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Product review: BMW Softbag

I tested this BMW softbag in small (RRP £125) for four months, covering 1200 miles. 

Here's how I got on...

What’s good?

You don’t tend to think about how much an empty box weighs, but while working out luggage options for a trip away on my R1200GS, I was stunned by the sheer bulk of the Vario topbox, which tips the scales at 6.9kg empty.

There is another option though - this neat Softbag tailpack, which offers an exceptionally useful 30 to 35 litres of capacity – the same maximum capacity as the topbox – but weighs 5.4kg less. It clips on and off in five seconds flat using four compression straps, is weatherproof, looks better (to my eyes), and costs a lot less than the Vario box.

The inside is waterproof with a drawstring liner on the main compartment, while the outer pockets are showerproof.

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What’s not good?

 It’s easy to nick off the bike when you are parked up.

 Contact: www.bmw-motorrad.com

 Quality: ★★★★★

 Value: ★★★★★ 

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