Top case and panniers ... How much can they take?

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Top case and panniers ... How much can they take?

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I ended up doing a bit of shopping after a ride out today and probably put more in the top case than I should have done.


It got me thinking about my holiday tour in June and how much I could safely put in them.
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The answer is.  Until no more will go in.  Just make sure you push the two halves fully together before pushing down the flap. If you use inner bags there should be no loose bits to get jammed.
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RTman10 wrote: The answer is.  Until no more will go in.  Just make sure you push the two halves fully together before pushing down the flap. If you use inner bags there should be no loose bits to get jammed.
Erm! Yes, but weight and balance does actually play a part here....🙄 When I pack my LC with the full suite of luggage fitted, I always ensure the weight hangs low (in the panniers) to aid c of g and endeavour to keep the top box weight minimal but full. In addition, I fit a roll bag/grip across the seat, immediately in front of the top box, but not stuffed with anything heavy.
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Steve F wrote: Erm! Yes, but weight and balance does actually play a part here....🙄 When I pack my LC with the full suite of luggage fitted, I always ensure the weight hangs low (in the panniers) to aid c of g and endeavour to keep the top box weight minimal but full. In addition, I fit a roll bag/grip across the seat, immediately in front of the top box, but not stuffed with anything heavy.

Of course, heavy stuff lowest and evenly distributed.  But you don't need to worry about damaging the lids or locks.
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No, for once both top box and pannier lids, locks and latches appear to be fit for purpose.......did I really say that....??!!🤔😉
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stayingupright wrote:
It got me thinking about my holiday tour in June and how much I could safely put in them.

Last year it was enough for 2 people for 4 weeks (including a tankbag)

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Last few years weve been touring on Rt and K1600 and I normally weigh the inner bags when full. Usually about 7 kg in each pannier bag. About 5 kg in top box bag and a couple kg in tank bag. Last year had rack on topbox with a Kreiga 20 which had wet gear plus the  wifes shoes ,spare gloves etc.
Never had any issues with handling etc. although getting a fully loaded k1600 onto centre stand can be a challenge :o .
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tony23 wrote: Last few years weve been touring on Rt and K1600 and I normally weigh the inner bags when full. Usually about 7 kg in each pannier bag. About 5 kg in top box bag and a couple kg in tank bag. Last year had rack on topbox with a Kreiga 20 which had wet gear plus the  wifes shoes ,spare gloves etc.
Never had any issues with handling etc. although getting a fully loaded k1600 onto centre stand can be a challenge :o .

Had not thought about getting some cheap luggage scales but it might not be a bad idea. Thanks
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stayingupright wrote:
Had not thought about getting some cheap luggage scales but it might not be a bad idea. Thanks

High tech method. 
1.  Fill both pannier.
2.  Place one in each hand and pick up.
3.  Adjust contents until they both feel the same.
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Yes, enough for a tour for two people to Chinquee Terre and also a smooth ride full loaded on the way back over Stelvio.
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Both the Panniers and Topcase are rated at 10kg / 22lbs each. Maximum speed not to exceed 110 mph. Good points made (RT man) regarding making sure lids are fully closed prior to pressing down locking lever otherwise damage can occur. Never actually weighed my own stuff but as with all of my BMW tourers past and present I do find the more you load them up, the more planted they feel. During my regular Autumn run down to Provence I bring back 6 bottles in each pannier snuggly surrounded by jeans, shorts, socks, pants and shirts etc. As this trip is usually solo the Top Case is left at home.
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Now here I can help, I have a very basic taste in wine and on my annual trip to Spain I loaded up with a cheap robust little Rioca. This came in one litre tetra pacs and I was able to load up the panniers with a pretty large quantity, can't remember quite how many but when the bike was fired up the pannier symbols on the dash lit up in red, I changed it to the 2 up setting and all was well. Lighter stuff like dirty underwear was stored higher up in the top box and a bag on the back seat.
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I know a chap who, on a four week tour, used to use his worn undies to clean off brake dust etc then bin them.
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Oh dear.  Did you read the post from Steiner this morning about changing the subject. Now we used to take worn out ones so we could chuck them.  I find back wheels are better cleaned with hotel hand towels.
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RTman10 wrote: Oh dear.  Did you read the post from Steiner this morning about changing the subject. Now we used to take worn out ones so we could chuck them.  I find back wheels are better cleaned with hotel hand towels.

Yes, now back on subject as directed! Panniers two on the side, top box, one on the top. Fill them enjoy. Is that good enough  8)
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