BMW Motorrad is known for its innovation, not just with its motorcycles but also with the BMW range of accessories, clothing and helmets.
A totally new concept in on-board luggage and personal storage for the growing number of adventure riders has recently been introduced by BMW Motorrad USA.
Primarily designed for off road use on the GS-model ranges of adventure bikes, the new Atacama Adventure Luggage System uses the same case carrier system developed for the original BMW aluminium cases but it’s soft construction gives riders an extra level of flexibility and security when navigating more challenging riding conditions.
The system consists of side cases available in two sizes (25 and 35 litres), and a top mounted duffle bag that can be converted into a hiking backpack.
Unlike traditional soft luggage systems that use straps to mount, the Atacama system uses a wedge mounting system made from injection moulded glass-filled plastic just like the hard case system.
That makes the bags more secure and they won’t bounce around in rough terrain like traditional “over the seat” softbags and strap-based connection systems.
The bags are made from PVC and ballistic nylon materials, have high abrasion resistance and are waterproof.
Currently, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System is only available through authorised BMW Motorrad USA dealers, but Michael Hernandez, Manager of Parts and Accessories for BMW Motorrad USA said the product was developed in the US with the needs of global adventure motorcycle riders in mind.
That suggests it will find it’s way into other markets, including Australia, in the near future.
The system will suit the following models:
- K25 (2004 – 2013) R 1200 GS/GS Adventure with BMW aluminium case mounting installed)
- K50/51 (2013 – present) R 1200 GS/GS Adventure with BMW aluminium case mounting installed)
- K72 (2008 – present) F 650/700/800 GS with BMW aluminium case mounting installed)
- K75 (2014 – present) F 800 GS Adventure)