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Thread: Does cold weaken BMW hard luggage?

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    Kbiker BCKRider's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    B.C. Canada

    Does cold weaken BMW hard luggage?

    The question just again occured to me on a foray down to our basement (where my luggage resides in the winter) and probably because it is ridiculously cold for our area at this time of year - down to about 0 degrees F. tonight.

    For years I've removed the bags when I parked the bike for the last time in the fall in its unheated shed. This because many years ago most of my plastic duck decoys cracked with almost no provocation. I attributed that to spending the winter in an un-heated shed. (Hey, I have several sheds!)

    Anyway, just wondering if any of you have had your bags shatter in a tipover? Could be it was years rather than cold that did in my duck decoys. Could also be I am talking about completely different materials in the decoys and the luggage. (And no, I don't remove the RS tupperware - hadn't even thought of THAT until right now. Please don't tell me it gets brittle when subjected to below zero temps!)

    Maybe someone with experience in this area (below zero storage and a tipover) or knowledge about the stuff in our "plastic" luggage and fairings could set me and others straight.
    1992 K100RS

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    Rocky Bow BMW Riders #197 bogthebasher's Avatar
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    Apr 2008
    Calgary AB

    Don't think so

    Dropped my bike in the garage last winter and it was -30C. Scratched but never cracked at all. Next summer up to +44C and didn't melt either.
    Seriously though I think long term cold/hot cycles would be a torture test for an hard luggage but am confident my luggage will stand the test of time.
    Ken Dittrick
    2008 R1200RT (Biarritz Blau)

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    i wouldn't worry about it.

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    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
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    Probably very similar;

    The beemer plastics is probably very similar to all those car bumpers and other exposed plastic hardware on autos these days, so look around at your car parts exposed to a much harsher life and see how they are doing in the very cold? Poor ducks. I have live ones around here, their eggs we "eat". Randy

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