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    Cool luggage options R90/6

    What are the options for a luggage setup (side cases, and rear rack for soft roll bag) for a new to me 1975 R90/6 if one starts from scratch?

    I am a bit confused about the different years, which racks fit what and which cases are compatible with each rack option. The bike mostly original but I'm not sure whether I want to trade period look for useability.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks much and Engage!
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    Earlier this year I bought a 1979 R100S (/7). It already had the luggage rack installed but had no bags. I ordered a set of Krauser bags made by Siebenrock from this place:

    www.bmw2valve.com

    They have lots of experience and can answer questions about what fits and what is needed to make things fit.
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    You might want to check this site:

    http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/bags/index.htm

    Many of the bags shown here will work. I have Wixoms on my R100/7.

    As for racks, Reynolds made some and you can check this brochure to see which models fit:

    http://www.w6rec.com/duane/bmw/reynolds/index.htm
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    I have Wixoms on my R75/6. I found a set in great shape on Ebay, but they came with no mounts/hangers. I designed/mocked up a flat bar mount and brace, then the guys at my husband's work fabricated it in 1/8" steel flat stock. I had to take off the stock seat hinge, and switch to the pin system (where you pull the seat straight up) in order to be able to access the under seat tool compartment. But I actually like the seat better that way- it's much easier to remove and service stuff. The original wixom mounts had a quick release on the left side- so you could remove that case to hinge open the seat. I prefer the cases solidly bolted on. If you find a set with the original mounts- they were often used on Guzzi's so you have to make sure the mounts are the BMW frame compatible version.
    I like the Wixoms since they're top opening, and I don't have to worry about strapping them shut for the latch failures I've heard about from the old Krauser bags. They also have additional tail lights on them which I have wired into my bike.

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    Having just inspected a set of Hepco and Becker bags at an airhead gathering recently I have to say they are substantially better made than the Krausers which just look right on that bike of yours. The case material is thicker and better quality and the latches are way better. That's the way I'd go.
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    Keep in mind that the original BMW bags and mounts (in my opinion) were pretty junky.

    The brackets were notorious for cracking and needing welded up. The bags were also notorious for falling off which is why so many used ones have extra holes/hooks/etc. to allow people to use bungee cords or tie downs to help hold them on!

    That "seat belt" style clip wasn't the best designed hold on!
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    Lots of options, so you will probably have to decide on a couple of parameters. Hard cases? OEM or aftermarket? Soft bags?

    I have a 1974 very similar to yours and have had the touring cases for many years. They have done a good job for me.

    https://store.bobsbmw.com/product/bm...side-33-liter-

    If i was going to do it again, i would probably go for the improved Hepco bags because I think they look better.

    https://store.bobsbmw.com/product/bm...s---right-side

    But, looks like it will be about $750 for two bags and the rack.

    For about half that, you can get a nice set of soft bags or one of the large single duffles. Giant Loop and Wolfman each have about a half dozen different bags.

    Lots of options!

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    BMW saddlebag racks are the same for all large-frame Airheads, 1974-1984. Large frame means not R65, R80G/S, R80ST.

    Difference that's fairly minor is the lock holding the bag to the rack, could be seatbelt type or the later hook type.

    Some bag racks are one piece, the two sides connected via a small rear center rack to which you could mount a small duffle.

    Airheads prior to 1985 are not approved for a rear top box. The one piece rack doesn't fit with the "S" type seat, i.e. one with a plastic cowl ... which you don't have.

    As with everything BMW, latest is best, so that means the bags with the horizontal reflectors and similar chrome BMW logo and with the last generation locks using key that's same style as your ignition key.

    As reported, the BMW racks are known to fracture, but that's almost always from overloading. Airheads were simply never designed to carry heavy loads. The usual weight limit per bag published by BMW is 22 pounds.
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    You could also check around for a used set. A used set of Krausers with the racks can be had for $200-$300.
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    You could also check around for a used set. A used set of Krausers with the racks can be had for $200-$300.
    That seems a bit low, like everything else used equipment prices seem to be creeping upward. Still, they're out there.

    But if you are considering the pre-owned Krauser route, especially from eBay sellers (who often don't know what they're selling) you will need to consider the differences in hardware; Long Wheel Base, Short Wheel Base, or R65. It affects the length of the "down leg" that stabilizes the lower front mounting loop. Additionally, the tabs specifically for the R65 bike, are oriented horizontally, instead of vertically as for the SWB/LWB. The bike below is my LWB '73 /5 with R65 mounts (the eBay seller advertised that they came off of a /6).

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    Thanks for everyone's responses.
    Agree, have seen a lot of ebay listings that are not clear on fitment or even list fitments that should be incompatible. The ebay Krauser cases often look crappy and are still quite pricey.

    The new HepcoBecker replicas of the old style Krauser bags do look really nice and seem to work better. But it would be almost $1000 with the brackets and a rear rack.

    The 80s "touring cases" sound like a good alternative. Good to know that all the "large frame" airhead racks fit.

    Rear seat bag is not an option as we will be riding two-up. I have Wolfman Rocky Mountain bags on my GS for off road use but they require frames still. Has anyone successfully used soft bags without frames to keep them off the rear wheel?
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    Aerostich offers a variety of soft saddlebags:

    http://www.aerostich.com/bags/seat-b...ags/saddlebags

    I notice that there are some reviews...maybe the reviews will discuss your concerns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgej View Post
    You could also check around for a used set. A used set of Krausers with the racks can be had for $200-$300.
    I saw that Re-Psychle (Lithopolis) near Columbus, OH (go Bucks!!) had quite a few of them in various stages of condition.
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    How do you shop for used parts from Repsycle? Did you go their and view the side bags? I need many parts for my 81 R100RT that was knocked over by an SUV 5 weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAS View Post
    How do you shop for used parts from Repsycle?
    Looks like you need to email them with what you want and they get back to you:

    http://www.re-psycle.com/parts_01.asp
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