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Offline PaulS1000XR

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BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
on: August 06, 2020, 01:47:49 PM
I have a pre 2020 BMW top box which doesnt fit on the rack provided on the 2020 TE. Really annoying, the TE rack is a millimetre or so too thick preventing the top box locating mechanism from engaging. Really annoying  :232: as this renders the old top box useless, and means you have to buy a new, and very expensive top box. Good for BMW and the dealers but not for me  :230:
All that is required is a rack that is very slightly thinner where the top box engages, otherwise it would fit.
Has anybody solved this problem, or is there an aftermarket rack that can be purchased?  :305:
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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #1 on: August 06, 2020, 03:17:23 PM
That's out of order not enabling the old one to fit. Official accessories are getting ever more expensive. Surely someone will come up with a plate for the old top box?
I decided when I got my XR to go generic on luggage. After having Ducati luggage on my MTS, and then GS luggage on the GS, it was costing a fortune every time, so went with a Givi which I should be able to take to any future bike.

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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #2 on: August 06, 2020, 05:01:08 PM
Not only is the lump on top in the way but the thickness of the forward slot is too thick. Official US word is they don't want vario boxes on XRs. Im debating on ordering a plate for a different bike and modifying it or get some lexan or aluminum and cut it out. Standard thickness of those materials is 3/8 or 1/2", needed thickness is 7/16".

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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #3 on: August 07, 2020, 02:26:29 PM
FYI the pre-20 top box and the 20+ top box are the same part number, just to add to the confusion.  So the 20+ box is backwards-compatible to the 'old' bikes but the 'old' box won't fit the new bikes.
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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #4 on: August 07, 2020, 03:06:33 PM
*Originally Posted by scotti [+]
FYI the pre-20 top box and the 20+ top box are the same part number, just to add to the confusion.  So the 20+ box is backwards-compatible to the 'old' bikes but the 'old' box won't fit the new bikes.
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Quite right - I tried my 2017 top box on a 2020 TE and it would not fit on the TE rack  :305:
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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #5 on: August 07, 2020, 07:22:03 PM
Im writing about the 2016 up manly GS vario top box, not the foo foo scooter looking top box

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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #6 on: April 17, 2021, 08:29:32 AM
I bought a new top box for a 2020 2021 bike and it won't fit on the new TE either? Anyone found a way round this yet?

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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #7 on: April 17, 2021, 01:46:38 PM
My mistake it all fits fine.

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Re: BMW Top Box Doesnt Fit on 2020 XR
Reply #8 on: April 17, 2021, 02:37:52 PM
Had the same with my 2021 TE - pre 2020 BMW top box, although looking identical wouldnt fit on the new rack. Had to sell it and pay out for a new top box even though there was no reason why BMW could not have designed the new rack to fit the old top box. Anyone would think the were trying to force people to pay out for the new top box. Same for the panniers, although I accept the new fixing design on the 2021 is much better. Overall an extra c£1k to shell out.
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