Having just acquired a new BMW R1200GS tour bike, we needed luggage to go with it… We had been impressed by the build quality of Bumot panniers we saw at a recent bike show. Looking into them further and we found that the Adventure Bike TV had done a pannier test on 7 hard luggage options, involving everything from total immersion in a pond and shooting with a cross bow bolt to a 50 foot roll down a rocky quarry slope ! You can see the results here
The Bumot Defender series came top overall when price and test results were combined and so we invested in their Defender panniers with full fitting kit, inner bags and the optional tool box too. The system for the GS1200 includes right 36 L (shaped to fit round the silencer) and left 40 L panniers, powder coated mounts, all hardware, instructions etc and comes in Silver, Frozen Grey or Black. We went for black. The panniers are made from 2mm aluminum with double-layer 4mm wall construction around the entire lower edge of the pannier using techniques borrowed from the sports car and airline industry and they seem incredibly strong. The Bumot mounting racks are steel, which is galvanized and powder coated black. If your bike already has manufacturer racks fitted, Bumot can supply panniers to fit these too. The pannier latches and quick-release system are all stainless steel and all work on a single key, as does the small toolbox, which fits in the space occupied by the silencer on the other side of the bike. Fitting instructions are clear and the Bumot racks fit the bike like a glove. The panniers are easy to mount and dismount from the racks and lock in place, and the pannier inner bags make packing for a trip a breeze. The small tool box is a very clever use of space and is also lockable. At 4.5L it is actually quite big enough for a sensible emergency tool kit, puncture repair system, etc.
So far we are very impressed with these panniers and we will report again on their durability at the end of the season.
The Bumot defender panniers are available from the Adventure Bike Shop for the following bikes : SUZUKI DL 1000 A V – Strom, TRIUMPH TIGER 800 , YAMAHA XT660Z TENERE , XT1200Z SUPER TENERE , KTM 1190/1290 ADVENTURE , BMW R1200GS LC / ADV , BMW F650/700/800GS , BMW R1200GS , BMW 1150 GS , TRIUMPH TIGER EXPLORER , HONDA CRF 1000 Africa Twin.