1997 BMW R1100 GS - Pannier system
When I purchased my R1100 GS the previous owner included the original plastic BMW panniers - according to the manual only 10kg could go in each - maybe enough for the paper work that you take to the office, but not enough for a trip to Alaska and back. I already had a rack system built for my F650 GS that utilized NATO ammo cans so it was natural that would extend this system to this bike. The pannier holders fasten to each bike in the same fashion so there is no worrying about which goes on what bike.
Seeing how I don't have a pipe
bender, I set out to build the ultimate pannier racks using 18mm
(3/4") square tubing - rack is 320 x 220mm on the outside
diameter and is mounted to be parallel to the rear rack. Building
it from square tubing also will lead to a more positive locking
system for the panniers.