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Hi all, new member with a 2012 R1200R on the way. I am trading up from a Kawasaki KLR, which has two nice Pelican hard side cases with locks for the cases and mounts.

"My" rep at the dealership didn't know offhand if these cases would fit onto the BMW, so I thought I'd ask here. Will they?

If they don't, I imagine they will with some mods, maybe?

Thank you for any help/hints/tips/tricks!
 

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Can I keep the Pelican?

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are gonna' LOVE the new Roadster !!!:)
Of course, Possible! Fabricating custom mounts would be necessary. Painted carbon steel, aluminum, stainless, titanium. How deep are your pockets?
Then, the question of how well these unique mounts are crafted & fit, interfere or blend with other bike functions and parts, bag attachment & detachment, and the appearance issue.
Upside is, you get to use the bags you're already so fond of, and they are paid for. Downside may be they interfere with the swingarm motion or passenger pegs, melt on the exhaust, rattle, rust, creak or chafe.
Will cost estimates of good quality hand-made mounts equal what used BMW bags sell for?
Would it be Prudent to look at e-bay, check craigs list & contact Beemer Boneyard to source a used pair of BMW OEM bags and/or top case w/mount?
One key fits everything. Waterproof side bags come off in 10 seconds and into the hotel room with you. They blend with all bike functions well. Plug-n-play.
This question would also be warmly received on the adv website. GS riders love "you can't do that!" bag mount problems. Post us your pics. Go get'em, TIGER!
 

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Did you trade/sell your KLR? If I trade it will be my GSA; I can't part with my KLR.
The KLR will be traded in as partial payment for the R12R. I've ridden it for a year, and while fun as a learner bike, it's not going to work for me long term. The bike is physically too small for me. Glad you like your KLR that much, they have a lot of good qualities.
 

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Clem: Thank you for the food for thought. I can easily design and fabricate new mounts myself, but I hadn't thought of the other issues! I think I'll just sell the pelican bags, and I'll definitely check out the Beemer Boneyard.
 

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IF you can find used OEM mounts & bags for 50-75% cost, you'd be beating yourself up to try and out-engineer BMW system cases.
Vario, Givi, H&B, etc. There are other options. Good Luck!
 

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IF you can find used OEM mounts & bags for 50-75% cost, you'd be beating yourself up to try and out-engineer BMW system cases.
Vario, Givi, H&B, etc. There are other options. Good Luck!
Question about the BMW cases, are they good and durable? Would you say they are worth the price? Or should I look at alternatives?
 

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Question about the BMW cases, are they good and durable? Would you say they are worth the price? Or should I look at alternatives? Today 02:55 PM Question about the BMW cases, are they good and durable? Would you say they are worth the price? Or should I look at alternatives? Today 02:55 PMQuestion about the BMW cases, are they good and durable? Would you say they are worth the price? Or should I look at alternatives?
Yes.
Oh, Yes, Especially if you can find slightly used ones for less.
No. You may save some money, but sacrifice benefits.
YMMV
 

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My friend has a KLX and I agree they are a good starter bike. Pretty limited as far as power and any creature comforts. 'Me make bike, it go far' -KL* designer. 'We have not overlooked anything and I feel like this bike really fills a void in motorcycling that most don't even realize until they've ridden this bike' - The badass who dreampt up the r12r.
 
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