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post #1 of 29 Old Oct 4th, 2005, 6:03 pm Thread Starter
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I've been looking at the Chicane tank bag for the K1200LT. The front of the bag has two velco tabs for mounting. The rear of the bag also has a velco tab that appears it could be used for mounting or either securing the strap holder compartment. As there are no mounting directions with the bag could someone explain exactly where to place the long piece of velco the comes inside the bag and explain if the back tab, which is a long piece of velco, is used only to secure the strap holder compartment or is it used in some way to mount the bag?
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If you have the LT specific Chicane bag there should be a loop in the posterior part(under the handle) of the bag near the bottom and two velcro tabs on the sides near the front. Now open the oddments box. On the lid there is a tab with a pin that inserts into the lock. Turn the tank bag upsidedown with the loop toward the front of the bike. Put the loop around the tab and push it tight up against the lid. Now fold the tank bag over the oddment box lid so that it is upright using the loop/tab as the pivot point. The two velcro tabs should now be able to wrap under the oddments box lid toward where the hinge is. The opposing velcro strip should be applied to the inside of the oddment box lid so that these two tabs can attached to it. If your loop is properly placed and the velcro is attached you should be able to close the box lid. You might have to partially close the lid and push it firmly to make it close. I hope this is clear.
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I had a hard time with the loop and how tight it was on the bag because it really is hard to close the oddments compartment. My solution was to remove the latch and put the loop behind it. The lid will now close quite easily and I am not concerned about removing it easily. I leave it on the bike because it is so handy.
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Be carefull on putting too much stress on the rear loop. Several of us have ripped our loops out. Randy at Chicane has replaced them prompty, but it is still a pain to have to exchange them. What I found was the bottom compartment that holds the carry strap uses Velcro for closure and if that is not closed just right can make the bottom edge bulge and not make it easy close.
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Those Pics helped me...I bought my LT used, and i noticed velcro under the cover, right where it should be for a Chicane Bag... I was wondering what the previous owner had attached there.

More reason to order one, anyone know if they have some now, or know of a place to order a LT specific chicane Bag

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Getting a Chicane Tank Bag

I got mine on the classified sections on this site. I got mine from a former LT owner for approx 75 bucks. Great deal! Dabubba was selling one for $77. Click here :

http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...ts&Main=307139

I find mine to be extremly handy for holding my golves, keys, sunglasses and directions. I get lots of looks and questions. I highly recommend getting one.
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Glad the pics helped.

As for a used one, DABubba is selling one HERE.

Otherwise, you can buy a new one from Chicane by calling Randy at 303.877.0854

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Thanks for all of the informative replies. The pictures were especially helpful. The bag is now mounted.
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Here's another Chicane question - a while back someone wrote that Chicane was introducing a "mark 2" version of the LT bag. I think one of the changes was a larger map pocket. Anyone know if it was ever released?

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Chicane bag mounting and lid closing pictures

I love that little Chicane tankbag, its very versatile and well designed.
I didn't really like the way it mounted and having to slam the lid closed to latch it, I removed the locking pin and elongated the mounting hole trying to move it down, that didn't work. The solution was actually very simple, with a rat tail file I notched the lid of the oddments box. (pic 1) then hooked the strap up high around the back of the plastic thingy (pic 2) and now it latches by just letting it drop from the open position.
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I love that little Chicane tankbag, its very versatile and well designed.
I didn't really like the way it mounted and having to slam the lid closed to latch it, I removed the locking pin and elongated the mounting hole trying to move it down, that didn't work. The solution was actually very simple, with a rat tail file I notched the lid of the oddments box. (pic 1) then hooked the strap up high around the back of the plastic thingy (pic 2) and now it latches by just letting it drop from the open position.
What is the part number for the chicane LT tank bag and also do you have a web side to look at pricing.

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That's really a nice idea. I'll give it a try as well. I think that they should make the strap a little longer.


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I, with a rat tail file I notched the lid of the oddments box. (.
Great idea. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow.
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...The solution was actually very simple, with a rat tail file I notched the lid of the oddments box. (pic 1) then hooked the strap up high around the back of the plastic thingy (pic 2) and now it latches by just letting it drop from the open position.
Very nice!!! Bravo!
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What is the part number for the chicane LT tank bag and also do you have a web side to look at pricing.
I don't believe there is a part number, per se, it's just called the "LT tankbag". You're dealing with a very small company here. We don't need no stinking part numbers! Their website is http://www.chicane-usa.com/ . But that won't do you much good as the LT tankbag isn't anywhere to be found. Best just to call them and leave a message. Or...call BMW of Vegas. Rumor has it they currently have them in stock.

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How to get a Chicane bag

Uhhmm what he said.
They are a very small company on their way to becoming large and the 2 guys that run it spend a lot of their time promoting their product at rally's. (it's a tough job but someone has to do it)
Leave a message they will call you back ....eventually.
They will take care of you and they will keep their word.
It took me almost 3 months to get mine, had something to do with homeland security and customs, there was a container full in country but they couldn't get at them.
It was worth the wait.

BMW of Colorado Springs may have some in stock.


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Elmer-- looks like yer covered ... as far as how to secure the bag. It's a little tricky, but once you get get the front and back adjusted, it works great. Had mine since MOA in Spokane and love it. Picked up a map holder at Lake Jackson CCR this year that secures over the bag and is nice too as it provides more "map space" than the provided bag does (the only downside). Of course, if you have a GPS, then it's not so critical. Enjoy!
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I had to go all the way to Jackson Lake Lodge to have my LT Chicane bad mounted! Was worth it also!

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" --having to slam the lid closed to latch it,--"
"--with a rat tail file I notched the lid of the oddments

Had mine since Breckenridge (CCR '04) and never really had any problems like that.
Wonder if my "loop" or latch are different in some way?
I just make sure the flat part of the loop is slipped snugly up and around the latch and press closed.
BTW, my bag houses my RP-1 intercom, CB/FRS and related electronic equipment and comes on and off a few times a day.

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Yes they do have stock, BUT!!!!!
Randy seems nice enough on the phone but will not handle International orders; PERIOD!! not even PayPal. Anyone live close by who could drop by and can handle PayPal ? Cheers, Hilton
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An old thread with lots of info I needed, having just brought home Chicane's LT tank bag.

Joe's pictures did the trick for me, answering my questions. But... what is the strap for in the bottom of the bag? Is it intended to be used for carrying over your shoulder?

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That's right Howard, but I think I'll cut mine out as I don't like the lump. I have found that if the latch is hard to close you can "lower" the lid pin by loosening the screw and move it ever so slightly _ makes a big difference in closing the lid.

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That's right Howard, but I think I'll cut mine out as I don't like the lump. I have found that if the latch is hard to close you can "lower" the lid pin by loosening the screw and move it ever so slightly _ makes a big difference in closing the lid.
Excellent. I'm just back from trying to install the bag. The small loop over the latch made closing the oddments box lid impossible without forcing it so I backed off. I'll give your suggestion a try.

I also may remove the shoulder strap for the reason you mention, as I don't see myself ever needing to carry this thing around. Anybody find the strap useful?

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I also used a "rat tail" file to form two half moons on either side of the pin to allow the strap to fit flush. I know a photo would help but I didn't take one. It is obvious if you loop the strap around the pin and see where to remove material from the raised edge to make a relief for the strap.

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Touring Sport BMW in Greenville, SC (www.touringsportbmw.com) is now carrying Chicane products, including the LT tank bag. Whether they can ship internationally I don't know.

I have the BMW brand tank bag, which I only use on occasion. Were I purchasing a tank bag, I would definitely opt for the Chicane.

One of the nice features of the Chicane line is they are designed to hold a Camelback-type water bladder. There is a little port for the hose to pass through. Since the LT bag is rather small, though, that limits the size of bladder you could use.
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I also used a "rat tail" file to form two half moons on either side of the pin to allow the strap to fit flush. I know a photo would help but I didn't take one...
Hans posted the pic you describe, on page 2 of this thread. Very helpful.

BMW Motorcycles of Columbus carries many of the Chicane products in stock at all times. They just got in a shipment of several LT tank bags this week. They now have 1 less than they did previously. Sam is the Parts Manager; couldn't ask for nicer people to deal with. 614-239-1269.

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