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    I got the Cee Bailey liners, < 1/2 the price of BMW's. Haven't had any rain seepage yet, I just got the liners because of the way the saddlebags open out, instead of opening the top.

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    I have ridden for several hours in torrential rain and the bags never leaked.
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    With the BMW liners it's reasonable to buy only one of them. They're great for the take-into-motel mode - easy packing and transporting - but not especially great for digging around in while stopped beside the road. With my new R1200R I bought only the left side and use other kinds of bags, or no bag at all, for the right side. I use the right side for jackets, gloves, snacks, pump, tools, etc., and when the bike's on its side stand, the right side case is sloped so its contents are less apt to fall out. For me, having only one liner bag works out well.
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    Greetings,

    I have a pair of the BMW liners. They are wonderfully made however they are so stiff as to be hard to put some items inside. I am a large guy so as you can imagine my coat is rather large as well, 3x tall, and it will not fit inside the liner nor will it fit in the pannier if the liner is inside. Just assumed it was because I'm so big only to find out my 5'2" wife's coat will not fit either. The armor in the sleeves and shoulders prevent you from rolling them up enough to fit. My textile HD jacket contains no armor and will roll up much smaller. In fairness they are both Tourmaster Transitions jackets so they are fairly large anyway.

    The liners are excellent though for traveling as others have noted as you just grab them and go when you get to your hotel. Very well made bags.

    SteveM

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    Its interesting, but I've never worried about my hard cases leaking in the rain. Modern bikes seem to have this all sorted out. No?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zenwhipper View Post
    Its interesting, but I've never worried about my hard cases leaking in the rain. Modern bikes seem to have this all sorted out. No?
    The bags on both of our 2011 K1300S bags leaked. Bags liner kept our stuff dry.
    Sometimes at rallies when we were out on day rides with jacket liners or heated gear in the bags I had to remember to take that stuff in the room at night in case it rained.
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    I have a 2009 RT, same bags as your 1300. 20K miles touring and never a drop from rain or washing bike in my bags. Never use a liner in my RT bags, never had a leak. You must have had a bad set.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 35164 View Post
    I have a 2009 RT, same bags as your 1300. 20K miles touring and never a drop from rain or washing bike in my bags. Never use a liner in my RT bags, never had a leak. You must have had a bad set.


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    Two bad sets, and the K1300S bags are not the same as the RT.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Two bad sets, and the K1300S bags are not the same as the RT.


    Sorry your right, I thought you were talking about the K1300GT, they are the same as the RT. My bad. Never liked the 1300S bags, they look like they are taped together with that strap thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 35164 View Post
    Sorry your right, I thought you were talking about the K1300GT, they are the same as the RT. My bad. Never liked the 1300S bags, they look like they are taped together with that strap thing.


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    The original question was about the RT bags, right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 35164 View Post
    The original question was about the RT bags, right.


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    That's correct, I was replying to Zen who said "Modern bikes seem to have this all sorted out. No? ".
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    You still need to do your research on any bike you buy. Especially bikes that do a variety of tasks. If your old enough and had the first saddlebags BMW designed, you may remember them dumping your stuff all over the road when BMW decided to stop using Krauser bags and designed their own bags which never latched properly. If you take the Moto Guzzi Norge, a truly beautiful machine has cheap saddlebags. I was truly unable to unlatch a bag on the floor of a showroom. You never know, take your time and be a truly annoying shopper and buyer when trying out a bike model. Ask the sales guy to hose down a bike and its saddlebags to see if they leak, why not!


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    Cool

    My experience with RTs in the past and an RS wethead now, is the bags are pretty dry evan on long day in moderate to heavy rain.

    The biggest flaw is that there are made of relatively light weight plastic and deform easily. So if over packed, something caught in the seal, or any evan moderate to light stress they will leak.

    This is why BMW offerer relatively stiff bag liners...that hold their shape. They do not stress the plastic of the bags.

    If you want dry bags that you can over stuff...buy Jesse's. They evan stay dry when you crash your bike.

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    With bag empty I always use hose and wet them pretty good to see if any water gets in. I like bag liners for the ease of taking stuff into hotel or tent.


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