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    RT Luggage replacement

    I recently started riding and bought a nice 2010 R1200RT with 10,500 miles. The right luggage bag was scratched due to dropping the bike while stopped. The guy was pretty short and decided to go back to riding his Harleys so I got a good deal. This last weekend I stopped at the top of a mountain road near Monterey on some wet sandy soil and dumped the bike on the other side. Looked up the replacement OEM parts and they are about $535/side. I think my dealer will give me about a 15% discount but still a pretty hefty price. Also probably need to get something else to protect them since based on what I see I am not the only one with this issue. Any suggestions?
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    Saddle Bag Triage

    For what its worth.

    Don't remember what your model of RT bags look like but in years past someone suggested I refinish the outside of scraped bags with spray on black pick-up truck bed liner. It worked great. And it was cheap (I mean inexpensive).

    If you decide to go that way - spray a little on some junk surface to see how it looks and feels after it drys.

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    Black replacement lids from BMW cost $206 each, or you can probably get your scratched lids repainted for half that.
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    I've taken the four screws out of each side case and had both lids refinished locally with paint code. Cost about $100 each. Had several scratches on the side cases due to toppling incidents. In the first photo you can see the scratches in the side case. I eventually replaced the reflectors with the BMW placard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gailmiller View Post
    I recently started riding and bought a nice 2010 R1200RT with 10,500 miles. The right luggage bag was scratched due to dropping the bike while stopped. The guy was pretty short and decided to go back to riding his Harleys so I got a good deal. This last weekend I stopped at the top of a mountain road near Monterey on some wet sandy soil and dumped the bike on the other side. Looked up the replacement OEM parts and they are about $535/side. I think my dealer will give me about a 15% discount but still a pretty hefty price. Also probably need to get something else to protect them since based on what I see I am not the only one with this issue. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.
    I got wunderlich bars front and back. it'll set you back a pretty penny... i think like 800 total? cant recall, but i dropped my bike twice and both times it saved the bike from scuffing up paint or worse damage:



    However, if it completely falls over without you there, it'll still roll over to its side. I have some scuffed mirrors cuz of that, and my pannier is slightly scratched:



    you can see the scuff marks on the panniers and bars... without those bars, the scratches would be way worse. My kickstand was slightly deployed and i was on a slope, so i lovingly watched my bike fall over from a few feet back... no time to catch it Sadness.

    I bought the black version so its easier to hide any scuffs. I also bought the scuff protectors: http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=39137, but they're expesnive at 70 dollars per side. They are nice looking tho, goes with the bike, and when i take the panniers of, it rests on those.
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    I have the Wunderlich engine guards and the case protection. The combination of the two avoids a very expensive "Oops!", and works great. I had to do a quick stop and put my left boot into sand with with resulting drop. No damage other than scrapes on the bars, which took all of 15 minutes to sand and repaint. FWIW, the painted bars are preferable to the chrome because they can be repainted, as opposed to the chrome version with the obvious problem of needing to be replated.

    One drop pays for these things. The only issue I have with Wunderlich is that their hardware positively sucks. Replace everything with stainless steel and save a lot of grief there. Also note that the bolt for the right side cylinder mounting is usually just a bit too long and will twist off when trying to mount the crossover bar, so be careful there.





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    Ok, I'll be the idiot and say it........trade it in for a wethead and you won't drop it anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sedanman View Post
    Ok, I'll be the idiot and say it........trade it in for a wethead and you won't drop it anymore.
    Paul, I am not sure that would solve gravity .

    Besides, I have the 2011 perfectly set up, and way too much money and time invested to do a trade so it is a permanent family member. Beside that, it is just getting broken in well at 24000 miles and simply hums along at 80mph.

    I am seriously trying to get over the last attack of "Farkle Virus" that infected me, and I am an active member of "Farkle Anonymous".

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    Thanks for the input. I will check out the options you have mentioned. I have been looking at the wet heads but I think dropping my 2010 doesn't hurt as much as dropping a new one. Besides this bike only has 16,000 miles on it and my total riding experience is 2,500 miles on a previous bike and 5,500 on this one. I have the 2010 with the decals on it so it is a little harder to match.
    Gail

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    See what your local autobody shops can do for you. Sometimes they can fit in a small job for a reasonable price and a professional job will always look better than a DIY job.

    pete
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    Thumbs up BMW Logo plaques??

    Reece...where did you get those nameplaques...they look great!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie View Post
    Reece...where did you get those nameplaques...they look great!!!
    I think your talking about the ones on the side cases. I ordered them from adventure motor sports, just down the street there in your neighborhood.
    I pulled the reflectors off with my fingernails, just double sided tape, cleaned the surface area real good, and placed the new placards in the indention, being careful to get it right the first time. Easy peasy and cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie View Post
    Reece...where did you get those nameplaques...they look great!!!
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    Local Body Shop

    Went by my local body shop and they said they could redo my saddlebags for $200 to $300. My bike is the one that has the decal stripes so I will loose the stripes. They will still be on the front fairing but it seems to me it will look fine. Beats the $635/side price at the dealer. They said they could work with me on the price at the dealer but still a lot of money.
    Thanks again for the help.
    Gail

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    Before you bring the bike to the body shop stop by at a vynil sign shop. Let them take photos of the stripes. They can make replacement stripes fairly inexpensively. Wait a few days for the paint to cure and then let the sign shop apply the stripes.
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