Tour Pak Top Box
How to fit it to a BMW R1200GS.
By Mick From Tassie.
Editors Note: I had fitted an Rjays top box to my R1200GS
and Mick had rung me up for some tips. He decided to go the
Tour Pak option. Mick did use the original BMW support bars as
I did as these offer lots of strength, especially if a pillion
like to use the top box as a backrest. So, in Micks words here
I have been after a topbox to fit to my R1200GS for a
I did not like the size or the price of the original equipment
one, although I did get the BMW Vario panniers when I bought
the bike and they are well made quality items. But for over AU$
1000 I thought I could get better value with an aftermarket top
Shopping around I was concerned that most of the topbox
mounting kits available had very low load capacities (Givi 6KG
Max.) where the Vario fitting kit allows 10KG. For reference a
case of stubbies weighs about 10KG, so for me that sets the
I thought that using the BMW original rear top box support
with a cheap Chinese top box was the way to go. I priced the
rear support arm by itself ($180) and the full kit to suit the
Vario top box ($190). I went for the full kit and have a few
bits over that I did not use.
After having an Rjays box on a previous bike and having some
issues with the mounting plate cracking, I decided to try
another similarly priced box. The top box I went for is here
was from ebay: ($175 delivered) The ebay page and product is
listed below this article. Just hit the "search" button and
The fitting was fairly simple although required some tapered
spacers to fit the aluminium plate to the BMW rear rack. I made
these out of some alloy hollow bar that I had lying around.
I used the BMW top box adapter plate that came with the support
to mark the holes to mount the plate to the original rack.
I used six screws to mount the plate to the rack and the rear
Then I used another 4 screws to mount the top box mounting
plate to the alloy plate.
I reckon it looks good and feels solid.
The box itself is a fair bit more flexible than an Rjay or a
Givi, When the box is closed though it feels solid and does not
rattle. The fixing method to the rack is not as convenient for
removal as other designs, but is solid. I reckon it looks good
and feels solid, time will tell how good it is in daily use.
But for the moment I am happy with the result.
I have taken it for its shakedown run and it managed to get the
beer back from the bottle shop without shaking it up too
Mick from Tassie
Thanks Mick, I reckon it's a great review and
thanks for the photos showing how it's done. The ebay page and
product is listed below this article. Just hit the "search"
button and scroll down.