BMW Motorcycle Saddlebags and Panniers
If you need to add some storage space to your BMW motorcycle, saddlebags and panniers allow you to do just that. With a wide variety of materials and designs to choose from, it is easy to find the right type for your needs.Motorcycle Luggage
Unlike a car, a motorcycle is naturally quite limited in terms of the amount of luggage that it can carry. While some touring bikes come with panniers included, most motorcycle riders have to turn to add-on luggage carrying solutions for longer trips. BMW motorcycle luggage allows BMW bike owners to outfit their vehicles with extra storage space.Types of Storage
Motorcycle riders can argue for hours over whether hard or soft luggage is better. Hard luggage is typically made from plastic or aluminium and provides extra protection for the contents. It is also more stable on the bike as it attaches firmly to a rack, so there is less shifting of weight that might throw off your balance. Hard panniers are also more secure than soft bags as they can be locked to the rack, and some feature quick-release systems for easy mounting and dismounting. However, soft luggage is both cheaper and lighter, and can be compressed down when not filled for a lower profile. It is also more suitable for crossing technical terrain. Hard luggage will protect the contents far more than soft luggage if the bike goes down. However, depending on how you fall, they can also cause additional damage to the bike’s frame or your legs in a crash.Sizing
As a general rule, the larger the bike, the larger the saddlebags that it can carry. The second consideration to take into account is that the higher the exhaust pipes sit on the body, the smaller the bag that can be carried on the motorbike. Users of motorcycle saddlebags and panniers should allow at least an inch of clearance between the bottom of the saddlebag and the top of the exhaust. For soft bags, this should be measured when the bag is full, as they will tend to sag when loaded.Tail Packs
Panniers are not the only kind of BMW luggage available. If you have less to carry or just prefer not to mount bags on the sides of your bike, tail packs provide an alternative. Depending on the specific pack, they can attach to a permanently-fitted rack or strapped to the rear seat. Some designs also convert into a backpack when detached from the bike, making them a very convenient way to carry a day’s worth of luggage.