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post #1 of 11 Old May 11th, 2006, 9:46 pm Thread Starter
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Thumbs up soft bags for two up.

I just returned from a 4k mi. ride from CA to Iowa to Denver and back. Since I now have an aux tank in the top box I went looking for extra storage for clothing before this trip. Thing is, I like to hop up on the rear seat on longer rides to stretch out the old back. I also wanted to be able to use the bags with my wife on board so I can leave the aux tank in the top box.

LT specific D ring bag straps are run under both the top box and rear seat to secure the bags on each side of the bike. They are better than duffles as they open along the entire top allowing easy access to clothing without needing to take everything out first. The bags are waterproof and well made. Neither rain nor hail caused any problems on my trip, everything was completely dry.

The bags will also mount on top of the rear seat using the same straps. One strap holds both bags and makes for a nice back rest. I would rather have the seat available though as it really helps my back to be able to move around. I purchased the medium size bags and they are plenty big.

Only negative is that they do interfere with visibility from the stock rear view mirrors. Once I loosened them a bit and allowed them to ride lower (as pictured) they were not much of an issue.

http://www.helen2wheels.com/products/index.html

Total cost is about $200.

Almost forgot, you can still get into your side cases without removing the soft bags just by lifting up on the soft bags. It does take a bit of effort to reclose them but works fine.
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post #2 of 11 Old May 12th, 2006, 7:49 am
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I also bought a h2w bag and strap at the BMW open house. I plan on using it on the rear seat. I was wondering if the under seat strap works for mounting the bag across the seat also.
Do you think you could use that starp for one bag across the seat and two on the top of the side bags or would you need additional straps?

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Glen,

Works great for on the seat. One strap will hold up to two bags on top of the seat.

You will need two straps to hang them on the sides. One under the seat and one under the top box. You can just bungee the third bag to the side bags after that.

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no prob.s with the bags wearing the paint off?
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I have not experienced any wear on the paint but I suspect if they were loose enough to move too much they might.

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Thumbs down

I stand corrected. I washed the bike today and the bags did mar the finish on both sides. It looks like it will polish out ok but I will not use them on the sides again. Too bad, they worked well.

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Maybe a pad?

Could you put a pad or foam under them? Might save your purchase and your machine. Just a thought.

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A top case rack would add more packing without maring the finish. I recently hung a small bag on side of my bike only to have the paint marred a little. I am plannig to put reflective tape on the cases and will cover the area.

I have a RKA top case bag and Miss E uses it for her stuff.

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I guess a trunk rack install is now on the list. Sure am glad to have this bike. I wouldn't know what to do with my money if I didn't.

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Re: soft bags for two up.

I went with the Ghetto HF trailer and car top carrier.............works well.......I call it my Bavarian pick-up.........just did a ride up to Pinedale today to get a 40 pound bag of dog food..........good ride.............
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Re: soft bags for two up.

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Originally Posted by glenhinegardner
I also bought a h2w bag and strap at the BMW open house. I plan on using it on the rear seat. I was wondering if the under seat strap works for mounting the bag across the seat also. [snip]
Attached are a few photos of the H2W bags mounted on the rear seat. Note in the picture of just the straps, I also use an H2W extender strap to extend the double D side of the K1200LT straps. It may not be be necessary in your situation if you only put one bag on the rear seat. Just something to think about.
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