My arse looks big in everything, so there's never any point asking. And the 1290 GT with its panniers fitted also has a fairly volumous back end, but with a few trips away planned over the next couple of months, I've added a muffin-top of additional luggage.
This official tail-pack (£96.58) fits onto the pillion seat with two underseat straps like an elegant pancake, and boasts two additional fixing straps which loop through the frame and clip back onto to the front of the tailpack – giving even more security when tanking it across a continent.
Despite its footprint, in its flattest form it only adds 10 litres of additional capacity, along with a bungee lattice on the top. But open up the zip that runs round its circumference, and you've instantly got 30 litres of capacity – and a handy backrest too. It's an odd design, but the lid of the semi-rigid pack effectively hinges forward, giving you a large cavern into which various gubbins can be shoved.
The quality appears to be top-notch, and you’re also provided with a shoulder strap and a luminous orange rain cover to repel the worse deluges.
It’s not had a thorough test yet, but will when I head south for the Austrian MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring on August 14.
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