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Has anyone had exerpience with one of these?
They look like a handy bag for stuff.
They are pricy but they look nice.
 

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I haven't tried the BMW tail bag. There's a little bag called a "manta" bag. I tried it but it's really small. You have room to basically keep a wallet, sunglasses a phone and maybe a tire gauge. You can get really inexpensive hard tail bags on eBay with a universal mounting plate: they cost around 50 dollars and are quite good, but of course, not keyed to your ignition key.

"http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/1/4/71/19182/ITEM/Joe-Rocket-Manta-Tail-Bag.aspx?SiteID=Google_PLA071&WT.mc_ID=10012&esvt=0-GOUSC&esvadt=9-0-3886819-1&esvaid=30548&zmam=88421133&zmas=1&zmac=45&zmap=182531&kw={keyword}&gclid=COC-gs-op7ICFeUWMgodjVgA0g
 

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Sorry for not adding a picture.
Here is the bag soft tail/seat bag I was referring to.
(I hope it shows up)
 

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I have one of these and it works very well and is waterproof too! Mine has been through torrential rain and hail and everything inside stayed dry. Mounting on a R1200R will depend on whether or not you have bag mounts or not or other available tie down points. The bag worked great on my F800ST because it had a pocket that hooked on the rear rack and used adjustable fastec straps to secure. On my 12R I hook the pocket over the grab handle and route the straps around my bag mounts. It stays put and can pop off in seconds if need be. Hope this helps.
 

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Good info. That looks like good bag for when you don't have your side cases.
 

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I use the 19 litre soft tailbag on my F800st every day. It holds my 12 inch laptop and everything else you could need for daily riding. It's a great convenience. Snaps on and off in seconds and totally waterproof. Very good quality bag. Looks like you're delivering pizzas when walking around with it.
 

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I've got the small BMW tail bag attached to genuine luggage rack. Just wondering what others have done about the loose end of the straps. Pretty lousy of BMW not supplying any sort of rubber band or loop to stop the excess strap flapping about.
 

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I agree, having had this bag on my last 12R. I just took a small thin black zip-tie and made a loop of it on the secure section of the strap, then just slipped the loose end into it once the straps were in-pace and tightened.. Snip off the ends of the zip-tie and bingo...!

I don't know what the capacity of my bag was (it was the smaller of the two sizes) but I travel VERY light, and it carried all I need for two weeks on the road last spring.

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I agree, having had this bag on my last 12R. I just took a small thin black zip-tie and made a loop of it on the secure section of the strap, then just slipped the loose end into it once the straps were in-pace and tightened.. Snip off the ends of the zip-tie and bingo...!

I don't know what the capacity of my bag was (it was the smaller of the two sizes) but I travel VERY light, and it carried all I need for two weeks on the road last spring.

L of S
I think I'll do the same. Did you only ever use two straps.? I had four on and found the most rearward straps the loose ends hang down infront of the indicators. With the pocket attachment I'm thinking four is overkill especially as I'm only carrying light stuff mostly.
 

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I think I'll do the same. Did you only ever use two straps.? I had four on and found the most rearward straps the loose ends hang down infront of the indicators. With the pocket attachment I'm thinking four is overkill especially as I'm only carrying light stuff mostly.
I only used the forward straps, being a light packer etc. I also went half a step further: I didn't like the fiddly concept of wrapping the strap around the frame member, so I screwed a hook into a nearby - but slightly more rearward positioned - threaded hole in the frame assembly (I think probably there to suit the fitting of pannier frames). Then I could just quickly and securely hook the looped end of the strap, tighten it, and all was very secure.

One bonus I found with this bag is that being mounted on the rear rack it does not catch your feet when mounting/ demounting the bike, unlike others that sit on the pillion seat. At least, this is what I found with my not-so-flexible limbs! And finally, I do agree 100% with you that BMW should have put the loops onto the straps - detail, BM, detail!

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After a long winter, I was finally able to try out my new BMW small tail bag.
It has lots of room, is expandable and has several small compartments.
As a back rest, it is does ok. It is nice to be able to lean back into it when you want to.
It is very well made and serves all the functions I was looking for.

The only draw back, and this would be true of many tail bags, is the ability to throw a leg over it. Unless you have been doing yoga for the last 20 years or are a lot younger than my 69 years, it is a bit of a stretch. (I have only done yoga for 6 years).
 

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Hello from Montreal! I've had the same bag for 18 months, just love it! It is waterproof and once strapped down, it´ll stay there. No regrets at all.
 

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The only draw back, and this would be true of many tail bags, is the ability to throw a leg over it.
From your pic, nardowell, I cannot quite make this out: on my (late) 1200 R - 2012 model - the small bag (and indeed the larger one) slipped onto the rear of the little rack at the back of the bike, secured by a sort-of sewn-in strap or sleeve underneath. The straps then secured it forward. It was well clear of the pillion seat hence gave no interference to my yoga-free 74 y.o. legs when climbing on and off the bike.

Have I missed something in your pic?

L of S :confused:

(Shortly after - I had a closer look at your pic: I think you have screwed-up the fitting of the bag! Read the instructions for further info on how to mount it as I described).



 

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BMW small tail bag.
The only draw back, and this would be true of many tail bags, is the ability to throw a leg over it.
Snap....so to speak as far as same bag, not the consequence of any leg adjustments to step through onto the seat. This bag is fine for size on a long weekend for me.


This bag is great for a overnight and when you feel brave on skimping with some more vital equipment such as tyre pump, hair dryer, hair straighteners, high heels + casual, dresses, spare undies, electric toothbrush, ...you realise i'm kidding!
"Bag Connection" tail bag
 

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Snap....so to speak as far as same bag, not the consequence of any leg adjustments to step through onto the seat.

'Scuse me, Erin, but reviewing your pix it appears you do not have a rack... :001_unsure:

L of S
 

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From your pic, nardowell, I cannot quite make this out: on my (late) 1200 R - 2012 model - the small bag (and indeed the larger one) slipped onto the rear of the little rack at the back of the bike, secured by a sort-of sewn-in strap or sleeve underneath. The straps then secured it forward. It was well clear of the pillion seat hence gave no interference to my yoga-free 74 y.o. legs when climbing on and off the bike.

Have I missed something in your pic?

L of S :confused:

(Shortly after - I had a closer look at your pic: I think you have screwed-up the fitting of the bag! Read the instructions for further info on how to mount it as I described).



If you want the bag to act as a back support, the installation used works great.
If you follow the instructions, the bag would be too far back to serve as a back rest.

If you get a R1200R and the the bag, you might want to try it.
 
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