The solution for carrying more cargo on BMW adventure bikes
Sandpoint, ID, December 18, 2015 - Black Dog Cycle Works (BDCW) announces their new BDCW Pillion Rack for BMW R1200GS and GSA Liquid-Cooled motorcycles. For solo adventure riders, a great solution for carrying more cargo is to replace the passenger seat with an integrated rack. BDCW's new rack puts the additional weight immediately behind the rider where motorcycles were originally designed to carry it, making it the ideal location. By moving the weight forward from the rear of the bike, riders should expect greatly improved balance and control.
The BDCW Pillion Rack is a highly functional, rugged yet beautifully-machined product that greatly increases the carrying capacity of the Big GS. And, it works especially well with the BDCW Multi-Function Rear Rack for the GSLC or GSA-LC, but is compatible with most rear racks from other manufacturers, as well as the factory grab rails on the standard GS and GSA.
Avid adventure riders will appreciate how the BDCW Pillion Rack mounts to their bikes. "Unlike other versions on the market, we intentionally engineered our rack so that it doesn't use the mostly plastic stock keyed release system. We found that the stock release doesn't take to the off-road punishment many of our customers give their bikes. Ours bolts directly to the frame." says Kurt Forgét of BDCW.
The BDCW design has several notably unique features and benefits:
A great compliment for the BDCW Multi-Function Rear Rack for either the GS-LC or GSA-LC Made of industrial grade gauge 1/4" aluminum Bolts to the frame for solid mounting-designed to take a beating while securely hauling gear Quick and easy removal with four bolts to replace the passenger seat Generous-sized perimeter holes give multiple tie-down points for gear Compatible with the factory grab rails for both the standard GS and the GSA. Anodized hard black for a durable finish Spacers and stainless steel hardware provided Approximately 12" wide x 14" long Designed, tested and manufactured in the U.S.A.
I was going to start the thread with a I've been doing a lot of LDR lately (Long Distance Riding, duh!) and I need more gas crap, but to be honest, I love how the extra fuel canister looks on my bike.
The problem I had is that I didn't want to the rotopax to be on the sides or the back but on top of the side aluminum cases. Right under my Wolfman rollie bags. But there was no way to strap them properly so I had to improvise.
Total cost of project: $15
Total man hours spent: 1
Total beers consumed: 3 Industrial Revolution Vanilla Porter (I love living in CO)
Your standard ADV side case
Your standard BMW straps
Using the Wolfman rollie alone with the straps: perfect!
Using the Wolfman rollie and the rotopax with the straps: disaster!
The rotopax will just fly away with the slightest bump.
The solution: Footman Loops for next to nothing (here)
I also needed some STAINLESS STEEL hardware as well as some pieces of an old bicycle tube
Marking the “G” spot
Measurements because OCD
Am I actually drilling a hole on my sidecar?
I wonder if this will void the warranty…
The tube will help the water to stay out (in theory)
Screw -> hook -> washer -> tube in this order
Thank the OCD for measuring… How did I make it crooked?
Screw tight (boom, phrasing!)
Cut the edges.
And here’s the magic! Yes, these are the original straps that came with my bike…
This rotopax, won’t go anywhere!
Not bad, right?
Best think, I can still open my side cases with everything on them!
Now I’m ready to go to my local Starbucks. Oh wait, I’ve got extra fuel! I can go to the one across town!! WOOHOO!!!!
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By Eric Hall
I figured now we have a bike, I'd put this thread here.
What we have is a 2011 KTM 990 Adventure with just 3,000 miles! It's very clean and has never even been off road before. We hope to change that!
My objective is to have a bike we can bring to all our regional events that can showcase some of the best the after market vendor world has to offer. It's purpose is to become a basis of discussion as to how these things make a difference in our riding. One of the reasons I picked a 990 is primarily because we couldn't get a new bike donated! It's also because there are a lot of people making stuff for the 990 and it has a lot of good real estate on which to put custom graphics wrap on. Besides, the 990 also happens to be a great bike in the dirt.
It's also important to note here that none of this stuff is "free" that we're getting just because XLADV is so awesome. This bike came out of my pocket and most of the aftermarket parts are being provided at simply a discount. I'm happy to showcase these products and put sponsors' logos on the bike for their efforts. That's one thing I wanted XLADV to stand out for and that's a solid partnership with the v
By Bryan Bosch
Be sure to checkout our full review of the Wolfman Luggage Expedition Dry Saddlebags. XLADV Contributor Nate J. did a GREAT job on this one, so thanks Nate!
Full review @ http://xladv.com/reviews/product/182-wolfman-luggage-expedition-dry-saddle-bags/
Show us your tool-bags and explain the what and why! Here, I'll start.
This is for my G450X. OK... it's not really an XL bike :/ Gee!
Here's how my pack looks like. This is the Wolfman Medium Rollie Bag with two Wolf Bottle Holsters.
Let's start looking inside! Here's what fits in this baby:
1. Recovery bag
2. Flat tire bag
3. Misc items bag
4. Tools bag
5. Spare tubes for both front/rear
6. Zip ties (with several rubber bands)
7. Two MSR 30oz fuel bottles
The recovery bag is just what I need for a z-pull/drag system. There are several sets out there but I wanted to make mine on my own. Did I mention I have mild OCD? It contains:
1. 52ft of accessory cord (6mm)
2. 2x oval non-locking carabiners
3. 2x Petzl pulleys
4. 2x Petzl Tibloc ascenders
5. The manual from the ascenders which will explain how to make a z-pull/drag system
The flat tire bag, is a standard. However, here's what it has in detail:
1. Stop & go pump
2. Slime patch repair kit
3. 2x normal SHORT tire irons
4. Valve stem removal tool
The spare tubes, are in a ziplocl bag because try-to-put-them-in-the-bag-omg-they-wont-move-when-they-touch-the-wolfman-dry-material... Of course, a normal grocery bag would do as well. Just blame my OCD for the waste...
My misc bag contains the following (I haven't included links for the obvious items):
1. Small mesh bag for the loose items (I got it from Michael's for like $1)
2. Eagle Creek bag (I'm mentioning it here since I'm using the same for everything)
3. Electrical tape
4. Electrical wire
5. Steel wire
6. Any kind of light
9. Emergency blanket (I remove the box after I took the pic)
12. Camping tape I suggest this brand. This thing will hold anything!
13. Coffee filter (to pour water in the radiator)
14. Radiator Stop Leak
15. An extra sparkplug
17. Purifying water tablets
Finally my tool bag. This took me the most time to gather. What I've been doing the last months, is using tools from my garage and every time I'm using something (for example a screwdriver or a 10mm hex socket), I'm taking a note and like that I assembled a list of all the tools I ever needed for my bike. In theory, I can bring the engine down with what I have in this bag. In theory. Of course, I don't know how... So for the G450X here's a list of the tools I used (no links of course)
Hex sockets: 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 17mm, 22mm, 30mm
Hex bits: 3mm, 4mm, 8mm, 12mm
Wrenches: 11mm, 12mm
Tools: Leatherman, flat screwdriver, philips screwdriver, ratchet, extensions, adapters
And ALL of these items with fuel included, under 20lbs (12.5kgs for our Metric friends)!
In addition to all of these, when I'm on my dirt-bike, I always carry:
My poop-bag (laugh all you want, I want to see you taking a sh!t and wiping with leaves)
Phone / InReach
Very small 1st aid kit
Let us see yours!