The latches on my saddlebags and top box are very hard to operate. To depress the button, I put the key in the button, and give it a sharp rap. Then I pull on the latch that pops up, but that also requires too much strength. The latch actually pushes/pulls a stainless-steel metal strip back and forth, to engage/disengage the catches. How do I lubricate them? I don't see how to get any lubricant onto the back side of the metal strip.
My bike is a 2005 R1200 RT, but I had the same problem on the R1200 ST that I had before that, and also on a K1300 GT.