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    GS Luggage Options

    RE: 2007 R-GS
    I am planning an extended trip to Alaska for next summer and taking a look at my luggage options. I have the complete set of Vario factory luggage, but I could use more space if I had it. It occurs to me that, since I won't be using the passenger seat, it makes since to remove it and use that space for important stuff like camping gear and extra gas. Does anyone make a rack that uses the same mounts as the pillion seat and is designed to replace it on trips like this? I've made a serious pass at all the usual accessories sources and can't find anything, but I'm sure I'm not the first one to have this idea.

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    I use one made either by Wunderlich or Touratech (can't remember which). Photo shows the plate in lieu of the pillion saddle. At a past rally I saw Black Dog Cycle Works also had something similar.

    https://blackdogcw.com/bdcw-helo-pad-bmw-r1200gs-a-oc/

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    '18 R1200GSA for solo rides
    '12 R1200GSA with Hannigan sidecar for rides with Glenlivet

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    I have the Blackdog pillion plate on my GSA. I fitted it with a Givi tank lock mount and use the mount to hold a Harbor Freight box on the plate. The box provides additional storage space and quick and east to mount/dismount.

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    Altrider makes a great one.

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    If you have a GSA rear rack the ALT Rider pillion plate will not work. The ALT Rider pillion plate will work with the Vario top case luggage grid.

    I have both an Alt Rider and another smaller verion of you'd like pics. FWIW the Alt Rider pillion plate is new never used and I am selling it if you are interested.

    Also, FWIW I'd ditch the Vario cases. They are heavy, heavy and the expansion mechanism takes up a lot of space inside the pannier. they also lack a rear cross over to tie the cases together so when fully loaded they sway like a cow's milk bag. Its not uncommon for the plastic mounting hooks/tabs to break because all the swaying is like talking a piece of metal and folding it back and forth until it breaks. I also dislike sideload panniers because every time you open the lid everything falls out.

    I have had OEM GSA panniers, TouraTech Zega, Jesse's, Tusk and Vario panniers and in the end the Tusk panniers are some of my favorites. I have them mounted to TouraTech pannier racks on m,y 2007 GS and what I like best beside the low cost is they are equal in size whereas most other panniers have one big and one small to miss the exhaust.

    Personally, I'm not a pannier snob and to me they are all nothing but boxes with lids. I have a hard time spending $1500 on a set of Jesse's that do not hold things any better than a $250 set of Tusks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    I use one made either by Wunderlich or Touratech (can't remember which). Photo shows the plate in lieu of the pillion saddle. At a past rally I saw Black Dog Cycle Works also had something similar.

    https://blackdogcw.com/bdcw-helo-pad-bmw-r1200gs-a-oc/

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    Thanks for those tips. Would love to know more about that saddle also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayfast View Post
    Thanks for those tips. Would love to know more about that saddle also.
    Thatís a custom Russell Day Long. I went with the light gray so my buns didnít get charbroiled from the sun on trips out west. IMO the best touring saddle available, but I find it unsuitable on my two-wheeled GSA (my other bike) as those wings that make it so comfortable on long trips dig painfully into the back of my thighs when standing with my weight slid back on downhills. Of course if you donít ride dirt thatís not an issue

    Search on RDL and youíll find much praise and a few less happy

    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    That’s a custom Russell Day Long. I went with the light gray so my buns didn’t get charbroiled from the sun on trips out west. IMO the best touring saddle available, but I find it unsuitable on my two-wheeled GSA (my other bike) as those wings that make it so comfortable on long trips dig painfully into the back of my thighs when standing with my weight slid back on downhills. Of course if you don’t ride dirt that’s not an issue

    Search on RDL and you’ll find much praise and a few less happy

    Pete
    Love the RDL saddles I bought used, but in stop-n-go traffic the wings are a bit annoying. I have to remember to slide well forward to stop and put a foot down or suffer the wings digging into my thighs. Fortunately, I still have the original seat for in-town riding and trips under ~150 miles. Russell does offer a Sport seat with smaller wings that I would probably try if I needed a new seat.
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    That's What I'm Talkin' About

    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    I have the Blackdog pillion plate on my GSA. I fitted it with a Givi tank lock mount and use the mount to hold a Harbor Freight box on the plate. The box provides additional storage space and quick and east to mount/dismount.

    That is an extremely cool set up. Going to attempt to duplicate as close as possible.

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