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Mount/Unmount Side Cases

BMW K bike side cases (panniers) can be a bit awkward to get on and off.  However, once you understand the steps to mount and unmount them, it is much easier. With a little practice it will become second nature.

Unmount

  1. Make sure the passenger peg is deployed

  2. Open the latch the holds the case to the "Z" rack.

  3. Rotate the bottom of the case slightly outward.

  4. Slide the case to the rear along the "Z" rack.

  5. Lift it off.

Mount

  1. Make sure the passenger peg is deployed

  2. Set the case on the top of the "Z" rack as far back as possible and make sure that the mounting rail on the back of case is well-seated along the "Z" rack.

  3. Rotate the bottom of the case slightly outward.

  4. Slide the case forward as far as it will go.

  5. Rotate the bottom of the case inward and secure the latch that holds it to the "Z" rail.

A word of caution

If the bike is ever dropped on its side it is very common for the rivets that hold the "Z" rack latch to the case to become loose.  Often the latch will break completely off so if you're out riding somewhere when this happens be sure to check that the latch is still attached well to the case or, if it's broken off, then be sure to find it so you can take it home with you. It can easily be reattached with a DIY Pop Rivet tool.

If the latch has broken off then you can use some 1/8 nylon cord or other type of string passed through the rivet holes to tie the bottom of the case off to the "Z" rack. This will keep the bottom of the case from rotating out and the case bouncing off as you ride.

2018 Drake Smith - Please do not use or reproduce this elsewhere.  Feel free to link to it though.