up side of being sick is that I get spend time with my laptop getting to know some of you, and more about the LT.

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